THE PEW PLAYLIST: NEW AMERICANA MUSIC FOR AUGUST 8, 2020

This week’s Pew Playlist takes advantage of the stylistic diversity of the Americana music scene. Folk, blues rock, country, bluegrass, and even alternative rock have some influences on this lineup. That’s what makes the genre so much fun!

Without further ado, here is this week’s Pew Playlist presented in the order they were added to the list.  Music is sorted for an enjoyable “mixtape” experience.  But feel free to shuffle it up!

“SEASONS CHANGE”  –  FRANCESCA LOUISE

Each season is a new beginning and Francesca Louise captures that optimism in her latest single. On “Seasons Change,” graceful vocals are sung over a buoyant acoustic guitar melody. It’s a reassuring sentiment that we all need right now.

Francesca Louise

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“I SHOULDN’T GO ANYWHERE”  –  JILLETTE JOHNSON

Jillete Johnson‘s voice has a special quality that allows it to pack more emotional punch into a single lyrical line than most artists can manage in an entire song. On “I Shouldn’t Go Anywhere,” Johnson uses her expressive power to turn lyrics written in a dark place into an anthem of fierce resolution. Full of electric guitar edge, this song presents a bolder, more expansive musical sound for Johnson.

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“I SHOULD BE ON A TRAIN” – FERRIS & SYLVESTER

Don’t let the opening gentleness of “I Should Be On A Train” fool you. Just under a minute in, you’ll realize that Ferris & Sylvester are bringing you an epic authentic folk-infused blues rocker. The song is full of soaring vocal harmonies, organ, a ton of roaring guitar, and a powerfully raw fire.

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“BLACK MUDDY RIVER” –  GLENN THOMAS (GRATEFUL DEAD COVER)

From our Mother Church Pew Premiere of Glenn Thomas‘s take on “Black Muddy River”: “Thomas lets gentle, crisp acoustic guitar carry the melodies while building on the song’s inherent folk qualities with touches of dobro, mandolin, and strings.  Full of reverence, it connects to the legacy of the Grateful Dead graced by the personal connection that pours from Thomas’s vocals.”

Glenn Thomas Black Muddy River Single Cover Art

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“FIND MY WAY” –  SHANE CASEY

A blend of folk and country-rock, Shane Casey will have you tapping your toe along to “Find My Way.” The tale of self-reliant optimism is a quick-moving, good time, jam.

Shane Casey

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“CAST SPELLS”  –  JEREMY SQUIRES

A dark, mysterious soundscape provides the background for haunting vocals on “Cast Spells” by Jeremy Squires. The song takes folk music in unexpected directions and simply must be heard to be understood.

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 “YOUR BODY” –  MIPSO

A song full of instrumental joy, “Your Body” showcases Mipso‘s individual musical talents like no other work of theirs has done. A melody led by acoustic guitar, supported by fiddle, banjo, and energetic drum beat, comes together for a folksy sound with hints of bluegrass influence.

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“ALL I EVER DO” –  GREAT PEACOCK

Bold, expansive, southern rock that has the slightest edge of guitar twang: that’s the calling card of Nashville’s Great Peacock. For those familiar with the band’s live performances, “All I Ever Do” manages to captures their dynamic energy and bottle it into a recorded track.

Great Peacock Photo By Harrison Hudson
Photo By Harrison Hudson

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“CAPE ELIZABETH”  –  DARREN JESSEE

A seemingly simple guitar lick is the starting point for the captivating melody that pulls you into the sonically beautiful “Cape Elizabeth” from Darren Jessee. With poetic lyricism, the song makes you feel like you are floating along with Jessee as he takes in the cape’s waters and experiences the joys of new beginnings.

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“PINK LEATHER BOOTS”  –  KAREN JONAS

We have a neon sign advertising ‘dancing girls,’ a pair of pink boots, and of course, the artistic vision of Karen Jonas to thank for this lively throwback, country swing influenced number. The lively bass, classic rock n’ roll electric guitar chords, and Jonas’s expressive vocals combine into a nostalgic sound while the lyrics add a bit of fun to our shut-in weary lives.

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George Maifair

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