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On their upcoming album (May 12), Okemah Rising, The Dropkick Murphys continue in the second of their series of works interpreting the words of Woody Guthrie for a new generation. This song, featuring equally beloved Violent Femmes, further shows the close relationship between folk and punk music in activism and sound.
Maura Shawn Scanlin’s debut solo album (May 5) is the result of what happens when you’re part of a tight-knit traditional music community, like the one found in the Boston-area. Scanlin, one half of the fiddle duo Rakish, wanted to make a record that sounded like what happens when she “gets to play music with my friends. The traditional music community is an inspiring community to be a part of.”
The first release from The Dan Tyminski Band’s new record God Fearing Heathen (out June 23), was originally recorded in 2013 by Swedish DJ Avicii and featured Tyminski on vocals. It was a global smash hit. If you missed that clubbed-up track, be sure to compare it to Dan’s new roots version.
Today is the day Alice Howe’s second album, produced by Freebo, is released! Recorded in two sessions at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Howe’s music elicits those dreamy Jackson Brown Laurel Canyon vibes, especially on “Let Go,” which I defy you to not to do that little side to side head swaying action.
According to Calgary-born Bella White, “‘Flowers on My Bedside’ is a song for empowerment. I wrote it when I was in a sad place and it was a very healing experience, to take a hard situation and turn it into something that feels creatively inspiring.” Today marks the release date for the highly anticipated debut from the Nashville resident. Keep your eye on this rising star.