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Anna Tivel explains her latest song, a B-side recording from her 2022 album Outsiders, this way: “American Novella is the story of a neighbor on one side of a fence just getting started, trying to figure it all out, grow a family, and make sense of the long/short/uncertain chaos of time. Just across the fence, another neighbor navigates the last days of that beautiful struggle, looks at the whole thing laid out behind them, the messy web they built of family, growth, pain, and love.”
Annie Bartholomew’s upcoming album (out June 16) explores the incredible true stories of sex workers in Victorian-era Alaska. The Juneau-based folk singer became haunted by the stories of sex workers during the 19th century after touring the brothel museum at Skagway’s Red Onion Saloon. The first single “Sisters of White Chapel,” refers to the red light district in Dawson City.
Cuban singer, guitarist and songwriter Eliades Ochoa—one of the original members of the famed Buena Vista Social Club, releases a groovy new song “Se Soltó Un León,” that will appear on his upcoming album Guajiro (out May 26).
Shannon McNally’s latest song, Magnolia, is a sweet and smooth JJ Cale cover released in celebration of her birthday. “I remember the first time I heard ‘Magnolia’ when I was twelve years old. It’s been my desert island pick ever since.” – Shannon McNally