Hearth Music’s Online Listening Lounge
Barely a year ago we embarked on a bold adventure in internet music: The Hearth Music Online Listening Lounge. An integral part of our website, we envisioned the Listening Lounge as the digital equivalent of a cozy recliner and a stack of brand new records to discover (you provide the headphones/speakers).
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Well, a year later and we’re still going strong! Stop by for a listen and poke around to find your new favorite artist. Download tracks to your iPod and bump the music all over town. Email to your friends, spread the word and spread this music around. Here are some of our recommendations from the Listening Lounge, and the best part is that you don’t have to take our word for it! Listen for yourselves!
The Haints are currently one of the best kept secrets in British Columbia. Anchored by the husband and wife team of Jason & Pharis Romero, and the fine fine fiddling of Erynn Marshall, each member of the band has complete mastery over old-timey Southern music traditions. But more than that, Jason & Pharis as a musical duo are impossible to resist. Their voices meld so sweetly, the songs roll off the tongue so easily, and there’s a warmth and comfort to their music that reflects their current home in a small cabin in the wilds of British Columbia. Word is that they’re prepping a duo CD for a 2011 release, and I guarantee that this will be one of the must-have releases for any fan of old-timey roots music. The Haints’ Website
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West are taking Seattle’s roots music scene by storm. A recent KEXP live in studio, and rave reviews in both The Stranger and indie-blog Sound on the Sound paved the way to a packed CD release a few weeks ago at the Tractor Tavern and more great gigs to come and festivals to play! Now you can find out why people are falling in love with their invigorating blend of old-time picking, bluegrass harmonies and wickedly crooked melodies. They’ve got something we call “Appalachian X Factor”. It’s an indescribable sound in their music that taps into the deep, beating heart of American roots music. Cahalen & Eli’s Website
Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three were a runaway hit at the Newport Folk Festival last year. Discovered while street-performing in New York City, no one saw their raging blend of bouncing ragtime picking with neo-hobo hard-livin’ lyrics coming and they tore up the stage. SPIN Magazine called them “The Best Discovery” of the Festival, and a quick listen to their debut album, Riverboat Soul, will show that Pokey’s music reflects the modern hard times of our new Great Depression. In other words, it hits the spot. Pokey Lafarge’s Website
We fell in love with bluegrass singer Nell Robinson at the first note, and when we found out who her collaboraters were on her debut album (Laurie Lewis and John Reischman & The Jaybirds), we knew we had found a powerful new voice in bluegrass. Drawing from her family’s rural Alabama roots and pulling from the Bay Area’s rich acoustic music community, her songs range from a radical reworking of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” to the melancholy broadside “Forgotten Soldier”, and a beautiful original “If Tears Could Heal”. Nell Robinson’s Website
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