Butch Walker made me cry. His new song was inspired by the death of his father and features a guitar solo by Bob Mould, who also lost his father in recent years. I guess that makes three of us.
Walker’s new album, Afraid of Ghosts, will be released on February 3rd. The album was produced by Ryan Adams, whose influence can be heard in the sparsely arranged, melancholy melodies. I especially connect with the title track.
Anti’s Winter EP includes the legendary Bettye LaVette, Petra Haden’s great version of the Psycho theme, and a Shane McGowan/Johnny Depp sea shanty, of course!
Ato Records Spring Sampler includes several Muruch favorites: Old Crowe Medicine Show! Alabama Shakes! Brandi Carlile & Emmylou Harris singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads”!
Ben Sollee, Ron Sexsmith, Damien Jurado and Harper Simon are among the artists featured on this American Songwriter Sessions Sampler. I hadn’t heard of Harper Simon – his “Berkeley Girl” is a gorgeous song from another time.