Courtney Patton – So This Is Life

Courtney Patton’s aptly named third album, So This Is Life, is comprised of story songs inspired by her life.  Produced by Drew Kennedy, each song is beautifully executed and perfectly balanced, with fiddle and steel guitar that never overshadow Patton’s rich vocals.  The best songs rip out my heart while simultaneously soothing my soul, which happens with every. single. track.  It’s honest, simple, and heartfelt. My favorites are: “Twelve Days”, Courtney’s first love song; the title track, written about her parents’ divorce; “Battle These Blues”, which talks of heartbreak and depression; and “War of Art”, a song for her kids, about

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Haley Cole’s Illusions

I’ll be honest – I’m late to jump on the Haley Cole train…but I’m here now, and I’ll be riding till the end. Her latest release, Illusions, is seven songs of soulful melodies and raw, emotional lyrics, containing songs about love, letting go, and finding her purpose. Produced by David Beck (formerly of Sons of Fathers), it’s an ideal blend of upbeat, energetic songs, and soothing ballads. It isn’t overdone or overproduced, the harmonies are perfectly executed, and the fiddle in “Runaway” makes me swoon every time I hear it. I have yet to see Haley perform live or to

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Ineffable

Do you know how hard it has been for me to write this?! How do you adequately articulate the feeling you get from people so talented at their craft that their music moves you to tears? ugh. This was supposed to be finished a month ago. Anyway. If you asked me to choose a favorite singer/songwriter (which is typically pretty difficult…there’s a plethora of talented people that play a variety of different styles, how can you pick just one?), it would be Walt Wilkins. Regardless of circumstances, mood, time of day, etc., his music hits the spot…even if it’s a

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