Tamar Berk / I’m Hoping This Day Won’t Kill Us
If you’ve ever breathed a sigh of emotional exhaustion as your alarm went off in the morning, this track by Tamar Berk is seriously going to resonate. Berk wants you to know that you’re not alone, no matter how crummy your day-to-day has gotten. You can go on. You will go on, with this song as your anthem. Some nice, early 1990’s alt-rock production choices make Berk’s whispery delivery irresistible.
Jerry Woods / (I’ll Soon Be) Home
In the interest of full disclosure, the latest track from Jerry Woods is on a compilation that I also have a track on, The Light Between, which is a fine compilation benefitting St. Jude’s Hospital. Woods has produced a rollicking folky number, similar in feel to Rhett Miller’s The El, and equally as hooky. Peppy acoustic guitars and earnest vocals make this one sound great in the car. Roll them windows down!
Steve Earle / Gettin’ By
Steve Earle is one of those voices that you either really like or you don’t, there’s no real in between. His latest long-player has sprouted this track, which is equal parts roadhouse and back porch, which is a good thing. Earle, as usual, finds his way around the pretty notes, and with a wink and a smile, invites you to join in. Much like Tamar Berk’s track (see above), the mission is to help those in need of consoling. Boy, these times we live in…
Elena Rogers / Dandelion
Wow, is this one a breath of fresh air! Elena Rogers pairs classic 60’s songwriter chops with an alt-pop flavor that is catchy as all-get-out. Dandelion would fit in very well amongst the pop songs of today, yet is so much deeper in style, performance and vibe. I’m looking forward to hearing her entire album!
By Dan Pavelich