St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Close your eyes and listen, and you might imagine someone who looks a bit like Otis Redding. Open them, and you’re likely to see someone who looks more like your neighborhood bank teller.
That man in the golden shoes in Paul Janeway. He was, in fact, a bank teller in Alabama not too long ago—and this stupendous seven-piece band from Birmingham has only been doing this since 2012. It’s got heart and soul and flair, with a well-worn sound buoyed by strong, fresh songwriting. (Bob Boilen)
Sean Rowe has just released a new EP entitled Her Songs. The record and its accompanying videos document the acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitar player delivering acoustic versions of six compositions written exclusively by female artists—Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucina Williams, and Feist. The record and filmed performances combine to serve as an immensely powerful testament to Rowe’s interpretative guitar and vocal talents. Initial reactions have been nothing short of phenomenal.[read more…]