country

* Ginger Cowgirl * The Unfaithful Servants * Stone Irr *

Ginger Cowgirl “I’m Gone”

Ginger Cowgirl will remind you that new artists can be cool. “I’m Gone” is a breezy tune you can drink a beer to. The vocals are clever and charming, with thoughtful lyrics that keep you listening. Arrangement-wise, the vocal sits perfectly on top of a steady rhythm section, acoustic and steel guitar. Recording at RCA studios to boot, Ginger Cowgirl is top notch.

 
 

The Unfaithful Servants “Deliver Me”

The Unfaithful Servants remind us all that practicing your instrument can lead to great things. “Deliver Me” is modern bluegrass, but it is performed with timeless and seamless confidence. The fiddle and mandolin are locked in, as are the vocal harmonies. A lot of groups try to pull this off, but The Unfaithful Servants do it masterfully. This is worth checking out, big time.

 
 

Stone Irr “All We Want Anymore”

Stone Irr delivers a delicate and charming performance with “All We Want Anymore.” The production is wonderful and reminiscent of icons like The Zombies and Bob Welch. Legally named Stone Irr (apparantly a true story), it seems Stone was destined to be a creative artist. His grasp of vocal harmony is rich and we are sure everyone will soon be turned on to Irr.

 
 

* Kathryn Legendre * Baby FuzZ * Johnny & The Man Kids *

Kathryn Legendre “Making It Up”

Kathryn Legendre is the real deal. “Making It Up” is a tune with a classic songwriter touch. The arrangement is clever and moody, with a slide guitar and fiddle weaving in and out. The production is thumpy and all the musicians are on point. When all these elements combine, a great song is made. Kathryn Legendre can craft great tunes, so keep an ear on her music!

 
 

Baby FuzZ “Mr. Blu”

Baby FuzZ is mega talent. We have repeatedly gushed about his artistic ability and now he stuns us with a music video for “Mr. Blu.” Never will you ever hear a more dynamic rock and roll performer these days. From a hush to a howl, Baby FuzZ socks it to you. “Mr. Blu” sports a retro arrangement with a modern growl — timeless yet contemporary. Enjoy Baby FuzZ.

 
 

Johnny & The Man Kids “That’s Different”

Johnny & The Man Kids come out swinging with “That’s Different.” This song smacks the listener from the start, and keeps chugging all the way through. With a wall of distortion and saturated melody, Johnny & The Man Kids deliver a powerful rock and roll performance. Hailing from Buffalo, New York, this group makes music worth cranking on the car stereo.

 
 

* S.S. Odyssey * Amberlee * The Brookses *

S.S. Odyssey “Dear Theo”

Woah…S.S. Odyssey is a wondrous musical find. “Dear Theo” is a pillowy and soft spoken gem. The vocal delivery, inflection of the lyrics, and harmonies sit neatly wrapped by a well-thought production. Each musician respects the space of the others, which allows the song to breathe. Even the guitar plucks hint at a cosmic compliment to the overall theme. This is a production and performance worthy of standing up and taking notice. Beautifully done.

 
 

Amberlee “What A Pity”

Amberlee is a modern day Patsy Cline. Her latest release, “What a Pity,” is a touching and timeless tune. We review a lot of music, but Amberlee embodies the country and Americana vibe in a way few can. Her vocals are perfectly captured, and the production is vintage-tinged and sweet. The lap steel weeps, and phrases like “lickety-split” weave through an old fashion strum along. If you enjoy top-notch talent, then Amberlee is a great addition to your playlist.

 
 

The Brookses “If Tears Were Whiskey”

Grab your drink, get off that bar stool, and dance along to The Brookses and “If Tears Were Whiskey.” This father-daughter duo has us clapping and stomping along to their super-catchy blend of country, folk, and Americana. Their debut LP Lucky Charm is worthy of a good rocking chair listen. With the bond of family working for them, father Jim and daughter Meg have put their stamp on a classic sound. This is great music that needs to be heard. Enjoy.

 
 

* Sambassadeur * Lucinda Belle * Stephanie Rose * Octavio Mai *

Sambassadeur “Foot Of Afrika”

Sambassadeur is back in full effect with “Foot Of Afrika.” After a seven year hiatus, the group has returned strong. “Foot Of Afrika” sounds like a lost Spanky and Our Gang single. It is a soothing, sixties infused pop ditty that you can groove along to. It makes sense that Gustav Ejstes and Reine Fiske from Dungen were invloved in the recording. Sambassadeur’s Survival comes out April 12 on the band's newly launched label European Records. Dig it.

 
 

Lucinda Belle “Baby Don’t Cry”

Lucinda Belle is a musical marvel. With harp in hand, she is a pop-noir singer songwriter with credits and collaborations galore. Her talent is a rare find these days, and “Baby Don’t Cry” shows off her ability to be classy and contemporary. The tune has a James Bond vibe, with a cinematic flare and pop production. Check out her latest eclectic offering, the Urban Lullabies EP — a collection of classical meets rock and roll covers. Neat for sure.

 
 

Stephanie Rose “Luxury”

Stephanie Rose pulls at the soul with her latest single, “Luxury.” The song has a classic country vibe with a modern commercial touch. It is smooth listening that makes you smile and weep at the same time. The theme relates pure emotion set to song. Stephanie Rose delivers a warm and flawless vocal atop an endearing arrangement. Nominated for two Saskatchewan Country Music Awards, she is taking her timeless talent to the masses. Beautiful voice.

 
 

Octavio Mai “Yeux Turquoise”

Octavio Mai has us transfixed with “Yeux Turquoise.” The lyrics may escape English speakers, but the ethereal vocal delivery is moving and mesmerizing. The production is wide, with a classical electronic arrangement that is both modern and thought-provoking. The chorus blooms into a fantastic sonic wonderland — like a French Enya meets The Pet Shop Boys. Everything about Octavio Mai’s “Yeux Turquoise” is awe inspiring. A piece of art.