Monday mashup 2022 (vol. 2)

It’s almost spring, and amazing new music continues to burst forth in this beautiful post-Covid time of reconnecting to the rest of the world. We have some amazing tunes for you this week, so let’s get started.

NEW SINGLES

First up this week is the latest from the multi-talented band called Ponderosa Grove. Not only are they creating great music, but their lead vocalist, Candace Devine, is producing the Pure Imagination Festival in their hometown of Prescott, Arizona. They just added the legendary Wynonna to their already amazing lineup. The music of Ponderosa Grove is so refreshing and we really think their latest, “Changin,'” will become your theme song. Give it up for them.

Next up are two sisters from Nashville that call themselves American Blonde. Their music is radio ready and their latest, “Blackwater Creek,” is the perfect vehicle to truly launch them into the mainstream. Watch for these guys to take country radio by storm with their brilliant storytelling and pitch-perfect harmonies.

Jackie Lee McLean may be the daughter of a legendary American musical icon, but she has earned her place in the industry through self-reflection, strong relatable lyrics and memorable musical compositions that connect her to the rest of the world. On stage she goes by Roan Yellowthorn, and her latest single, “One Tear at a Time,” is a remake of the classic Rusty Young (Poco) tune for a special Blue Elan Records project honoring Young’s music. Check out the entire album.

MILCK has become the voice of empowerment for women around the world, and her latest, “Power,” is further proof of his place as the Queen of Empowerment.” Bow down before her majesty and rise up into a great new beginning.

Our final single this week reminds us of the power duo of Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. This song will leave you laughing and crying at the same time, as Julia Cole and Alexandra Kay tell us about the “Best Worst Ex.” It’s no wonder Tim McGraw chose Kay to open up his next tour. Catch them in concert this summer.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first music video this week is a heartwarming and uplifting country tune from Bryan Lanning, who extols the value of letting your children grow up at their own pace. We think “Let ‘Em Grow” will become a theme song and source of inspiration for new parents.

Next up is the latest lyric video from Canadian band Ellevator, who we have featured before. We love the driving beat and the powerful lyrics of “Sacred Heart” and think you will too. Enjoy the latest from this stellar group.

Our third video features Canadian R&B artist Myles Lloyd in a powerfully moving video about living life called “Down Under.” This one is worthy of your attention.

Paloma is a 14-year old phenom whose music shows maturity way past her years. Listen carefully to the words of her latest, “Momma,” and we think you will see the future of music.

Our final video this week is a bluesy classic from Sandy Haley with a message that should resonate with women all over the world, “Love me Right or Cut me Loose.” Man up and heed the message.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 31)

It’s been a crazy month in the retail business, and we apologize for not bringing our weekly column. We hope this special “video only” play list will make it up to you. Check out these amazing videos.

In case you didn’t hear the big announcement, Indie Voice Blog has launched the Indie Voice Music Critic Awards. You can get details by clicking here.

First up is a throwback video with some serious 60s/70s vibes from our favorite Oklahoma couple, The Imaginaries, who are currently on tour. “You Already Know” is authentically staged with a sound that will last for generations, and we really dig this one. Let us know what you think.

Next up is one of Nashville’s hottest new acts, the sister duo known as American Blonde. This song should be their breakthrough tune on country radio and we think we’ll be seeing much more of them. It’s very easy to get lost in the “Quicksand” of this one.

Our third video this week highlights that all important of every morning – “Coffee.” Brought to you by the creative minds of Megan Nash & the Best of Intentions, this one requires repeated plays to fully comprehend the ties between the song and the video. Are you up to the challenge?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by this pandemic? Let the words and images of South Africa’s pop queen Cara Frew lift you up out of the quagmire and “Rise.”

Our Canadian friends Ellevator are back with another great tune, which is garnering critical acclaim world-wide. Check out “Charlie IO” and we think you’ll agree – this band deserves a world-wide audience.

We start off our second five with the latest from one of LA’s most unique bands, the amazing husband and wife duo known as Lovers & Poets. Their new song has a great vibe and beautiful lyrics, so check out “Ready to Fall.”

Next up is an acoustical masterpiece from the sweet songbird known as Sonja Midtune. With the timely title of “October,” this one is perfect all year round.

Video number eight is from a voice that has been bringing great music for more than 40 years. Although best known for his duties as the lead singer for America, Gerry Buckley is an accomplished solo artist as well. Thank you to his wonderful label, Blue Elan Records, for this amazing video collaboration.

Speaking of Blue Elan Records, here is the latest video from another of their amazing artists, The Vegabonds. We think it sums up how a lot of us feel today, “Can’t Deal.”

We close out this week’s article with this beautifully done travel video from our New York sweetheart, Katie Costello. She is truly worth all the “Silver & Gold” in the world.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 29)

It’s been another rough couple of weeks as I’m just finishing up a nine-day run of opening my store without a day off. I think the incredible new singles and music videos we’re sharing today will make the wait worthwhile, so let’s get started.

NEW SINGLES

Our first single this week comes from a songwriter known for her positive messages and incredible musical abilities. Aptly named “Hold On,” the latest single from the incredible Patricia Bahia will lift your spirits and give you hope. Welcome to the new anthem for this crazy time in our history.

They started out as a trio of sisters named Southern Halo before becoming the duo known as American Blonde. They have now released their debut single and it’s a definite keeper. Let’s give it up for this amazing band and avoid the “Quicksand.”

Continuing in the country/Americana vein, our favorite LA queer indie artist Abby Posner is back with another great tune. We think she has reached a new “high” with her latest, “Low, Low, Low.” This one is definitely going on repeat.

We haven’t featured any reggae/funk in a while and we think this new tune from Canadian rock band Gnome Chimpsky is just perfect. We love their vibe and look forward to hearing more from them. Check out “Peter Pepper.”

Our final single this week is from Asian American artist Roma Sheth. She has an incredibly upbeat style that deserves Top 40 radio attention, and showcases those abilities in her latest, “So I Run.” We think we’ll be hearing a lot more from this artist in the future.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Delaney Gibson may feel like an “Alien” in her transplanted home in Austin, Texas, but people that love great indie music think she is the Queen of the Realm. Check out her incredible new music video and definitely put her on your favorites list.

Next up is the latest from another of our favorite indie artists who moved to New York from California to pursue her Zen. She may be looking through “Rose Colored Glasses,” but we love the view. Thanks to Katie Costello for another instant classic.

Our third video this week features the stunning voice of Rachel Lorin. She is bringing her pop/country to a new high with “Shoot a Man,” and we think she is about to break into the big time. This one will get your toes tapping and deserves serious radio air play.

Continuing in the country vein, our next music video is a reimagining of a song that was recorded back in 2011. We love the visualization which brings the words of the song, “Erase You,” to life. Thank you Tawny Ellis for another beautiful indie music moment.

We close out this edition of Monday Mashup with another great country artist, but Teea Goans has a surprise for us. That amazing harmony comes from none other than the one and only Vince Gill, and we can’t get enough of this.
“That’s What I Know” is our pick for the best country song of 2021.