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Swimming Bell's "1988" is an authentic folk vision, plays Trans-Pecos 4.6

Swimming Bell, the solo project of Brooklyn-based songwriter Katie Schottland, found its start in 2015, after Schottland broke her foot and used the downtime to learn guitar. Perhaps a consequence of her homespun background in recording and composition, Swimming Bell’s music is endowed with a rare authenticity, creating raw, unfettered folk songs from memories of people and places past. Her newest effort “1988” is the latest example of this craft, accompanied by a video that seeks to recreate the innocent wonder of childhood against lush acoustics and overdubbed vocals. And as the first single from her forthcoming LP, Wild Sight, it demonstrates a focused, fresh approach to folk ahead of the album's release later this spring.

Schottland will return to New York on April 6th to perform a record release show at Trans-Pecos, supported by Monteagle, Pale Mara, and Andrew Victor. Until then, you can watch the video fro “1988” below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)

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Y La Bamba: Mujeres

Y La Bamba’s latest release, Mujeres, weaves a complicated and beautiful story. Each song situates you in a space both abstract and defined. There, you and Mendoza are free to explore. As you go through the album, it expands and contracts and expands again. The limitations of memory, diving into raw and vulnerable identities, and re-imagining histories: Mujeres tackles all of these and more. In exploring her relationship to her Mexican heritage and background, Mendoza forges new spaces and histories. She challenges her audience to do the same with their own narratives. She deftly pucks your heart out of your chest and asks you to see it in a new light.

Of course, this story would be inaccessible if the narrator wasn't so dextrous and intuitive. Mendoza’s voice is at it’s strongest that we’ve seen thus far. Atmospheric and resolute, she turns each song into something that’s strikingly tangible. You can feel her hands shaping the music, akin to a potter sculpting clay. In “Perder” she sings in long, slow waves, only to end the song with hushed, repetitive muttering. The muttering continues on to the next song “Mujeres” and blends the two together. It’s masterful manipulation. It would be surprising if someone doesn't get goosebumps while listening to Mujeres.

 -By Avril Carrillo


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Bluegrass rockers Della Mae release new EP "The Butcher Shoppe"

The groundhog predicted an early Spring, but it's still a little chilly here in Nashville, which means we're all fools for taking weather advice from something that lives in the dirt. So if you need to warm up, pour yourself a tall glass of brown liquor and throw on Della Mae's new EP The Butcher Shoppe, which contains six new tracks of their spirit-lifting bluegrass music. The group of women roots rockers recorded these songs at the Butcher Shoppe Studio in town, bringing in collaborators such as original Della Mae guitarist Avril Smith, as well as Molly Tuttle and Alison Brown. Tracks include a smoky cover of "Sixteen Tons", the rapid-fire instrumental "No-See-Um Stomp", and the lead single "Bourbon Hound", which suggests that you make yourself another Old Fashioned. We agree.

Della Mae is bassist Zoe Guigueno, guitarist Celia Woodsmith, fiddler Kimber Ludiker, and mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, all of whom share vocal duty in wonderful harmony. Take a listen to "Bourbon Hound" below. - Will Sisskind

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Okay Alright "Good Light"

Okay Alright (aka Brycen Waitkus) released a new single called “Good Light” today. This is the first new music from Brycen since his 2018 album Tomorrow, When We Wake, and first since leading his hometown of Chicago for California.

The track is lovely bedroom folk filled out perfectly by the backing vocals on Corinne Lykins.


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