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Five Favorite Finds

Over the past few weeks I have noticed a common theme in my Twitter thread amongst many fellow music friends…the search for new music. People want to hear new songs, new artists, new albums, and new sounds. I can’t blame them. It’s not that we are “sick and tired” of what we have been listening to, or maybe it is… Regardless, for those of us who love music, the search is never-ending. .

So where do we find new (or at least new to “us”) music? At first I was leery of bringing up new artists from different areas to this audience. However, after some consideration decided there really is no harm. Many of you may already know of these artists and listen to them regularly. Others may not. Either way, here is a list of five of my favorite discoveries.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
This chic gets it. Rock, blues, soul… You name it she owns it. Originally from Vermont, Grace and the “Nocs” are tearing up the road and well on their way to making big waves. She is, without a doubt, the most refreshing female vocalist I’ve heard in ages (sorry Miranda). In listening to KNBT, her new single “Paris” has been getting some airtime in Texas. Though my all-time favorite Grace tunes are “Big White Gate,” “Ah Mary,” and “Joey.” It should also be noted another favorite Texas group, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, happen to be doing an opening tour for Grace, so be sure to check the schedule.

Will Hoge
Okay, Mr. Hoge isn’t exactly new, but I’ve recently fallen in love with his album The Wreckage. “Goodnight/Goodbye” and “Highway Wings” are two of my personal faves. The entire lot is genius though.

Brandi Carlile
Canadian. Think Lucinda Williams meets Kathleen Edwards with just a touch more sorrow, anger, and edge (depending on the song of course). “Turpentine,” “Wasted,” and “Happy” never get skipped.

The Dedringers
I wouldn’t be lying if I said this particular group makes me want to light some incense, smoke something a little more green, and dance around my living room completely solo. Save me typing my favorites and just go check out their album Sweetheart of the Neighborhood.

Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
I stumbled onto these guys during a trip to Mobile last spring with my baby sister. They opened for Needtobreathe (another excellent group) at the Soul Kitchen. I left that night with more than one of the SK6ers albums and have never looked back.

That is a brief list, but it’s a start. I could have gone on, but it’s best to keep web material brief. Enjoy this week’s five favorite finds and be sure to share some of yours if you get the chance!

14 Responses to “Five Favorite Finds”

  1. Straggler42 February 24, 2011

    All good stuff! I really dig Grace & The Nocturnals, haven’t dug into Will Hoge yet although I do have his album loaded into my Itunes. I’ve been listening to that Dedringers album for a couple of years now, and it is a great one! Reminds me sort of Neil Young meets “Exile on Main Street” Rolling Stones.

    Five artists that I highly recommend are:

    1. The Black Keys
    2. Chuck Ragan
    3. Have Gun Will Travel
    4. Glossary
    5. Will Kimbrough


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    • Sammie Barclay February 25, 2011

      Thanks for the feedback. Nice to know you enjoyed the post… I dig the Black Keys! I’ve made my way through some Glossary and Will Kimbrough, though not in much depth. I’ll have to check out numbers 2 & 3. Thanks again and look for some more finds next week!


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  2. I only had time this morning to listen to one so I clicked on the Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers video.

    I like their sound. I usually enjoy acoustic and synth and this has both. Good find.


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    • Sammie Barclay February 25, 2011

      Glad you enjoyed them. Probably one of the most entertaining groups I’ve ever seen live… I’m a fan of the acoustic tunes myself. I’ll keep that in mind when I come up with next week’s finds. Thanks for the feedback!


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  3. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals rock! Most of the rest of the list is quite good too. I’m with the quote from Bart Crow about loving all good music. That’s what its all about, not your geography. Slaid Cleaves made one of the better albums of the past 15 years and isn’t he a Connecticut native or something? The “our music is better because of where the artist was from” argument is for drunk frat boys.


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    • Sammie Barclay February 25, 2011

      Grace does rock! I appreciate your love, and most people involved with GW about loving good music regardless of locale. I was just admiring the number of Alabama boys on The Drop yesterday… I’ll have to check on the Slaid origination and get back to you. Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed the post!


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  4. Brad Beheler February 25, 2011

    Slaid’s from Maine originally. And, yes…we don’t care where it’s from as long as it’s got heart, soul, groove and genuine emotion. Will Hoge’s one of my favorite artists period. Everyone should check him out and see him live if possible…it’s like Springsteen in the 70s! And, Grace Potter is my latest musical obsession…she’s amazing.


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    • Sammie Barclay February 25, 2011

      Agreed on both Grace and Will! Although mine came in the reverse of yours… I was Grace first and now Will :) Thanks to all you GW peeps for taking me in… It’s been(and will continue to be) a fun ride.


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  5. Another one saying “yes!” to the Grace Potter obsession- mine’s been ongoing for a few months and seems to be in no danger of stopping soon.

    I’ve also been on a bit of a Sons of Bill kick lately, and am eagerly awaiting their new album this Spring. The Music Fog video for “Santa Ana Winds” is tying me over until then.

    Last but not least, the recent Decemberists album got me going backwards in their discography. How did I miss them for so long?


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    • Sammie Barclay March 2, 2011

      Thanks for the comment! I’ve actually not checked out the Decemberists, but from the sound of it I need to hop to it. As for Sons of Bill… I fell in love with their sound at Steamboat this year. Stellar group that one is.


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  6. I got a Grace song from a SPIN playlist and came running back to my computer to see who was destroying the airwaves. She will make my list. Bart’s comment, which has been reciprocated here about being open-minded to music across genres and locations should be vocalised more. Here is my list:

    Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights (JTNL)
    Last year I went to SXSW to see Minus The Bear, favorite band, and started leaving after their set to see JTNL walking on. Their attire caught my attention so I stayed to hear what they were about and will never thank myself enough. I’ve seen my share of shows, but this takes my record for “rockenest concert.” A full lineup of extremely talented musicians, charged with energy that envelops the crowd. From the high screams of JT, to the eat piercing Hendrix style guitar solos this is a show to see.

    J Roddy Walston & The Business
    Classic American rock-n-roll with a Southern twang and heavy pianos sets them apart. JTNL should tour with this group, but beware your face may melt off.

    3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    Older, but this is about being “new to you,” right? The emotion in his voice will suck you in.

    4. Alexander
    The solo project of Alex Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. Seeing their show, Edward Sharpe, was almost a spiritual experience with the love that they generate for their fans and the ability to play music.

    5. Hayes Carll
    I had run across his prior stuff and ever paid much attention, but I just caught his latest single on my playlist and did a double take. It was one of those songs that draws your attention instantly with melody, drawl and post 50s rock-a-Billy theme.


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  7. Sammie Barclay March 2, 2011

    Wow! Thanks for the response! There are a couple on here I’ve never heard of before, which is always exciting for me. I’ll forever count JTNL as one of my favorite shows… for all of the reasons you mentioned above. Thanks again and I look forward to getting into these new artists!


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