Daily Yinz – The Mixus Brothers – The Girl From Topeka

In advance of their upcoming album, Ride the Dark Trail, The Mixus Brothers recently released a sepia-toned single called "The Girl From Topeka." The track contains The Mixus Brothers' signature elements--rollicking strums, ramshackle vocal harmonies, toe-tapping percussion--but fleshes them out with strands of electric guitar (courtesy of one "EZ Mixus") that wink and glitter like … Continue reading Daily Yinz – The Mixus Brothers – The Girl From Topeka

Daily Yinz – Lindsay Dragan – Skin Deep

As the culmination of a multi-year string of excellent singles, Lindsay Dragan released The Forests, The Mountains, The Desert At Night earlier this month. The album contains familiar tunes like "The Radiant Light," "Desert Palm," and "Everywhere," and complements them with several new ones. "Skin Deep," one of the previously unheard cuts, accomplishes a tricky … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lindsay Dragan – Skin Deep

Daily Yinz – Ol Whitetail – Little Creek

Ol Whitetail creates rickety folk tunes that bring to mind the untamed sweep of the Appalachian mountains. Ol Whitetail's self-titled album, released in February, sounds like the Kossoy Sisters by way of Emmylou Harris, fusing the former's spare strumming with the latter's powerfully twanging vocal delivery. "Little Creek," a mid-album standout, tumbles along atop fingerpicked … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Ol Whitetail – Little Creek

Daily Yinz – Buffalo Rose – Runaway

Buffalo Rose's upcoming project, Rabbit, features contributions from legendary folk singer Tom Paxton. Rabbit's lead single, "Runaway," builds and releases tension through the use of simmering, palm-muted chords that explode into bursts of slide guitar and mandolin. The song is rhythmic, even without percussion, and the murmurs of assent that follow some particularly satisfying licks … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Buffalo Rose – Runaway

Daily Yinz – Lindsay Dragan – Everywhere

Self-described "garage-folk" artist Lindsay Dragan returns with "Everywhere," a soaring rocker that reaches for transcendence in the face of hardship. The track is led by a propulsive rhythm section, airy guitar arpeggios, and a wistful violin motif that mirrors the song's central vocal refrain, a belted "It's everywheeeere" that seems to encompass a life's worth … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lindsay Dragan – Everywhere

If It Is, It Is — A Q+A With The Homespun High Lonesomers Of The Mixus Brothers

Photo provided by artists The Mixus Brothers are a Pittsburgh duo whose music taps into the elemental, unearthly soul of classic Appalachian music, but does so with its own spin and on its own terms. They recently released the third installment of their Lonesome Gods series, and Red and Jebbh Mixus were both kind enough … Continue reading If It Is, It Is — A Q+A With The Homespun High Lonesomers Of The Mixus Brothers

Daily Yinz – The Mixus Brothers – The High Lonesome

The Mixus Brothers, purveyors of homespun country tunes, recently released the third and final chapter of their Lonesome Gods series. The four-song album contains fiddle-driven hoedowns, trumpet-assisted ballads, and quivering waltzes, the two Mixus Bros (backed by a small supporting cast) packing an impressive amount of variety into a short runtime. Closing track "The High … Continue reading Daily Yinz – The Mixus Brothers – The High Lonesome

Daily Yinz – INEZ x Buffalo Rose – I Can See Clearly Now

INEZ and Buffalo Rose join forces to cover the late Johnny Nash's classic anthem of optimism. The Pittsburghers translate the original song's horn-driven, reggae-tinged sway into a breezy back porch jam, complete with plunking upright bass, languid slide guitar, and gossamer mandolin. INEZ, whose vocals are usually accompanied by funky R&B grooves or rumbling hip-hop … Continue reading Daily Yinz – INEZ x Buffalo Rose – I Can See Clearly Now

Daily Yinz – Lindsay Dragan – Desert Palm

Country-folk artist Lindsay Dragan released "Desert Palm" at 12:00 PM yesterday (1/20/21), so you know what the song is about. The single is a muscular rocker pulled along by chunky, distorted bass--courtesy of David Bennett Traugh--and a seething vocal turn from Dragan. With lyrics aimed at our former (yes, former, finally) president, you might expect … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lindsay Dragan – Desert Palm

Daily Yinz – LaRue June – I’m Finished

Casey Hanner (of Pittsburgh power-pop stalwarts Donora) brings us The Sadness, her first country-folk release under the LaRue June moniker. All country albums contain wisps of heartbreak, but The Sadness is haunted by it, the album's ten tracks strewn with the rubble of a crumbled relationship, bits of emotional debris finding form in homemade curtains … Continue reading Daily Yinz – LaRue June – I’m Finished