Joseph Childress - Julia P.

Joseph Childress - Virginia Bound.

Background - "Virginia Bound" is the new single from the Self-Titled sophomore album by Joseph Childress. Joseph has shared intimate bills with many of folks top acts including Joanna Newsom, Kevin Morby, Little Wings, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Richard Buckner and Mount Eerie. His new LP will be out on October 6th of this year on Empty Cellar Records.

Presenting Joseph Childress’ second LP release, following his 2013 collection of home recorded demos, The Rebirths. The tracks on this self-titled album are borne from Joseph's adventures throughout the West: working on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, riding trains and living out of his car. His poignant lyrics about loneliness and the western landscape are right at home with a stronger country sound that defines itself on the record's opening track "My Land."

Singer-songwriter Joseph Childress started writing and playing music in the mountains of Teller County, Colorado when he was 14 years old. Five years later – inspired by Woody Guthrie’s autobiography Bound For Glory – he strapped his guitar to his back and hopped a freight train. Dubbed a “perennial vagabond” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Joseph traveled and toured for two years, hopping trains and living in a van. 

His wanderings were punctuated only so he could play music, work ranch on the plains of Niobrara County, Wyoming, and rest his head in San Francisco, where he eventually settled down. All the while, his self-released CDr, known to fans as “the Rebirths”, was inspiring devoted listeners around the country. Those recordings were re-mastered and released in 2013 on Empty Cellar Records. Bandcamp here, Facebook here.

'Virginia Bound' is a beautiful and timeless folk song, where Joseph Childress gorgeous vocals are accompanied by an equally refined musical arrangement, where each instrument seemingly has it's moment and does so with accomplished style..


Julia P. - Waves On The Rock.

Background - Waves On The Rock is a merry jingle jangle sixties popsong that makes you long for the American West Coast. It is the second single from the Summer EP which was recently released. First single Big Beach did very well and was featured in the Apple US Hot Tracks, got picked up by radiostations from the US to New Zealand and landed on various Spotify Playlists. 

Julia P. Hersheimer first got noticed in 1991 with her Twin Peaks Forever cassette. Thereafter many albums, EP's and projects followed. She shared the stage with Paul Weller, toured with dEUS and Daryll-Ann amongst other bands, was featured on the internationally acclaimed Eurosonic Noorderslag showcase festival, famous Dutch festivals Crossing Border and Lowlands, and on Dutch national TV.

Accompanied by backing band The Hengles, her international sound reminisces artists like Sharon van Etten and Courtney Barnett. Waves On The Rock is released on 14 July 2017. Website here.

It's summer for some and a song like 'Waves On The Rock' is just right to capture some of the more uplifting moods we might associate with this season. Fab vocals and a musical arrangement that grows into something quite special, makes for a fine summer soundtrack.