Posts Tagged ‘Singer-songwriter’
It’s been longer than you would expect since an Irish singer-songwriter has clawed his way up through the ranks here in the States, especially considering much of our troubadour styled songs owe a good bit of thanks to their Celtic heritage. Well, worry not, we’ve got one for you: Foy Vance.
Moving to a new place can teach you a lot about yourself. For singer/ songwriter George Kamel, moving from his hometown of Boston to Mobile, Alabama provided the inspiration for his upcoming album The Great Coward, set for release on June 12. Today we have a sneak peak of what Kamel has in store for us with the single “Mockingbird.”
Southern singer songwriter Dave Barnes channels the soul, blues and rock of his native Mississippi into his eclectic pop songs. When he first arrived in Nashville to pursue his dream as a musician he initially gravitated towards the folk scene, but over time he got back to his roots, infusing his songs with the depth and groove of the Motown music he grew up with. On “White Flag” he integrates these various influences together, synthesizing a catchy pop sound of his own.
Though she rose to fame with seminal Cali-punk band The Avengers, Penelope Houston has had an equally fruitful career as a pioneering singer-songwriter. The same courage that allowed her, as a 20 year old girl, to front a punk band in the late 70’s has informed her music at every step of her career.
As the voice of LA based indie-pop/Americana heroes Last December—who rose to prominence in the late ’90s—Peter Argyropoulos (aka Pete RG) collected numerous accolades for his songwriting and producing. After teaming up with veteran producer-engineer Brian Malouf to co-produce Last December’s acclaimed 2007 full-length, Hailstorm, Argyropoulos quietly began writing new songs for a solo project.
Previously a part of the band The Gentleman’s Club, Montreal based singer-songwriter Andrew Johnston has recently struck out on his own, releasing a number of albums over the past few years. His most recent, Wake of the Wonder Years, showcases his versatility and maturity as a songwriting, channeling such influences as The Constantines, Matthew Sweet, and Hall and Oates.
Album single “Don’t Need to Know” is a pop gem that could fit in any of the aforementioned artists’ catalogs. Gentle acoustic guitar strumming and wistful piano build with Johnston’s vocals, rising to a climactic chorus.
2011 has been a prolific year for Andrew Johnston, in addition to Wake of the Wonder Years he also released 8 song album Ashton. The album features stripped down versions of some of the songs off of Wake of the Wonder Years and Leader’s Factory, and is a tribute to the small country town where Andrew was raised. Featuring only Johnston’s acoustic guitar and voice, the album is a reminder that Johnston’s often wide ranging, ambitious productions are grounded in the simplicity of easily hummed folk and pop tunes.