The first Fab Five Friday of 2020. Here are five songs worth listening to this week.
Kolton Moore and The Clever Few–Kyle’s Song
Texas country out of the Dallas area. I discovered Kolton through one of my facebook fan groups of another artist. He has a new album out today–Everything Has Changed. I’m starting with this one, performed solo acoustic, because it has a tinge of Isbell to it, a name I don’t invoke lightly. That is not a full-on comparison, but the soul in this song is certainly valid. This one is for those waiting for the day they get to meet up with one departed too soon.
Kolton Moore and The Clever Few–What’s Coming Next
I’m going with two from Kolton to highlight the full band as well. This one gives you more of a Dirty Guv’nahs vibe. Man I wish that band had been able to make it.
We are stepping back a couple years with this, because I was cleaning up old photos on my phone and stumbled across this screenshot. Glorietta is a songwriter supergroup revolving around Noah Gundersen, Grammy-nominated Adrian Queseda, and drummer Davied Ramirez (Middle Brother, solo, etc.). Oh, and Nathaniel Rateliff on occasion. Gunderson does incredible harmonies, and frequently sounds better with a less full sound. There are acoustic versions of this one I might like better, but this is the studio version here.
I’m pretty sure we have covered my affinity for Grace Potter somewhere within this blog. If not, well, umm…yeah. This one is a solo, acoustic version of Release, which came out last September. Sit back, relax, and take in all that is Grace, our Goddess.
Billy Strings–Must Be Seven
Billy Strings has been about the biggest thing in modern bluegrass the last couple of years, kicking around for several years as the “future of bluegrass” on self-released stuff before getting label help for his 2019 album, Home. The future became the present sometime around 2017-18. I was first turned on to Billy a few years back by my buddy LaMar, a guitarist connoisseur of local fame. William Apostal lives up to the Billy Strings moniker just fine.
And for some bonus Billy, his Dust In A Baggie is a must.
We’ll be back with five more next week. Until then, remember the immortal words…
“Songs are really just interesting things to be doing with the air.” Tom Waits