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“He’s the real deal, a rare gift” ~ Jason Mraz

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After 25 years, the honey-voiced singer of the Blackeyed Susans, Rob Snarski is launching his new debut solo album, “Wounded Bird” at the Flying Saucer Club. Produced by Rob and longtime bandmate and collaborator Dan Luscombe with Yikesville studio boss Shane O’Mara, “Wounded Bird” foregoes the lush arrangements of The Blackeyed Susans for a stripped-back and intimate sound palette.

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The new CD features collaborations with other greats such as The Chieftains, Alan Stivell, Dan Ar Braz, Altan, Sharon Shannon, Donal Lunny and Donald Shaw of Capercaillie. They are joined by American sounds produced by Ry Cooder and are tropical Brazilian musicians.

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Lucette is a singer/songwriter from Edmonton just starting to make her mark on the music scene. Her debut album “Black Is The Color” is a toe tapping folk  record with a laid back country feel.

nick loweThe album includes 12 tracks, featuring such holiday classics as “Rise Up Shepherd” and “Silent Night”. The album leans on the folksy side but still has its share of rock and blues.
While recording the album, Lowe insisted on keeping the space a “sleigh-bell free zone”, so don’t expect your typical yuletide cheer.

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Few Americana outfits have been as impressive as Austin, TX’s Goodnight, Texas. Their debut effort A Long Life of Living was a spellbinding tour-de-force into old-school roots-grass. Their sophomore follow-up Uncle John Farquhar continues the band’s momentum but never once reaches the apex of the debut. While the dreaded tag of sophomore slump might be too presumptive, the disc definitely has its feigned moments.

Formed in 2010, San Francisco’s Avi Vinocur and North Carolina’s Patrick Dyer Wolf decided on the geographical middle point of Goodnight, TX as the identity of their turn-of-the-century folky Americana collaboration.  After a meeting in San Francisco, the duo paired dusty and defiled ballads with raw pain and beauty. Along with bassist Jonathan Kirchner and drummer Andrew Laubacher, Goodnight, Texas brings twelve songs to an impressive debut.“I’m Going To Work On Maggie’s Farm Forever” slowly eases you into A Long Life of Living with sharp acoustic guitars and twangy harmonies that are blended beautifully. “Submarines” is rustic and raw, bringing you right on the backwoods front porch, while the mandolin is the star of the show in “Jesse Got Trapped In A Coal Mine,” making the song a clear folk highlight of the album, and a lead single. “Old St. John” is the most memorable and tortured of songs: the tale of a man abandoning his children, and yet undecided if this is based on fact or fiction. Each song throughout the entire album, as distinct and genuine as they are, blends harmoniously into the next, each in agreement about where the previous one left off.

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Easy Love is an all acoustic album with a back porch vibe. It’s an overnight road-trip to home with the windows down. Matt again shows his prowess playing most all the instruments on the album.

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Modern standards like Roxy Music’s “To Turn You On,” The Doors’ “The Crystal Ship” and The Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost In You” are interlaced with lesser-known gems from such pals as Grant-Lee Phillips (“Don’t Look Down”) and I Was A King (“Ferries”), the latter featuring harmony vocals and guitar from the Norwegian indiepop combo’s own Anne Lise Frøkedal. Meanwhile, new Hitchcock originals like “Trouble In Your Blood” and “Comme Toujours” stand among his most fragile and heartfelt, his stark vocal and guitar cast by Boyd against simple, autumnal backing from longtime collaborators Jenny Adejayan (cello), Charlie Francis (piano), and the aforementioned Frøkedal (harmonies).

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Colours is the new release from Irish musical legend Finbar Furey. He has already achieved legendary status as a folk icon to a whole generation and Colours, with its powerful mix of contemporary original songs and intriguing modern interpretations of classic Irish songs guarantees his status as one of today s greatest Irish performers and will instantly appeal to a new audience. The album features guest performances from Shayne Ward, winner of The X Factor, and Mary Black.