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Getting Dark with Ryan Beaver

It’s that time of year again.  No, I am not referring to the holiday season.  We will get to the holidays on another post because let’s be real, I’ve been dancing around like a freak to Mariah Carey Christmas songs since before Halloween.  I am instead referring the winter music scene.  And instead of easing all you music lovers into this beautifully somber/romantic time of the musical calendar Adele went right ahead and threw you into a lyrical tissue box filled, ugly crying, snowbank with Hello.   You know what though?  I’m okay with it.  I feel as if this time of year is important to the musical cycle.  As a bear cub goes into their den to hibernate for the cold months only to emerge well fed, fat and ready for the summer some short time later, we as music lovers must emotionally fatten our souls during the winter months with emotionally deep tracks in order to gain retrospect and appreciate the Cruise’s and Barefoot Blue Jean Night’s of the warmer months.

Now, Adele or Sam Smith might be your go-to winter artist for when you’re about to curl up with a good cup of coffee and blanket in front of the fire but I would like to toss another musical hat into the ring at this time to add to your current playlist.  His name, Ryan Beaver.  His latest single Dark was released in October and is absolutely beautiful.  It is powerful, raw, poignant, and uplifting.  Ryan just wrapped up a tour opening for the fabulous Ashley Monroe.  I caught up with him to find out about his ear dropping new single and find out his favorite spot on the tour.  Here’s what he had to say:

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One To Watch: Jacob Powell

Everyone has a certain something that they are drawn to when listening to someones voice, their tone type if you will.  For some it’s a powerhouse vocal like Christina, for others it is the unique tone you get from a singer like Lorde.  For me, it’s grit.  I have always and will always be drawn to a singer that has some grit, rasp, or edge in their tone.  Combine that with a solid country track and you’ll have me at the first note.

I first heard Short Cuts by Jacob Powell back in August and immediately fell in love with it.  Men are obviously great at talking about their emotions [cough cough] and sometimes when they do it comes out like a quote from a movie they think we want to hear.  Powell does what more men should with the lyrics of Short Cuts by putting it out there in a simple, straight forward, and masculine way. The song basically says “I dig you, and want to spend more time with you” which is all we as women really want to hear.  I got the chance to chat with this Nashville based singer/songwriter recently and here’s what he had to say:

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