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McClain Approved: Blair “Wolfboy.”

February 24, 2016
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Blair (image via pastemagazine.com)

McClain Approved is a column where I give you the rundown on an artist you need to know and share a track from them.

Blair is an artist that is a compelling songwriter and a glorious vocalist. I know her from my time in New Orleans. She is my favorite indie artist to have come out of NOLA. I first saw her live on my 18th birthday. Several years ago, she walked out of SXSW with a record deal from prestigious indie label Autumn Tone. The New Orleans-born musician is currently based in Massachusetts. She is also a member of Future of What and Maxi’s World. I’m throwing it back to a older Blair song. Here is an early version of “Wolfboy.” Everything just meshes together so well on this track.

Here is a bonus track. I also love this trippy ballad about NOLA dive bar the Half Moon:

 

McClain Approved: Larry Keel “Ripchord.”

February 22, 2016
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Larry Keel (image via larrykeel.com)

McClain Approved is a new column where I give you the rundown on an artist you need to know and share a track from them.

Larry Keel is an accomplished guitarist and flatpicking champion. The Virgina-based guitarist is one of my past interview subjects. Larry Keel is a master of progressive bluegrass, but also incorporates many other styles into his sound. His music is filled with so much joy and passion.

Keel’s 15th solo album, Experienced, will be released on February 26th, 2016. A highlight of the album is the dazzling instrumental work of “Ripchord.” The track features mandolin player Sam Bush and was composed by banjo player Will Lee. “Ripchord” really showcases the band’s interplay and is a lively, uptempo song. So much beasting and energy in this tune. 100% McClain approved.


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