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The Sweet Water Warblers - With You EP
If you’re a fan of Michigan bluegrass music, then the names in this supergroup shouldn’t surprise you in the least! This powerhouse trio includes May Erlewine, Rachael Davis, and Lindsay Lou, three champions of their own artistic merits, combining to sing rich harmonies while accompanying each other on a variety of instruments. In this project, you can find gospel, blues, folk, roots, bluegrass, and pop sculpting each track, giving listeners and audience members a plethora of sounds to enjoy. No doubt you have seen these performers in their own separate groups playing all across Michigan and around the United States on major festivals, acoustic music concerts, and folk music celebrations. In April, this group will play several dates in Ohio and in the Michigan cities of Benton Harbor, East Lansing, Washington, and Spring Lake, so go treat yourself to three wonderful women making some powerful music together!
Highlights: "Sing Me a Song", "Lazarus", "Without You"
Our Native Daughters - Songs of Our Native Daughters
Continuing the trend of female fronted folk supergroups, Our Native Daughters definitely stood out from the list of submissions I was asked to review for this week. This folk/roots music group is founded by Rhiannon Giddens, who is a multi-instrumentalist and frontwoman of Carolina Chocolate Drops. The group is rounded out by the talents of cellist Leyla McCalla (former Carolina Chocolate Drops member), multi-instrumentalist Allison Russell (Po’ Girl, Birds of Chicago), and alt-country/blues singer/songwriter Amythyst Kiah. As someone who solicits dozens upon dozens of Americana festivals working with Mark Lavengood, it is refreshing to see this distinct, diverse group of women operating in the current scene and speaking on stories of resistance, resilience, and oppression from a black, female perspective. To accompany their message, the group draws inspiration from 17th, 18th, and 19th century historical sources, blending elements of Creole culture and speaking on topics like minstrelsy, the abolitionist movement, and the suffrage movements. While this may be the first album from this project, it is clear that experiences in music, navigating America and its history as African-American women, and crafting music on a variety of instruments are right within the wheelhouse of these musicians to make something special.
Highlights: “Quasheba, Quasheba", "Black Myself", "I Knew I Could Fly"
The Claypool Lennon Delirium - South of Reality
Sometimes you listen to a group knowing that it’ll just work without even having to deep-dive into their catalog. Sean Lennon and Les Claypool return with their sophomore album, South of Reality, a psychedelic rock journey through space and time that observes the current absurdities of the world. Sean and Les both have distinct styles of writing, performing, and singing, and yet combined it feels so natural you can’t help but join them on their weird journey of spacey soundscapes, atypical song structures, and strange storytelling. Even with the all of the music nerd ear-candy, the album is a well-crafted experience that stands out from the pack of acts being featured in popular music and highlighted on broadcasts like The Late Show. If you want to feel immersed in their sonic world, the group will be coming to Detroit April 27th at The Majestic Theatre!
Highlights: "Amethyst Realm", "Blood And Rockets", "Easily Deceived by Fools"
José González & The String Theory - Live In Europe
Highlights: "Heartbreak", "Let It Carry You", "Abram"
Highlights: "Surreal (ft. RKCB)", "Rewind (ft. Armani White & Ashe)", and "Country Roads (ft. Matt Zara & Anomalie)"