Folk Rock

The Lighthouse and the Whaler: Pioneers EP

For fans of Moby Dick and music, rejoice! The Lighthouse and the Whaler is a band from Cleveland, Ohio that took its name from the Herman Melville classic. This collaboration between two musicians – Aaron Smith and Michael LoPresti – who just wanted to create music outside their basement, has now come up with a vibrant EP that will surely make a mark to its listeners.

Callaghan: 40 States and Counting

Many years and counting, and we’re still looking for that seminal pop-rock record to stimulate our bubbly senses. A worthy contender comes in the form of Callaghan, a relatively new female act that possesses a solid set of heart-wrenching tunes. Born as Georgina Callaghan, the 31-year-old prodigy has been hard at work since the latter part of the previous decade, and hasn’t stopped ever since.

Daniel Mackley: Just an Ocean

Young prodigies are the thing nowadays, breeding the likes of Daniel Mackley. At only 17 years old, the South Yorkshire native started [months ago] by posting covers of alternative favorites on YouTube. Now, Daniel hopes to expand his horizon even more through his debut EP, Just an Ocean, which collects three original compositions and a cover medley.

Derek Clegg: Head Down Sunrise

Summertime is a super swell time, except for the scorching heat that intensifies each year. To complement (or to aptly put it, “counter”) this temporal climate imbalance, a required listening of Derek Clegg‘s latest effort, Head Down Sunrise, is a must.

Josh Sizemore: The Wind

Get caught up in ‘the wind’, get caught up on Josh Sizemore‘s awesome debut. This 23-year-old Nashville prodigy’s taking a bite out of the folk scene, as he releases his EP, The Wind. Opening for the likes of Shovels & Rope, Brooke Waggoner, and War Jacket, Josh is now taking center stage, and his four-track offering simply dazzles.

Leading Armies: Let’s Get Serious

‘Tis the season of giving, so we’re sharing one of our guilty pleasures for the moment: Leading Armies! The guys from Limerick, Island are celebrating their second year as musicians — they formed on Christmas Day 2011 — by releasing their second EP, Let’s Get Serious.

Hudson: Crimson

Well-loved band Hudson treats us again with a unique tale in Crimson. Hudson is the musical project of John Boswell and Will Crowley. The band specializes in concept albums with a folk rock aesthetic. Written and recorded within one week (April 1-9 2011), this genre-spanning album tells the story of a castaway who leads a rebellion against a tyrannical king. Layered earthly vocals welcomes the listeners in Belfry. Steady rhytmic beats dabbed with electric guitars establishes the setting of the story as well as the castaways' remote existence.

Derek Clegg: Here Comes Your Fate, Quick Duck

Derek Clegg serenades our ears once again with his distinctive brand of Indie-Folk in his new album, Here Comes Your Fate, Quick Duck. This album is tremendously good for easy-listening and regardless of what you normally listen to, prepare to be temporarily converted. Indie Folk seems to be the foundation of Cleggs music, although, at times he intertwines genres such as country and rock. His music is never predictable; each track change also comes with a new surprise. This can be partly attributed to Cleggs impressive repertoire of multi-instrumental abilities. Cleggs vocals are also extremely versatile, he modifies himself as a vocalist to suit the style of each song.

Jamie Rumley “Renovations” – compelling vocals of a pure downhome female artist

Remember how The Corrs captivated our hearts with their downhome sound? I guess its about time for someone new to step in. Meet Jamie Rumley, a Folk Rock musician and a one woman band. Her album, Renovations was and still is a great hit in Jamendos charts. Expressive and very easy on the ear, this album is everything, but boring. Each song was carefully written so as to have easy-to-read lyrics and graceful tune. Jamies voice will not only make you listen to her songs, but also will make you fall in love with the Folk Rock genre.