Southwire – Live on The Current

Southwire, from Duluth, MN consists of Jerree Small, Ben Larson, Matt Mobley and Sean Elmquist. They performed three songs live on The Current’s Local Show the other day and The Current describes them well when they say the band has a “gorgeous blend of folk and heavy atmospherics.” If I had to categorize it I would say it’s folk with some old soul mixed in.

Jerree Small’s voice reminds me a little of Feist, especially on Gone Astray¬† and the band produces a soothing, ambient sound throughout all their music. If you listen to the live recording you’ll also hear them talk about their church and that Charlie Parr is also a part of it.

You can listen to the entire live session here.

If you like what you hear, Southwire will be performing at 7th Street Entry on Friday, April 19.

 

 

Michael Kiwanuka – Tell Me A Tale

Michael Kiwanuka

Location: From what I’ve read, Michael Kiwanuka’s family is originally from Uganda, but he grew up in North London.

I meant to post this for “Folk Friday”, although out of all Michael Kiwanuka’s songs, this is the least “folky” out of all of them. Tell Me A Tale sounds like it could be a Bill Withers song, with a bit of a 70’s soul feel to it. He does list Bill Withers as an influence, but it’s no surprise from his overall sound that Bob Dylan and Otis Redding have been the artists to primarily influence Kiwanuka. You may have heard his more popular song, Home Again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTa28a8QKo4

Tell me a tale that always was,
Sing me a song that I’ll always be in,
Tell me a story that I can read,
Tell me a story that I believe

Paint me a picture that I can see,
Give me a touch that I can feel,
Turn me around so I can be,
Everything I was meant to be

Lord I need loving,
Lord I need good, good loving

Show me some strength that I can use,
Give me a sound that I won’t refuse,
Tell me story that I can read,
Tell me a story that I can believe

Tell me a tale that always was,
Sing me a song that I’ll always be in,
Turn me around so I can be,
Everything I was meant to be

Lord I need loving,
Lord I need good, good loving