This edition of Sound Sunday whisks you away to the country side. Imagine meadows, hills, and trees as far the eye can reach, the sounds of birds and crickets, people huddled around bonfires at night, and the smell of campfire in your hair. And then someone picks up the guitar and sings…
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Single: Steve Grand – All-American Boy
Genre: country, pop, rock
From Steve’s Bandcamp profile: “I don’t have a manager or a label or any sort of funding other than the tip money I make playing piano downtown at The Joynt, and also, ironically to some, in the churches on Sunday morning… Anything you can give is a huge help to me. This is the story I’ve been aching to tell my most of my life.”
All-American Boy is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Cold Country – Missing the Muse
Genre: experimental, indie, country, folk, rock
From his Facebook page: “By day, Sean McConnell is an audio engineer, at the helm behind acclaimed records by Chicago bands such as The Bears of Blue River, Dastardly, and Teenage Rage. By night, he travels the country as a folk troubadour under the moniker of Cold Country.”
Missing the Muse is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Betty McDaniel – Free At Last
Genre: country, gospel
From the Bandcamp profile: “Free At Last is the posthumous album by Folk/Gospel/Country artist Betty McDaniel. Included in this release is also a collection of her work as Betty Chaba in the form of a Live Acoustic album like-titled but recorded at various Co-op Studios* between 1971 and 1976.”
Free At Last is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Hog Bucket – Old Mustard
Genre: acoustic, country, folk, blues
From the album page: “Life is filled with deep questions. Questions like: did Santa get his start as an erotic dancer? How much tequila is too much tequila? Are vegetables aphrodisiacs? Is Elvis God? With disarming frankness and corn-liquored charm, Hog Bucket tells vivid stories about the finer points of love and longing. The songs are a celebration of youth; tales of moonlit mistakes re-lived over and over again with friends until details blur, people become characters, and campfire stories grow into legends. Rooted in country, folk and the blues, Hog Bucket’s debut LP Old Mustard is a collage of American genres best enjoyed with beer, in sunshine, or on the road.”
Old Mustard is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Sleepwalk – Black River Falls EP
Genre: folk, country, blues, rock, metal
From his Bandcamp profile: “Sleepwalk is Jack Fallows and whoever else he can convince to sing, play, record or perform with him. He is playing and singing most of what you’re hearing, but [has worked with many collaborators in the past].”
Black River Falls EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
King Jim – The Road Leads Nowhere
Genre: americana, country, folk, rock
From his Facebook page: “Hailing from the deep parts of the New Forest and with a love of country music strangely enough King Jim began on a trip to Japan to play Fuji Rock!. Sat in traffic on the outskirts of Tokyo Jim glanced up to find a massive billboard with a company called King Jim emblazoned on it. Oddly enough at the time Neil Young’s ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ was playing on his I-Pod. Jim Took this as a sign so on his return to London began to sit and formulate the songs that will make up the album You’re In King Jim Country Now.”
The Road Leads Nowhere is a free download from Bandcamp.
Children’s Children – The Cutlass Ciera
Genre: alternative, country
From the album page: “The Cutlass Ciera was given to me by my great aunt and it was the first car I owned. It’s life was ended one cool fall night in 2004 when a black suburban drove off the side of the road in front of our apartment, hit a tree, ran over the back of the cutlass ciera and proceeded into our neighbors black cadillac, flipping that car upside down into our neighbors front porch. Someone took pictures of the wreckage and promised to send them to me but they never did. After that the Cutlass Ciera was taken to an impound yard. That is where we took our belongings from the trunk and back seat and said our last goodbyes. I decided that the best I could do was name an album after the car. Thanks for listening.”
The Cutlass Ciera is a free download from Bandcamp.
EP: Oble Varnum – L&M
Genre: country, folk
Oble Varnum is the moniker of Seth Gallant, a Vermont-based singer/songwriter. From his Last.FM profile: “Nostalgiac, gorgeously sad songs informed by both golden country/folk luminaries and ethereal contemporary dream-sounds.”
L&M is a free download from Bandcamp.
Photographers – You Can’t Die in the Living Room
Genre: country, baroque, pop, classical, indie, folk
From the album page: “This is our first full length record. Recorded during the winter and spring of 2009 it was release in July of that year. These were songs that we played on the street, at campgrounds, birthday parties, on a golf course and in tea shops and other small venues around Michigan where we are from.”
You Can’t Die in the Living Room is a free download from Bandcamp.
Sewing Machines – Bodies Of Water
Genre: electronic, country, folk, dream pop
From his Biography:
I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.
Bodies Of Water is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Which was your favorite album this week?