Some recent gems:
- Bruce Hornsby released a new album last fall called Levitate. "The Low Country" is an upbeat celebration of a year in the life of a place and people. It's got the carnival-like tempo of "Circus on the Moon" and it just feels like Hornsby is having fun singing and playing the piano. I especially like the rhyme "We love our Swaggart and Haggard..."
- David Gray also put out new stuff last fall, Draw the Line. "Fugitive" and "Kathleen" are brilliant: not as melancholy of many of his songs (though he does melancholy as good as anyone) and with good drums and his powerful voice.
- Citizen Cope is something I've recently discovered. His real name is Clarence Greenwood and he's originally from D.C. He's firmly of the alternative-style. "Lifeline" finds the melancholy that David Gray lost and seems to strike a tone for our recessionary times:
If you've come looking for hard times
Hard times ain't hard to find
Cause we've been given that lifeline
Only once in a lifetime
Baby we were born
Maybe we were born
To be sure ... to endure
When the storm comes