Skinny Lister from England describe themselves as shanty punk. All I know is that this folk punk label mate of Frank Turner makes joyous high energy music that’s a kick to see live. This is the song that did it for me, off their 2015 album, Down on Deptford Broadway.
Its raining today in the DC/Baltimore area, so seems fitting to play this song. Frank Turner often covers this song when he plays in Baltimore, including this past June at the MECU Pavilion on the Baltimore waterfront, during an actual rainstorm!
Amy Shark is an Australian indie pop artist whose debut album Love Monster came out last week. Just getting into the album, so far this is my favorite track. A song about being out there pursuing your dream but being isolated from home and family.
Released in 1981 this in my opinion was the last great song that Queen released. Bonus that it was a duet with David Bowie. I remember thinking at the time it was so different from everything else on the radio. So sad that neither Freddie Mercury or David Bowie are still with us.
George Ezra is a 25 year old (!) English songwriter who had some fame a few years back with the song Budapest. This past spring he put out his second album, Staying at Tamara’s, which raised his craft to an entirely new level. So many great songs on this album, hard to choose one. But Paradise is definitely a pleaser!
One of the many things that I’ve always loved about Frank Turner are the covers that he does both on his albums and live in concert. What’s great about them is the wide variety of musical styles that he’ll cover, everything from ABBA’s Dancing Queen to the Motown classic Build me up Buttercup to Born to Run. One of my favorites though is this cover of the Queen classic Someone to Love which also happens to be one of my favorite Queen songs. This is the studio version off of his compilation The Third Three Years, although you should check out the many great live versions on YouTube. Frank definitely does Freddie Mercury proud.