Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!
In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:
The Commonheart, "Who Dat Mama" - They're an exhilarating live act, including a dazzling performance this summer at Stage AE as a last minute opening act addition for Gary Clark Jr. On Nov. 12, Pittsburgh band The Commonheart releases its first album with a show at Mr. Smalls. The album, "Grown," is chock-full of rocking, soulful goodness spearheaded by the testifying vocals of Clinton Clegg. There's a reason he gets so many Joe Cocker comparisons. The Commonheart also call to mind Nathaniel "S.O.B." Rateliff & the Night Sweats, with such an intoxicating mix of full-bodied organ swirls, spirited horns and piercing, perfectly-timed guitar licks. A must-see/must-hear band deserving of national stature.
Paul & The Tall Trees, "React" - Soul-stirring, pleading vocals are a specialty of Paul Schalda, frontman for this Brooklyn indie-rock band that released an excellent debut album on Oct. 21. Formerly the guitarist for acclaimed, late-blooming soul singer Robert Bradley, Schalda hearkens a bit to Jeff Tweedy, and on at least one other song, Paul Westerberg. Though this revved-up album leadoff track, with its urgent, train-like harmonica and keys, is a bit of a standout, with an "It ain't too late" to hold politicians accountable message that seemed a perfect fit with election day dawning.