Published 4/26/14 by: Kaitlin
When the weather starts to heat up, so does my hankering for new music to play loudly with the windows rolled down. While grading I’ve been perusing Pandora (only when I’m not obsessed with The Wallflowers station), and I’ve found a few new artists that piqued my interest. I also have had some good luck encountering sweet music on NBC’s “Parenthood” and The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”, which is always an added bonus to watching TV. So, without further ado, here are this week’s tunes.
Emily Wolfe’s “White Collar Whiskey” – This song is from Emily’s completely stellar EP called “Mechanical Hands”. I want to crawl inside this song and live in it. The crescendos in this song drive me crazy in the best possible way. Emily’s voice is reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson, except she manipulates her soft sopranos into loud rock ‘n roll growls with much more intensity. The guitar riffs throughout the song remind me of one of my favorite bands – The Heartless Bastards. I hope Emily Wolfe takes off in a big, big way. She’s ultra talented. Hat tip to “The Vampire Diaries” music supervisors for introducing me to this fine musician.
JP Harris and the Tough Choices’ “I’m Staying Here” – One of my very good friends from high school lives on a farm in Maine, and she turned me on to this fantastic band. Talk about a throwback. Before I saw what these band members looked like, I figured they were saloon-loving gentlemen who had been playing together since the 60s. That is not the case. They are completely reviving a country music scene that hasn’t really been popular since the late, great man in black, Sir Johnny Cash. I’m totally on board with their sound, and their message: “if there ain’t no honky tonks up in heaven, I’m staying here.”
Mofro’s “Lochloosa” – This song is from Mofro’s second album sharing the same title. I discovered this song on Pandora because I listen to Ben Harper radio. Take of that what you will. I know nothing about him as an artist, except that he can croon with the best of them and he reminds me of the band Groove Armada in a major way. Maybe they have a connection? Who knows. Enjoy this fantastic song.