Category Archives: +++ “Nashville” sound

KaiserCartel

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On their last.fm bio page, it says “Warm up by the fire with KaiserCartel.”

After reading this, I had to listen to them almost non-stop this month. I’m freezing my ass off, miserable (winter does this to me.. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder), and this music helps greatly. I hate¬† February. Despise it. It brings back a lot of horrible memories. Namely on 2/7/11, when I lost my higher-range singing voice for almost three years.

Anyway, back to KaiserCartel…. I first discovered them after seeing the great indie film “Liberal Arts”… their masterpiece “Favorite Song” is the last song in the film.

Here’s a Spotify playlist with the album containing “Favorite Song”… enjoy this lovely, simple music.

Mindy Smith

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Ya know, I hate Christian lyrics/artists…. really not my thing at all. But there’s an exception: Mindy Smith. She’s someone who doesn’t preach much in her music (well, in her second album, anyway– her first record has an opening track called “Come To Jesus”…. but I still like that album, too). I think her best record is her second, “Long Island Shores.” She’s been around just over a decade, and I dunno… I’ve really loved her sound since first hearing her.

She has one of the most pleasant voices in modern folk/country... I don’t know what it is… her melodies and her phrasing… she’s just damn good….¬† her voice is never annoying. It’s just warm, pleasant. The kind of voice I’d love a girlfriend of mine to have, if I ever had another girlfriend.

I could listen to this record over and over (and I have). I haven’t heard much of her music beyond her first two records, but I dunno, as I spin this record, I figured I’d write about her on my blog.

And for the record, the second song listed here, “Tennessee” (written entirely by her)….. fucking FANTASTIC SONG. Gives me chills. That is all.

Give her a shot. You may like her sound. Again, it’s not preachy Christian stuff… just damn good “Nashville-sound” songwriting.