“Providence” by Tracee Perrin

Los Angeles native, Tracee Perrin has released her Debut EP Providence. The EP was tracked and produced by Daniel Dempsey (Rod Stewart, Chris Duran) and mastered by Mark Chalecki (veteran of Capitol Records). Perrin’s skills as a songwriter shine with embraced emotions and unabashed sentiment.

The title track is about escaping what binds you to your past. Piano, strings, guitar and soaring vocals combine to build an honest, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hopeful collection of material.

She has been compared to the likes of Sara Bareilles, Jewel, and Joss Stone.

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“Providence” by Tracee Perrin

mp3 courtesy of Sera Roadnight, MT Press

Image courtesy of Perrin’s bandcamp page

“The Sound of Silence” and “Little Balloon” by Jenny & Tyler

In 2010, husband-wife duo Jenny & Tyler released their third record Faint Not. For a limited time, you may download (via NoiseTrade) all of Faint Not plus three acoustic versions of brand new songs – in anticipation of their new full-length release Open Your Doors.

New album coming April 3!

Along with the release of their new album, Jenny & Tyler recorded a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence” which is now available on iTunes. All of the proceeds from this s/s iTunes chart topper will go to organizations that fight human trafficking.

Please have a listen to the “The Sound of Silence” cover and “Little Balloon” from the new release.

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“The Sound of Silence” and “Little Balloon” by Jenny & Tyler

Image and mp3 courtesy of Jenn dePaula of MIXTUS MEDIA

“Lonely Man” by Alpha Rev

Alpha Rev formed in 2005, when lead singer Casey McPherson’s former group Endochine disbanded. They released a self-titled EP in 2006 and a full-length in 2007 titled, The Greatest Thing I’ve Ever Learned.

Their newest effort, New Morning, hit stores about a year ago (April 2011). I saw these guys at SXSW in Austin this past weekend and it was awesome! Great group, please check ’em out!

This song was my favorite of the live set they played. It’s from another EP titled, City Farm: Roots – EP.

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“Lonely Man” by Alpha Rev

“Drive By” by Train

I’ve loved them from the beginning – fifteen years and counting – and I finally took my opportunity to see Train live. Houston knows how to do it right. They’ll never make rodeo tickets too expensive, to the point where their own Houstonians don’t want to come out and enjoy the show. So, at $ 16 bucks a pop, we get to see some pretty great shows down here!

From the latest release, Save Me, San Francisco, have a listen to “Drive By.”

“Drive By” by Train

Image courtesy of MixRedding.com

Plus, for old time sake, let’s revisit “All American Girl” from My Private Nation.

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“All American Girl” by Train

2012 Houston Rodeo Setlist:

1. “If It’s Love”
2. “Meet Virginia”
3. “Drive By”
4. Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” and Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” (mashup covers)
5. Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” (cover)
6. “She’s On Fire” (sung with a country twang)
7. “Soul Sister” (sing-along/ fans were invited on stage)
8. “Calling All Angels”
9. “Save Me, San Francisco”
10. “Marry Me”
11. “Soul Sister” (reprise/ sung by Train)
12. “Drops of Jupiter”

“All These Eyes” by Joshua Ketchmark

The narrative songwriter from outside Peoria, Illinois, Joshua Ketchmark, relocated to Nashville eight years ago and has been writing and playing live ever since. He is releasing 3 EP’s this year and “All These Eyes” is the first single from the first release The Bittersweet.

Follow Joshua via M T Press on SoundCloud and watch the first EP trailer here.

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“All These Eyes” by Joshua Ketchmark

mp3 courtesy of Sera Roadnight of M T Press

Image courtesy of Josua Ketchmark’s facebook “Karus Cruentus/List of Regrets” photo album

“Someone Like You” by Matt Wertz

The Limited Edition Weights & Wings vinyl was released in January!

Half of the songs are filed under the “weights” catagory; heavier songs dealing with harder stuff, and the other half are “wings;” lighter, more transcendent ‘FUN’ songs. All the “weights” songs are on one side of the record, and all the “wings” on the other. Each album is hand numbered and there are only 500 pressed!

You can pick them up on Amazon or wherever you buy vinyl!

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“Someone Like You” by Matt Wertz

Image courtesy of Matt Wertz’s Newsletter

“Will You Love Me” by The Vespers

The Vespers‘ New record drops April 3rd.

If you haven’t heard about their Podcast, The Reason and Rhyme show, you may check that out on iTunes and subscribe to the archive. They host a talk radio show each week with special guests every Wednesday at 3:30 CST. The show is also livestream’d here.

Last week, The Vespers’ new record The Fourth Wall, was spinning on SiriusXM’s The Village and on The Bridge.

Check out this mini-documentary (6 min.) of the making of The Fourth Wall.

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“Will You Love Me” by The Vespers

Image courtesy of Deacon BLues blogspot

“Let’s Forget All the Things That We Say” by Julia Stone

Julia’s new track “Let’s Forget All The Things That We Say” is available on iTunes today as part of a 4 track EP. You can find it here.

The EP features:

1. Let’s Forget All The Things That We Say

2. Tell Her a Story

3. Take Me Home

4. The S**t That They’re Feeding You

You may view the video HERE now.

“Lets Forget All The Things That We Say” is taken from her upcoming solo album By The Horns out in May.

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“Let’s Forget All the Things That We Say” by Julia Stone

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Image courtesy of Yen Magazine

“Primitive Girl” by M. Ward

The first single from A Wasteland Companion is available now on iTunes!

“Primitive Girl” features M. Ward on vocal, piano and guitar, John Parish on percussion/marimba, Mike Mogis on organ, and Susan Sanchez providing backing vocals.

You can check out the full stream HERE and buy the track HERE.

A Wasteland Companion is out April 6 in Australia/New Zealand via Spunk, April 9 in the UK/Europe via Bella Union and April 10 in the US via Merge Records.

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“Primitive Girl” by M. Ward

Image courtesy of the M. Ward mailing list

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