What I’m Listening to Lately-January ‘23 Edition

In the midst of working on several longer, more involved posts (yes, more concert write-ups) I wanted to pop in with something short and sweet so that nobody is allowed to completely forget I have a blog 🙂 I’m hoping to make posts like this a more regular thing. I’d love to be able to share more of my day-to-day music and playlists, especially when the lists have a few friends on them like this one does. So, without further ado, here’s a few of my favorites lately that I think you all should be listening to as well. If you wanna be hip and cool or whatever.

#1. Bad Liar- McKay

oh. my. gosh. I saw these guys at The Cobra in East Nashville the other night, and was literally FLOORED. Everyone knows I love some good folk rock and Mckay are masters of the genre. The songwriting, the instrumentation, the vocals? They killed it all. Ever since the show I’ve been listening to their EP Day Moon, and Bad Liar has been a standout favorite. First of all, put some harmonica on a song and you can immediately sign me up. This song specifically is just a perfect scream-in-your-car, mild existential crisis, jam session hit and I’m never ever gonna stop listening to it. Their entire set was great, and honestly I can’t say much more than just check it out yourself. I’m super excited to keep up with them and see where else they go! I love living in an area with so much homegrown musical talent, and I’m reminded of this when I hear magic like this song. Highly recommend this band for fans of Briston Maroney, The Backseat Lovers, and Houndmouth. (a.k.a. me)

#2. Lights Down Low- The Thing With Feathers

This song has no right to be this addictive. Why am I listening to it like 12 times a day? The Thing With Feathers is another local Nashville gem, and while I haven’t seen them live yet, I’m on board as soon as they announce some shows. This song makes me want to jump around in a dimly lit, well-loved indie venue with my friends and I really hope I get to fulfill that fantasy soon. It’s a headbanger, but it’s also mellow and groovy at the same time. Plus, it’s like unbelievably catchy. Listen to it one time and tell me you’re not singing it to yourself and dancing in every mirror you see for the rest of the day. It’s just one of those if you listen once, you’ll listen a thousand times songs. The Thing With Feathers is a great band with a great following, and I really could see them being HUGE (so don’t you wanna say you were a fan before all your friends?) They’re just everything you could want from an indie/alt-rock group and I’ve been absolutely loving every single new release they’ve put out.

#3. This House Ain’t Your Home- Nash Hamilton

This is for my old-fashioned country, folk, and bluegrass lovers: if you haven’t heard my friend Nash, let me introduce you to your new favorite artist. This House Ain’t Your Home has been a favorite of mine to hear live, and it’s stayed in my streaming rotation since its release. It’s the kinda song you can get lost in while you sit on your front porch at 6 am with a cup of coffee. It feels nostalgic and true and emotional, like something lost from the eras of Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. It’s like something you’d hear spinning a forgotten country album you found in your grandpa’s stash. I feel privileged to know such talented people that make such incredible music!

#4. Let Me Go- Boozy Slufoot

This album finally being released was my favorite Christmas present. Boozy Slufoot are local Huntsville friends, and I think the entire community (definitely everyone who’s ever seen their shows) has been rallying for them to put their songs on streaming platforms for years. I’m a 60s/70s rock n roll girl at my core, and Boozy’s sound just fills up that part of my heart. It’s the perfect blend of blues, acid, and a healthy dose of Black Sabbath (but with incredible female-fronted vocals). I think the powerhouse vocals really shine on Let Me Go, and it’s definitely a favorite of mine off the album. If you’re looking for rock revival in today’s musical climate, look no further than these Huntsvillians. This song and the album as a whole is just heavy, driving, psychedelic rock magic that’s nothing short of the real deal.

#5 Plain Clothes Gentleman- Mac Saturn

Speaking of 60s and 70s rock, Mac Saturn is another current band that I love for bringing some of the magic of that era back. It took me awhile to get around to listening to them, but I’m so glad I finally did. I have tickets to see them live in February, and you better believe I will be groovin’. Their song Mr. Cadillac has been getting a lot of love on TikTok lately, but upon diving further into their discography, I think Plain Clothes Gentleman has to be my favorite. This song feels like a lost Rolling Stones B-side, but with a fresh little something new polishing it off. It’s another one that’s just so catchy you literally can’t help yourself but turn into the front man of your own one-man band when you listen to it.

Thus concludes a short list of just a few songs I can’t get enough of recently. I’m sure my family and friends are all tired of hearing me go on and on about them, so now it’s your turn to listen 🙂 I hope you find something you like on this list, and this also serves as your remind to support local music whenever and wherever you can! Thanks for reading, and make sure to stay tuned for lord more to come in the new year!

Until next time, Sophia ❤

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