It's appropriate that the bugs and birds were singing loudly in the background for this episode. At the heart of his music, JM Fritz is a campfire singer. A country/folk artist who just wants to sit around, pick a couple songs, and have a good time. The serenity of the evening was no coincedence as Fritz's style is soothing and spare. Not to mention the deep, gravelley voice delivering the lyrics.
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Due to scheduling conflicts, Cody Thompson of Wisebirds (nee Mr. Owl) filled in for Christine Brignac as the second co-host for this week's episode. We were joined by Ryan Blanchfield. He is and artist who approaches his music with great care and a keen ear for detail. A folk singer, he draws from artists like Dylan, Nelson, and the Fleet Foxes. As such, his songs come from a place reflection. But he always seeks to look forward with hope, whether he's clinging to it or simply trying to convince himself of it.
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Taylor Stoma, of STOMA and Less Talking, joined us in the sunroom. Covering heavy, stigmatized topics like drug addiction and suicide in his songwriting, he often takes stock of the world around him and puts it outside of himself in song to better understand it. He's a visionary composer, fantastic guitarist, and a captivating singer. To top it off, in a style utterly his own, Stoma's songs are often stories that wonder and wander through questions we all face.
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We were joined by the infinitely talented, soulful Ameal Cameron. His youthful nostalgic blend of motown and R&B vibes as a singer-songwriter put him on a path all his own. Be prepared for some lilting falsetto and hooks that won't leave your head for at least the next week.
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Kaycee Kersch, over the course of a mere few months, has become an increasingly familiar name in the Baton Rouge songwriter community. She has been playing out in various venues and has played alongside artists we have previously hosted, including Tony Cobb. Kaycee is a delightful, bright person who communicates raw emotion through her music. Her voice is full and soft and you can (and, we assume, will) cozy up to it like an old favorite blanket.
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Gage Howell is a student at LSU who has traveled the south, singing and playing music the majority of his life. He pulls sound from a meditative corner of his mind to any audience he plays for. Through his soothing vocal melodies and finger-picking focused guitar, he asks only that he and his listeners be present. We hope you enjoy!
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Truly someone destined for another era, there's simply too much that could be said of the entertainer that is Zak Ocmand. For now all I'll say is that he disarmed us with his quick wit and absurdly goofy sense of humor just long enough to sneak in a few things that we found ourselves mulling over (or humming) for many days to come.
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P.S. Someone please get this guy a Crystal Pepsi sponsorship
Join us on this episode where we welcome Robert Keiton Smith into the sun room. Of the band, Actually Birds, Keiton's guitar playing is inventive and attention-grabbing. His songs are fluid, ever-changing. They have the ability to lull you in, then almost violently morph into something distinctly different.
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This episode features our very own Christine Brignac. We were joined once again by the ever-talented Bryce Walters to fill the second host seat. Christine's music is one of raw energy and pure introspection. Garage rock meets singer-songwriter, you won't want to miss it.