‘The Fool’ by The Hills and the Rivers

A sweet melody opens up with guitar, followed by timely violin and banjo.

The three instrumental pieces combined with double vocals makes this such a memorable piece.

I’d rather be the magician than the fool, but this song was too good not to highlight for today’s beat.

The Hills and the Rivers (Pittsburgh ya dig) released their latest album The Fool and The Magician on May 18, 2018.

Love the truth as much as you love yourself and others, and you will no longer be the fool.

OR to continue NOT being a fool, check out The Hills and the Rivers on all streaming platforms and check out ‘The Magician’ – a song and music video below!

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‘Buffalo Rose’ by Buffalo Rose

“I’ll be your Soldier and you’ll be my Buffalo Rose.”

I recently gave Buffalo Rose a listen and I immediately jumped in. Long car rides with soothing sounds are meant for each other.

A unique take on folk and bluegrass, I am making it a point to see Buffalo Rose early in 2019:

#TBT – The Hunts at Firefly 2015

For my very first throwback post I knew I had to share The Hunts. These guys are a family band from Virginia and their musical ability is like none other. I saw them play at Firefly in June and ever since then I’ve been hooked.

At Firefly they played the majority of their album “Those Younger Days”, and, I kid you not, almost every single one of them played every instrument they had on stage. I watched the violinist go play the banjo and the drummer play the accordion and the guitarist play the bass and so on. It was incredible. Their harmonies are heavenly to the ears.

If you like Head and the Heart, get ready to be blown away. These guys are like a more folky version that does not disappoint. Here are a few of my favorites (but you should listen to their entire album):

“Lifting the Sea” – the harmony in this track blows my mind every time

“Valentina” – this song gives me chills. When they played this live, the audience was clapping to the beat and the vocal was just singing “oh valentina” for about a minute and a half, it was amazing. (unfortunately you don’t hear that on the studio track but its still chill-worthy)

“Ages” – this is one of the folkiest songs on the album but I do love the lyrics in this one. They ended their set with this song and it was just an all out jam sesh with all of the instruments.

SOB – Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats are going to become very popular over the next couple of months and you’ll quickly realize why after listening to one of their first singles, “SOB”. In Boston for a November concert, they’ve already had to switch to a bigger venue because tickets for their first venue sold out so quickly. There are few bands out there that bring so much energy to their music. This song just makes you want to drink bourbon, dance, and sing a long to it. “SOB” is incredibly catchy with a throwback feel. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats debut album drops August 21st and I highly recommend listening to it. That way you can brag to your friends about knowing who a band was before they blew up.