Maverick Music Volume 4
Gary Allan – Tough Goodbye
Taken from his breath-taking ninth studio release SET YOU FREE, this absolute opening gem of a song from Southern Californian Gary Allan possesses an infectiousness, coupled with his gritty vocals amid a guitar-rocking arrangement, swears to leave you humming it again and again.
Old Man Luedecke – I’m Fine (I am, I am)
The award-winning, Nova Scotia-based roots singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke really excels on this refreshing, fast-paced banjo-driven number, taken from his highly acclaimed, recently Juno nominated album TENDER IS THE NIGHT.
Annie Keating – Storm Warning
New York-based Americana singer-songwriter Annie Keating is well on her way to making a name for herself amongst folk, roots and country fans alike with her own blend of gentle folk, married superbly with beautifully-crafted lyrics and earthy vocals, and this marvelous southern-esque number, featuring Tony Joe White style guitar and harmonica—taken from her fifth self-released album FOR KEEPS—provides the perfect ticket.
Chris Daniels – South Carolina
With a career spanning four decades and 15 albums, plus numerous other credits under his belt to prove it, singer-songwriter, musician and bandleader Chris Daniels gives a healthy nod to the music he grew up with in this steady fiddle-driven, accordion sweetened number, taken from his BETTER DAYS and it’s a cracker.
The Henry Girls – Sing My Sister Down
Hailing from the picturesque village of Malin in the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, these Irish sisters combine their haunting three-piece harmonies to create something that is utterly unique. Highly acclaimed with four albums to their collective name, these sisters are fast becoming one of the most talked about folk acts in Ireland.
Richard Henderson – Your Papa Don’t Know
Oozing a country-blues twang, this upbeat Zydeco-tinged number from singer-songwriter Richard Henderson provides a short and sweet optimism filled with quirky notes and some superb lap steel finger-picking.
Jesse and Noah – The Homer Bellamy Centennial Blue Yodel
Sons (and nephews) of the acclaimed country music duo The Bellamy Brothers (David and Howard), these multi-instrumentalist brothers received high appraise for their eclectic third release DRIVEN BACK and this pre-bluegrass 1930s hillbilly tribute to their grandfather Homer Bellamy provides a fine covermount number.
Jeff Larson – Long Lost Friend
A near-stunning song from Californian singer-songwriter Jeff Larson, who languidly charms us with his own thoughtful interpretation of West-Coast country-rock, fused with Americana roots.
Lucy May – Paper Heart
This stunning rendition of a Stealing Angels (Jennifer Wayne, Tayla Lynn) classic provides the perfect introduction to British country-pop sweetheart Lucy May. Tipped by Sir Terry Wogan to be the UK’s next big country star, this promising fresh-voiced starlet is currently in the studio with Greg Fitzgerald (Kylie, Madonna) recording her exciting debut.
Another Country – Yesterday’s Another Country
This anthemic song from Another Country provides a refreshing musical gem, with an optimist arrangement, tunefully phrased vocals and inspiring lyrics.
Ad Vanderveen – Rest In Peace
Hailed as one of new folk and roots finest singer-songwriters, Dutch-born, Canadian-raised Ad Vanderveen utterly captivates with this expressive, yet steady guitar-led number; the swells of harmonica and undercurrent of female harmony underline the song’s poetic potency.
The Stray Birds – Dream In Blue
Beautiful harmonies, rich acoustics and graceful arrangements, traditional three-piece The Stray Birds (Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Muench) create a sound that’s both unique and reminiscent of American roots, and this delightful number, taken from their 2012 self-titled debut, will provide the perfect introduction for many unfamiliar of their work.
Mikael Persson – Roughhouse Boys
This soft bluesy rock number by Swedish singer-songwriter Mikael Persson, taken from his just-released MARKS AND BLEEDS, offers up a steady 1960s-tinged, blues guitar-led treasure on the selection, with Mikael’s southern twang drawls, coupled with soaring chords and undercurrents of piano for added delight.
Dale Boyle – All Gone Now
Taken from his 2012 release THROWBACK, this acoustically driven folk-roots number shows the award-winning Montreal-based Dale Boyle at his very best; his softly-posed vocals and memorable lyrics amid the finger-picking-heavy arrangement washes over its listeners beautifully.
Joshua Radin – When We’re Together
With four albums and six EPs-worth of material, plus numerous TV and film credits tucked firmly beneath his belt, Ohio-native Joshua Radin superbly demonstrates his gift of voice, instrument and song with this majestically sung, guitar-picked love song.
Lace & Whiskey – But Do You Love Me?
This East London-formed, festival-going four-piece, comprising Andy Hodgson, Melisa Collett, Nick Charleston and Aaron Smith, combine the pleasant elements of 1970s blues, soft rock and retro Americana to produce something very unique and special indeed, and this number provides the perfect example.
Ted Russell Kamp – Where Out West
Having just released NIGHT OWL, the ninth issue in a long line of acclaimed albums, Los Angeles-living singer-songwriter, producer and bassist Ted Russell Kamp demonstrates his obvious born-talents on this splendid little number.