Young, Jannakos, Louris offer new sounds
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Young, Jannakos, Louris offer new sounds

Friday, June 4, 2021 – Brett Young leads the short list of releases out today with an eight-song effort, "Weekends Look a Little Different These Days." What's looking different is that Young now is a father since his last release, "Welcome to L.A." from 2019. Among the eight songs is "Lady." The hit song was an ode to his wife, Taylor, and 19-month-old daughter, Presley Elizabeth.

Newcomer Andrew Jannakos, a 27-year-old Georgian, puts out a six-song EP, "Gone Too Soon." The title track received a chunk of airplay. Jannakoks first gained notoriety as a contestant on Season 16 of The Voice. His current single is "Wine Country."

Gary Louris is best known as the front man of The Jayhawks. Written, performed and produced entirely by Louris himself, "Jump For Joy" is his first solo release since 2008's "Vagabonds." Louris recorded the music in his home studio, featuring 10 never-before-released songs written over the last couple of decades and cover art illustrated by his son, Henry Louris. The new album follows The Jayhawks' 2020 release "XOXO."

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CD review - Jump for Joy Gary Louris is, for many, the Jayhawks. Although the band's "XOXO" album from 2020 featured more contributions from his fellow bandmates than usual, it's always Louris' special singing that distinctly sets this band apart from the Americana pack. Maybe there just wasn't enough room for all his songs on that last band album, so he needed a solo disc to give them a proper home. "Jump for Joy," while still obviously a Louris album, is slightly more pop than ...
CD review - Brett Young Brett Young had a hit out of the box with "Sleep Without You," as ear candy of a song. His soulful vocals carry the percolating song that seemed designed with airplay in mind. If Young were a band, this is the type of song that Rascal Flatts might cover. In fact, the airplay bent could be said of most of the dozen songs on the Californian's major label debut after five indie releases. "Close Enough" has a funky side, trying to get the singalong going with the opening ...
CD review - Vagabonds Former Jayhawk and Golden Smog member Gary Louris doesn't stray too far from his alt.-country fold with his solo debut. In fact, it might bring out a bit more of his soulful side judging by the timeless, Neil Young-leaning opener "True Blue," which also brings to mind something Ryan Adams might have considered for "Easy Tiger." The same can also be said of "We'll Get By." Produced by Black Crowes vocalist Chris Robinson, the record invites you into ...

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