Ontario’s Bria — an accomplished guitarist and alt-Country provocateur — has unleashed her take on Paula Cole’s “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”, its sawtoothed, Goth edges smoothed with an uneasy elegance by humor and strength. Ms. Salmena’s next EP Cuntry Covers Vol. 2 is out courtesy of Sub Pop on February 24th. You can order opaque-red-vinyl and CD versions of it from Bandcamp and from the MegaMart now, while additional links for digital versions are here.
All Blue is the classic-sounding title of the forthcoming album from Toronto’s Julianna Riolino, and from it graciously she’s just shared the pedal-steel-propelled, bourbon-fueled “Queen Of Spades”. Out through You’ve Changed Records on October 14th, you can order the vinyl version of the LP both from them and from Bandcamp now.
Plains are a collaboration between Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield and Austin’s Jess Williamson, and “Problem With It” is a confessional zephyr and their sweetly-pointed new single. Their I Walked With You A Ways LP is out from September 30th on Anti-. You can pre-order physical editions of that by following this link, and the digital version is on Bandcamp.
Understated but as strong as iron, it’s made, sung and played with respect, toughness and a tangible, resonating love. Toronto’s Bria has covered Waylon’s eternal “Dreaming My Dreams With You”, it sounds incredible, and it’s taken from the forthcoming Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 EP. Out from September 24th, you can pre-order vinyl, CD, cassette and digital editions of it both from Bandcamp and Sub Pop right now.
Harrowing and honest, “Spirits, Angels, Or Lies” rushes with a vital, ancient and humane understanding. It’s the lyrical lead track from Riddy Arman’s self-titled debut LP, one she releases through La Honda Records on September 10th. You can order a pink-vinyl version of it from Vinyl Cup and the CD from her webstore. Via Brooklyn Vegan.
A scorching homage to the early days of Sun Records, “Maybe Instead of No” sizzles with a ragged vintage-Country electricity. It’s taken from Time Stands Still, the just-released new LP from Stockholm’s Mikaela Finne. You can buy the digital version of it from Bandcamp, while the vinyl can be found here.
On Shannon McNally’s forthcoming album The Waylon Sessions she re-envisions thirteen of the the Outlaw Country icon’s classics, and you can hear her rough-and-tumble, alluringly-confident and raw version of “Black Rose” above. The LP is released by Compass Records on May 28th, and you can pre-order digital, vinyl and CD versions of it from their webstore now.