Sorry this is late going up. Seattle got the best of me. Might be a day (or two) late, but I guarantee you…it’s not a dollar short! Some great stuff this week! 🙂
1. The Young Sons – Saints of Valory
Is this really a surprise that a new song from the boys is on my Sunday Funday playlist? I think not. Unfortunately, the boys haven’t loaded it to SoundCloud yet, so you’ll have to go over to PureVolume to download it for free.
2. Tattoo Girl – The Hundred Days
Shelia Taylor is actually a rock n’ roll goddess. She turned me onto this little San Francisco band a few months ago, and gave me their CD, Really?, last week. Not gonna lie, it took me a couple of days to get past track 2 – this song – because it’s so phenomenally catchy and make-you-want-to-dance-in-your-office-chair-fix-a-bad-day awesome. This live from SXSW version is the only one I can find online…but it should give you a good idea of how infectious it is!
3. Ben Rector – Song for the Suburbs
The Nashville contingent, as I like to call them, is cranking out tunes faster than I can buy them these days. Barnes, Wertz, Moakler, and the whole Ten out of Tenn crew…. and then there’s this kid. I will make room in my wallet for Ben Rector any day. His new album, Something Like This, came out this week. This track (strangely, also #2) had me at hello. Insightful and gorgeous.
4. If My Heart Could Speak – Morrison Boomer
I saw these kids play at Pike Place Market in Seattle. They were out busking like a million other musicians there…they were playing in a stairwell and the sound carried up. I heard them before I saw them and dragged my Mom over to a balcony to watch them play for a few minutes. We went on our merry little way, but I couldn’t get their sound out of my head – fresh, pure and absolutely GORGEOUS harmonies. So we went back to find them and alas…they were gone. I was so bummed, but at least I’d remembered their name. Just as I was thinking, “Well, I’ll google them,” there they were! They’d moved and were playing in a different space. So I bought a few CDs and left Seattle happy that I’d found a new band to love. This is a track off their little album Down the Hatch, which after two listens through on the plane, I may just be in love with. Go check them out: www.morrisonboomer.com. If you dig what you hear, you can pick up their record on iTunes.
5. Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover) – Matthew Mayfield
Seriously, how could you not love this man’s voice? One listen to this…and you’ll know that this song was made for him to sing.