JEREMY GARRETT | Circles
Americana; Organic Records — STREAM / BUY album
Jeremy Garrett—known for his fiddle playing and bold vocal style as a member of the GRAMMY award-winning Infamous Stringdusters—has released an intimate, wide-ranging solo album, Circles (STREAM/BUY), now available from Organic Records.
Garrett plays guitar, fiddle, and mandolin himself on the recording, and uses plenty of modern musical technology behind his signature vocals to showcase an especially emotive side to his song-crafting. Yet as personal as the songs on the 8-track collection are, they also reflect his engagement with a community of co-writers, including some of the best-known names in Roots/Americana music. Highlights are Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers on Garrett’s previously released single, “I Am Who I Am;” Darrell Scott on “What Would We Find,” premiered by Americana Highways; veteran Nashville songwriter Donna Ulisse on “Circles;” and one of his long-time writing partners, the award-winning Jon Weisberger on “Travel Light,” “The Highway” and, along with another veteran co-writer, Josh Shilling, on the project’s first single, “I Can’t Lay Your Lovin’ Down.”
“I love to co-write songs with people. Though song ideas can take unexpected turns, many times the combination of the personalities and minds will create a more exciting outcome,” says Garrett.
Using a carefully-assembled array of effects to create his roots-based compositions, Garrett loops and layers his instruments and vocals throughout the album. The technique is most notable in the instrumentals “Oracle” and “Baker’s Jam,” with the latter transforming a long-time favorite traditional tune, “Angeline The Baker,” into a virtuosic, 21st century rave-up that reminds us why Garrett’s known for his prowess on the fiddle… | CLICK HERE to learn more
YANCY | “Coat of Many Colors”
Christian/CCM; Yancy Ministries — STREAM / BUY single
With boundless energy, a myriad of creative channels, and an unflinching heart for people at every turn, Yancy is rapidly becoming a premiere destination for uplifting entertainment and church resources used all across the globe. With the addition of her Little Praise Party series—now with an app that offers resources in English and Spanish—Yancy Ministries has the church at-large covered and fit for any age to be involved creatively. Yancy has returned with a ballad about one of her favorite Bible characters, Joseph. “Coat of Many Colors” is Joseph’s moving story about dreams, brokenness, betrayal, conflict and restoration. We can all find a piece of ourselves in Joseph’s story. It’s the story of Heaven and the humanity of earth. “This song is one of the most personal songs I’ve written,” says Yancy. “It’s about what happens when you allow God to take the broken pieces of your life that are beyond human repair and allow Him to do what only He can do. He heals and restores to make something beautiful out of our life. Don’t stay in the hurt places, rather allow God to be glorified in your redemption story. Take your broken pieces and give them to God—He will create a masterpiece.” Press play and lean in—“Coat of Many Colors” is your song, so turn it up and share it with someone who needs the reminder of this truth.
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LORRAINE JORDAN & CAROLINA ROAD | “Bill Monroe’s ol’ Mandolin”
Bluegrass; Pinecastle Records — STREAM / BUY single
Since 1998, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have enjoyed three #1 songs, “A Light in the Window,” “That’s Kentucky” and “True Grass.” The latter also claimed the No. 1 spot on the Roots Music chart and topped the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey for an astounding 16 consecutive months. The band is working on two musical projects for 2020. Patriotic Grass features what Jordan says is, “devoted to what’s great about America and honoring our military.” A second pairs Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road with multi-GRAMMY nominee Michael Martin Murphey (“Carolina in the Pines”).