SOTW- 5/12/13 Sunday, May 12 2013 

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Hello, everyone. I know it’s been a while, since I’ve posted. Oh the joys of being swamped with work. Anywho….Here is this week’s list of amazing songs. Enjoy!

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5. Cory Branan- The Corner
From Southhaven, Mississippi, Cory Branan delivers vocals and lyrics that strike straight at your soul. With The Corner, Branan delivers honest lyrics and a soothing guitar arrangement. The song is one of my favorite off of Mutt which was released in May of 2012. Cory is currently preparing for a summer tour, which you can check out here.

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4. The Lonely Wild- Closer than the Needle
I came across The Lonely Wild at a SoFar show in March, and was immediately impressed by them. Their song, Closer than the Needle, gripped at my heart and refused to let go. The lyrics and arrangement are haunting and real. Completely relatable if you have ever felt that depth of loneliness. The song is featured on the band’s latest release, The Sun As It Comes.

Matt Corby- Brother

3. Matt Corby- Brother
Brother by Matt Corby has been on rotation for the last week. Though it is not a new song, it has certainly spoken to me recently. Corby’s amazing voice and addicting arrangement come together to feature the refreshingly honest lyrics. Definitely one of my favorites off of the Into the Flame EP.

Of Monsters and Men- Little Talks

2. Of Monsters and Men– Little Talks
I’m in love with this song. Seriously, I can’t stop listening to it. The vocals, upbeat arrangement, and heartfelt lyrics come together perfectly. Little Talks is a song that is relatable to me on so many levels that it is almost eerie. Definitely worth a listen or five.

The Gaslight Anthem- Unwritten

1. Gaslight Anthem- Handwritten
The Gaslight Anthem is a band that I recently discovered, and I can’t figure out how it has taken this long for me to hear about this band. Hailing from New Jersey, and signed with Mercury, Gaslight Anthem has many amazing songs on their Handwritten album. One of my favorites is the title track. Handwritten features some of the most amazing lyrics I have heard in a long time. The arrangement is catchy, and lead singer Brian Fallons has some amazing pipes. Do yourself a favor and just press play.

Cheers!

Rizzle

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Songs of the Week- 3/1/13 Friday, Mar 1 2013 

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Hello! Another week, another list of amazing songs. Enjoy!

5.Bright Eyes- First day of my life

First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes is a quirky love song about what happens when you meet “the one”. Conor Oberst’s vocals are stripped down on this track, which makes the song seem more relatable and touching. The arrangement is sweet and simple. To listen to and/or buy First Day of my Life, click here.

4.Jon Regen- Stay

Stay by Jon Regen is a beautiful song filled with emotion and encouragement. Jon Regen’s amazing voice, accompanied by a piano and string section, force the emotions of the lyrics right into the listeners heart. It is hard to not feel touched by this amazing song. More information about Jon Regen can be found here.

3.Greg Laswell- Comes and Goes

Greg Laswell’s Comes and Goes is a beautifully arranged song that has seemed to captivate me this week. Gorgeous vocals and a soothing arrangement allow listeners to feel the power behind the lyrics of Comes and Goes. It is a song that I am grateful to have discovered. Discover more of Greg Laswell’s amazing music by clicking here.

2.Little Green Cars- Harper Lee

Little Green Cars is a band that I found out about recently, and I cannot get enough of them. Harper Lee is one of my favorite songs from them. The vocals and arrangement are spot on, and the lyrics are well written. Click here to find out more about Little Green Cars.

1.Ivan and Alyosha- Beautiful Lie
Ivan and Alyosha’s Beautiful Lie is a song that immediately grabbed my attention upon hearing the first note. Beautiful Lie is one of those songs that feel new and familiar all at the same time. The vocals feel Beatle-esque to me, while the arrangement of the song feels refreshing. You can purchase Beautiful Lie and other amazing songs from Ivan and Alyosha here.

Cheers,

Rizzle

Songs of the Week- 2/22/13 Friday, Feb 22 2013 

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Hey everyone!

This has been a wonderful week, musically, and I am absolutely delighted to share these songs with everyone. I hope that you all take the time to check out each of these songs and the artists who have created them. Enjoy!

5. Among Savages- New York City

New York City by Among Savages is rather inspirational song that encourages listeners to not give up when things do not go as planned. I came across Among Savages at a SOFAR show in Los Angeles, and I was quite impressed by them. They happened to play New York City off of their debut album, Wanderings of an Illustrative Mind, and I have been listening to the song off and on throughout the entire week. The impressive vocals, lovely arrangement, and uplifting lyrics all come together to make this song quite addicting. To purchase New York City and other songs, click here.

4- Sean Rowe-Bring back the night

Bring Back the Night by Sean Rowe is a soulful and heartbreakingly beautiful song that I can’t seem to get enough of. Sean Rowe’s deep voice paired with the smooth arrangement suit the lyrics perfectly. Sean Rowe is definitely a musician to look into. You can click here to find out more about Sean Rowe, or you can click here to buy tickets to see him open for Marcus Foster.

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3.Humming House- Forever is Better With You

Humming House’s Forever is Better with You is a wonderful song that has been stuck in my head this entire week. Endearing lyrics, amazing vocals, and a toe tapping, folky arrangement, are all attributes to making this song so amazing. I look forward to hearing more from this newly discovered (for me) band. The band hails from Nashville and has so far released a self-titled album and a live album, entitled Live at the Red Clay Theater. Check out Humming House here.

2. Swim Lessons- someday

I had the pleasure of discovering Swim Lessons at a recent Sofar show in Los Angeles. The first song that Swim Lessons performed was Someday, and it instantly intrigued me. The vocals are smooth and the arrangement is very catchy. Those attributes, combined with well-written lyrics make for a catchy tune that you’re happy to admit that you enjoy. You can find out more about the amazing Swim Lessons here.

1. No- the long haul

Yet another Sofar discovery is the band No. The Long Haul, happens to be one of my favorite songs from this amazing new find. With deep vocals, a melancholy, yet gritty arrangement, and lyrics that I can easily relate to, it’s not hard to see why I have been so attached to this song this week. The Long Haul is the type of song that anyone can get really into and lose themselves in. You can discover more about the amazing No here.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Album Review: Wishbone by Bobby Long Tuesday, Feb 19 2013 

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Hello Readers!

Today my post is going to be a review on an album by Bobby Long that is being released TODAY through ATO Records. This new album by Bobby Long is entitled Wishbone, and I am very excited by it. For those who have been keeping tabs on Bobby Long, and have had the pleasure of seeing him live, Wishbone could not have been delivered to us fast enough. Though Bobby Long goes in a much different direction with Wishbone, it is equally, if not more, impressive than material that has been previously released. In this particular review I will discuss the album, one song at a time. Enjoy!

1. Devil Moon

The first track on Wishbone is entitled Devil Moon, and is completely different than any other song previously created by Bobby Long. Devil Moon offers a rougher energy and allows Bobby Long to showcase his grittier side. The song is a perfect introduction to the rest of the album.

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2. She Won’t Leave

Following up Devil Moon is the softer She Won’t Leave. Though softer in lyrics and in music, She Won’t Leave still packs a punch that is reminiscent of Neil Young. The melody is smooth and compliments Bobby’s soulful voice. The lyrics display honesty that many artists struggle to convey. It is a song that proves that Bobby has the ability to display his softer side while backed by a full band.

3. In your Way

In Your Way provides familiarity to those who have become accustomed to Bobby Long’s signature sound. Though familiar, In Your Way still displays Bobby Long’s change of musical direction. The lyrics seem more personal and the guitar playing more developed. The vocals are rich and are filled with emotion that is expected from a Bobby Long song.

4. Blood in the Orchard

Blood in the Orchard is a song filled with diversity and stronger beats. The title alone warns listeners to expect a gritty song packed with rich electrics and a harder beat. Blood in the Orchard starts off with a harder sound normally heard from Bobby Long and transitions to an addicting melody by the time the chorus hits. The song changes styles throughout its duration, but not in a confused manner. The changes fit with the lyrics and showcase Bobby Long’s diversity. It is a song that l am anxious to see Bobby Long play live.

5. Help You Mend

A change from Blood in the Orchard, Help You Mend is a beautiful song filled with promises and hope. Though slower in tempo, Help You Mend has a strong presence on the album. With rich vocals and a soothing arrangement, Help You Mend exposes Bobby Long’s ability as a writer and passionate artist.

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6. Making You Talk

Flowing easily with Help You Mend, is the soulful Making You Talk. The song features bluesy guitar riffs and heart wrenching lyrics. The lyrics in Making You Talk are relatable, which makes the song all the more addicting.

7. All My Brothers

All My Brothers takes on a 70’s rock style and has an edgier meaning behind it than some of the others songs on Wishbone. I have seen Bobby Long play this song in an acoustic environment and thought that it was wonderful. Hearing this song with a full band attached to it turns this song into something more raw and impressive. It is definitely one of my favorite songs off of the album.

8. My Parade

Slowing things down a bit, My Parade is a song that is well developed and exquisitely executed. My Parade is equipped with more solemn lyrics and a softer, more soulful tempo. Bobby Long’s voice is once again proven to have soulful diversity that cannot be found on most records that are created today.

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9. Yesterday Yesterday

Yesterday Yesterday is relatable and extremely catchy. When I first heard Yesterday Yesterday, my mind was instantly drawn to the Ryan Adams similarities. The song allows Bobby Long to display his vocal range and his boldness in wanting to try different musical directions. It is a song that those familiar with Bobby Long can appreciate, and will ignite curiosity with those who are unfamiliar with him.

10. Waiting for Dawn

Waiting for Dawn will be familiar to Bobby Long fans in the aspect that it paints a picture. Though quite different from older material such as Two Years Old, Waiting for Dawn paints a picture for the listener in the same manner. When listening to the lyrics of the song you get visuals of what is going on in the lyrics. The ability to do this in a matter of 3 minutes and 14 seconds proves that Bobby Longs writing ability is quite impressive. Since one of the things that drew me to Bobby Long was his impressive ability to tell a story through song, I was quite excited about Waiting for Dawn.

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11. Not Tonight, Not Today

Not Tonight, Not Today is a song that I can most envision ending up on the radio. The melody of the chorus is catchy, and the lyrics are easily relatable. Bobby Long’s vocals on the track are smooth and impressive. I can easily envision a crowd swaying along to Not Tonight, Not Today while watching Bobby Long perform it live.

12. To The Light

The last track on the album, To the Light , is an impressive choice to close out Bobby Long’s sophomore album. Though the song starts off softer, To the Light features an addicting drum beat throughout the chorus. To the Light also features a piano and the familiar acoustic guitar stylings that fans have come to expect. Even with those familiarities, To the Light stays true to his change of musical direction.

Overall, I give this album a 8/10. Wishbone is a refreshing follow up to his debut albums, A Winter’s Tale. From the very first whispers of a new album Bobby Long promised listeners that Wishbone would be different in style. He did not fail on keeping this promise, and it has certainly paid off. Wishbone has succeeded in igniting renewed passion from familiar followers, and has opened doors to ignite a widespread interest in potentially new followers.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this humble review on an album by an artist that I am very proud to support. I urge you to purchase Wishbone and other material by clicking here, and to check out Bobby Long tour dates by clicking here.

Cheers,

Rizzle

Songs of The Week- 2/16/13 Saturday, Feb 16 2013 

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Hello! Here is this weeks list of top 5 songs. I hope that you all enjoy the list and take the time to check out each artist. Without further ado….

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5. Charlie Clark- Three Sheets to the Wind

Three Sheets to the Wind by Charlie Clark is a wonderful song that I am sure many can relate to. Three Sheets to the Wind speaks of the fear that one can feel when approached with changes. The melancholy guitar playing, along with Charlie Clark’s mesmerizing voice, allows the lyrics to really shine. To find out more about Charlie Clark and his amazing music, click here.

4. Joy Ike- Time strong>

The song Time by Joy Ike is a wonderfully sweet love song off of her All or Nothing album. Time is equipped with honest lyrics and a beautiful musical arrangement. Joy Ike’s vocals on the track are beautiful, and play a large part in ensuring that the listener will truly feel the meaning behind the lyrics. I highly recommend that you click here to discover more wonderful songs from Joy Ike.

3. Bird Courage- Blind in Both eyes

Blind in Both Eyes by Bird Courage has been a song that I have put on repeat quite a few times this week. Off of the A Promising Flee EP, Blind in Both Eyes contains a killer arrangement and some wonderful vocals. The lyrics are filled with remorse and painful admissions that make it easy for most listeners to connect with. To hear more from Bird Courage, click here.

2. Lee Koch- Three Cheers (Same as Blood Album)

Lee Koch’s Three Cheers was a pleasant find for me this week. From start to finish, Three Cheers grabs a hold of your heart and ears. The arrangement is filled with bluesy and soulful riffs. Lee Koch’s vocals on the track are simply mind blowing. I look forward to seeing where this Temecula, CA artist goes. To discover more about Lee Koch, click here.

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1. The Lone Bellow-Button

Button by The Lone Bellow is a jazzy song off of the bands self-titled album. The arrangement of the song, along with the vocals, make you want to go out and find the nearest jazz club. The lyrics, like in most jazz inspired songs, are riddled with analogies and soulful pleas. Button is just one of the many incredible songs from The Lone Bellow. The self-title album can, and should be, purchased by clicking here.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Songs of the Week- 2/8/13 Friday, Feb 8 2013 

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Hello!
I know I have not been posting as much, and I apologize for that. I will try my best to get back into a regular posting schedule as soon as I can.

With that said, here is Musically Inspired’s Songs of the Week. There are some amazing artists on this list, so I urge you to at least check them out. I hope you all have a great week and enjoy!

5. Boy and Bear- Feeding Line

Feeding Line is a song featured on Boy and Bear’s Moonfire album. Feeding Line grabs your attention from the very first note and keeps it captive throughout the song. The amazing vocals and delicious arrangement are only surpassed by the quality of the lyrics. Feeding Line and the rest of the Moonfire album can be purchased by clicking here.

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4. Kail Baxley- Say Goodbye to the Night

Kail Baxley is an artist that was brought to my attention earlier this week, and I was instantly impressed by him. Say Goodbye to the Night , which is on his Heartstroke/The Wind and the War EP, showcases Kail Baxley’s captivating voice and ability to speak to a listeners soul. Kail Baxley is definitely one to watch. Get Kail Baxley’s Heartstroke/The Wind and the War EP here.

3. Baywood- I Can Breathe Again

Baywood is a band that I was introduced to through a Sofar show in Los Angeles, and I have not been able to stop listening. Baywood has a very unique and catchy sound, which is showcased on their song I Can Breathe Again. The song , off of their Seasons EP, features enticing harmonies, hand clapping, and an impressive musical arrangement. Give yourself a little treat and purchase the Seasons EP here.

2. Meg Myers- Monster

When I first saw Meg Myers at the last Sofar show in Los Angeles, my first thought was that she seemed like a sweet, innocent, twenty- something that would sing nice songs about love and flowers. That first impression was immediately forgotten when she opened her mouth and belted out her haunting lyrics. Though her voice is stunning, it has this raw and distressed edge to it that most would be unable to pull off. Monster, off of her Daughter in the Choir EP, is a haunting song that speaks bluntly of not having feelings reciprocated. With lyrics such as “Oh, well it aches and it aches, you make me wanna die. I gotta kill you my love”, this song is anything but your average heartache song. The song is a breath of fresh air from all the overly gooey songs that speak about wanting someone back. The Daughter in the Choir EP can be found and downloaded here.

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1. Herbert Bail Orchestra- Take Me Down

One of my new favorite bands, also discovered at a Sofar show, is Herbert Bail Orchestra. Take Me Down perfectly showcases their gypsy-folk sound and their impressive vocals. The lyrics of the song are equally impressive and have a way of grabbing a hold of you. You can’t help but move along to the song and pressing the repeat button once it ends. You can click here to buy and listen to The Futures in the Past, which features Take Me Down and other great songs from Herbert Bail Orchestra.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Featured Event: Bobby Long Listening Party in Los Angeles, CA Tuesday, Feb 5 2013 

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Hello Everyone! I would like to take a minute to announce that a listening party for Bobby Long’s new album Wishbone will take place on February 13, 2013. The listening party will be hosted by the amazing Sheila Marrs and will take place at The Cat and the Fiddle from 6pm to 8pm.

For those of you who are not familiar with Bobby Long, please do yourself a tremendous favor and check him out here and come join in on the fun. For those of you who are familiar with Bobby Long, I urge you to come out and attend this event. It will be an amazing opportunity to get to know one another, eat some great food, and hear Wishbone before it is released. Further details about the event are below:

Address: 6530 West Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028

Location Website: http://www.thecatandfiddle.com/

Event Time: 6p-8pm

Parking:$6

RSVP at the Bobby Long Listening Party events page
http://www.facebook.com/events/283336325125709/

I hope that those in the area can make it, and look forward to an amazing evening.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Songs of the Week 1/19/13 Saturday, Jan 19 2013 

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Hello World! Sorry I haven’t been quite as active as usual, it’s been busy and temporary loss of an internet connection tends to screw up my plans to frequenly post. Anywho…here is this week’s list of my top songs. Hope you enjoy!

5. Bon Iver- skinny love

Skinny Love by Bon Iver is a soft simple song that I have thoroughly enjoyed this week. Bon Iver’s voice has a way of grabbing the listener’s attention and leaves them wanting more. On Skinny Love which is present of the For Emma, Forever Ago album, Bon Iver’s voice conveys the frustration of the lyrics, which makes the song so addicting. It is one of those songs where you feel grateful for having the opportunity to listen to.

4. Steve Reynolds- Cover of the Night

Like most songs about complicated relationships, Cover of the Night by Steve Reynolds has the advantage of being relatable. In Cover of the Night, Steve Reynolds’ voice is stunning and the arrangement alone evokes the feelings that the lyrics are trying to convey. It is a beautiful song that everyone should listen to at least once in their lifetime. Cover of the Night is present on the album entitled The Carnival Papers which can be listened to by clicking play.

3. Sea Wolf- Middle Distance Runner

Sea Wolf’s Middle Distance Runner off of their Leaves In The River album has been a song that I have clung to this past week. The heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics, the simple arrangement, and incredible vocals come together perfectly to give the listener a reason to press repeat one or five times. Definitely worth taking a few minutes to give it a listen.

2. Mat Kearney- City of Black and White

The song City of Black and White by Mat Kearney is a beautiful song featured on the same titled album. City of Black and White is a song that speaks of taking a chance and telling that special someone how you feel. The lyrics “I don’t want to wait until tomorrow, to tell you how I’d feel the rest of my life. You don’t want a waste another minute to realize” are so beautiful to me. Throw in Mat Kearney’s stunning vocals and impressive arrangement, and it’s easy to see why this song is on this list.

1.Bobby Long- Devil Moon

Devil Moon is a song off of Bobby Long’s upcoming album, Wishbone. For those who know of and follow Bobby Long, this album feels like it is long overdue. It was, therefore, a pleasant surprise to discover that Devil Moon was posted for the public to listen to. This newly released song proves that Bobby Long’s music cannot be contained in any one stylistic box. His sound is diverse and his talent as a musician is vast. Devil Moon has a refreshing ,yet familiar at the same time. The song gives fans of Bobby Long great cause to be excited for the new album that is due to be released February 18, 2013.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Songs of the Week 1/5/12 Saturday, Jan 5 2013 

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Hello Readers! I apologize for my absence,but I was busy being lazy and what-not. I hope all of you have had an excellent start to 2013. Without further adieu, here is the first Songs of the Week post of 2013…

Ray LaMontagne- Let it Be Me
Let it Be Me by Ray LaMontagne is a song that I am sure everyone can relate to. We have all at one point or another needed someone to depend on. There is nothing better than having another person urge you to depend on them when you are going through struggles or heartaches. Ray’s beautiful voice and the soulful arrangement emphasize the plea’s of the lyrics. The pure emotion of the song makes you want to shout out “Yes, It can be you!”, even though you know that the lyrics are not meant for you personally (I swear that didn’t actually happen….).

Fun-Some Nights
Some Nights by Fun is a song that I have found myself relating to lately. The song speaks of questioning ones existence, purpose, and reasoning. Though it sounds quite depressing, the song makes me feel better. It could be the awesome beat or it could be that lead singer, Nate Ruess, REALLY sounds like Freddie Mercury in this song. Whatever the reason, I really enjoy this song and urge all potential listeners to pay attention to the lyrics.

Shakey Graves- Unlucky Skin
I really enjoy Unlucky Skin for many reasons. First, the lyrics are cheeky and somewhat self-deprecating, which is something I love. Lyrics such as “Bird at my window tells me tomorrow, mean ol tornado carries me off. Pulls me from bed and bashes my head in, buries me halfway across the globe. Ooh, wont be long till I belong without all of this unlucky skin” are relatable to me since I tend to state that I am the unluckiest person I know. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one with that mindset. Another reason I love this song is because of the arrangement. The arrangement of the instruments are catchy and very enjoyable. Just another masterpiece from Shakey Graves.

Neulore- Apples (When You Lost Your Belief)
The song Apples (When You Lost Your Belief) , by Neulore, is emotional, but very beautiful. The piano and strings make the song seem quite melancholy, while the vocals seem to give the song an uplifting edge. The lyrics alone are reason enough to listen to the song. Go ahead, give it a listen…

Until Next Time,

Rizzle

Songs of the Week- 12/8/12 Saturday, Dec 8 2012 

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This weeks Songs of the Week features music that I am extremely excited about. Much to my delight, a new song from Bobby Long has been released to the world and is present on this list. New favorite, The Borrowers Debt, joins the list along with Mathew Mayfield. I urge my readers to check out each artist. If you don’t, you will never know what you are missing out on.

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Bobby Long- In Your Way

This week music lovers were treated to a special surprise when Bobby Long released In Your Way off of his upcoming album Wishbone. As a fan of Bobby Long’s for quite some time, and I have to say I was extremely pleased with the new direction that his music seems to be taking. Instead of raw acoustics, In Your Way features a full band. Bobby’s voice is still as wonderful as ever, but there seems to be more depth to it. It’s still the same Bobby that his fans know and love, but he is showing a different side to his talents. In Your Way is a perfect treat for those who have followed Bobby Long, and a great who for him to introduce himself to a new audience. To give the song a listen and to find out about this amazing artist, click here.

The Borrowers Debt- Walking Home From Hollywood

I had the pleasure of seeing The Borrowers Debt perform at the Room 5 Lounge on December 6, 2012. There song Walking Home From Hollywood was one the song that had got me so interested in the band. In addition to that, the song is just beautiful. The harmonies and the arrangement are amazing. The lyrics describe the process of evaluating your life’s decisions and realizing that, perhaps, other decisions should have been made. Definitely a song and a band that I recommend to anyone looking for new music. Check out their website here for more information.

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Matthew Mayfield- By Your Side

I just really love this song. The lyrics are beautiful, the vocals are amazing, and the arrangement is sweetly simple. It is a song that you listen to a couple of times in a row, and then think about how much you want to hear it again only a few hours later. I like many songs from Matthew Mayfield, but this just may be my favorite. More information about Matthew Mayfield can be found here.

Cheers,

Rizzle

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