For singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz just about anything can be musical. As the old school one-man band the Suitcase Junket, Lorenz makes a bluesy joyful noise with a beaten-up guitar rescued from a dumpster and his raspy, lived-in voice, plus just about anything else, including repurposed objects like banged-up pots and empty gas cans. Lorenz performs and records solo, and his fourth LP, Pile Driver (stream it below), came out about a month ago. “Lorenz’s musical interests turn out to be as diverse as his instrument collection, and Pile Driver runs a wide gamut of styles over its 12 songs,” says PopMatters. “The variety and songwriting are what make Pile Driver a thoroughly entertaining record. Lorenz manages to do a lot of different things with his set up and he does most of them well.” Catch the Suitcase Junket (above, doing “Earth Apple” for Folk Alley Sessions) live at tomorrow’s early show at Mercury Lounge. Singer-songwriter Caroline Rose opens.
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Singer-songwriter Parker Millsap has a duality to his music. He grew up in a small town in Oklahoma singing hymns in church while also studying old blues albums. As a result, his mix of alt-country, Americana, blues and folk gives him a truly unique sound. His third studio full-length, The Very Last Day (stream it below), came out a month ago to a fair amount of acclaim. “The first thing you notice about Parker Millsap is the immediacy of his delivery. His fiery take on Americana—a genre more than happy to wallow in its time-tested tropes—somehow manages to come across as fresh without his having to reinvent the wheel,” writes AllMusic. “The bluesy guitar, harmonica, fiddle and early rock rhythms offer a familiar enough framework, but the raspy intensity of his high tenor vocals and the electricity of his craft put him in a league of his own.” And as terrific as his recorded work is, Millsap (above, performing “Hades Plea” live for Music City Roots) and his music are best experienced live. See him tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Caroline Rose opens the show.
Caroline Rose grew up in an East Coast seaside town with a restless spirit, which perhaps led to her feeling comfortable on the road. But traveling across the country wasn’t just good for her soul, it’s also helped form her music. Mining the rich terrain of rockabilly, blues and country, Rose’s 2014 release, I Will Not Be Afraid (stream it below), impresses upon its very first listen. “Along with her powerful, smoky and soulful voice, Rose’s songs are bursting with personality,” according to Glide Magazine. “Her range is wide here, and it does not go unnoticed. She injects a sense of humor into her singing, utilizing her voice to its full potential.” Rose (above, doing “America Religious” for Ear Candy) records and performs with multi-instrumentalist Jer Coons, guitarist Brett Lanier and bassist Pat Melvin, and you can see them live tonight at Mercury Lounge. Wild Leaves, a psych-folk five-piece, open the show.