Monday mashup 2021 (vol 26)

Hard to believe that it’s the middle of August and there are only two weeks left of summer – say it isn’t so! It’s a good thing that indie musicians keep making great music 12 months a year. Here are five new singles and music videos to prove our point.

NEW SINGLES

First up this week is another smash future hit from one of our favorite bands of siblings, aptly named We Three. Their latest is a power ballad called “Half Hearted,” and we think it is their best to date. Can’t wait to hear what comes next from this delightful trio.

Next up is a country rocker that mixes classic country and rock to give you something to keep your toes tapping as you two-step around the dance floor. This is our first exposure to Harrison Country, and we are sure it won’t be our last. What they want to know is “Ain’t the Beer Cold?”

Our third single comes from Norwegian band One and a half dog and is perfect for all you rock lovers, with elements of prog and hard rock from the 70s, 80s and 90s. We love the complex sound and hope to hear much more from this intriguing band. Check out “Shine.”

From Norway we head to Finland for the 90s alternative rock sound of Somber Distortion. This one should appeal to most lovers of indie/alt rock, and deserves multiple listens. Listen to their debut single, “Burden.”

We close out this week’s new singles with this fresh breath of pop country from MasonRoseGray. She has a “Perfect Design,” and we want to be part of it. This one is guaranteed to brighten your day.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first video this week is a sure-fire country hit, featuring the sultry voice of Bailey James and some of the sweetest steel heard on any country song heretofore. We are glad she’s “Finally Free,” and hope that means we’ll hear much more from her in the future.

Sonja Midtune is the perfect artist to follow up Ms. James, as her silky sweet voice just gets better with every new song. We love the simple majesty of her latest, “Wildflowers,” and will definitely be putting this one on repeat.

Our third video has a serious R&B/dance groove, and we think it may easily become your go-to jam. Check out Luna Luna‘s latest video, “Feel it Now.” We think it is impossible to remain seated when this one is blaring.

This has truly been a week of future hits, and our favorite one so far is the latest from Jeff Tuohy, “Old Roads.” This one will brighten your day as only a solid country ballad can. IMHO, this is the song of the year for 2021 with a message we all need to take to heart.

We close out the week with a WORLD PREMIERE of the new music video from LA Music Critic Award nominee Andy Sydow. His new song is called “When it Ends,” and is a foretaste of the goodness on his forthcoming EP, Time Stands Between. We can’t wait for its release and wanted to whet your appetite in the mean time. Enjoy.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 25)

Just when it was getting safe to get back in the water, along comes Delta and threatens to force us all back home. We have been anxiously awaiting a return to normal concerts and hope that we can get past this glitch without having to go back to square one. How about you guys? At any rate, let’s share this week’s new singles and music videos to whet your appetite for new music.

NEW SINGLES

First up this week is the latest from the lead singer of one of our favorite Americana bands, honeyhoney. Suzanne Santo has released her second solo album and it is even better than her first one. Her latest single talks about something we all need, “Mercy,” and tells it in the best possible way. This one is definitely going on repeat.

Next up is the powerful ballad, “Colors Run,” courtesy of Matt Hartke. He continues to amaze us and this well-crafted song is the perfect way to show your support during these trying times. We think you’ll want to hear it again and again.

Our third single comes from Abby Posner, the voice of LA’s LGBTQ community, and is sung with perfect layered harmonies, reminding us of Raining Jane. It may be called “Emergency Use Only,” but we think she wouldn’t mind if you played it every day.

“Silver Arrow Sunday” is the second single from former producer and now artist David Franz. It is a breath of fresh air, with its unique desert rock sound that will truly haunt you. We love it and can’t wait to hear what comes next from this intriguing new artist.

Our final single this week comes from Tucker Wetmore, an artist that sounds as familiar as if he’s been on country radio all his life. He is asking for “Another Shot,” and we truly believes he deserves it. This one could easily be a chart-topper.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

If the voice behind our first music video of the week sounds familiar, that’s because he was formerly the lead singer for The Chordaes. His name is Leo Sawikin, and his song is entitled “Row me Away.” We adore his voice and wish him well in his solo career. We think it will be incredibly successful.

Next up is the latest from the always incredible voice of Rachel Lorin. She says she’ll take a bullet for you, even if you pull the “Trigger.” We are willing to join that que. This song belongs in rotation on Top 40 radio.

Our third video will leave you drooling for some of that sweet “Honey.” Carly and the Universe are back and this time around she uses every ounce of her sexuality to hook you. This one is definitely worthy of multiple views.

Blue Elan Records artist Chelsea Williams brings us a desert mirage performance video with her stirring cover of America‘s classic tune, “Sister Golden Hair.” At this point in her career, she could sing the phone book and we’d love it. Thanks for this brilliant new take on a classic hit.

We close out the week with a bittersweet video from LA Americana band Great Willow. The video was shot last May when some of LA’s best Americana bands got together to celebrate the right to perform and hang out with people again. They call it “Together Again,” and we wish we could have been there for this momentous occasion. Hopefully we can all continue this trend.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 24)

Missed our deadline yesterday due to work, so up early today to post the article. We are so proud to share these new singles and music videos. Enjoy these great artists.

LA MUSIC CRITIC AWARD WINNERS HIT #1 ON THE CHARTS

Two LA Music Critic Award winners have had some recent success on the charts. Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method‘s new single “You Better Think” debuted at #1 on the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Song chart, while Brigitte Purdy‘s tune “Time to Love” hit #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Rock Song chart. Congratulations to you both.

NEW SINGLES

Speaking of Polly O’Keary, here is the band’s new single, “You Better Think.” It is further proof that indie music is the best music.

Next up is the latest from one of our favorite LA songwriters, who has been fairly quiet for a while. John West is back and better than ever with the release of his latest tune, “Lost in Japan.” We’re just glad we found this one.

Our third single comes to us courtesy of Ue3 Promotions‘ client Chesca, and this smooth ballad should fuel your wind down time. Just sit back and “Feel the Breeze.” Check out the rest of this amazing album, which just dropped on July 30.

Next up is a stirring country/Americana ballad from one of LA’s reigning queens of the genre, Pi Jacobs. She may have a “Broken Cup,” but we will take it.

Our final single this week is a beautiful love song written by Matt Jones for his girlfriend, Lauren de Miranda. We think it is one of the best love songs we have ever heard. Give a listen to “Crazy Over You,” and we think you’ll be back for more.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first video this week is from an artist we featured back in 2016, and we’re thrilled that she’s back. Check out Ryal’s latest, “Feathers,” and enjoy the amazing flamenco dancing of Xianix Barrera.

Next up is the latest from Lucy & La Mer. It is a gorgeous acoustic cover of the Harry Styles‘ hit, “Watermelon Sugar.” We love it.

Our third video has a classic psychedelic sound and we truly dig it. Here’s “Floating in Air” by Monet’s Pond. We have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the future.

Are you a fan of the Netflix series The Witcher? If you are, then you will love “In the End,” the new video from Beth Crowley. This one will make you want to re-binge the entire series again.

We’re going to send you out this week with a rocking video from rue vox. This one features Butcher Babies’ Henry Flury and Heidi Shepherd and Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch. Don’t be a victim of the “90’s Villain.”

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 23)

As we enter the final week of July, the Olympics are in full swing and indie music is flowing freely. We’ve got some great new songs and music videos for you this week, so let’s get the party started.

NEW SINGLES

Our first single this week comes from another LA Music Critic Award winner, this time LA’s Constanza Herrero. She relocated to LA from her native South America after winning Best Latin Artist/Band, and we couldn’t be happier. Her latest is another gem, in the form of “I Didn’t Care,” but we know that she really does.

Next up is the latest from San Diego native and now Nashville musical maven Alyssa Jacey. She continues to improve her musical prowess and delivers a stunner with the remix of her song, “Drowning Me.” We are glad that she has overcome and we can’t wait to see what comes next.

LA is home to some very prolific songwriters, and one of our favorites has always been Patricia Bahia. She is an award-winning songwriter who has had multiple placements in television and movies. She is also a collaborator. Her latest collaboration with Betty Lawrence has become the band 7th & Hope, and the product of that union is called “Brand New Day.” Let it inspire you as the new week begins.

Single number four is from Blue Elan Records artist The Vegabonds. These guys always bring it to every song they release and their latest, “Heartache and a Memory,” is no exception. Check them out and let us know what you think.

Our final single this week is from the EP Empty Hearts which was released last Friday by Alexis Keegan. She has been off the radar for a couple of years but is back with an abandon. We love the third song “I’d Rather be Your Girl,” and believe it has what it takes to make it on Top 40 Radio. Let us know if you agree.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

First up this week is the latest video from Adelaine Morin on her 10th anniversary as a YouTube artist. This one has a smooth R&B groove and is highly provocative. Check out “No Sugar.” This one will appeal to all your senses.

It’s very “Easy” to love the latest video from Laurent Bourque. We love the groove and could easily visualize the use of this song in a multitude of placement opportunities. We look forward to hearing what comes next from this sweet artist.

Our third video this week comes from the sweet Americana honey voice of Jenny Shawhan and is truly reflective of her debut album, Don’t be Afraid. Check out this beautiful video for the title track.

Next up is a funny video about trying to find the right “look” for your band. We love the 90’s feel of “Time Will Tell,” and think The Keystones definitely have the chops to find their place on the indie music scene.

Our final video this week comes from the intriguing mind of Jessicka. She shares her somewhat disturbing vision for her song “Mirrorball Midnight,” and leaves us wanting more. Have a great week and we’ll check in with you next month.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 22)

Sorry we missed last week but there were issues at work and I never had the chance to write. However, we’re back today with some local indie news about Jason Adamo, plus we have five new singles and music videos. Let’s get going.

Home Grown Country

NC indie musician Jason Adamo is one of the best country music artists we have come across, but he is also gaining a reputation as a DJ on one of the larger country music radio stations, QDR 94.7, out of Raleigh. Every Sunday night at 9 p.m., he is the host of Home Grown Country, featuring music from local artists. Way to go Jason – keep shining that spotlight.

NEW SINGLES

It’s been a minute since we last had a new song from one of our favorite redheads, but Delaney Gibson has given us something to celebrate with the release of “Shelter From Thieves.” We love the sheer power of this song. Let us know what you think.

Our second single this week comes compliments of the one and only Shannon Hurley. She collaborates with Activa on another stunning EDM masterpiece, and definitely helps us “Return to Life.”

Next up is the latest from a very talented young lady out of Santa Barbara, California. She has rebranded herself as Cecilia James and continues to amaze everyone who hears her. Check out her new single, “Different Ground.” We love it.

LA Music Critic Award winner Brigitte Purdy is back with our fourth single this week, and it is her best to date. If you love the blues, then this artist needs to be on your radar. Here’s her latest, “Time for Love.”

Our final single this week comes from LA songstress Kris Angelis and is remake of one of her earlier hits. Get ready for the warmer weather with “20 Miles to Empty (Summer Version).”

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

We kick off the new with the new video from Carly and the Universe. It is a wild and crazy romp for their hot new single, “Salvation.” We think you will want to put this one on repeat.

Next up is a rocking bluesy number from the Queen of Sacramento, Katie Knipp. This one is a toe tapping musical treat. Check out “Sad Eyed Lover.”

Our third video this week is from none other than the Russian songbird, Marina V. This lyric video brings to life the beautiful words of her latest single, “It Gets Better.” Listening to her sweet “soft rock” voice, we truly believe it will.

Video number four comes from relative newcomer Taylor Rae and is the first video from her forthcoming album. It is a beautiful and sentimental tune that evokes all kinds of memories with its excellent cinematography. We think you’ll fall in love with her voice. Check out “Fixer Upper.”

Our final video this week comes from the fresh R&B duo allen&elle. We think their music shows great “Promise” and can’t wait to hear what comes next.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 21)

Happy (observed) Independence Day 2021 and welcome to the new improved Indie Voice Blog. Enjoying my “weekend” today and tomorrow, so it was the perfect time to sit down and share these five new singles and music videos with you. Hope you are having a great holiday and are ready for summer and the return to “live music.” Here we go.

NEW SINGLES

Our first single this week is from Rod Gator, the new moniker for multi-LA Music Critic Award winning artist Rod Melancon, who is also signed to Blue Elan Records. This one is dedicated to his home state and is “For Louisiana.” We think you’ll love it. Welcome Rod.

Our second single is from another Blue Elan artist, The Vegabonds. We love the classic country feel of this one, and definitely get “Shaky Hands” when we listen. Well done.

Suzanne Santo is one half of the Americana duo honeyhoney, and is a dynamic solo artist on her own. Her latest single is powerful and we can’t wait to check out the forthcoming new album. Give a listen to “Common Sense” and we guarantee you’ll want more.

We are overjoyed to share with you a new band that is upbeat and fun to listen to. Welcome to our blog, One More Weekend. We are really enjoying “Colourful Things” and can’t wait to hear what comes next.

Our final single this week comes from local California southern country rockers Sam Morrison Band. The song is called “Straight Outta Jacksonville” and features the Sons of Liberty. Grab a cold one and make some noise with this one.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Before we share this week’s music videos, we have a special treat for you. One of our favorite country artists, Toby Keith has a new lyric video, and of course, it’s controversial. Check out “Happy Birthday America” and let us know where you stand.

Back in February we shared the single “A Lot Like Home” from Risa Binder. Today we are happy to share the music video, which features Benji Harris. We love this collaboration and hope it makes it home to CMT.

Next up is a lyric music video released yesterday by Shannon Clark and the Sugar. We love the beautiful cinematography and think you’ll get a kick out of their song, “Little Darlin.”

Somehow we missed this next music video when it was released back in May. It features the powerful and soulful vocals of Candace Devine and is from her new band Ponderosa Grove. What also makes it special are all the cameos from friends and fans, sharing their own personal losses. Remember those who have gone ahead of the “Waterline.”

Another video that debuted yesterday is the latest from Bryan Lanning and is a sentimental feel good song worthy of repeated listens. Check out “Slide into my GM” and see if it doesn’t make you want to relive those memories.

We close out this week’s edition with some smoking rock and roll from The NEW Bardots. They may be “On our Own,” but we are happy to join the party. See you next week.