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BARTON CARROLL-Avery County, I’m Bound to You

Avery County, I’m Bound to You, is the fourth album from singer/songwriter Barton Carroll, who built up a steady North Carolina fanbase when he used to play with Crooked Fingers. I can’t say I’ve heard his stuff before, but I love this record. It’s full of variety, extremely interesting music, and wonderful lyrics.

The bilingual country/folk single “It Had to be a Train” is as catchy as hell, but without relying overmuch on the chorus. Actually, it’s the accordion line that kept running through my head (ahem) like a train. All his songs are like that–like complex pop songs. Where most pop singers sell you on the hook, Carroll uses the hook as an anchor, or a jump-off point, while he drifts purposefully through themes and riffs off of that common ground.

I can’t praise this enough. Check it out.

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ANE BRUN-Rarities

ane brun rarities
Ane Brun’s songs often feel like lullabies. They’re simple, sweet, and quiet. And I love her covers. Ane’s new collection of rarities includes It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back), From Me To You (originally by the Beatles), and a whole slew of duets and beautifully intimate originals. Check out the whole album, and here’s her cover of Beyonce’s “Halo:”
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MATT PLESS-The Bus Stop E.P.

Just a dude with a guitar playing some original songs, throwing out some one-liners, and doing a Kenny Rogers cover.  It’s witty, it’s hip, it’s a fun little bounce.  And it’s free!

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MAN’S GIN-Rebellion Hymns

If there were a goth version of bluegrass, Man’s Gin would lead the genre. This is a very tough, very dark album that defies classification but is well worth checking out.
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