Welcome to my last new music revue of October 2022. This installment includes progressive bluegrass (yet another genre I had not heard of before, or is it simply what I would have called folk?), country, pop and rock. All tunes appear on albums that were released yesterday (October 28).
Trampled By Turtles/The Party’s Over
My first new music pick for this week comes from Trampled By Turtles. And, nope, it’s not death metal or punk, which was my first thought. According to their AllMusic bio, Progressive bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a group of enterprising car thieves who’d ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn’t rely on amplification. Simonett hadn’t played any bluegrass music before, and he filled his lineup with other newcomers to the genre, including fiddler Ryan Young (who’d previously played drums in a speed metal act) and jam band bassist Tim Saxhaug. Along with mandolinist Erik Berry and banjo player Dave Carroll, the group began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock & roll as bluegrass. Since their 2004 debut Songs from a Ghost Town, Trampled By Turtles have released nine additional albums including their latest Alpenglow. Here’s the closer The Party’s Over, credited to all members of the current lineup, which in addition to the above includes cellist Eamonn McLain. I like the warm and mellow sound, which is pretty representative of the overall album.
Lainey Wilson/Hillbilly Hippie
Lainey Wilson is a country singer-songwriter who hails from Baskin, La. and is now based in Nashville, Tenn. From her website: Six-time CMA Award nominee and ACM New Female of the Year 2022 winner, Lainey Wilson has earned the enthusiasm of the industry, having been named to nearly every “Artist to Watch” list, being crowned Billboard’s “Top New Country Artist of 2021,” and earning CMT’s “Breakout Artist of the Year” award for 2022, the Louisiana native is one of Nashville’s hottest and most buzzed-about new artists. Landing her first No. 1 with her PLATINUM Certified ACM Song of the Year “Things A Man Oughta Know,” nearly 10 years to the day after leaving her small farming community in a camper trailer to chase her dreams, she has won over legions of fans with her signature Bell Bottom Country sound and aesthetic, which blends traditional Country with a modern yet retro flare. A prolific and sought-after songwriter (having co-writer credits on songs by artists including Luke Combs, Flatland Calvary and more), Lainey is a fresh, fierce voice in Nashville, delivering CMA nominated album of the year with her label debut, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’. Wilson is now out with her fourth album and second major label release Bell Bottom Country. Here’s the opener Hillbilly Hippie, which Wilson co-wrote with Jeremy Bussey and Terri Jo Box. It may be hillbilly, but it’s a nice country rocker! The album also includes a cool cover of 4 Non Blondes’ What’s Up?, which I included in the Spotify playlist at the end of the post.
Tom Odell/Just Another Thing We Don’t Talk About
Tom Odell is a British singer-songwriter, who according to Apple Music has “a penchant for emotive pop songs and a deep love of the piano.” Here’s more from his profile: After seeing Odell perform, singer Lily Allen signed him to her In the Name Of label, which released his 2012 debut EP, Songs From Another Love. His Platinum-selling full-length debut, Long Way Down, hit no. 1 on the UK album charts in 2013. Fueled by its use in a 2014 holiday ad, his cover of The Beatles’ “Real Love” became a viral sensation and later appeared on his Spending All My Christmas with You EP. He earned Songwriter of the Year at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards and also received nominations for British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act at that year’s BRIT Awards. While Odell’s cover of Real Love is nice and he surely has enjoyed impressive success to date, I still hadn’t heard of him before – well, better late than never! Just Another Thing We Don’t Talk About is from Odell’s fifth and new album Best Day of My Life. “I think there’s a great tradition in the UK of people – particularly men – not sharing any emotion with each other and hiding stuff away,” he commented to Apple Music. “I’ve begun to learn that the things that you don’t discuss are the ones that become most destructive to any friendship or relationship.” Like all other tracks on the album, the tune only features Odell on vocals and piano. It’s pretty bare-bones, but I like it!
Giovannie and the Hired Guns/Something In The Way
I really felt I needed to close out this post with some rock. Texas band Giovannie and the Hired Guns, another group that’s entirely new to me, came to the rescue with their new album Tejano Punk Boyz. From their website: In the last few years alone, Giovannie & The Hired Guns have grown from a massively beloved local live act to an undeniable new force on the national rock scene. Formed back when frontman Giovannie Yanez was working the counter at a pawnshop, the Stephenville, Texas-based band has amassed millions of streams almost entirely through word-of-mouth, thanks in no small part to their unforgettable live show…Giovannie & The Hired Guns draw much of their power from the eclectic sensibilities at the heart of the band: drummer Milton Toles, for instance, brings a soulful intensity deeply informed by playing music in church as a kid, while guitarist Jerrod Flusche’s background includes session work with such prominent country acts as Dolly Shine and Sam Riggs & the Night People. With their lineup rounded out by guitarist Carlos Villa and bassist Alex Trejo, the band also taps into elements of everything from Southern rock and stoner metal to la musica norteña and Latin hip-hop. That’s quite a stew. Let’s check out Can’t Answer Why, a track off the group’s above-mentioned new album, which is their third full-length release.
Last but not least, following is the aforementioned Spotify playlist with the above and a few additional tracks by the four featured artists and bands.
Sources: Wikipedia; AllMusic; Lainey Wilson website; Apple Music; Giovannie and the Hired Guns website; YouTube; Spotify