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RS Country Music Picks for the Week of January 18th

Joy Oladokun’s exercise in forgiveness, Hailey Whitters how-to guide to life, and Jeremy Pinnell’s stark Concrete Blonde cover


Whether it’s coming out of Nashville, New York, L.A., or points in between, there’s no shortage of fresh tunes, especially from artists who have yet to become household names. Rolling Stone Country selects some of the best new music releases from country and Americana artists.

Jeremy Pinnell, “Joey”

Northern Kentucky songwriter Jeremy Pinnell recasts Concrete Blonde’s 1999 hit  as a country dirge mournful enough to make Townes Van Zandt cry. Recorded straight to his phone in his basement, Pinnell’s “Joey” is a spare, solo rendering, with his voice seemingly echoing across endless time and barren space. The result? A version nearly as haunting as Johnette Napolitano’s original.


Click here to watch to Janet Simpson’s new music video via American Songwriter

Janet Simpson ‘Ain’t One of These Nashville Girls,’ and That’s Fine by Her


I’ve spent exactly one night in Nashville, and from what I can remember, that night started out a lot like the scene depicted in Janet Simpson’s new video for “Nashville Girls,” premiering below: very silly, and very sloppy.

“Nashville Girls” is the swaggering lead single off the Birmingham singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s forthcoming album, Safe Distance, due in March. The accompanying flick—co-directed by Simpson and her friend Chance Shirley—is a karaoke montage that harkens back to the pre-Covid bar-hopping shenanigans of yore. The song, meanwhile, is about feeling out of place in those very settings.

“I ain’t one of these Nashville girls,” Simpson drawls in the sultry Americana cut. “They hold their hats and smile so easily, tattoos and bubblegum, worldly and naive / Their sidewalk stares and gentle quiet ways idling easy as a breezy summer day.” Eventually her vocals give way to a psychedelic guitar solo that doubles as an outro.

“I think most people probably know the feeling of being in a crowd and feeling like the oddball, or feeling invisible,” Simpson tells American Songwriter of the track. “I’ve certainly always felt this way… but you get to a point where maybe you can just own it instead of wishing you could be more like those girls who seem to work so hard to catch everyone’s attention.”

The video features members of a real-life improv group called Gladys. “I was a MTV fanatic as a kid, pretty much from the first day it aired, but my favorite music videos were usually the silly ones,” says Simpson of her inspiration for the production. “Chance Shirley approached me after I played a show one night about the karaoke idea for this song, with me and my band playing the earnest foils in the karaoke prompt screen. Chance and I have made a lot of music videos together. For this one, I enlisted the help of my friend Michael Greene, whose improv group, Gladys, was in the middle of leading a class. Greene, his Gladys partner Tim Casper, and their improv students participated in the video, which was shot on March 9th, [2020], just before the pandemic sent everyone into lockdown.”

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Click here to listen to Charles Ellsworth’s new single via Ghettoblaster

Song Premiere: Charles Ellsworth, “Laundromat”

Brooklyn transplant (by way of the White Mountains of Arizona) Charles Ellsworth will be releasing his latest studio album Honeysuckle Summer on March 5, 2021 via Burro Borracho Records.

Just as the pandemic was taking seed around the country earlier this year, the singer-songwriter managed to recruit several musicians from the Brooklyn music scene – including Jared Schapker (Grandpa Jack) and Blake Suben (Dirty Bird) — to help him record this album with producer Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Algernon Cadwallader) at his Headroom Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Honeysuckle Summer is Ellsworth’s demonstration of coming full circle — telling his “whole story so far.” In working to overcome his own traumas, through self-exploration and new-found sobriety, he became acutely aware of how all of the minutia one experiences throughout life add up to an eventual person and how we have a choice on what to do with them. If not addressed, they can create problematic patterns that carry through life or we can embrace the good and do the work to overcome the bad.

Honeysuckle Summer also finds Ellsworth finally embraced his Americana roots and settled comfortably into a new alt-country sound in the vein of Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson — which is where the music on this album falls.

Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering “Laundromat.” Of the song, Ellsworth says, “I don’t believe I’ve ever spent nearly as much time on a song as I spent writing ‘Laundromat.’ It’s a simple enough song, but the subject-matter was pretty traumatic and was what led to the mental breakdown that ultimately led to the writing of this record.
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    • 04/23/21 DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO in Portland, OR at Jack London Revue
    • 04/24/21 CHARLES ELLSWORTH in Salt Lake City, UT at Beehive Distilling
    • 04/24/21 DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO in Portland, OR at Jack London Revue
    • 04/27/21 CHARLES ELLSWORTH in Salt Lake City, UT at Bar X
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    • 05/16/21 DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO in Alexandria, VA at Birchmere Music Hall

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