Pew Playlist: 3 Albums That Should Be On Your Radar, 2/10/17

Kory Quinn & The Quintessentials – Black Gold Blues EP

In the grand tradition of socially aware folkies like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Kory Quinn calls out corruption and turns a critical eye to everything from capitulation to fossil fuel use, the silent injustice of dead peasant insurance, rampant fear-mongering to maintain the status quo, and the warrior paradigm inherent in police brutality, all set to a fiery soundtrack of countrified twang.

Romantica – Shadowlands

Minneapolis-based Ben Kyle and company have endured life-threatening illness, record label legal drama, major life changes, and cult indoctrination–all of which derailed plans to release their album. Now, nine years later, it sees the light of day via Last Chance Records, appropriately enough. Gorgeous harmonies and universal themes abound on this twang-folk effort.

Peter Joly – Peter Joly

Veteran troubadour Peter Joly released his self-titled debut at the end of last year; with heart-felt, poetic storytelling in his everyman delivery, and simple, understated acoustic production, this album feels like a living room session for an intimate group of friends.

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