This month’s featured artist, married couple Adrian Krygowski and Meredith Brownski, who perform and record under the moniker Adrian + Meredith, traveled disparate paths to their musical matrimony. He grew up on punk rock and guitar, she on old time fiddle. Together, they blend the two into a progressive, rough and tumble approach to traditional American music.

Featured this month on Trail Mix is the title track from Adrian + Meredith’s debut release, More Than A Little. Featuring a cadre of musicians who travel with the likes of Jack White and The Legendary Shack Shakers, this first offering from Adrian + Meredith, like any good marriage, is a work even greater than the sum of its notably splendid parts.

Another highlight from this month’s mix is “Girl With The Dirty Hair,” performed by noted singer/songwriter Hayes Carll, on Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll. Carroll, a longtime songwriting Texan, is celebrated on this compilation by the likes of James McMurtry, Slaid Cleaves, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Tim Easton, who went so far as to note that the 42 year old Carroll, young by any standard to be receiving a tribute record, is ” . . . East Texas’ own Shakespeare of song.” High praise, certainly, but well warranted by the songs featured on this tribute.

A tune that really made my ears perk up this month is “Whipporwill,” the title track of the EP released by Cambridge, Massachusetts’ own Darlingside. A collection of unreleased takes from the sessions that produced last year’s Birds Say, this new EP served as motivation to dig a bit deeper into the Darlingside catalog. I cannot say that I have been disappointed with what I have found.

Make sure you dig deep into this month’s Trail Mix and checck out brand new tunes from Driftwood, Josh Farrow, Silas Lowe, The Royal Hounds, Jack Grelle, The Vandoliers, Soft Pyramids, 3hattrio, Suntrodden, The Flat Five, The Legal Matters, and The Nth Power.

And stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month. There will be a video premiere from Aryk Crowder, a ticket giveaway to the Elle King/Paul Cauthen show in Raleigh on November 14th, and chats with Lawrence Morrill Glass and Kristoffer & The Harbour Heads coming your way.

So, what are you waiting for? If you have been following Trail Mix, you know that it is time to dig into this music, pick out some artists that you dig, and get out and buy a few records. Go catch one of these bands in concert. Give back to them, since they have so willing given their music to share with you via Trail Mix.

Photo by Lauren Hanson.

  1. Whippoorwill Darlingside 4:39
  2. All We Are Suntrodden 2:12
  3. Girl With The Dirty Hair Hayes Carll 3:14
  4. I'm Sorry Love The Legal Matters 3:40
  5. Nervous In Berlin Kristoffer and The Harbour Heads 5:09
  6. Planes Soft Pyramids 3:32
  7. Got Dressed Up To Be Let Down Jack Grelle 3:00
  8. More Than A Little Adrian + Meredith 3:49
  9. Time Ain't No Friend Of Mine Josh Farrow 3:28
  10. Tina Fey Lawrence Morrill Glass 3:41
  11. Burning Bride Silas Lowe 4:28
  12. Joy Ride Vandoliers 3:59
  13. Lemonade Driftwood 4:43
  14. Should I 3hattrio 2:46
  15. This Is Your Night Flat Five 2:59
  16. Brooklyn Aryk Crowder 3:32
  17. Make it Hail The Royal Hounds 3:33
  18. Truth The Nth Power 4:18

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