Song of the Week
I'm not one for blind optimism, but "Love Soldiers On" gives that glimmer of hope in a post-Hope era, waltzing delicately with a heart on the mend and a head adorned with a pink knit cap.
Jade Jackson started writing music at 13, and her taste -- part Hank Williams, part the Smiths -- comes through loud and clear in her unique combination of deadpan and delicate.
With gentle strings, lush keys, and her crystalline vocals, Karen Elson's new single carries with it the sweetness of Cat Stevens and the emotive touch of an acoustic Mazzy Star.
Digging up an old Willie Nelson tune is never a bad idea, but it's particularly good when the ones doing the digging are a pair of classic Texas troubadours.
George Michael knew when we needed pure joy, and he knew when we needed caution, not celebration.
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (ft. Rhiannon Giddens), 'St. James Infirmary Blues'
Langhorne Slim and Jill Andrews, 'Sea of Love'
John Prine with Holly Williams, 'I'm Tellin' You'
Jade Jackson, 'Motorcycle'
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, 'A Wonderful Seed'