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Singer songwriter Angel Snow has a secret you want to know about

Angel Snow | Photo by Fairlight Hubbard
Angel Snow | Photo by Fairlight Hubbard

Originally from Chickamauga, Ga., Angel Snow has started to make some waves in the singer-songwriter scene, based out of Nashville. A serendipitous encounter with bluegrass and country star Alison Krauss allowed Snow to give Krauss a copy of Snow’s album, which led to an opportunity most musicians rarely get – a meeting with Krauss, her brother bassist Viktor Krauss. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ali Wadsworth cover Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”

Ali Wadsworth | photo courtesy of the artist
Ali Wadsworth | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly singer-songwriter Ali Wadsworth has been an integral part of the local music scene since moving to Philly from Vermont in the early Oughts. After performing with Dan Schwartz of Good Old War in their band Unlikely Cowboy for a couple of years, Wadsworth has since been performing solo and has been an indispensable back up singer. She’s a force of energy and singer that keeps a lot of bands sounding fresh and soulful, and she’s capable of singing everything from folk to rock, and jazz to blues. Continue reading →

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Listen to Strand Of Oaks cover Ryan Adams’ “My Wrecking Ball”

Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.tumblr.com/
Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.tumblr.com/

It’s been an extraordinary year for Philly’s Strand Of Oaks. Fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter, the band released their phenomenal album HEAL to critical acclaim and lifted the band to their most far reaching, and well deserved success to date. From the first song to the last, including stand out tracks like “Goshen ’97,” “Shut In,” and “JM,” Showalter wrote a powerful and introspective rock record. Continue reading →

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Listen to Philly Local Cookie Rabinowitz cover Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”

Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz
Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz

Local funk soul singer songwiter brother Cookie Rabinowitz has added to voice to our growing list of Philly local cover songs with a version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Back in September, Cookie had the audacity to cover Fall In Philadelphia by Jall & Oates, and this time around he’s reflected on one of his favorite songs of 2014. Continue reading →

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Listen to Philly Local Pete Donnelly cover King Tuff’s “Eyes Of The Muse”

Pete Donnelly
Pete Donnelly

Singer, songwriter and guitarist and bassist Pete Donnelly has covered King Tuff’s “Eyes Of The Muse” as part of WXPN’s Philly Local 2014 Year In Review cover songs project. Donnelly is a founding member of The Figgs and an honorary member of NRBQ, and has performed with many musicians and bands including Tommy Stinson Graham Parker, and others. On any given night you might find him sitting in with Philly bands and he has been writing, performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including John Legend, G. Love & Special Sauce, Amos Lee and Ben Arnold. Continue reading →

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Camden’s Graham Alexander discusses inspiration, childhood and his mindset going into his new album with Victor Talking Machine Co.

Photo via Graham Alexander Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GrahamAlexanderMusic/photos_stream)
Graham Alexander | photo via facebook.com/GrahamAlexanderMusic

Rock revivalist Graham Alexander first raised eyebrows when he stepped into the music scene with his self-titled album back in December of 2011 and his pop rock magnetism quickly won him a regional fanbase. In 2012, Graham was featured in our live studio sessions, performing alongside Find Vienna, and now the Camden-based artist is back again with new jams, a new record label and a new musical approach. Most recently, he released two music videos for his newest tracks “She’s A Chameleon” and “Games”, which will both be featured on his upcoming album set to be released December 19th. The Key got a chance to speak with Graham Alexander about making new music, acting on Broadway and working with the historical and newly reformed Victor Talking Machine Company. Continue reading →

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Download Ben Smith’s holiday ode “Feast of Steven” (with respect to The Smiths)

Ben Smith | Old Man Winter, Vol, 4 | Artwork by Kristen Soleck | http://www.kristensolecki.com/
Ben Smith | Old Man Winter, Vol, 4 | Artwork by Kristen Soleck | http://www.kristensolecki.com/

Local singer-songwriter Ben Smith has gotten in the holiday spirit and released Old Man Winter, Vol. 4. It’s part of his long standing Old Man Winter series, and this time around featured two songs: Getting Coal For Christmas,” about a boy who doesn’t seem to mind his growing stockpile of coal, and “Feast of Steven,” about a boy alone at boarding school for the holidays, with nothing but his Smiths records to keep him company. Continue reading →

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