Singer-songwriters

One Track Mind: Judith Owen, “Summer Breeze,” from In The Summertime (2014)

One Track Mind: Judith Owen, “Summer Breeze,” from In The Summertime (2014)

This song will always evoke a sense of late-season wistfulness.

Louise Goffin – Songs from the Mine (2014)

Louise Goffin – Songs from the Mine (2014)

The daughter of Carole King and the late Gerry Goffin shines on her own.

One Track Mind: Peter Himmelman, “Too Afraid to Lose” from The Boat That Carries Us (2014)

One Track Mind: Peter Himmelman, “Too Afraid to Lose” from The Boat That Carries Us (2014)

Himmelman moves away from specificity, and into something far more resonant.

Forgotten series: Val Stöecklein – Grey Life (1969)

Forgotten series: Val Stöecklein – Grey Life (1969)

Not long after leaving the Blue Things, Stöecklein laid bare his deepest yearnings and despair.

Forgotten series: Bob Carpenter – Silent Passage (1984)

Forgotten series: Bob Carpenter – Silent Passage (1984)

In the melancholy wisdom of his lyrics, this lost singer-songwriter has very few rivals.

One Track Mind: Robyn Hitchcock, “The Ghost In You” from The Man Upstairs (2014)

One Track Mind: Robyn Hitchcock, “The Ghost In You” from The Man Upstairs (2014)

A synth-driven Psychedelic Furs song might not seem like a great cover idea. But it was.

One Track Mind: Tweedy, “I’ll Sing It” from  Sukierae (2014)

One Track Mind: Tweedy, “I’ll Sing It” from Sukierae (2014)

A sense of familial connection runs just as deep as this song’s darker complexities.

One Track Mind: John Hiatt, “Terms of My Surrender” from Terms of My Surrender (2014)

One Track Mind: John Hiatt, “Terms of My Surrender” from Terms of My Surrender (2014)

In which Hiatt admits everything about the wonders, and the terrors, of love.

Seth Walker – Sky Still Blue (2014)

Seth Walker – Sky Still Blue (2014)

‘Sky Still Blue’ shows the benefits of Walker’s continual tweaking of his sound and it’s paid off in this completely solid album of roots music.

Bronwynne Brent – Stardust (2014)

Bronwynne Brent – Stardust (2014)

Here’s a voice so entrancing that it delays my processing of the delivered lyrics.