Tagged folk

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Vivian Garcia – In Between Times

Vivian Garcia is a Chicago based singer-songwriter. Her musical journey has taken her from studying rumba flamenca rhythms in Granada, Spain to jamming with international folk musicians in Madrid as well as singing with various bands in Chicago. Cold Bed is her first album and she is working on a a bilingual EP to be…

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Andy Metz-Delusions

Chicago singer-songwriter Andy Metz (also of hip hop group 8090 and rock band Hero Monster Zero) will be releasing his first solo album in seven years, Delusions, on Dec 8. The album opens with the charming, acoustic guitar-driven “Where We Belong,” Metz’s warm vocals immediately appealing. The following track, “Evil,” highlights his skill as a…

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Cory Goodrich-W.O.M.A.N.

Chicago singer-songwriter/actress (she is currently appearing in the Mercury Theater’s acclaimed production of the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire) Cory Goodrich has dropped the solo CD, W.O.M.A.N. The album opens with the spirited “I’m a Woman” (written by Leiber-Stoller), which is followed by the tender original “The Price.” Elsewhere on the CD, originals like…

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Jared Rabin – Something Left to Say

Chicago singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jared Rabin, known for his work with progressive rock outfit The Hue and folk-pop band Falldown, played all of the instruments (save for drums) on his debut LP, Something Left to Say. That would be a pretty respectable feat on your average album, but is truly remarkable when you take into account the…

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Kara Kesselring and Sugarcreek Road-Hurry Up and Relax

Folks in certain circles will be familiar w/ Chicago singer-songwriter Kara Kesselring via her role as a touring musician with Jersey Boys. For the uninitiated, Kesselring also fronts the band Sugarcreek Road, who have a brand new album entitled Hurry Up and Relax. The album opens with the witty, driving “Speeding For Jesus,” moves deftly…

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Natalie Myre-Breaking Forward

Chicago singer-songwriter Natalie Myre makes her recorded debut with Breaking Forward, an uplifting mix of pop, folk and cabaret. The album opens with the bouncy “Urge” and follows up with the country-flavored “Stay in Your Lane.” From there, the highlights come steadily: “Worth Fighting For” has a positive vibe and showcases Myre’s talent as a…

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Laura Joy-Between Our Words

Chicago’s Laura Joy has crafted an EP (produced by fellow local musician Will Phalen) of sunny folk-pop that goes a bit deeper lyrically than much upbeat singer-songwriter fare. Between Our Words opens with “Takes a While,” an accessible, even bouncy, number that extolls patience, especially apparent in the verse “spider spins her web and the…