Fri, 25 January 2019
Our guest on the final episode of the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Austin-based singer/songwriter Jaimee Harris.
Jaimee Harris is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation.
Her new album draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams, and Kathleen Edwards – all writers who know how to craft a heartbreakingly beautiful song with just enough grit to keep you enthralled. Harris writes about the basic human experience, in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable.
"You keep comin over... I keep goin under..."
Harris isn’t afraid to get personal, but her vulnerability never veers into the self-indulgent. Each little confessional gem she puts out there is something the listener will connect to; these are things we’ve all felt, though many of us are less than likely to admit them.
Tue, 22 January 2019
Our guest this episode on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Native Americana musician Cary Morin.
Described as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today,” Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other. With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world-weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as acoustic Native Americana with qualities of blues, bluegrass, jazz, jam, reggae, and dance.
“ ‘Cary Morin is a unique and brilliant guitar player, songwriter and singer, ‘ says renowned folk musician David Bromberg, extolling the virtues of one of his favorite players. ‘It’s hard to pick out what he does best. As a guitar player, I have huge respect for Cary’s style and technique on the guitar. If you haven’t heard him yet, you should. Try to remember that it’s only one guitar.’ “ - Dan Forte for Taylor Wood & Steel Magazine, June 2018.
Morin’s sixth release, When I Rise, follows close on the heels of an international tour that spanned the U.S. and reached as far as Italy, France, and Germany.
Sun, 20 January 2019
Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break are Kansas City musicians Sarah Lynn and Wyatt Brewer, together known as The N!te Owls.
The N!te Owls are a Kansas City based alternative/folk duo. With influences ranging from The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, and In The Valley Below. The N!te Owls combine multiple instrument combos, with spot on harmonies and an ever changing style throughout the performance. Just months after forming, their Debut single "Color" received a Semi-Finalist placement in the "Song Of The Year" songwriting competition, and captured the attention of an A&R representative for Columbia Records. This lead to a major label showcase in Kansas City's Power & Lite District. The duo has performed across 7 states, and have played a myriad of festivals including: "Crossroads Music Fest," "The Swift Mile Festival", and "The Plaza Arts Fair." Their Music has been distributed via MudStomp Records, with radio airplay in the US, Denmark, and Switzerland. Their single, “Wherever You Go,” was released August 25th, 2018. Their full album multi-genre album, “Synesthesia,” was released November 17th, 2018.
Tue, 15 January 2019
Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is LA musician Kim Lenz.
For the past 20+ years, Lenz was one of the most prominent female voices of the Rockabilly Revival movement. In 2019 she’ll release her new album Slowly Speeding, which represents a new direction for the LA-based songwriter and band leader. Featuring a more Americana-inspired sound and a renewed emphasis on lyricism and mood, Slowly Speeding will be released in February of next year.
“I started out in the '90s making traditional rockabilly music,” writes Lenz. “But in my journey to understand how rockabilly and rock & roll came into being, I found blues, rhythm & blues, gospel, Western swing, and country music.” Somewhere between the rock & roll of Southern California and the country swing of Texas was where Lenz cemented the gritty, half-yodel sound that fills Slowly Speeding.
That feminist ideal of resilience rises again and again throughout Slowly Speeding. “Mother Earth played a big part in this project,” Lenz says. “Pine trees, willow trees, the stars, the moon, the ground cracking, wild oaks, thunderstorms, rivers, the sea... nature as a metaphor for strong emotion and the strength of women.” Sex, too, plays its part, as it would in any great love story. “I think all the love and sex and nature go hand-in-hand to cement the feel of this record,” Lenz explains.