The 9:13 Buzz with Scott Tady

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 of The Beaver County Times. In case you missed it here's what he played (with commentary by Scott): The Walkaways, “Local Honey” – Baltimore alt-country band scores big with twangy, Son Volt-ish melodies and vivid storytelling. Their album “Romance and Medicine” is available digitally on Dec. 4. This song, about life in the second-biggest city of a state’s third-biggest county, includes imagery of an empty smokestack; tracks that haven’t seen a train since ’69, and families gathered for holidays, telling the same old stories then driving away in their cars with out-of-state plates. Matthew Ryan, “Stupid World” – From the alt-folk artist’s 15th album, “In The Dusk of Everything,” released Tuesday. It’s a cinematic-sounding work he compares to films like “Mystic River” and “Cinema Paradiso.” In our sit-down interview a week ago, Ryan told me, “I think this record is uniquely dependent on one’s bravery to see themselves in these stories because it’s ultimately a pretty story – a beautiful story, but it has its fair amount of struggles.” Co-produced by David Ricketts (half of David & David of “Welcome to the Boomtown” fame), the album’s key moment, lyrically, is on this song, which ends with “I showed her my scars/then she showed me her bruises/You’re someone’s salvation in a stupid world.” Ryan hits the road next month to open dates for The Gaslight Anthem. He moved his family to Beaver last year, after many years in Nashville.