“Shoes” by Samsel and the Skirt

Straight from the heart of Portlandia, Samsel and the Skirt is an alt-country band with sincere lyrics and energetic songs. The band is fronted by singers Cary and Kelsey Samsel. Cary’s blues backround is evident in his singing but well complimented by Kelsey’s smooth heart-wrenching vocals. The two sing tales of heart break, love and disconnect. Recently, the duo opened for folk, soul, blues, pop music duo Johnnyswim.

Have a listen to the track “Shoes” from their debut release Shoebox. Also, you may view their official video for “Those Days” via YouTube.

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“Shoes” by Samsel and the Skirt

mp3 courtesy of NoiseTrade

Samsel and the Skirt

Image courtesy of Samsel and the Skirt’s official site

“Brand New Day” by Ray Tarantino

The new album, Good Things Will Happen (Tiny Drum Records) from Ray Tarantino, is a tribute to the American dream: the story of a guy who walked a road of trial, carrying nothing but a good dose of courage.

His father was a Sicilian diamond dealer; his mother a Tuscan countess. Born in the north of Italy and raised in the UK, Tarantino brings an international sensuality to Americana music.

The start of Tarantino’s music career was as dramatic as his lyrics. After a high-speed traumatic car crash nearly ended his existence, he threw in the towel on his life as a money-making corporate drone and traded a pencil-pushing nine-to-five for a guitar and a ’97 Econo-line van with a queen-size bed in the back. This is the kind of hope-filled journey Hollywood makes movies about.

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“Brand New Day” by Ray Tarantino

mp3s courtesy of Alex Steininger at In Music We Trust PR

Marfa TX

Summer touring across the desert (Marfa, TX)

Image courtesy of Tarantino’s official site