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.
Trigger Hippy, "Rise Up Singing"
- The group that answers the question: What would it sound like if Joan Osborne joined the Black Crowes? Osborne is co-lead vocalist on this satisfying and soulful Americana full-length from a group also featuring the Crowes' Jackie Greene and Steve Gorman. Comparisons to Tedeschi Trucks Band are inevitable. This song's straight-up lyrics of tenderness and affection sparkle with lines like "She cured my blindness/with love and kindness".
Matthew Ryan, "Boxers"
- Most characters find themselves at crucial intersections on this intelligent, rocking release from ex-Nashville alt-country singer-turned-Western Pennsylvania transplant Ryan. The widening chasm between have's and have not's impacts their lives, though this isn't a gloomy record, Ryan says, noting that these characters are fighters who come out swingin'. That's evident on this, the title track to his new album (out next Tuesday), with lines such as "You're like a boxer on the ropes/there's blood running down your throat/But this is the fight you chose." Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon appears throughout the album. Ryan has toured with Gaslight Anthem, Paul Weller and John Hiatt.