Sadler Vaden - Land of No Refuge
For those who have never heard of Sadler Vaden, he’s a 30 year old guitarist who’s a member of the 400 Unit, Jason Isbell’s band. If you haven’t heard of Jason Isbell, then please open your ears, you really are missing out.
Either way, not content with just being a mere guitarist for the greatest singer/songwriter ever to come out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Vaden has produced his own stuff too, the latest being a self titled album that is just brilliant and one that I could have taken a number of tracks from. But you’ll have to have a listen to the others yourself, Land of No Refuge touches on his Mums battle with caner, his Dads struggles with alcoholism and what it was like growing up in that environment. Sounds a bit heavy I know, but the music is pure Tom Petty and at no stage will you feel depressed, I promise.
Book of Fears - The Water Lets You In
Fans of the Netflix series Bloodline will by now be very familiar with this song, but I’m acutely aware that not everyone will have seen this show and not everyone will have heard it’s magnificent theme song, from the Los Angels band, Book of Fears. Well, luckily for us, it’s now available on Spotify. So, close your eyes, lie back and let the aching opening chords of the Harmonica wash over you and enjoy this beautifully haunting track.
JJ Grey & Mofro - Everything Is A Song
Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, JJ Grey & Mofro are described as a Southern Rock/soul/funk/blues jam band, which just about covers it I suppose. For me though it’s the feeling of a band jamming with a smile on their face that sums up the appeal of this track. Oh, and the horns, gotta have some horns sometimes, gotta have a tune that makes you rise up and feel alive and boy does this tune do it for me at the moment. I dare you, not to listen to this song, rise up and move, it truly is a joyous 5 minutes and 11 seconds of beauty.
The Revivalists - Gold To Glass
Named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the ’10 Bands You Need To Know’ for 2016, The Revivalists are a 7 piece band from New Orleans.Their 3rd album Men Amongst Mountains was released last year and criminally it’s taken me this long to discover it. However it was well worth the wait and this trip little number has been a stand out track for me. You can also hear it on the trailers for the latest series of Ray Donovan, which my mate Damon has been telling me to watch for years now, but stupidly I still haven’t got round to, but I will, after all, the best things in life are worth waiting for.
Shaman’s Harvest - In Chains
Bluesy and just a little bit swampy too, this is another track that’s been around a while. Not that it loses its sparkle for that, not at all. It’s another slow burner, featuring an epic guitar solo as the song builds towards a climax that rather catches you out.