“My Love Is For” – Jill Andrews
I had the pleasure of experiencing Jill Andrews’ live performance of this song just last night, and I was transfixed. She introduced the song by saying that she thinks it’s fun that she is the only one who knows who “her love is for”. The track is from her latest release, 2015’s The War Inside; her tender yet impassioned voice when she sang this tune had me on the edge of my seat. Check her out, y’all; if you like what you hear, she’s about to go on tour with fellow Nashville troubadour Drew Holcomb. Just saying.
“Bang Bang Lulu” – Luther Dickinson
Have mercy! What can’t Luther Dickinson do? Whether it’s singing and playing lead guitar for The North Mississippi Allstars, playing in The Black Crowes, or touring with the Southern Soul Assembly, he’s a wonder. On February 5th, he released a new album, Blues And Ballads: A Folksinger’s Songbook, Vol. I & II, via New West Records. A collection of old songs and new, Dickinson, a life-long fan of songbooks, re-recorded his songs in a simpler fashion. “Bang Bang Lulu” is one of my favorites from the album; I dare you to try to sit still while you listen.
“Take Me In” – Laura Jean Anderson
Los Angeles-based Laura Jean Anderson has a brand new EP coming out on March 4th, and “Take Me In” is a shimmering gem in the track listing. Anderson’s voice hearkens back to a by-gone era; with its The Alabama Shakes-style easy groove and touches of vintage country will make your heart smile. Trust me.