Oh, to be a folksy/Americana fan right now. There is so much good music coming out, to the point where I can barely find time to listen to all of it. And so much of it is so dark and so perfect for sitting under the pine trees waiting for the thunderstorm to pass, or watching as the rain beats down on the window panes. More than anything, I find that music like this always inspires me to create. To write, to paint, to make my own music, whatever.
This week’s playlist is a little bit folk, a little bit blues, and a few epic acoustic ballads about getting older. Some tracks have just been released, some have been floating around for awhile, but I think you will absolutely enjoy the collection I’ve put together for you this week. Sit back, take a listen, and work on your new noir novel or something. I’ve got you covered.
Check out the tracklist here, then scroll down to listen to the whole thing on Spotify!
1. “Other Man” – Jim Charles Moody (iTunes)
2. “Nothing To No One” – Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
3. “Graveyard Parade” – Matthew and the Atlas (iTunes)
4. “7 Years” – Lukas Graham (iTunes)
5. “Be As You Are” – Mike Posner
6. “Need The Sun To Break” – James Bay (iTunes)
7. “All I Want” – Daniella Mason
8. “Hurricane” – Sonya Kitchell (iTunes)
9. “Once And Future Carpenter” – Noah Guthrie (iTunes)
10. “Push The Sky Away” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (iTunes)
Some of the highlights from this playlist: I’m sure you’ve heard Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” by now, but a month or two ago I told one of my friends he was going to be the next James Bay, so I was pretty excited to see him getting some attention. If you enjoy that track, though, you’ll absolutely love Mike Posner’s “Be As You Are,” which has similar themes and a similar sound.
If you like Amy Winehouse, you’re going to love Gin Wigmore’s “Nothing To No One,” too, and Daniella Mason’s “All I Want” is a little reminiscent of Feist in some way, though she has a sound all her own. The only cover on this list, “Once And Future Carpenter” originally by The Avett Brothers, comes from Noah Guthrie—who actually blew us away on the last season of Glee if you were still watching. If you weren’t, you missed out; Noah was one of the best of the new folks they added.
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