Since I started this blog back in May, I’ve offered up a Band of the Week post. Basically, there have been one maybe two bands that have come to my attention weekly who really stood out. If two, it hasn’t been a big deal to feature one band one week and another the next. Due to the recent (gratifying) attention we’ve gotten, the number of worthwhile bands/artists has increased. As is my want, I’ve been obsessing over how to feature more music without either diluting the impact of the Band of the Week designation or seeming to imply that a featured band is less than worthy to be Band of the Week. I finally decided to introduce a new feature called Ear to the Ground recommends. In this space, which will be run on an as needed basis, I will introduce some great bands and artists to Ear to the Ground readers. I will still run a weekly Band of the Week feature and any or all of the recommended bands could be named Band of the Week either in the same week they were recommended or afterwards. Okay – after way too much exposition, I proudly present the first of many Ear to the Ground Recommends:
In Cages is a new band featuring veteren New York musician James Mercer. In Cages plays alternative rock, and features the stock rock and roll line-up for guitar, bass, drums and cello. Great sound. They have three songs out which you can listen to here: http://cache.reverbnation.com/widgets/swf/40/pro_widget.swf?id=artist_2074947&posted_by=&skin_id=PWAS1005&background_color=EEEEEE&border_color=000000&auto_play=false&shuffle=false
Carly Maicher is a Canadian singer/songwriter who hails from Manitoba, but can currently be found hiding in New Brunswick. She has a brand new album out which features a beautifully, unique voice and some great songs. It’s called Hiding – take a listen:
Jesse Payne is plays real music and hails from Birmingham, Alabama. Here you can check out his latest release called Buffalo:
Last up for this post – Dan Banks is a singer/songwriter. In his music I hear strong songwriting and a smooth sound. He’s recently relocated to Nashville via SW Florida. And, he’s got a sampler you can pick up via Noisetrade:
So that’s it for now, check out these artists and stay tuned for more to come.
Remember, if you keep both feet firmly planted on the ground, you will find it next to impossible to put your pants on.