The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Gretchen Lohse, Wooden Wand


Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have teamed up for an upcoming album called Old Yellow Moon, out through Nonesuch Records on February 26th.  “Hanging Up My Heart” was chosen by WXPN as its contribution to NPR’s new 5 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing feature.  XPN welcomes Harris and Crowell to the Academy of Music on Tuesday, March 26th with the Richard Thompson Electric Trio; tickets and information can be found here.

Wooden Wand is James Jackson Toth, and singer-songwriter who has released over 100 recordings in almost every audio format but most recently in the form of this month’s Blood Oaths of the New Blues LP.  Toth carries the heritage of old-style country singers into current times with his back-porch twang and dusty ballads.  Stream and download “Outsider Blues” below.

This week The Key Unlocked local musician Joe D’Amico‘s A Short Time’s a Long Time.  The West Chester singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for his work with bluegrass / folk band Mason Porter, uses his solo material to experiment with a larger spectrum of sounds ranging from ambient to rustic to upbeat rock.  Stream and download “Where Does the Time Go?” below and then check out his Unlocked interview, album review and video.

The breezy lilt of Austin’s Tiger Waves calls to mind Real Estate mixed with 60s psychedelia on their just-released single “Fields.”  Giving nods to The Beach Boys, The Byrds and The Beatles as influences, the young five-piece completed a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, enabling them to tour the States over the next two months.  Tiger Waves will stop by Kung Fu Necktie this Wednesday, January 30th; tickets and information can be found here.  Below, stream and download “Fields” b/w “A Smirk & A Smile.”

Yellow Humphrey’s Gretchen Lohse stopped by to record a Key Studio Session this week, sharing four unreleased works in progress and one reworking of a Yellow Humphrey song.  Departing from her band’s intricate lattice-work compositions, Lohse’s solo work in this session is an intimate, stripped back approach to her classic folk sound.  Stream and download “Primal Rumble” below and then head over here for the full session.



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