5 good new video clips Feb 2016

We’ve collected some of the best new videos out at the start of February 2016, enjoy! We had so much fun hunting down these gems, it will hopefully be a returning series of posts.

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (Nic Harcourt’s TRANSMISSIONS):

John Prine with Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell – Unwed Fathers (one of my favourite Prine songs!):

Amy Helm – Good News:

John Moreland – Break My Heart Sweetly (live at Colbert)

Buddy Miller with Watkins Family Hour – All My Tears (Cayamo 2016 music cruise):

– Hallgeir

Top cover: John Moreland – Thunder Road

Photo: Kris Payne (from John Morelands webpage)

John Moreland (born June 22, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma. We saw him supporting Jason Isbell in January, he was fantastic. Intense, personal and with a voice that can make grown men cry.

Moreland sometimes plays solo with an acoustic guitar, but was often accompanied by two different bands: the Black Gold Band (now defunct) or the Dust Bowl Souls. While his earlier music was more rock-based, his more recent releases are characterized as being sparsely acoustic.

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Great Album: John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat

john moreland high on tulsa heat

I’ve had people tell them I make them cry, but that doesn’t mean [my music] is sad. I want to dig deep because I don’t have it in me to write about surface-level stuff and I think people equate that with sadness. That’s not sad, that’s just emotions. That’s what “feeling stuff” is like.
~John Moreland (to Marissa R. Moss @ americansongwriter.com)

Like Tom Waits on “Waltzing Matilda” or Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, Moreland’s a master of the eerily emotive, roots-rocking folk song, that all hinge on his uncanny ability to conjure lines that hit exactly in the most tender spots: loneliness, heartbreak, humanity. “I keep mining the horizon,” he sings on “Cherokee,” “digging for lies I’ve yet to tell.” Moreland’s been poked at for being overly somber, but it’s not his fault that the truth hurts.

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