Not happy listening to their - Raveena Aurora, Biig Piig, Ama Lou, Kara Marni, Ravyn Lenae and Laurel - tracks alone, we wanted to know what these young women are all about. —Ben Salmon, Sara Beth Tomberlin’s debut album, At Weddings, is an ode to the uncertainty and overall dishevelment of your late teens and early twenties: bogged down by self-doubt, seeking validation from others, rebelling against unsolicited religious beliefs that were pressed upon you as a child (the 23-year-old singer/songwriter was born to strict Baptist parents) and longing for someone even though you know they’re a bad influence. Eclectic, Genre bending, RnB What we discovered was humility, love for their craft and aspirations to create change with their music. Before writing the record, the Austin-based musician returned to her hometown of Huntsville, Ala. only to discover a frustrating sense of complacency among its residents, which inspired much of this album, according to Caroline Says’ bandcamp page. Toronto musician Tamara Lindeman released her self-titled fourth album under The Weather Station moniker late last year. Browse the top british folk artists to find new music. There’s a sense of healing and of rebirth on this album, which takes the pace and relatively stripped-down instrumentation of About Farewell and marries it to a more soaring, emotive set of vocals. November 9, 2018. Nature is no exception—a rapid follow up to 2017’s aptly titled Life Is Fine, it finds him offering up simple, shared sentiments, typified by titles like “The Trees,” “With Animals” and “God’s Grandeur,” without posture or pretense. 19-year-old Chicago-based artist Ravyn Lenae caught our attention with her ‘70s, disco-inspired, music video “Sticky” when scrolling away on YouTube. It’s clear that Ravyn has a lot more tricks up her sleeves. —Lizzie Manno, Not since their 2010 debut Made The Harbor have Mountain Man released a record and toured, but, after each member found herself living in North Carolina following years of pursuing separate hustles, the three women—Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Molly Sarlé and Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath—reignited their friendships, followed by their music. Scrobble songs to get recommendations on tracks you'll love. The 10 songs that make up abysskiss toggle from intoxicating love to somber grief and it spans many feelings in between. 84 6 reviews. Celebrating the 50 best albums of the year always has us comparing music that spans the spectrum. The lo-fi digital folk is destined to exist both in the nether regions of bandcamp, plattered for solo listening, and on portable speakers, to be played at sunny picnics and outdoor respites. Spotify. **, “I think there’s a lot of pain and trauma embedded into the South Asian experience. Here are the 20 best folk albums of 2018. Each track explores different aspects of Ama’s vocals and genres from ‘90’s hiphop to RnB and Jazz. Taken from a pizza menu on a drunken night out with friends, both horrified and bemused by its make-up of unidentifiable meats - the story behind her name is a reflection of her music style: free, fluid and as she describes it “a bit messy”. She was born on October 10, 1965, and now she is 52 years old. Lisa O’Neill, Lori Watson, Trembling Bells, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy were among the many standout acts in a very distinguished year … Today, we’re pushed to go on this route of going through university and make money. **. There’s a weary triumphalism in album closer “Zozobra,” which finds a measure of hope amid reverberating electric guitars and vocals from Veirs that are almost serene. Since then, they have released three studio albums, their latest Peace was released earlier this year, and have been touring with many major artists like Bob Seager and Elvis Costello.We can’t wait to see them again on Joe Bonamassa’s 2018 blues cruise! Her enviable vocals, a knack for whistle notes with grace and a strong work ethic makes her a real star. Ever since The Beatles invaded America, the UK has been exporting top tier talent from across the pond. Before I know it, I’ve written a whole song! Raveena Aurrora is only 24-years-old and yet her attitude towards life and her music makes her seem as wise as a 100-year-old Buddha. St. Louis, who’s making her full-length debut with the record, often retreats to a similarly soothing zone for her songwriting, which she’s only been doing for about five years now. It was just me and her – a little team - two pieces of a puzzle. —Lizzie Manno, We’re not hurting for great singer/songwriters here in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. If Florence Welch, Laura Marling and Mac de Marco were to make a musical love child, that would be Laurel - the free-spirited Southampton born singer-songwriter, who is, in her own words: “pretty crazy, complex and unpredictable”. But we also love to dig deeper in particular genres like jazz, blues and folk. Joss Stone is an R&B/soul singer from England who became famous when she was still quite young. “The magic felt as strong as it did the first time we sang together, and I think we were all really moved by that,” Sarlé says. For years now, it’s been one of our greatest exports alongside bacon maple bars and pizza named after metal albums. DDD is a visual and musical luxury. She uses them to boil down complex topics into something familiar, immediate and sentimental. The band’s 11th album, Sun on the Square, starts off lovely and never lets up. “I used to love this town,” she sings. But if we were to get into the game of ranking these musical talents, I daresay that Haley Heynderickx would surely take the top spot. 86 / 96. It’s not that McKenna is trying to put a lump in your throat. She is the 9th Best Scottish Female Singers and also on our list. Item 86 of 96. Providing newfound comfort and warm familiarity, abysskiss is a record that will quickly find its way into your heart and slowly caress your soul. This isn’t the type of record to turn darkness into sunshine and rainbows or to later forget these deep, complex thoughts, but instead to fully process those thoughts and keep chugging on. This unpredictability, she says, is reflected in her music and new album DOGVIOLET where she delves into different genres, sounds and styles. Influenced by the soul greats such as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Amy Winehouse, Kara offers her own twist on a range of genres with her debut EP Love Just Ain’t Enough. She rarely uses drums, which sometimes gives the impression that her songs are untethered to anything more than her voice. “I think that we are all connected to colour ; it is a part of all our lives. On “Distortion,” he recounts the moment she passed with a raw bleakness, “The second dead body I ever saw was you, Geneviève / When I watched you turn from alive to dead right here in our house.” He also recalls a conversation where he told his mother of a desire to make his own life mean something to people after his death (“To echo beyond my actual end”). Ironically, even when he veers from his amiable persona on “A Bastard Like Me,” the otherwise harsh refrain is underscored by the singular strum of acoustic guitar. And 2018 gave us a wealth of folk/Americana albums to enjoy. The eleven originals and three covers comprising the album feel like private poetry, but you’ve managed to sneak into Mountain Man’s secret clubhouse, just long enough to indulge in their soothing stash of acapella anthems and mellow mountain hymns. Sometimes Andrews is singing about it explicitly, as on the title track or the upsurging “Kindness of Strangers.” Sometimes the people in her songs are simply doing their best to embody the idea that kindness matters. She admits that she is yet to find her ‘sound’ per se, but her vast talent and malleability as an artist certainly points towards a bright and exciting career. That Carlile remains the center of gravity in this star-studded universe is a testament to her considerable talents. Pain and trauma speaks to so many people and it’s important for us all to recognise that and empathise with each other and be totally accepting of each other. Throughout history, there have been many British women folk singers who have made significant contribution to the field. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics discovered her at the age of 16. The money thing is tough. Nicotine’s Famous Honey (R&B/Soul) @nicthecig. Volunteer, which was recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), is an album that projects its rustic references, all etched with nostalgia and songs that offer reasons for return to the pleasures of front-porch existence. British folk music has rarely been in more vigorous health than it is today. Plucky and purposeful, See You Around is at once soothing and sweeping, a testament to practiced musicianship and the power of collaboration, a chief value in bluegrass/acoustic scenes. Colour is a fun way to describe my music feelings when words don’t suffice. In telling the stories of a group of people of colour, Raveena’s aim was to dispel stereotypes and negative media representation, and instead show power in love and unity. But you have to appreciate the small things, because this is the exciting part. “My mum always told me, that nothing worth having ever came easy. Browse the top british indie artists to find new music. A practising Sikh, Raveena preaches self-love, love for others and creates a community of love through her jazz-pop fusion of enchanting melodies. This page was last edited on 1 April 2018, at 18:07 (UTC). —Eric R. Danton, Brandi Carlile is back with her best album since The Story, and maybe her best yet. The free spirit that she is, whether she writes a book, poem or song, no doubt her words will have some emotional effect on you. Sentries stand watch on more than one of these new songs, guarding against a vague foreboding just beyond the horizon. I’ve been here since Eisenhower, and I’ve outlived even he.” It’s true. —Lee Zimmerman, Every Lori McKenna album has at least one song that will make you cry—and depending on who you are, and where you are in life, it could be any of them that gets you choked up. Like most of her work, McKenna’s latest is a family-centered collection of rootsy folk songs, and as usual, she finds profundity in the ordinary moments of everyday life. Jess Smyth – the 20-year old singer and rapper, better known as Biig Piig is the raw and real voice that we need right now. Older female singers have been judged on the period in their primes Don't ... Sjælland, Denmark. Irish singers like Christy Moore, Paul Brady, and Dolores Keane have been praised by folk and rock luminaries from the US, the UK, and Canada. Nadler’s vocals are at once soft and steely on lyrics with a poetic, sometimes gothic streak. Not happy listening to their - Raveena Aurora, Biig Piig, Ama Lou, Kara Marni, Ravyn Lenae and Laurel - tracks alone, we wanted to know what these young women are all about. Likewise, each of the band’s seven albums released before 2018 showed off the group’s masterful skill in composing sets of jigs and reels, and their eighth LP, CAS, is no exception. "Depending on the song or project, I want my listeners to feel a particular emotion. Along the way, we get an extended peek into Karen’s evocative wordsmithery, which is heavy with references to the natural world (light of winter, gentle lions, leaves on leaves, darting birds), streaked with color and shot through with an ever-present sense of wonder and exploration. Decade-End Top Artists; Decade-End Top Artists - Interactive; Decade-End Hot 100 Songs ... 1948 - Jan. 16, 2018) Frans Schellekens/Redferns. Yet there’s a droll undertone to parts of For My Crimes, along with its darker themes. It’s there in the soft storytelling and playful commands of “Stella” and in their ultimate ode to comfort on “Underwear.” It’s there on “Slow Wake Up Sunday Morning,” which is as pleasant as it sounds, and in the soulful carol “Bright Morning Stars.” Cozy and uncomplicated, Magic Ship is the album you’ll want to listen to both in quiet solitude and in the company of friends. —Jim Vorel, The entrancingly beautiful folk-pop that Karen and Don Peris have been releasing for the past three decades under the name The Innocence Mission is a monument to a simpler way. After two decades, this is a traditional folk band that is still clearly at the height of its powers. Through the years, she's managed to influence countless artists with her fearless innovative style and continues to deliver remarkable work. Andrews and her band recorded May Your Kindness Remain with producer Mark Howard, whose voluminous credits include albums by Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris. The delightful dinner-party-set video for “Ring Tang Ring Toon” pretty much sums up all of Magic Ship’s warm and fuzzy feelings: Friends dance in a field, dine by candlelight and offer to help each other with the dishes. As on the record, harmony abounds. Born in Glasgow in 1948. For this project, he wrote “Silver Blade” specifically for her, as a kind of sequel to the traditional folk song “Silver Dagger” on her debut disc. Their fortified voices, plus Watkins’ fiddle, O’Donovan’s guitar, and Jarosz’s mandolin, mesh in a familial way—it’s a wonder they aren’t sisters. Featuring only an acoustic guitar and various keyboards and effects, the record centers on Tomberlin’s Joni Mitchell-esque pipes, loud in their softness and tenderness and unsuspectedly moving you to your absolute core. —Lee Zimmerman, Their band name may remind you of a particularly turbulent election season, but their music, which is punctuated with warm harmonies and bare-bones acoustics, recalls a relaxed hootenanny rather than a televised debate. Fusing elements of soul, funk, pop and RnB, Kara delivers a strong first EP, featuring track “Curve” that brilliantly samples the iconic “Spooky” by Dusty Springfield in which Kara turns the classic into her own. Their Wisconsin woods performance was serendipitous, validation that Mountain Man would be once more. **Why is creating a safe space for people of colour important to you? Throughout history, there have been many women folk singers who have made significant contribution to the field. —Ellen Johnson, After more than 20 years of fiery virtuosity, there’s little doubt that Lúnasa has become the most respected of all modern Irish acoustic folk bands—seeing one of their live shows is akin to a religious experience for devotees of this particular branch of the folk family tree. What would be your advice to them? —Lizzie Manno, Joan Baez’s new record, Whistle Down the Wind, boasts two tunes written by Tom Waits and his wife Kathleen Brennan: the title track and “Last Leaf.” “I’m the last leaf on the tree,” Baez sings on the latter. —Eric R. Danton, Marissa Nadler doesn’t get nearly enough credit for having a sense of humor. Enjoy this playlist with the best indie folk songs of the year 2018! By Soey Kim 24 July 2018 There's a new group of young women dominating our summer soundtrack, ready and waiting to seize the next-big-thing crown. How did you know you wanted to pursue music as a career despite all this? If I do that, then I feel like I have done a good job.". "Quite beachy, heavy - in terms of lyrics - and raw. —Ellen Johnson, While some outfits might opt to broaden their base and alter their approach as their star rises, Old Crow Medicine Show take the opposite option on their latest record, choosing instead to go back to basics. Her wit is as dry as it as subtle on her eighth album, a collection of songs that are also disconsolate and foreboding. How would you describe your music in three words? There was just too much good stuff we couldn’t ignore. I don’t have any limitations – more music and more visuals that encompass that. It’s going to be hard, but it’s going to be worth it”. **How do you want people to feel when they hear your music? But, it’s best described as a feeling rather than a sound: zen, healing and soul-warming. It is made even more beautiful by her soft, angelic voice. 10. The list includes many familiar and great female folk singers such as Nelly Furtado, Linda Ronstadt, Tracy Chapman, Pink, Aimee Mann.The women folk singers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries. This comes through quite beautifully on her debut album, I Need To Start A Garden. After all, it takes more than an empty house to feel like home. I want to reach out to the people who feel like they don’t belong anywhere.”. The Seattle singer spends much of May Your Kindness Remain exploring ideas of home and what it means to have roots on 10 new tunes that are lusher and more expansive while leaving plenty of room to showcase her astonishing voice. In 2010, Joanne Shaw Taylor won “Best Female Vocalist” at the British Blues Awards. The passing of his wife made Elverum reflect on his own eventual mortality and the often unfairness of death. Set within Veirs’ pastoral lyrics and courtly folk arrangements, the effect can be unsettling, as if the watchers on the edge of some vast wilderness are themselves being watched. But as fans eagerly awaited a follow-up, the sisters slowly broke down. —Geoffrey Himes, The first single on singer/songwriter Anna St. Louis’s debut LP If Only There Was a River was the song “Understand,” and it’s about what you’d expect: wanting to understand, wanting to be understood and the aha moment when you finally do/are, as well as the frustration in not understanding. According to the project website, "Songs of Separation brought together ten female folk musicians from Scotland and England, to create a recording which reflects on the issue of 'separation' in its many forms, through traditional song." It’s a kind of representation of our emotions and underlying feelings that we may not be confronting. Album opener “No Face,” inspired by a bar fight Heynderickx witnessed, stars a mysterious figure plucked from a Hayao Miyazaki film; on the ecstatic “Worth It,” Heynedrickx turns inward, repeating: “Maybe I’ve been worthless/ Maybe I’ve been worth it.” —Robert Ham and Loren DiBlasi, After breaking through with a batch of restless, itinerant songs on Honest Life in 2016, Courtney Marie Andrews longs for something more permanent on the follow-up. Talented folk. Being able to perform and do what I love everyday is what success looks like to me”. But I think if it’s what you want to do, you’ll find a way to do it. But my artistry comes from an introverted place, retreating into my own little world of art and place of peace”. Grande has earned three number-one albums on the US Billboard 200 with Yours Truly (2013), My Everything (2014), and Sweetener (2018). **, "I write down a lot of things that I hear or read. Nature creeps beyond the album’s treeline in pockets of sunlight and smoke. Having completed her tour with Rita Ora and headlined at BBC Introducing, Kara Marni is set for stardom. She has a well-informed perspective, then, on growing up and growing older and watching the world change around you. Instead, there’s a gentle weight of experience that permeates the album’s lyrics, a freshly sharpened edge of cynicism. All Rights Reserved. **How would you describe your music in three words? Those traits are how the Boston singer is more generally known, and for good enough reason: Nadler favors a harrowing folk sound that she calls “slow music,” full of spectral, minor-key musical arrangements that emphasize guitars, piano and strings. DDD was a collaboration with your sister. British folk-pop singers‎ (7 P) S Scottish folk singers‎ (60 P) W Welsh folk singers‎ (11 P) Pages in category "British folk singers" The following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total. I have a forward and upward trajectory and that’s where I’m going to stay – onwards and upwards”. Yet, for Sallee, who makes music with her band as Caroline Says, making her sophomore record No Fool Like an Old Fool was no light-hearted task. She is known for her work on The Kissing Booth (2018), QEDA (2017) and Shameless (2011). **, “I feel as if my music is quite conversational because I want to communicate to those who don’t feel like they can communicate to anyone else. If there is a British singer songwriter you want to tell the world about, add a link to their work in the comments. You are such an inspiration for other aspiring artists. Ruins, written largely in Joshua Tree, where the sisters hunkered down after the dissolution of Klara’s engagement, is a more mature record. “What has it done for me / except lead me around?” On “Mea Culpa,” Sallee ushers in breezy vibes à la She & Him’s soul-inspired surf and implements clever wordplay, singing, “I’m like a stream that’s conflicted but can’t split in two.” While No Fool Like an Old Fool is slightly less purist-folk than her 2017 debut 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong, it’s still a broad display of Sallee’s acoustic leanings, especially on the haunting “First Song.” Like with lots of great folk music, Caroline Sallee’s creeps forward and flirts with fairytale, leaving you both with a grim sense of what’s real and a fresh breath of warm, bare-bones compositions. All told, the album feels like a hand-crafted work of art, put together carefully by its creators, charmingly imperfect but much preferred over a mass-produced piece with no stitch out of place, and no soul to match. Here she ably navigates a batch of songs that range from folk, country and blues to symphonic pop and rock pieces that would sound at home on a Broadway stage. What she’s lost in vocal virtuosity, she’s gained in nuance. On the record, similes and other clever lyrical nuggets are woven into a hearty 40 minutes. **. This is by no means a definitive list. She has released six albums. —Ellen Johnson, Mount Eerie’s album Now Only is devastating in the way that most albums aren’t. McKenna’s attention to detail, and the way she makes universal sentiments suddenly, and piercingly, specific, are why her songs are special enough to have earned the deep respect of her fellow folk singers, and to have caught the ear of the big-ticket country stars who have recorded them, including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Little Big Town. The Weather Station has toured with an impressive company of artists including The War on Drugs, The Mountain Goats, Damien Jurado, Bahamas, and Basia Bulat. In the list of the Top 10 Best Scottish Female Singers, Rebecca Pidgeon is at no 9. “Put it all out on the table/ Understand me, do you understand?” If Only There Was a River, released in October on Woodsist/Mare Records, carries on in that same tone throughout its 11 tracks, one of comfort, low-lighted by the kind of delicate, spare acoustics that inspire deep and thoughtful respites. From folk icons like Joan Baez and old-timey virtuosos Old Crow Medicine Show to indie folksters like Courtney Marie Andrews … On the folky waltz “I’ve Hurt Worse,” she displays a lacerating sarcastic streak on lyrics mock-praising the loutish behavior of a suitor (or lover). A lover of vintage clothing with an obsession with Robert De Niro’s yellow velour V-neck jumper in Goodfellas, her style and vibe certainly work in parallel to her music. Suffice to say, there aren’t many players alive who can hang with the likes of Seán Smyth or Cillian Vallely when it comes to the uilleann pipes or tin whistle. It’s a very intentional, stylized approach, which makes her flashes of wit all the more startling. **What is your creative process when you start making music? As a teenager, she toured the northern clubs with her band, "the Luvvers". Wistful songs about love and family would be deeply uncool in the wrong hands, but McKenna seems more interested in being honest than hip. Larkin Poe. There's a new group of young women dominating our summer soundtrack, ready and waiting to seize the next-big-thing crown. Through just vocals, acoustic guitar and intermittent keyboards, Lenker conjures up something magical and weighty with so few elements. Ravyn Lenae is a chameleon. But The Lookout is by no means a gloomy album. If it does come easy, it’s not worth having. Her boundless talent is best seen in her self-directed music video for “Honey”. Magic Ship feels as good to the listener as it does its makers. ** Then I’ll have an idea of a theme I want to write about, then I’ll start playing some guitar or piano chords and I’ll find myself humming. Her airy vocals lend her to all genres, her earlier repertoire being more in line with the vibey-style of Frank Ocean and Solange, yet her recent EP Crush produced by Steve Lacy of The Internet gives you a different kind of feels. Although, after spending time with If Only There Was a River’s carefully contrived ebbs and flows and smartly observed lyrics, you’d never know she was a spring chicken. Hugh Masekela. Scrobble songs to get recommendations on tracks you'll love. St. Louis couldn’t have picked a better time for its release: It seems to usher in all the crispness and change we’re so desperate for in October after a long, steamy September. “I just want to keep going. Along with Amy Winehouse and Teena Marie, she's one of the most commercially successful white female soul singers of all time. The Massachusetts songwriter is just singing the truth as she knows it, which is well enough: she’s a mother of five who has been married to the same man for 30 years and still lives in the town where she was born. “Powerful women in the '70s, but also modern day icons like Solange and all those incredible women making amazing music and having a voice. Fleet Foxes - First Collection: 2006-2009. Crush is such an eclectic album – each song so different yet harmonious with each other. —Madison Desler, Not counting Cold Moon, her austere 2015 collaborative album with guitarist Ryan Francesconi, it has been a while since we last heard from Portland songstress Alela Diane. The album also includes two more songs by Josh Ritter, a writer she’s been covering since 2003. “My sister is DOP for film productions. “They say I’ve got staying power here on the tree. The ladies of Lady Maisery also took part in an intense creative project leading to the CD Songs of Separation. —Ben Salmon, A brilliant though decidedly underrated songwriter and storyteller, Paul Kelly’s positioned himself as an adroit Everyman for most of his more-than-four-decade career. Expect sharp-angled, ice-cold electronics from this French singer/producer based … Inspired by Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and D’Angelo, there is a Norah Jones-esque simplicity and feel-good element to her music. From folk icons like Joan Baez and old-timey virtuosos Old Crow Medicine Show to indie folksters like Courtney Marie Andrews and Haley Heynderickx to twangy singer/songwriters like Brandi Carlile and Lori McKenna, the folk and Americana traditions are in good hands. March saw the release of Ama Lou’s EP DDD, recently followed by a 13-minute tri-part film and Ama - the 20 year old Londoner, director and composer of the short film - start making a name for herself. As lush and scenic as its title suggests, the album is a thoughtful collection, painting vivid, personal portraits of quirky characters, as well as intimate self-reflection. Her parents are in Cambridge and Massachusetts. Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan and folk songstress Sarah Jarosz began collaborating as I’m With Her back in 2015—prior to the launch of Hillary Clinton’s identically named presidential campaign slogan—but See You Around is the bluegrass supertrio’s full-length debut. Her music style is as unique as her artist name. “Last Leaf” originally appeared on Waits’s 2011 Bad as Me album as a duet with Keith Richards, a reluctant meditation on the tail end of life, the tally of victories and losses reflected in the magnificent ruin of the two voices. What is interesting about Laurel is that she presents herself as a writer, not lyricist, but writer. This may be one of the harder categories to define, but it was one of the easier to find worthy albums, so we expanded this edition from 10 to 20. I would tell my sister the idea, and she’d tell me how to make it. Assynt ben walker Best Folk Albums of 2018 Bryony Griffith Ciaran Algar false lights fara Greg Russell Gwenifer Raymond hannah read Jack Hayter Jim Ghedi josienne clarke Kinnaris Quintet Landless Nathan Bowles Olivia Chaney Prana Crafter ross ainslie Sarah Louise Henson Stick in the Wheel The Breath The Left Outsides. Her last true solo LP was 2013’s About Farewell, a mournful collection of stark tunes that seemed to lack the warmth and grander sonic ambitions of earlier releases such as To Be Still. Baez performed at the first-ever Newport Folk Festival in 1959 as an 18-year-old and recorded her first solo album, Joan Baez, in 1960, both while Dwight Eisenhower was still in the White House. It’s miraculous, then, that No Fool should feel so bright and light, despite the circumstances and often dark subject matter. British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has spent decades exploring various styles of Americana, from blues to jazz and contemporary folk. Over to them…. “Untangled, finally,” St. Louis sings. —Jim Vorel, The sound of Caroline Sallee’s music seems to be rooted in whimsy. What was the creative making process and how was it working so closely with her? —Eric R. Danton, © 2020 Paste Media Group. 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