New jams and a new album from The Talbott Brothers (and a Charlotte show)

There’s something about sibling musicians, isn’t there?

The family factor adds another layer of depth to a performance. The way they can read each other, the way their voices blend,” the stories and banter…To me, there is a chemistry that is nearly impossible to match.

Enter The Talbott Brothers, a sibling duo originally from Imperial, Nebraska, now calling Portland, Oregon home. Bred straight out of Americana stock, Nick and Tyler wield strong jawlines and even stronger songwriting chops.

Their 2017 album, Gray, is laden with songs that speak to the promise of youth, love, and adventure, demonstrating their abilities to blend gorgeous melodies with stunning blood harmonies. But after crisscrossing the country for the last two years, the brothers were ready tackle weightier issues with their new material.

They’ve spent the last few months in and out of the studio recording. The latest single, “Run No More,” reveals a matured Talbott Brothers sound, laced with an edginess that only comes with growth and life experience. That theme runs through the new album, Ghost Talker, which will be released on October 18 (pre-order on Apple Music).

“One of the reasons we wanted to write these dark songs is because we felt like Gray was so bright,” says multi-instrumentalist Tyler, who also takes lead on vocals. “It’s fun to write a song about having a good time that you can dance to, but it feels better for me to hear a song that’s honest about being human.”

Nick echoes his younger brother, saying, “We had a lot of pent up emotion and it feels good to dive into some of it. We wanted to get heavier with this one.”

The brothers have been on the road most of the summer, debuting several of the songs from the new album. Their live show is not to be missed – just check out the video below for proof. Recorded at Lawrence Chapel in Appleton, Wisconsin during the Mile of Music festival in August, it’s a sneak peek at “Family,” one of the lighter tracks off the upcoming album. It also captures a glimpse at their brotherly banter and showcases their crystalline vocals.

It’s a “don’t miss” live show…and luckily, Charlotte fans will get a preview of the duo’s new release. The Talbott Brothers will return to The Evening Muse in Charlotte on Tuesday, September 24th, just two weeks into a two-month long tour that will see them make nearly 40 stops across the U.S. Charlotte singer-songwriter Ross Adams, who last year released his own new record, Songs from an Ancient Terrace, will open the show.

Get tickets to the show here.

 

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The 2019 Spring Mix (on the first day of Summer)

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Yeah, I’m behind.

Here’s the 2019 Spring Mix. Being delivered to you on the official first day of summer. And it is a doozy, you guys. But … better late than never?

 

If you’re an Apple Music person, you can find the Spring Mix here. Please note, there is one track that is on the Spotify version that you won’t find here because it’s a Spotify only release, so please make sure you listen to the He Said, She Said EP by The Wealthy West.

Want to read the inner workings of my brain? The liner notes are here.

Hope you dig it.

The worst timed Krissie Mix ever.

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It is currently 12:05 AM on Friday, January 25.

That means that The Rock Boat is officially one week away.

Which makes releasing a Krissie Mix now all kinds of silly because the bulk of people that listen to my Mix are Rock Boat friends… and we’re all in full-on Rock Boat mania right now.

However, if I don’t push publish on this thing, it’s just not going to happen. And it should happen, because it’s one of my favorite Mixes I’ve done in awhile.

So, without further adieu, I give you Krissie’s 2018/2019 Winter Mix…the worst timed Krissie Mix ever in the history of Krissie Mixes.

If you like the liner notes, read ’em here.
If you’re an Apple Music person, you can listen here.

Bundle up against the cold, pop in your earbuds, and snuggle up with these songs. Happy listening.

Happy Halloween, pumpkins. Here’s your treat.

As I write this, it’s nearly 1 AM. It’s been a long week already, and it’s just now Wednesday. I’m tired. This post may not make any sense.

It’s officially Halloween, so I thought I’d drop you a treat: The 2018 Fall Mix.

You guys know how I love making my Mixes, right? I’ve been doing it for almost 15 years now. Sometimes the Mixes fall into place easily. Sometimes they take forever to come together. And when the latter happens, I procrastinate. Which is what I did with this one.

But, I think it turned out alright.

So, apologies for the late-in-the-season release, but with Daylight Saving Time coming to an end this weekend, you have a full extra hour coming up to listen to it, right?

If you love the liner notes, you can find them here.

If you’re an Apple Music person, you can listen to the playlist here.

Happy fall listening…and hey, don’t forget to let me know if you find something new to love. Leave a comment below or find me on the socials.

Surprise!

Although all of the signs of fall are in the air, I REFUSE to let summer go without a fight. That’s why I’m thinking all the summer thoughts and putting out The 2018 Krissie Summer Mix Part II … because if I keep wearing flip flops and short sleeves, the warm weather and sunshine will stick around right?

So, anyway, here’s my little pre-Labor Day surprise. There’s so much great new music out right now. For my music friends, a lot of these will be familiar, but there might be a few new surprises.

  • Notes are here, if you’re into reading them (moved to Google Drive since so many folks had trouble with Dropbox last time).
  • If you’re an Apple Music person, you can listen here.

Enjoy the last fleeting days of summer, my loves. And as always, let me know your favorites!