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Chris Pierce’s new album Let All Who Will (out today) features the song “We Can Always Come Back To This.” This is the song that put him on the map due to its placement in NBC’s “This is Us.” Originally sung by someone else, it’s wonderful to hear Chris perform the powerful song co-written with the show’s composer Siddhartha Khosla.
Golden Aster is a duo made up of Laura Wortman of the Honey Dewdrops and singer-songwriter Letitia VanSant. The Baltimore duo will release their debut Marcescence on September 8.
It’s so cool to hear this stripped down version of “Help Me” from Joni’s upcoming box set Archives, Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975) (out October 6). The set features unreleased demos, outtakes and live recordings from 1972’s For The Roses, 1974’s Court And Spark, and 1975’s The Hissing Of Summer Lawns eras.
Strays II (out October 13) expands the original 2023 opus with nine new songs that will arrive in the form of three distinct acts, each telling its own unique story of love, grief and acceptance. This song is on Act I: Topanga Canyon (3-song EP, out now). The songs dive deeper into the sacrifices it takes to find freedom, the grit it takes to make it, and the consequences that come with all of it.