Happy Summer!

Summer is FINALLY here…after a really long winter and a miserable spring, I’m more than ready for 90+ degree temps and 100% humidity. I really need to move to an island.

Although summer doesn’t officially start for a few weeks, I’ve been hard at work on the Summer Mix and it’s finally ready to share.

If you’re not into reading the liner notes (which you should be for this one, just saying), this Mix marks a bit of a milestone: 1,000 songs shared in Krissie Mixes. *insert confetti and noisemakers here*

While I’ve moved on from burning hundreds of CDs and keeping the post office in business with mailing them out, making the “Mix” is still my favorite thing to do. It’s always been my goal to help people find new music that speaks to them, so if you find something new that hits your ears just right, I’d love to hear about it.

Anyway…thanks for listening for all these years, you guys. You’re the best.

Happy summer!

Spotify Playlist | Apple Music Playlist

P.S. If you have trouble with the liner notes, try downloading the Dropbox app and opening the notes within the app when prompted.

 

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Your new feel good music

It’s no secret that I’m a touch sentimental.

And by “a touch,” I mean it in the way that grass is a touch green and the sky is a touch blue.

I loved college – I went to the exact right school for me. It was the first time in my life that I ever felt like I “fit” somewhere. So the music I listened to while I was there has a lot of memories tied to it.

Jackopierce was one of the first bands I discovered in school (thank you, Aware Records), and I listened to them incessantly. They even came and played a show on campus (saying something…it was a very small school) my senior year. Anytime I hear their songs, I’m transported back to that time of my life, and it makes me heart-happy.

The JP fellas released a new album last week and it is classic JP, ripe for summer listening. Like endless belly laughs, beers on the beach, no work for a few days, windows down, sunshine on your face happy. And it’s aptly named Feel This Good. 

So…I just wanted to share it with everyone. Because we all need a little more happy in our lives these days, right? Go check it out.

Spotify | Apple | Amazon

 

New Future Thieves acoustic video *insert heart eyes*

You guys. YOU GUYS. 

I know I develop music crushes just about every day, but I only fall hard for a handful…one or two artists every few years that stick with me and becomes part of my musical autobiography.

Future Thieves is one of those special bands. One that won my heart the instant I first heard them. I love them. I mean LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them.

These Nashville rockers are getting ready to release a new album this year – they used  PledgeMusic to fund it last year and raised 164% of their goal, so that should tell you the passion their fans have for them. Ahead of the album release, they just dropped this acoustic take of their new song, “Dark Spin” via Project 615.

HOLY MOLY. All the heart eyes, you guys. It’s SO good.

Go watch it. Give it some like action. Share it on the socials. If you love it like I do, you can still use the PledgeMusic page to pre-order a digital or signed copy of the new album.

A Song for Your Wild Heart

In April, I went to see Jamestown Revival here in Charlotte. I’ve been a fan for a few years and had already seen them once in Greensboro earlier this year. I wasn’t expecting that I’d leave that night anything less that googly-eyed over their set.

Then the opener happened. I pretty much forgot about Jamestown Revival.

That opener was Ghost of Paul Revere, and these Mainers completely stole the show. Hilarious banter. Energetic performance despite a somewhat empty-ish “before the headliner” room. Fantastic harmonies. And these songs, you guys.

You know how every once in awhile you hear a song for the first time and it just instantly grabs you by your ears? Well, that’s what happened when I heard them play “Wild Child” that night. I was enthralled.

So imagine my disappointment when I found out it was new and it wasn’t to be had ANYWHERE.

Well, finally, six months after that show, the song has been soft released – Spotify stream only for right now, but the new record is only 10 days away. You guys MUST hear this song. I swear I’ve already played it like 100 times.

You can blame me for the earworm later.

Check the band out on tour now and see this song, plus this bad ass cover of “Baba O’ Riley.”

 

MORE GHOST OF PAUL REVERE: Pre-Order Monarch on iTunes | Buy music on Amazon | Watch the AudioTree Session | Listen on Spotify

Coming Back to Life: The 2016 Spring Mix

unnamedIt’s closing in on the best night of the year…Daylight Saving Time begins in an hour. Tomorrow, it won’t be dark outside until 7 PM, and my internal clock will once again be back on track. While most of my friends are out getting an early start on St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to stay in and tackle finishing up the Spring Mix.

Spring is definitely in the air here in the Queen City. After a pretty emotionally tough few months – winter is always rough for me – I feel myself finally starting to perk up. The 2016 Spring Krissie Mix is definitely a reflection of what’s been going on in my life as I was building it…it is ALL OVER the place. Some new artists, some old loves. Some happy tunes, some sad. Anyway, there’s a little something for everyone to love.

If you want to read about why I was listening to these songs, or how I found out about the artists, or just get a sort of creepy look inside the way my brain works, download the liner notes here. I didn’t do a label this time around…if anyone really wants one, send me a note and I’ll make one for you. But I figure no one is really burning CDs anymore, right?

Happy almost Spring, everyone!