Going Public

Merge Records

Mount Moriah is southern, geographically, but more importantly stylistically. It’s in their name that they share with countless Baptist churches standing stoically around the region. It’s in the forlorn faces they wear in front of abandoned buildings for press photos. And it’s there sonically, in the form of crossover-friendly roots music, and it’s easy to imagine it as the output of restless creatives doing something with their time in rural America.

Disaster Bird

Disaster Bird is a torrential downpour of folk sounds and rock music. Their debut album ‘Til The Stars Give Up was just released, and KRCU’s Jason Brown spoke with Brian and Jess Perry from the band to find out among other things, what a “Disaster Bird” is.

“I have pretty poor penmanship, says Brian, and we had kind of started the band and were looking for a good name for it, and I was just writing down a bunch of ideas in a notebook.”

Bloodshot Records

Sometime during the 1940’s, likely during World War II as US soldiers ventured out with country music in tow, Aboriginal Australian people took hold of and embraced the music, and used it as a vehicle to drive their heartbreaking plight of racial oppression. This aboriginal country music was pioneered by Jimmy Little and would go on to include such artists as Bobby McLeod and Harry and Wilga Williams. 

Doug E Rees

The album's titled Nature Boy and that's the name of the track that kicks it off.  In it Jackson, MO singer/songwriter Doug Rees reveres all of nature: even an ugly old opossum.

Real people show up throughout his writing, including his sister who was on hand to dance during her namesake song "Penny Sue" at the album release party.

"Mr. Brakeman" is a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, and Rees said he was inspired by a radio story he heard about the way Rodgers touched lives across racial boundaries during his life.

Jump Starts

Jump Starts is a duo of friends who’ve been a band for only three years, and they are already on their second album. What Hides Inside is a concise and playful run through the pleasant sounds of indie rock.

The St. Louis band is a side project featuring Justin Johnson of Pretty Little Empire and Sara Ross of the now defunct Paper Dolls. It feels casual, sunny, like it’s intended to be enjoyed, rather than facilitate mopiness, despite the fact that lyrically it deals with lovelorn souls and wanderlust.