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“Folk is thriving in the 21st century, who would’ve thought? The indie kids are taking a shot at it and so are the contemporaries. Singer-songwriter Jason Spooner falls in the latter. Spooner is at the forefront of a folk-and-blues influenced trio (Adam Frederick and Reed Chambers). The New England-band has played many festivals including SXSW, and Spooner has won songwriting contests like the 2004 John Lennon Songwriting Competition. Late last year, Spooner released their third album Sea Monster. Unlike previous projects, it focused on the instrument, so there’s a drastic deviation from the past. He is our Pick of the Day: Jason Spooner Label: Independent Band Members: * Jason Spooner * Adam Frederick * Reed Chambers ”
“Jason Spooner: He's the real deal....read on...”
“Kat Maslich-Bode’s six-track solo debut, The Road of 6, is a lovely collection of folk-influenced pop and country, Carried by Kat’s warm and substantial voice, the album features guests Mary Chapin Carpenter, Glen Phillips, and Jim Lauderdale. The opener “March” is a pretty love song in which Mary Chapin Carpenter contributes backing vocals. Kat wrote the ballad for her husband on their wedding day and incorporated the ultrasound of her daughter’s heartbeat into the beginning and end of the track. Kat co-wrote “Back Home” with her former Eastmountainsouth partner, Peter Bradley-Adams. The song is a tribute to a childhood friend of Kat’s who died in a car crash. The stand out track is Kat’s soulful rendition of The Blue Nile’s “Let’s Go Out Tonight,” a song she says she fell in love with at a party when she was just thirteen. The cover is a grand finale to this far too brief, but beautiful song cycle.”
“Maslich-Bode (formerly of eastmountainsouth) began work last year with producer Neilson Hubbard on her own solo project, The Road of 6, a six-track EP that was released this week via new indie Mishara. With guests Glen Phillips, Jim Lauderdale and Mary Chapin Carpenter on hand, Road proves to be a lovely musical journey, Maslich-Bode's lilting, velvet-textured soprano supremely gorgeous throughout. Love songs don't get more touching and heartfelt than "March", the EP's opener that pulses with warmth and stunning production. "Poor Old Town" written after "watching Coal Miner's Daughter for the 2000th time" is an Americana-tinged gem. But it is "Let's Go Out Tonight" that closes the EP on a magical high, Paul "Blue Nile" Buchanan's song of longing and anticipation a moody classic of grand atmospherics and quiet majesty.”