Song Premiere: Shea Rafferty’s “That’s What Friends Are For”

Americana Highways presents this premiere of Shea Rafferty’s “That’s What Friends Are For” from his forthcoming album To the Morning Sky, produced by Troy Stewart and engineered by Gregg Williams.  “That’s What Friends Are For” was written by Shea Rafferty & Troy Stewart, and is Shea Rafferty on vocals, Paul Brainard on pedal steel; Troy Stewart on […]

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REVIEW: Nicholas David’s “Yesterday’s Gone,” Produced By Samantha Fish, is Vocally Gritty

The voice is good, but some vocal lessons are still needed to smooth wrinkles in St. Paul, Minnesota’s Nicholas David’s performance. Be not deterred. The 11-track LP Yesterday’s Gone (drops Nov 29 – Wildheart Records) was recorded in New Orleans & cool originals flourish. David’s obvious Dr. John-inflected vocal moments are worthy. His voice has […]

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REVIEW: Mark Oblinger’s “High Water Line” Has Depth, Character and Sincerity

For people who enjoy vocals similar to David Fogelberg, Steve Goodman, Jonathan Edwards, Emitt Rhodes or Jackson Browne this LP by 5-time Emmy winner Mark Oblinger will be quite intriguing. Fortunately, despite a light touch, Mark doesn’t project like a wimpy-folk singer. His voice has depth, character, and sincerity. “Judgment Road,” (should’ve been called “Playing […]

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Song Premiere: Sofia Talvik’s “Christmas Train”

Americana Highways presents this premiere of Sofia Talvik’s “Christmas Train”, written by Sofia Talvik, and due to be available on December 1st on Makaki Music.  “Christmas Train” is Sofia Talvik on acoustic guitar and vocals; Marcus Högquist on electric guitar, with Tim Fleming on bass, Joakim Lundgren on drums, and Sofia Talvik and Marcus Högquist on backing vocals.  The […]

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REVIEW: Fat Possum’s “If You’re Going to the City: A Tribute to Mose Allison”

If You’re Going to the City: A Tribute to Mose Allison available via Fat Possum Records on November 29th features performances from a wide variety of artists including Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, Ben Harper, Robbie Fulks, Loudon Wainwright III, Peter Case, Richard Thompson, Dave and Phil Alvin, Frank Black, […]

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