After fifteen long years, the pride of Seattle singer-songwriter David Bazan finally emerges from its den. Bazan first formed his rock group Pedro the Lion in 1995, then dissolved it in favor of solo efforts in 2006. Now Pedro the Lion has their first album in a decade and a half and you can dig your claws into it this Friday. Inspired by memories of the past, exhaustion from solo touring, and the titular Arizona city, Pedro the Lion’s new LP Phoenix just premiered on NPR’s First Listen, showing off Bazan’s intense lyricism and heavy arrangements.
Get your paws on one of the album’s more beastly numbers and put some fur on your chest with “Powerful Taboo”!
California singer-songwriter Sean Pawling has been enamored with music since he was a boy. He built up his chops on trombone over his formative years and throughout college before taking his multi-instrumental talents to the studio with the 2011 EP Inner Child and 2014 LP Eye for an Eiger.
Now, heavily inspired by his home state’s diverse landscapes and its duplicitous light and dark elements, Pawling is set to release his sophomore full-length Sunsinking, out next Friday. These dozen new tunes feature Pawling’s lush lyrical imagery, heartwarming horn arrangements, and some stabby pop synthesizer to boot, so ford into one of Sunsinking’s lead singles, with “Rio Grande”!
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Typically for Song of the Day we like to shine the spotlight on the little guy, but this one was too good to pass up! D.C.’s Clarence Greenwood, AKA Citizen Cope is back with his first new material in six years.
Greenwood’s blend of folk, soul, hip hop and blues has earned Citizen Cope fans across the globe and on March 1st he shares his newest album, Heroin and Helicopters. That release date is also when Citizen Cope kicks off a full band US tour, including a stop at our very own ACL Live at the Moody Theater in April. For today let Greenwood serve up the album’s lead single, one that has all the essential elements for a perfect Citizen Cope track, “Justice”!
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Inspired by the likes of Lucinda Williams and James McMurtry, Austin artist Rob Baird is back with a brand new album! Baird’s last solo effort was 2015’s Wrong Side of the River and his upcoming fourth record was created with the help of his closest collaborators. Baird’s decade-long bond with his fellow players has allowed for previously unheard sincerity and honesty in these compositions, and impressively disciplined performances to match.
You can hear ten years worth of songwriting embodied in ten new Rob Baird tracks on After All, out tomorrow. Just for today though, get a glimpse at one of the album’s tipping points from After All, “Ain’t Going Back to You”!
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A lot of people claim to be true Texas troubadours, but when you’re literally descended from Davy Crockett, the competition starts to dwindle. Enter Dallas transplant Charley Crockett, whose heritage and personal drive have made him a master interpreter of traditional music. Lineage aside Crockett’s a beast onstage and in the studio, with five full-lengths notched in his belt, including hist late 2018 album, Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza.
Lil G.L. features fifteen cover songs from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Reed, Austin’s Lavelle White and much more, providing for a blues, soul and country experience equally rooted in the past and present. The Blue Bonanza starts right now with some sultry self-promotion via “Good Time Charley’s Got The Blues”!
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