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6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude

The slow burn of Some Army’s “We’ve Been Lucky” has been slaying me for the past 24 hours. I keep a notebook, the front cover bearing nothing but a year, and in it are my favorite lyrics and bits of words for specific 365 day periods. The shitstorm will lay out just took top billing in that notebook. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a more perfect lyric.

I became aware of Some Army via a fuzzpony mixtape which you can (and should) download here. That soft electric guitar, the rolling drum, that harmonica. Goodness.

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BUY Some Army EP :: FACEBOOK

6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude.

This is an EP you need in your life, FULL STOP.

If The National adopted a bluegrass bent, this is the EP they’d make.

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BUY Quiet Life EP :: FACEBOOK

6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude.

You were my tall grass and I was your buffalo…

This little ditty is helpful on mornings you don’t want to rouse from bed. On mornings when the coffee takes to long to brew and the eyes take too long to wake. When you’re dreading work, when your schedule is so packed that finding just a little moment to stare at a wall with nothing in your head would be a welcome respite.

It’s airy and then it’s heavy and it’s delightful to our ears all over the place. It’s changes mirror our life and it fits. We like this song. You should listen to it, maybe snag this nice little EP from Lawrence, KS based Heartscape Landbreak. Good morning…

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6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude.

Sleep has not been important lately, bedtimes utter bullshit rules of grown-uphood that I refuse to acknowledge. I am bleary-eyed this morning and every morning here lately. It feels so wonderful.

This morning I stumbled upon I Climbed A Tree from Gerard and the Watchmen and one song in, I was enamored, even so early in the ante meridiem. By the last song, it was an album bought. And by the time “Hesitate” had set in, I remembered that once I had loved a banjo. I loved this kind of banjo, maybe more than the all the other kinds, because it’s so warm and if love has a sound at all, I imagine that it contains notes just like these…

Good morning. Good, good morning.

(P.S. Oh, hey there, friend! We just wanted pop in and let you know that if you should purchase this album (you’re gonna do that, right?), there’s a demo version of ‘Stables’. It will stab you in the heart and then sew it right back up, stronger than it was before. Basically, OMG YOU GUYS, IT’S GOOD. Get yourself this album. Also, we love you.)

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6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude.

It is no secret we are Balto devotees. We love not only the sum of all this band’s parts but indeed, even the individual parts themselves. There’s Hip Hatchet. There’s Dave, banjo man with a penchant for whiskey once enjoyed by former presidents. And of course Dan, the driving force behind Balto and all around lovely dude in general. The last Balto album ended up on last year’s Best Of list and the boys played the most fantastic house show for us, which forever endeared us to them…

But this, this song “Smokestacks”? Dare we say that it transcends October’s Road and takes this band to a whole new level? Yes, we dare say that. Dan’s songwriting has evolved and the music has taken a step up. The combination of those two things make for an absolutely lovely jam.

But really, all that is to say: HOLY SHIT, YOU GUYS, YOU NEED THIS SONG IN YOUR LIFE. Seriously. Right now. Go get it. DUDE.

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6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude.

Let’s talk about some math, y’all. Whiskey & gin + stompgrass x an empty heart + swear words + non-literal graves / sexual innuendo = BADASS.

Gallows Bound, we love your style of outlaw bluegrass. You’re fucking rad. Let’s marry? In a cemetery? With a cask of moonshine as the best man? That seems appropriate…

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BUY Empty Heart, Empty Flask :: FACEBOOK

6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude.

There has been a lack of banjo in our lives lately and that brings a sadness we cannot explain. It creeps in and you’re unaware of from whence it comes. You come up with reasons: It’s the weather, maybe. Perhaps your state of mind has to do with love, or lack of, or it’s got to be loneliness or…something. Who knows but life feels lacking.

And then you hear a banjo, a strum that feels as if it’s being plucked directly on your heart, and you realize what the problem was all along. NOT ENOUGH BANJO. I stumbled on Odd Folk‘s sweet little EP a couple days back and we’ve had it on repeat ever since. It’s stompy, its original, and it’s gorgeous. We highly recommend it and thank the band personally for band-aiding our hearts with a few banjo jams. Thanks, y’all. Thanks a lot.

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BUY Die Young :: FACEBOOK

6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude.

This weekend was spent gettin’ intimate with our local music scene. We went to a Glossary show but the highlight? Meeting and imbibing the drink with a bunch of righteously rad Missouri music people. More on that later but for now, this album. Fields on Fire from Wheels. It’s good. We’ve got it on repeat, obviously.

Yellow Springs, Ohio, has a population of 3,487 so I think it’s fair to assume that their music scene is similar to ours. The population of Springfield might be much larger but seriously, there’s on 3,487 people there that seem to know good music so I’m guessing we’re in the same boat here as Wheels, who hail from that fair Ohio town. At any rate, with two releases that debuted on Bandcamp this past month, Wheels is a band worth keeping your eye on. Shades of Americana and folk rock propel these sounds and we’re seriously digging what this band is throwing down. Listen and download below.

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BUY Fields on Fire :: BANDCAMP :: SITE

6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude.

Jason Isbell recommended this yesterday and so today, we recommend it to fans of Americana and those who miss the classic days of country. Those who know The Ryman is hallowed ground. Those who actually know what corn liquor is.

The liner notes of this record reads like a badass listing of badasses. Emmylou’s double bass player and drummer, upright piano from a dude who’s played with the B-52s, BR5-49’s steel guitarist, Jerry Douglas’ violinist, Lyle Lovett’s harmonica man, and Hank Jr’s pedal steel player. And Isbell, too. He played on this. JESUS.

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BUY Goodbye Rock N’ Roll :: SITE

6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude.

I always forget this one thing about Lord Huron’s music and then I listen to it and am reminded. I am made angry at myself that I ever forgot it to begin with. Ben Schneider (Lord Huron dude) has an insane gift, one that enables him to take a normally introspective lyric that might belong in a weepy jam — I will run but I know that I’ve decided my fate with my deeds — and root it in folk music. After, he peppers that music with elements you wouldn’t expect to find there (I usually don’t expect my folk music to sound like it comes from Bali) and it’s over. It’s so fucking good. I forget this every damn time. I don’t know how.

While most will dig “I Will Run” because the music makes it the penultimate summer jam, these lyrics are fucking slaying me. Mark my words, this is the last time I forget that Lord Huron is one of my favorite lyricists.

 I’ve no regrets.

I will not ask for your forgiveness nor your defense.

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Lord Huron :: I Will Run [mp3]

Lonesome Dreams is out 9 October, via IAmSound :: SITE