Willy Tea Taylor
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing.
Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for breeding so many world champion rodeo cowboys, Oakdale is still Willy’s home and the setting for many of his songs.
On his newest release, Knuckleball Prime, Willy received support from greats like Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton), and Gabe Witcher and Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers. Of the album’s title, Taylor says “most baseball players peak in their twenties, but knuckleball pitchers tend to blossom in their late thirties and early forties. I’m staring down my knuckleball prime.”
Watch a live session of Willy performing, while suspended goldola, in the link below:
Annie Girl & The Flight
At the crossroads of ambiguity, escape, emotion and subtlety you’ll likely find San Francisco based Annie Girl.
Wearing her history on her sonic sleeves with almost haunting and poignant honesty to the point you may have no choice but to fall into the storied tracks like a late night soap.
In a vocal style reminiscent of Hope Sandoval, mixing in faint echoes of Margo Timmins and the lyrical openness of Clara Luzia, Annie Girl and The Flight suitably blend their awe and weeping sentiments through tactful plot lines.
Annie Girl is backed by The Flight (Josh Pollock – guitar, Nick Ott – drums & Joe Lewis – bass) in what will soon be the new benchmark for indie pop/rock. In an age when music genres are becoming increasingly discombobulated, there is a sense of newness and forwardness in what this group is providing us. In another word, Fresh.
Give their freak folk repetoire a listen, with one of their latest tracks "Fisherman" :
Big Kitty's Clark Williams is undeniably a fresh flavor for the DIO lineup. He's been described as "singing like Hank Williams while writing like the Beatles." His Tennessee roots combine with the freedom and color of his adopted California home. He performs with an enigmatic, dramatic flair and a strange and sorrowful humor and liveliness.
His band is also quite involved with gnome husbandry, fairy surveillance, and troll control, but they've put these interests and activities on the back burner for a moment.
Give his tone a tickle with the video below: