by: Thomas D. Mooney
Every week, we highlight a few of our favorite things on Noisetrade that you have missed or simply just didn’t know about at all. We’re wanting to shed light on these gems. As always, Noisetrade offers a completely free download, but we highly encourage you throwing a few bucks at the artists if you’re digging what they’re creating.
In Week I and II, we highlighted Sons of Fathers, Statesboro Revue, Roadkill Ghost Choir, and The Black Lillies. This week, it’s singer-songwriters who are in a similar vein–both in style and position–the Nashville-based Sam Lewis and Austin-based Chris King.
Back in 2012, Sam Lewis released his self-titled debut album. It was a collection of country-soul ballads and laid-back porch songs that left you hitting repeat and wanting more than just the 10-tracks on the album. On standout tracks like “The Cross I Wear” and “Down to the Wire,” you easily see how well Lewis’ vocals mesh with southern-tinged guitar grooves. The interaction between them are crisp and cool. Overall, Lewis’ vocals are smooth and never tense, shakey, or strained. It’s the essence of easy-going and relaxed. Lewis is currently readied his follow-up album, Waiting On You, due out April 21. For a bonus first listen of “3/4 Time” from the album, click here.
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Texas crooner Chris King is also working on his full-length follow-up to 2013’s excellent 1983–though without a set release date just quite yet. But before 1983, King released the six-track Bexar County. It’s a little more rough around the edges than 1983, but King’s songwriting prowess is still the center of the album. It includes the excellent honky-tonk waltz “Parade” with fellow Texas singer-songwriter Jamie Wilson. Bexar Country‘s second song “Western Waltz,” another standout, revolves around the whispy use of pedal steel, keys, and King’s country senses. Overall, it’s not necessarily King’s best collection of songs, but signs of what’s to come is certainly rooted within the EP. For more on King, read our last interview with him here.
For Bexar County, click here.