Folk/Country

Bluegrass trio Eugene Tyler Band release single "Longest Day"

Big Apple bluegrass trio Eugene Tyler Band -- made up of Eugene Gardner and Dan Tyler, along with Marc Jaffee -- have put work into getting themselves out there in 2019, forming a grassroots fanbase around the country on the heels of their latest release baby dogs. That 2019 EP included driving tracks created from Tyler and Gardner's vocal harmonies, their interplay on the guitar and mandolin against Jaffee's bass, and the catchy chord progressions of songs like "Rocky" and "Ain't Enough". Now, in the midst of a summer full of shows around New York State, ETB have released another new single called "Longest Day", a breakneck-speed bluegrass jam which celebrates the solstice and the days just before and after. Find a shady spot under your favorite tree, crank the volume high in your headphones, and listen to "Longest Day" below. - Will Sisskind

 

   

Mamma's Marmalade's new single "Fire" is sticky sweet, Pre-Fest Fest performance upcoming 07.11

Northampton’s Mama’s Marmalade instills the spirit of New England deep within its bluegrass music: the genre’s Scottish, Irish, and English origins shine brightly in the group’s compositions. The swift tempos in each song allow the array of string instruments to each have a moment of brilliance, from the steady strum of banjo strings to the finesse with which the violin is played for elegant flourishes, it all comes together beautifully. The band’s latest single “Fire” is a harmonious dash that culminates with a passionate lead vocal delivery and a musical breakdown you cannot help tapping your foot to. The band is playing the Pre-Fest Fest at the Greenfield Energy Park in Greenfield, MA on July 11th. We are streaming “Fire” for you below. - Rene Cobar

   

Tom Abbott's "Puppet Boy" is a fantastic sonic collage, show upcoming at Wrentham Town Common 07.28

No better way to start your weekend than with the upbeat acoustic brilliance of Wrentham's Tom Abbott! The singer-songwriter has released his sophomore full-length record Puppet Boy, a collection of indie-folk tracks dipped in just enough lo-fi-production waters to provide a raw sound irresistible. The vibrant acoustic guitar phrases and upbeat drum patterns of "Hello" have the candid indie-folk spirit of bands like The Decemberists while "8 Hours" kicks off with serrated guitar riffs à la lo-fi star-of-the-moment Justus Proffit. In "Happy," Abbott bares his soul in a cathartic blues-tinged song that showcases his vocal magnetism to the tune of elegant piano chimes. The fuzzy bassline and fractured guitar arpeggios of "Fly on the Wall" are pure indie-rock goodness. The record finishes with the aptly-titled "Goodbye" a track that keeps the sonic sprint going, flashing sweet harmonies as it races to the finish line. Tom Abbott can be proud of a record that encompasses a variety of genres from punk in "Fake Punk" to alt-country in "Lemonade," treating everyone to something exquisite. Tom will be playing at the Wrentham Town Common July 28th, sure to unleash his sonic collage in a must-see performance. "Hello" is streaming below. - Rene Cobar

   

New Track: "Country Song" - Joy Again

Lil Nas X's chart-topping success with "Old Town Road" reinvigorated the debate over how one approaches musical genres. Is it about sonic structure, lyrical setting, the overall lifestyle/culture it depicts, etc.? That being said, Joy Again have new single that they've titled “Country Song”. The recording melds the warmth of slide and acoustic guitar, with keys and backend, helping yopur mind meander down some backwoods road. The track morphs over the course of time, bring to mind Ween-esque musical terrain, shifting expectations. Is it a "country song"?

   

Modern Painters prepare to unveil their latest record "City Folk" at ONCE 07.05

The music of Boston’s Modern Painters drips a syrupy sonic collage of influences that when looked at from afar create a harmonious portrait worth admiring. The various textures that range from honeyed pianoforte phrases to vibrantly colored electric guitar flourishes betray the group’s indie-folk label, transcending it, sketching slowly something far more complex. The group’s latest single “Hive” lingers beautifully, paced by an initially feather-light jazz drum beat that revs up to meet the arpeggiating guitar and thumping bass inspired by your favorite indie-rock record. The lead vocals of Gabe Goodman are entrancing enough to match today’s dream-pop stars and mist away in the single to make way for an irresistible sax solo that melts like butter under the summer sun. Modern Painters are gearing up for the release of City Folk, their first album in nearly two years. The release show will be at ONCE in Somerville on July 5th, and we are thrilled to preview the record for you by streaming “Hive” below. - Rene Cobar