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Sunday, August 28, 2022

New Music Variety: Justin Saladino Band, Katie Guillen & The Drive, The Commonheart, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Danielia Cotton

Justin Saladino Band: Sink Or Swim

Here's the lead single and opening track from Honest Lies, coming next month from this guitar-driven Montreal group. American Blues Scene writes that the song "boasts a delicious cornucopia of distinctive blues, roots, and Southern rock textures." The album was recorded using 1970s-era studio gear, with Saladino backed by long-term band members Gabriel Forget on bass and Denis Paquin on drums.

Katy Guillen & The Drive: Bottom Of Your Belly

We dip back into Another One Gained, the recent release from the Kansas City-based duo of singer-songwriter Katy Guillen and drummer Stephanie Williams. This track, Guillen says, "is an anthemic push forward to overcome fear and embrace the unknown. Written in a time of transition, the song is about that agonizing pit in the core of our stomachs." Under the Radar writes that it features "effortless instrumental chemistry, locking into an easygoing groove that gives both members a chance to shine" and builds to "Guillen’s standout climactic guitar solo."

The Commonheart: Trying to Get Over

This roots-soul band from Pittsburgh brings a big sound, with guitars, drums, keyboard, horns, backup singers - and Clinton Clegg, described by review site Tinnitist as "a lightning-bolt charismatic frontman with dynamically expressive pipes that effortlessly traverse bluesy pleading and honeyed balladeering." American Blues Scene describes this single from the upcoming LP For Work or Love as a grooving track with "fat blues guitar and a driving hypnotic rhythm that won’t quit."

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness: Stars

It's been four years since this indie artist released Upside Down Flowers, and there's no word yet of another album on the way. But the arrival of this new single on a new label (Netwerk) suggests there is. The song has an expansive sound, with McMahon's vocal and piano fleshed out by guitarist Bobby Anderson, Jay McMillan on drums, Mikey Wagner on bass, Zac Clark on keyboards and Ella Vos on backup vocals. “The song is really about how loving someone can be both beautiful and painful," says McMahon. "When you really love someone, you love them baggage and all."

Danielia Cotton: Elysian Plains

This versatile, genre-crossing artist brings rich gospel flavor to this track from her latest album, Good Day. Co-written with Nashville songwriter Jeff Cohen after both had lost family members to the Covid-19 pandemic, it's a hopeful song about the promise of heavenly reunion with loved ones.

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