Author: Jonathan Frahm

Interview | FFS 5 with Whiskey in the Pines’ David Lareau

In the world between folk singing and rock ‘n’ roll, David Lareau presents his own microcosm. Together with his band, Whiskey in the Pines, they create heartland-reminiscent blue collar music. It feels a little like Damien Jurado, a little like…

Interview | FFS 5 with Nikki Wozzo & The Bad Whiskey

Nikki Wozzo & The Bad Whiskey bring bonafide outlaw attitude to the West Coast. Alongside bassist Ray Miller, Wozzo recalls the likes of ZZ Top on one hand and the Brothers Comatose on the other; their sound is blues-drenched, gritty,…

Interview | FFS 5 with Mercy Bell

Replete with reverberating dobro, bouncing bass lines, and picturesque lyricism, Mercy Bell’s Golden Child recalls no-frills, 90s-era country music. Her textured vocals sell tales of breaking free and looking back in equal measure, and they soar effortlessly when the song…

Interview | FFS 5 with The Furious Seasons’ David Steinhart

Los Angeles’ Furious Seasons make music worthy of the Troubadour circa 1970. Their music recalls the tonal clarity of the era’s studious soft rock and melodious folk. Band leader David Steinhart crafts their songs “on the hopeful side of melancholy”,…

Interview | FFS 5 with Jordana Talsky

Zahava—Hebrew for “Golden”—is Jordana Talsky’s middle name. The moniker is also shared by her new EP, detailing the personal growth that she has made in its creation. A work of harmony, Talsky has used the album’s development to express a…

Interview | FFS 5 with Paula Standing

Paula Standing describes her new LP, The More I Give, as “a brief history of me.” Cut from the same tapestry as the likes of Dar Williams or Shawn Colvin, Standing’s folk is blended with subtle pop sensibilities and a…

Interview | FFS 5 with Crossroad Saints’ Daryl Venable

They’re based in Indiana, but their music is decidedly Southern Rock. The Crossroad Saints are purveyors of hearty roots rock meant for long hauls out on the highway. It recalls the Muscle Shoals sound with some Capricorn thrown in for…

Interview | FFS 5 with George Gritzbach

George Gritzbach is an old-school cool. Inspired by vintage R&B greats and having grown up amidst blue-collar grit, Gritzbach translates a hard-earned life into soulful, powerful music. His latest release is Full Circle, invoking his forward-moving style as a frontman…

Interview | FFS 5 with Plain Mister Smith

Mark Jowett is Plain Mister Smith. A purveyor of the consummately offbeat, Jowett’s “Smith” project has enabled him to develop no-holds-barred indie pop. Replete with crunching guitar tones, dithering percussion, and a collection of captivating vocal structures, ‘The Rat’ is…

Interview | FFS 5 with Ben Stalets

Ben Stalets has seen his songwriting renaissance with Everybody’s Laughing. The album, due 27 August, was based less around a sound and more around a saying: “Collective suffering allows us to collectively suffer less.” It finds beauty both in irreverence,…