Songs You Should Hear: Hope in These New Developments; Have Yourself a ‘Sunday Funday’

Imagination is the key to today’s Songs You Should Hear — whether that means re-imagining that which has already been given life, or imagining a new, harmonious direction for varying musical styles.

Jenna and I teamed up again to bring these your way. Let’s get to it!

Artist: J.Antonette
Song: Mean Well (Acoustic)
Genre: Country
Gerard says: This stripped-down version of J.Antonette’s 2021 single presents this pandemic breakup song at its core, with vulnerable vocals and tender, yet intricate guitar and mandolin parts. This version was produced alongside Daniel Agee of Big Yellow Dog, with J.Antonette handling mixing duties for the first time. The powerful feeling of post-relationship anguish brought forth in this acoustic soundscape is the proud result.

Artist: Steve Everett
Song: The Only Way
Genre: Pop/Singer-Songwriter
Jenna says: This Nashville developer-inspired song touches on the all too familiar topic of old family homes being bought up for new development all over town. Somehow, Everett finds a way to turn this circumstance around and leave you feeling hopeful and full of love. Catch the new music video below!

Artist: ViB, Lord Goldie, and Foundation Mecca
Song: Sunday Funday
Genre: Country Hip Hop
Gerard says: This dynamic, cross-genre effort blends the soulful R&B stylings of ViB, the lyrical prowess of Lord Goldie and Foundation Mecca, and a laid-back country sensibility over a trap beat. Each performer brings their own flavor to the track, combining their efforts to carve out a unique place in the independent music landscape.

What do you think we should hear? You’re always welcome to let us know! And, if you’re an artist (or represent an artist), you can fill out one of these forms to put your music on our radar!

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