No Depression says of Ellis, “If ever there was a feel-good folk musician, this is the woman--somebody who really does send you off feeling better about the world.” Celebrating the beauty in everyday living, her new album Ordinary Love couldn’t come at a better time. Even amidst violence, illness and social unrest, Ellis finds joy and meaning from family and community connection. Says Ellis, “My hope for this record is that it both inspires a lighter heart while also expressing and connecting to the gravity of this moment in our human history. Can we greet our lives, each other, and even the news every day with ordinary love?"
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Minneapolis' hottest new Americana trio features The Honeydogs' Adam Levy, Savannah Smith and Barb Brynstad. When they sing together, their voices blend in a delectable, cosmic way, forming a rootsy, Laurel Canyon-inspired sound that is both distinctive and strangely familiar. Their debut album Can't Go Back has garnered rave reviews and has been named one of the top albums of 2020 by the Star Tribune.
Named Best Songwriter of 2020 by City Pages, folk/pop songwriter Mary Bue just released The World is Your Lover. Her first full album in three years, it is a synthesis of her seven-plus releases, merging pianos and guitars, spiritual longing, and real-world sorrow. Mixing folk, pop and Americana sounds, the album features an all-star cast of players that includes Alan Sparhawk (Low), Adm Levy (The Honeydogs, Turn Turn Turn), Shannon Frid-Rubin (Cloud Cult), Molly Maher and Jeremy Ylvisaker.
Beloved Billboard-charting duo Storyhill celebrate their 30th anniversary with their new album Where to Begin. Back from a 4-year hiatus, Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson return to some rarely heard material from the early days of their three-decade partnership, giving new life to old songs. Surprisingly fresh, these new recordings give a glimpse of the duo’s early work while showcasing their seasoned musicianship and hallmark harmonies.
The Billboard-charting vocalist is best known for her work with The Wailin' Jennys, but her newest album Hold On is an inspired collection of acoustic pop and jazz performances, the album was recorded with her long-time pianist and frequent collaborator Jed Wilson. It lands squarely in between her folk-charting release Bird Song (Red House Records) and her more recent collaborations with jazz legends Dick Hyman and Roswell Rudd. Evoking the sounds of Sara Bareilles and Cassandra Wilson, Heather brings us eleven tracks that speak to the heart--giving solace in times of uncertainty and division.
MUNSON-HICKS PARTY SUPPLIES
Munson-Hicks Party Supplies is a new collaboration between quirky songwriter/novelist Dylan Hicks and noted bassist/singer John Munson (Semisonic, Trip Shakespeare, The New Standards). Their debut album mixes playful pop, throwback R&B grooves and jazz-tinged American songbook sounds that is indie/pop's answer to Randy Newman. The illustrious cast of special guests include Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor, who’ve been widely heard with Neko Case, Mavis Staples, and the Decemberists.