Bryant, Smith, Gilkyson provide new sounds
Friday, January 14, 2022
– Outlaw country rocker Jacob Bryant returns to action with "Bar Stool Preacher" from Thirty Tigers and American Roots Records. The focus track is "The Bottom (Raise 'Em Up)." The 13-song release was produced by Bryant, Jesse Triplett, Brandon Metcalf, Noah Gordon and Jeff Catton and recorded at South X Sea Studios in Nashville. Bryant, a Georgia native, has released several Eps and one full-length CD, "Practice What I Preach," which later was out in deluxe form.
Conner Smith is out with an EP, "Didn't Go Too Far," on Valory Music. The six-song collection features the song, "Learn From It." Produced by Zach Crowell, Smith co-wrote four of the six tracks while taking full credit on opening track "College Town." Smith signed to BMI publishers at nine writing original songs before collaborating with award-winning songwriters Ashley Gorley and Crowell.
Eliza Gilkyson offers a paean to the Old West, "Songs From the River Wind," on Howlin' Dog Records. The songs span 40 years — from originals to vintage classics — and culminates with her recent decision to relocate permanently to Taos, N.M. from Austin. Gilkyson produced the 13-song release with Don Richmond. Helping out are Warren Hood on fiddle, Kym Warner on mandolin, and Michael Hearne on vocals.
New Mexico-based singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson's "Songs From the River Wind" is an entertaining mix of original and traditional tunes with touches of country, folk and bluegrass.
After having focused largely on social themes in recent works, Gilkyson endeavored to take a break from politics and feature tunes that reflect her fondness for the Old West. Gilkyson's "Charlie Moore" is a folksy tribute to an inspirational friend from her youth ("Brought up as a ...
Eliza Gilkyson hasn't ascended to the upper ranks of todays's foremost singer/songwriters purely on happenstance alone. Her albums affirm a belief in music as an essential salve, especially in times of dire distress and turmoil. So considering the paralysis induced by the coronavirus, the state of the nation's political dysfunction and the distrust that's pervaded society in general, Gilkyson's soothing tones are needed more than ever.
Granted, Gilkyson had no way of ...
A singular songwriter well regarded in the wider folk community, Eliza Gilkyson has built a career on crafting alluring albums that reflect her soul and sensitivity. "Secularia" is no exception, and if the title implies a certain kinship with more earthly matters, the songs themselves share spiritual sentiments that often conflict with the wider view of religion and the fanaticism that can drive its followers to extremes.
In a recent interview, Gilkyson made it clear that she ...