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The Doobie Brothers were an iconic sound in the late 70’s. Every radio station was playing their music. They embodied a smooth rock vibe that had elements of jazz and blues. The smokey warm voice of Michael McDonald, the keyboard forward sound, and the snappy beat all contributed to a grammy winning song of the year with “What A Fool Believes”. Interestingly, it was the only non-disco song presented in 1980. But as I listen now, I hear such a fun danceable vibe to this tune. Timeless in its appeal. This is a tune you should hear today.

Beginning as a rock band with elements of folk, country, and R&B they came into Billboard, Grammy recognition with the addition of Michael McDonald and his sexy, soulful influence. They have sold 40 million albums over their career. If you think their name is a crazy play on words, think again. It is exactly what it is.

“We had a guy in the house who said, ‘Why don’t you call yourself the Doobie Brothers because you’re always smoking’,” Johnston told the Minnesota Daily. “Everybody looked at each other and said, ‘Well that’s really a stupid name.’”

Oddly, the name stuck. Originally they went by the name Pud. Almost 50 years later, their music still stands up. With many hits over the years, this tune totally resonates with me, due to its reference to a nostalgic remembrance of a past love. Don’t we all question what happened and why? So relatable.

The Doobie Brothers-What A Fool Believes

Doobie Brothers ~ What A fool Believes (1979) Classic Rock R&B Pop - YouTube

“He came from somewhere back in her long ago
The sentimental fool don’t see tryin’ hard to recreate
What had yet to be created once in her life
She musters a smile for his nostalgic tale
Never comin’ near what he wanted to say
Only to realize it never really wasShe had a place in his life
He never made her think twice
As he rises to her apology
Anybody else would surely know
He’s watchin’ her goWhat a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems to be
Is always better than nothing
And nothing at allKeeps sending him somewhere back in her long ago
Where he can still believe there’s a place in her life
Someday, somewhere, she will returnShe had a place in his life
He never made her think twice
As he rises to her apology
Anybody else would surely know
He’s watchin’ her goWhat a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems to be
(If love can come an’ love can go)
(Why can’t love be ?)
Is always better than nothing
(Ooo, )
And nothing at all
(Oh my)What a fool believes he sees
(He believes he’s never gone away)
No wise man has the power to reason away
(To reason)
To reason away
(Oh if love can come an’ love can go)
What seems to be
(Oh my love)
Is always better than nothing
(Better than nothing)
Nothing at all
(Oh my love)”

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Georgia is incredibly beautiful right now, spring has sprung and flowers have pushed up through the dark cold days of winter. New music is proficient at this time of the year, but some of the newest songs lean on so many of the amazing treasures of the past.

Let’s explore….

I want to share a golden oldie that influences many musicians of today.

“Go Your Own Way” was released as Rumour’s first single from the band Fleetwood Mac in December 1976. The song was written and sung by Lindsey Buckingham, and it was the band’s first top ten hit in the United States.

With relationships breaking up within the band at the time (Lindsey Buckingham was separating from Stevie Nicks, and John and Christine McVie divorced after the Rumours Tour), the idea of ‘going your own way’ seemed to connect with what was taking place with the band members. Lindsey Buckingham was especially angry about ending his relationship with Stevie and threw shade with his line in the song, “Shacking up is all you want to do”. He also admitted that he took the idea of the song’s rhythm from The Rolling Stones, “Street Fighting Man”. Mick Fleetwood built on this concept and developed his own thing. The combination of lyrically catchy pop and serious guitar work proved to be golden.

Even though there was a crazy overplay of the song on radio at the time, due to its wild popularity back in the 70’s, it continues to stand up strongly today. “Go Your Own Way”, is an empowering song of a broken relationship and the importance of self preservation in the process.

Listen…

Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way (HQ) - YouTube
“Loving you
Isn’t the right thing to do
How can I ever change things
That I feel
If I could
Maybe I’d give you my world
How can I
When you won’t take it from me
You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way
Tell me why
Everything turned around
Packing up
Shacking up is all you want to do
If I could
Baby, I’d give you my world
Open up
Everything’s waiting for you
You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way”

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Izzy Heltai photo by Emma Kate Rothenberg-Ware

I have to share a haunting tune worthy of a thoughtful listen.

Izzy Heltai is an indie/Americana-folk singer/songwriter from North Hampton, Massachusetts. When I opened up my email and listened to this song, I melted at the woeful, contemplative vocals, simple strumming guitar, random singular strikes of a piano, and the powerful underscoring horns. It immediately grabbed my attention, but with repeated plays, I honed in on the lyrics.

We bring so much of ourselves into a relationship. Who we are should enhance the connection. In some cases, the baggage of our negative inner voices can lead to a division. How do you separate those painful inner voices, from your longing heart?

Izzy Heltai explores his perspective and it is heartbreaking, but beautiful.

Izzy Heltai-Marching Song
Marching Song — Izzy Heltai - SoundCloud
(265 secs long, 91 plays)Play in SoundCloud

“Maybe I said
that I don’t want you
Maybe I’ve been kind of difficult
to talk to
Maybe I shouted
or maybe just stared
I didn’t notice
if I did

On and on a marching song gets sung inside my head
I’m walking out the door now
Feels like only yesterday, I learned that I could be here
now here I go leaving

Did I not speak
when you approached me
I forget that I can talk sometimes freely
Feel like I’m drowning
dragging you down
and if I say nothing
you’ll stay on dry land

On and on a marching song gets sung inside my head
I’m walking out the door now
Feels like only yesterday I learned that I could be here
now here I go leaving, again
Ooh again

I couldn’t tell you on the telephone
when you picked up I put it down, I don’t know why
I couldn’t tell you through the telephone
that I’m not myself, I’m not myself
anymore
Oooh ooh anymore

On and on a marching song gets sung inside my head
I’m walking out the door now
Feels like only yesterday I learned that I could be here
now here I go leaving”

artwork by Molly Howarth

Heltai is releasing his latest EP, Only Yesterday on April 12th. It has the same powerful impact as “Marching Song”,  despite only four songs, and its quick 15 minute play. I longed for more, but settled for repeated listens.

The promotional materials conveyed,

“his goal was to capture the complexity simple instrumentation can lend to lyrically rich folk songs. ‘Only Yesterday’ is a collection of songs that both pays homage to Izzy’s traditional folk influences and reflects his desire to craft fresh melodies for a contemporary audience, representing where he’s been as well as where he’s going.”

Hope you’ll give him a listen. Does his music hit you hard, like it hits me?

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photo credit -Nick Busse

Whoa, have you ever had a day where you opened it up to anything? Where time and space didn’t matter and you could tumble in any direction of your choosing?

Today was one of those for me.

I have been handed some rough news here and there. Alone, each bit of news isn’t much, but collectively, all that negative stuff can get under the skin. So, I set aside the day to lean into my way of dealing with the weird inner voice that shouts, “You are not good enough”, hoping to quiet it.

Dig in…dig in…dig in.

I play music, lots of music. I listen to every submitted track going back as far as I need to. Then, if I am not satisfied, I research and study what others are listening to at the moment. I find lots of tunes that make sense and yet I continue digging. One will strike a chord deep within me, if I am a patient listener.

While listening and researching on my porch in the warm sunshine of the afternoon, something caught my eye. I didn’t pay much attention and continued on my joyous music seeking journey.

When my puppy looked at me longingly to go on a walk, I stopped what I was doing and took her out. Instead of going on a regular afternoon long walk, I chose to wander in the backyard with her. Then, I noticed her pawing at something and I immediately stopped her. That’s when I saw the sweet chipmunk.

I knew my dog wasn’t capable of harming it, it must have been struggling and wasn’t able to get away. I was suddenly slammed with the tragic fragility of life. The little chipmunk was hurt and made every attempt to struggle and move away.

I called my dog to get back on the porch. She was tenderly looking at me a bit worried. After years of barking and stalking chipmunks through her breakfast room window on the world, I think this was her very first physical encounter with one. She was blatantly confused at the normally feisty rascal’s inability to scramble away.

It wasn’t okay, but thank God it was still alive.

Little did I know that the rest of the day would be filled with my worried observations. I checked on it frequently…looking for its tiny chest to rise and fall. Several times it moved positions and I was hopeful for a possible recovery. I was also thankful for the dear life it held onto tightly.

Just before the setting of the sun and the quiet darkness that gently eased into the backyard, the chipmunk moved away from the protection of our shed steps and ventured out into the unknown of our backyard. It seemed exposed and vulnerable.

I worried even more.

So now, I have experienced worry, a few tears, and a odd calm spirituality all in connection with this tiny furry creature that is in my backyard. The chipmunk’s little life represents so much more than my own silly worries and fears. My chipmunk friend called me out on my personal negative wallowing and put everything I fear into perspective.

Unfortunately, I know there are terrible predators in my backyard. As the dark veil of night took over, I prayed for that little creature, with every prayer I could think of and even anointed those prayers with a few tears.

It is now about time to go and check again. I have tried to wait longer and longer between visits, hoping something miraculous might happen and the chipmunk is nowhere to be found.

This hurt chipmunk seemed so tragic and the victim of something so cruel, on this glorious spring day full of emerging buds, and flowering blossoms.

Tragedy and beauty together, having a moment….

Why?

Why not?

Life pushes on, seasons change, children grow, rejections happen, marriages begin and sometimes end, babies are born, hearts are broken, friendships are celebrated, and lives tragically end with and without warning. For every yin there is a yang. Within every sadness there is a quiet but important hidden joy. They work simultaneously in wild harmony. So, today as all of these things take place in our crazy storm of existence, my most predominant need is to seek out the joy.

And so, as I expected, a song appeared magically and pulled at my heartstrings. This song  unfolds so mindfully, I hope you will be patient and wait for its lovely unveiling.

“Alter your outlook and beauty awaits…”

Collapsing Stars-The Storm

“So it goes
The passing days
While we slow-
ly melt away
Mayhem tomorrow
And guilt today
Alter your outlook
And beauty awaits

The calm before the storm
Plays on
Accountable to no one

The calm before the storm
Plays on
Accountable to no one
The end comes
We’ll finally see what we’re made of
Where will we end up”

While listening to this beautiful song, I discovered Collapsing Stars recently released a newer song ahead of their sophomore album. How does this connection happen to me? I truly believe nothing is by accident. I was meant to find this next song, today of all days. I am still worried about that poor chipmunk….

Listen.

Collapsing Stars-Pay Your Last Respects

“Will they love you while you’re here
Will they decorate your grave

Pay your last respects to those who won’t be coming back
Make your last attempt to hold onto the other side
Hang their pictures on the wall
Remember what they look like
Pay your last respects and keep their memory alive

Will I see you once again
At the end
And I’ll be waiting
I’ll be waiting till then

Pay your last respects to those who won’t be coming back
Make your last attempt to hold onto the other side
Hang their pictures on the wall
Remember what they look like
Pay your last respects and keep their memory alive.”

Collapsing Stars

Collapsing Stars gently blends folk, Americana, and blues into bittersweet thoughtful melodies. They are a four piece from Minneapolis MN, Ally Strycharske on cello, Mike Langhoff  on percussion,  Adam Heaney on bass, and Justin Wayne Nelson on guitar and vocals. Each of their songs comes to your ears in soft gentle whispers, but lyrically punches your emotions with force. They have seamlessly created music with meaning and depth. As a top 100 pick by NPR for SXSW, it will be interesting to see what comes next for them.

I am listening.

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Bubble letters and the 70’s go hand in hand, but the band, Yes, created music that is historically important and impressive. I want to take you back to the contentious Vietnam wartime where the country was incredibly divided.

War vs No War.

The youth fought for military desertion and others fought for loyalty, completion, and success. Music played an important role in the political divide. The band from England, Yes, created  a rock  tune that made many take notice and musically consider changing the narrative.

The song, “I’ve Seen All Good People” was a song broken into two parts. The first, “Your Move”, was written by lead singer Jon Anderson and the second, “All Good People” was written by bassist Chris Squire. The entire song was an impressive 6:53 time, worrying radio stations trying to play it.

On the first part, Anderson explained he was using the game of chess in the song as a metaphor for life’s spiritual challenges.

“Life is a game of strategically placed situations presented to you, and you have to learn to live with them and work with them,” he said. “Doors are open and sometimes they’re closed. It’s the idea that we are surrounded by a spirit or god or energy is in time with our understanding of who we are.”

“Move on back two squares” is a chess term meaning to retreat and rethink your position. Perhaps it references the war, or maybe it is simply tonal poetry.

Yes was also admiring what John Lennon was creating at the time. So, Yes included ‘instant karma’ in the lyrics as homage to Lennon’s song with the same name, as well as a background chorus of “give peace a chance” to musically pressure change and play on another of John Lennon’s tunes.

We can dissect the song, consider every lyric, contemplate the social impact, or simply appreciate the beauty of a classic rock song that is timeless with lyrics which may even have meaning today.

Check it out.

Yes-I’ve Seen All Good People

Live version

YesSongs #2: YES - I've Seen All Good People - YouTube

Studio version

I've Seen all Good People(studio) - YouTube

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My heart skips a beat when I hear amazing music, and I know it isn’t my mitro valve prolapse (look it up, it is a bona fide affliction of mine, which doesn’t really bother me as much anymore).

Spring is full of new songs and great album releases. As the earth renews, creativity kicks in and in the process music renews and refreshes as well.

There are so many great tunes and so little time to share it all with you. But, I will attempt to randomly toss some great tracks from many different genres your way. Here are my most recent favorites.

Listen and learn about the bands you dig. Then, follow my playlist (at the end). I’ll keep adding on, and if you follow, you won’t miss any of my most listened to tracks.

My list will begin with the most buzzed about music, then slip into the bands that are newer to me and might be new to you. They are all amazing!

Tame Impala

We haven’t heard a new Tame Impala song since 2015. In that time, they have toured, collaborated, and Kevin Parker even got married. But the dawning day of new music has finally arrived and their newest single, “Patience” is a doozy of a winner! It is the perfect combination of psych, rock, and a peppering of disco. They are so good at creating a dreamy combination which is loved worldwide and is one of my most searched band names on the blog.

Also, set your DVR for Saturday Night Live on March 30th, because they are the musical guest! If you are like me, you don’t want to miss any other surprising new music from them, or maybe you just want to know if Kevin will wear shoes. Swoon…

Tame Impala-Patience
Tame Impala - Patience (Official Audio) - YouTube
Kevin Morby

Kevin Morby is about to drop his latest album, Oh My God on April 26th via Dead Oceans, but why wait all that time when you can listen to his latest track release, “No Halo”. It is a double album concept album focused on spirituality. For his press release he explains,

“Religion is around all of us. It’s a universal language and there is profound beauty in it. I’ve found it a useful tool within songwriting, as it’s something everyone can relate to on some level. There are religious themes or imagery in a lot of what I’ve done, so I wanted to get all of that out and speak only that language for a whole record. It’s not a born-again thing; it’s more that ‘oh my god’ is such a profound statement we all use multiple times a day and means so many different things. It’s not about an actual god but a perceived one, and it’s an outsider’s view of the human experience in terms of religion.”

Next week, on April 3, the short film Oh My God will premiere at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Directed by Good and starring Morby, it features music from the forthcoming LP and functions as its visual companion. Kevin Morby will also perform after the screening.

I don’t want to miss this release. There will be so much to unfold.  Listen.

Kevin Morby-Nothing Sacred/All Things Wild
Kevin Morby - Nothing Sacred / All Things Wild (Official Video) - YouTube
Andrew Bird

Okay, Andrew Bird released his latest album, My Finest Work Yet, on March 22nd and I am obsessed with it. In a world of easy distraction, listening to an entire album can be daunting, but every song has depth and each singularly captures my interest.  I have been listening on repeat. This tune has been out for a while, so if you totally gel with it, I beg you to catch the entire album. Bird is an indie rock musician making music for decades. He is a talented violinist, guitarist, glockenspielist (?) and is an expert whistler….here is the proof!

Andrew Bird-Sisyphus
Andrew Bird - "Sisyphus" (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Karen O & Danger Mouse

Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton is a collaboration made in heaven and began in a crazy, unexpected way.

In an interview for Rolling Stone Karen O explains….

“It all started with me drunk-dialing Brian, back in 2008. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, we did one of those live television things with Beck, and Brian had just done Beck’s record [Modern Guilt]. I drunk-dialed him from Europe: “We gotta work together!” I had no recollection of this until he mentioned it. But we had been on each other’s radar for a while.”

They recently released their album, Lux Prima.

The collaboration between Danger Mouse and Karen O extends beyond just this album. They plan to pair their music with an immersive art installation at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles in April. The event, which Danger Mouse called the “ultimate listening experience,” is already fully booked.

Karen O & Danger Mouse-Turn The Light
Karen O & Danger Mouse - TURN THE LIGHT - YouTube
Charlotte Cornfield

If you are in the mood for a tune that strikes you in the heart pumping zone inadvertently creating dampness to your eyes, then this is the one for you. Charlotte Cornfield out of Toronto, has a penchant for carefully chosen relatable words and a vocal style so uniquely her own. She expresses deeply personal experiences, but somehow manages to connect emotionally with so many. It is a gift. Who hasn’t done a double take when seeing a familiar car of someone we loved and lost?

Charlotte Cornfield has a new album, The Shape Of Your Name, coming out on April 5th. This is going to be an important release, meant for some serious pondering.

Charlotte Cornfield-Silver Chic
Charlotte Cornfield - Silver Civic (Official Video) - YouTube
Daniel Norgren

Let’s pump up the vibe just a bit. Daniel Norgren is a name I will never forget. He proved to be a lovely new find, when I attended Pickathon Festival in Happy, Oregon a few years ago. I wrote about him HERE. Norgren is a Swedish singer/songwriter/musician who has the musical sensibility of a true southern rock and roll man and band. His performance was magical, rowdy, and fun to witness as he commanded the stage and powered up the vibe on a cold, dark night in the woods. This song is a nice return to that vibe. It is catchy, anthemic, and memorable. He has a new album Wooh Dang, coming out on April 19th via Superpuma Records.

Daniel Norgren-Let Love Run The Game
Daniel Norgren - Let Love Run The Game - YouTube
Cat Clyde

I am very excited to announce Cat Clyde has a new album coming out in late April or early May. I have followed her since 2016, where I shared one of my all time favorite tunes, “Mama Said” (HERE). It was one of my first posts for the year, and in it I discussed my goals. It is fun to look back and see what I was thinking, and to see that her music still holds up well to my scrutiny. Cat Clyde has lovely voice control and a very cool vibe, smooth and unique. I can’t say enough about her voice, but add that with the pulsing guitar and I am a puddle.

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“How Does It Feel?”

This is the existential question of many generations, but probably was birthed, softly massaged, and tenderly cared for in the 60’s. Before then, life was all about expectations, traditions, and history.

Feelings became an important life gauge in the 60’s. It was the era of radical thought and anti-war protest and inner-city riots. The more the youth pushed forward communicating their feelings, the more the adults pushed back.

“Like A Rolling Stone” was released in 1965 and proved to be a song in which Bob Dylan focused on affluence, power, and expressing the tragedy of its abrupt tragic ending. It made an important comparison to monetary success and the virtue of personal contentment. The connection was critical considering the times and the emphasis on expression and feelings. With one of the largest generations of youth, there were many wide-eyed, life learners paying very close attention to the music and its relation to their lives.

Profound.

Actually, “How does it feel?” in Bob Dylan’s song, “Like A Rolling Stone” is a timeless rhetorical question meant to make a point with dramatic effect. The lyrics are so clearly stated in Dylan’s voice and his unique poetic perspective.

Do you ever consider, “How do you feel?”

Perhaps today, that might be all we consider. Which makes Bob Dylan’s song,

Timeless.

Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone (Audio) - YouTube

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When the sun came up, I didn’t. I needed the extra morning sleep to recover from the miles of walking and running I did for the past two days. Saturday morning was recovery mode. But, looking over the schedule, I found that food was offered at the first venue! Eureka! Stopover did it again. Perfect planning!

On the way, I noticed how spring had already sprung in Savannah.

I also jumped in to a vintage mall. After seeing loads of wonderful stuff, I saw this curious display of all things horrifying. The booth was filled with bat corpses. Is there a market for this?

Saturday

The day began with a nice rhythm despite the wild nightmare visions of critters in jars. The sun was out, the temperature was warm, and the first bands were at The Grey’s outdoor space.  Lunch and libations were available. So, I purchased the only veggie choice on the menu…a pimento cheese sandwich. I was happily surprised it had a spicy kick to it. Yum! It was an easy way to settle into the crazy schedule I had ahead of me. So, I kicked back and relaxed, listening to the luminous voice of Skylar Gudasz. A favorite song of her set, “Play Nice”.

Skylar Gudasz

Video

Me…doing my thing!

Savannah Conley

Up next was Savannah Conley. She was entertaining as she explained each of her songs and it provided us a glimpse into her life. She has a nice sense of humor, despite the somewhat sorrowful songs she sings. She recalled the first time her niece heard her sing her tune “All I Wanted”. Singing, “All I wanted was someone to share a moment, All I wanted was you.” But when her niece heard it she said, wait a minute….you don’t want pretty clothes, or baby dolls, or candy? She wasn’t quite sure how to explain the song to her.

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Just a week ago today….

A good night’s sleep after a day of travel and a night filled with music can completely rejuvenate me. Savannah is such a beautiful welcoming city. The weather was perfect for the entire weekend and each venue was within blocks of each other. After a hardy meal and popping around in local Savannah shops, it was time for the music to begin. I began the evening early at 5pm with Esther Rose at Service Brewing Company. They were a new sponsor to the Festival and provided a wonderful wide open space for sipping and listening.

Friday Esther Rose

Having Esther Rose begin my Friday festival experience was a nice choice. It helped me ease into the schedule of the many bands on my list to see. For Esther, living in New Orleans influenced her songwriting and some have dubbed it “the happiest saddest music.” She has a way of presenting simple, timeless country songs, with quality. Rose is a songwriter that captures feelings and emotion, peppering them with a good ol’ fiddle. The combo becomes easy listening at it’s best. Favorites of their set were “Jump Down Baby”, “The Money Tree” and I am not sure of the name of the song I captured in my snippet video clip, maybe new music or a cover….but I liked it!

The Holy Knives

The lead singer for The Holy Knives was dripping with charisma and had a voice that made me stop and take notice. Honestly, I didn’t plan to slow up from my next allotted band, but I couldn’t help it. So, I stepped inside the lovely outdoor courtyard of the Congress Street Social Club to listen. The Holy Knives have a debut album out now, which is sultry rock and roll, Year of the Black Dog. Brothers, Kyle and Kody Valentine, have the perfect combination of one providing nice guitar work, and the other deep brooding baritone vocals. Be sure to check out my short video clip.

William Tyler

When I was planning my Stopover schedule, I knew this was going to be a once in a lifetime experience. William Tyler’s guitar work echoes quiet thoughts of genius. He can pluck the strings a multitude of times while you simply blink. It is beyond phenomenal to experience live, because you can see the depth of concentration on his face and the sharp angled knuckles on his fingers created by years of practice. I will forever be in awe.

Performing alone, in a small room right beside a hip, upscale bar, he quieted the room. I almost felt cheated if I heard a whisper, or if someone quietly shuffled from the stiffness of sitting on the barren, glossy cement floor. I sat frozen in wonder unable to move. I wanted to simply listen and soak in the moment.

When Tyler would play guitar for a moment, then bend down to work on the loops, it was a mesmerizing interruption. I listened intently, hoping to somehow separate the live guitar with the recorded loops. It proved to be impossible, due to the layers and layers of guitar work and my inability to see the fast plucking of his right hand.

But as you will see in my very short video, both of his hands are in constant motion. His newest album, Goes West, is one for the ultimate guitar lover or a quiet Sunday morning..

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Saturday at Stopover is going to be difficult to navigate. There are so many great bands playing at the same exact time, but blocks apart. Here are my MUST SEE! (even if that means I will have to only catch part of each) Planning is incredibly necessary. Download the SCHED app. on your phone. Once you download search for Savannah Stopover. When connected, you will get schedule changes and updates, a necessity for festival followers.

So plan! Or if you have FOMO, listen.

Skylar Gudasz

Gritty and tough wrapped in warm luminous vocals, Skylar Gudasz is a singer/songwriter to watch. The NC singer explains her latest track, “Play Nice”…

“When I wrote it I was feeling a lot of rage at the idea that, as a woman, you have to play nice and smile and go along with certain things as sort of a survival mechanism,” Gudasz says. “I hope when people listen they come away with the feeling that it’s okay to be angry.”

What a way to begin my Saturday at Stopover!

Skylar Gudasz-Play Nice
Play Nice - SoundCloud
(212 secs long, 1598 plays)Play in SoundCloud
Savannah Conley

I am hoping to capture a quick glimpse of Savannah Conley, but it will be a mad dash. Another country crooner, she has a brooding sound that captures her emotions and truth. Great melodies and great songs.

Savannah Conley-Never Be Ourselves
Savannah Conley - Never Be Ourselves [Official Video] - YouTube
Tallies

The Toronto band, Tallies, brings back jangly indie pop with a steady beat, twangy guitars, and a stellar lead female vocalist. It reminds me a little of Alvvays, and they just released a debut album of well thought out original music which makes them stand out. This is a band that will easily be a new favorite of mine. I hope they will gain traction and become one of yours too. Bring it on!

Tallies-Mother
Tallies // Mother - YouTube
Living Hour

Float with me and listen to Living Hour’s dreamy track, “Bottom Step” from their latest album release, Softer Faces. Listening on this cold winter day, is like basking in warm sunshine. Living Hour has psychedelic shoegaze steeped in emotive vocals, and is just what the doctor ordered to chill and sink into music which helps me forget any troubles. Bravo!

Living Hour-Bottom Step
Living Hour - Bottom Step (live) - YouTube
Surfer Blood

Perfect sunny surf rock helps pick up the tempo. Surfer Blood is well known for their signature hooks, nice harmonies, and shiny guitar work. Jump aboard and surf along!

Surfer Blood-Matter Of Time
Surfer Blood - Matter of Time - YouTube
Pinc Louds VIP show

Do you have your VIP pass? This is going to be amazing! Maybe you need to upgrade? See info on Pinc Louds HERE

The Joy Formidable

Every song from the Welsh band, The Joy Formidable, is a jam session in the making. Their grungy reverb guitars and soft vocals create a serious combo. They are still bringing it, and create one of the biggest rock sounds out there today.

The Joy Formidable-The Better Me
The Joy Formidable - The Better Me (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Lunar Vacation

You need to step up and take notice, these indie darlings are going to literally steal your heart. Their tunes are the equivalent to a Sunday drive in the country, going round and round on a ferris wheel, or giggling with friends late at night like this video suggests, but they power punch with the lyrics and the display of emotion intertwined in the songs. I expect they will slay Stopover. They make pure magic.

Lunar Vacation-The Basement
Lunar Vacation - The Basement - (Official Video) - YouTube
Bad Bad Hats

Creators of fun bubblegum indie pop, Bad Bad Hats recently released an incredible album, Lightning Round. Infectious hooks and catchy choruses, they will be a sure bet. Don’t miss this one.

Bad Bad Hats-Nothing Gets Me High
Bad Bad Hats - "Nothing Gets Me High" (Official Video) - YouTube
Babe Club

With just one song streaming, I am very curious what might develop on the Babe Club stage at Stopover. “Hate Myself” is a power song, by the female bass player for SUSTO. She toured with an all male band to support SUSTO’s last album, but now has her own band and has something to say. I am listening.

Babe Club-Hate Myself
Hate Myself - YouTube
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