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From his new album, The Fatalist (out September 15), Carl Nichols’ second release as Buffalo Nichols is a triumph. Nichols explains the pensive, melancholic track “The Difference” is “about someone who often mistakes shallow signs of affection for true love and in the end decides a one sided relationship is better than loneliness.”
Jazz folk artist Nina de Vitry’s impressive debut, What You Feel Is Real, is out today. de Vitry’s Norah Jones influence is clear on her song “Being with Myself,” but don’t sleep on those nods to her hero Amy Winehouse.
Former Lula Wiles and current jazz-master Mali Obomsawin is flexing her roots muscles on the new song “There There.” Originally premiered on the series Reservation Dogs in August, 2023, it will be included on her upcoming duo album with Magdalena Abrego, Greatest Hits (release date TBA), which was recorded in Maine at Great North Sound Society.
During the pandemic, Pete and Maura Kennedy explored classic American songwriting in depth and performed thousands of songs through live-streamed shows. Maura says: “Our love of the great things about this country, things that are under threat, is the reason we decided to make ‘Headwinds’ the title track of the album (editor’s note: album is out today). Political and social headwinds are making it hard to get back ‘home’ to our greatness as a nation. We want to push back in a positive way against those winds.”