New Music Monday – 12/12/16

And we’re back with more new music for the week. Today’s post includes work from:

  • various artists performing songs related to the hit musical Hamilton
  • Dope KNife
  • Son Volt
  • Georgia Mountain Stringband
  • Crystal Fairy

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Georgia Mountain Stringband
Decatur, Georgia
‘Hard Man to Love’ off of the new self-titled EP

The boys of GMSB are back with some great tunes, shared vocal stylings, and on the heels of their sold-out EP release at Eddie’s Attic in downtown Decatur, Georgia; Atlanta. The new-ish (released Nov 2016) recording does justice to the individual & collective performances of their updated old-school bluegrass music, with country tinged leanings. – Jon

Dope KNife
Savannah, Georgia
Weekend at Brodie’s out now on Fake Four

This feels like a pivotal moment for Savannah-based Dope KNife — he’s one of the founders of the long-running Dope Sandwich label and collective, but he was contacted by the awesomely talented Ceschi about releasing work through Fake Four, an indie label with a stellar catalogue. – bill

Various Artists
New York
The Hamilton Mixtape

If you’ve been around millennials at all, you’ve most likely heard of Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Broadway sensation and Tony award winning Hamilton: An American Musical (the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton). This compilation album features artists singing not only covers, but also new songs inspired by the originals. The Mixtape is not so much a new version of Hamilton, nor do I think it is designed to be, but rather it acts an addendum, drawing the listener deeper into an already revolutionary and inspiring work of art. – Sarah

Son Volt
St. Louis, MO
“Back Against The Wall” from Notes of Blue due out February 17 on Thirty Tigers

When Uncle Tupelo broke up, I was sure that Son Volt and not Wilco was the band to watch arise out of the wreckage. Boy, was I wrong. I still prefer Jay Farrar’s voice over Jeff Tweedy’s though, and I’m always glad to see new output from Son Volt. The song probably won’t surprise you if you’re familiar with the band. Farrar helped forge the alt-country genre while in Uncle Tupelo, and Back Against the Wall is a fine example of that sound. This song would have sounded right at home on Trace, Son Volt’s acclaimed first album, and that’s saying something. – Tom

Crystal Fairy
“Chiseler” from the upcoming self titled full length out February 24 on Ipecac Records

Crystal Fairy is Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes, Dale and Buzz from The Melvins, and Omar from At The Drive In. That, my friends, is a pretty serious lineup. The song, unsurprisingly, is fairly heavy duty, too, a pedal to the floor rhythm section driving the song behind Teri Gender Bender’s fierce vocals. The guitar lays back until a blistering solo opens the song up a bit. Good stuff. – Tom