COLLABORATIONS YIELD UNEXPECTED FRIEND FOR SIGNATURE SOUNDS FAMILY AS NEW RARITIES DISC COMES OUT NEXT MONTH
"This is the kind of stuff that will last for generations,” said
Americana Music Association head Jed Hilly said of Signature Sounds,
introducing a set from the 20th anniversary concerts in person in
'Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Favorite and Rarities from the Second Decade’ is out March 3
and it hangs together as an album and a 19-track survey of the best of
recent Americana music. One of the unique aspects of this label is in
its collaborations between label-mates and between Signature Sounds
artists and their peers—and a willingness on Jim Olsen’s part to follow
his artists’ muses in whatever direction that might lead. Signature
Sounds is a tight community.
Sweet & Lowdown is a Brooklyn-based collaboration between Rachael
Price of Lake Street Dive, the band that led 2014 to be Signature
Sounds’ most successful year to date, and Miss Tess & The Talkbacks.
Together, they sing soulful versions of country, rockabilly, rhythm
& blues, and western swing standards. Even while Lake Street Dive
entered the Billboard top 20, Sweet & Lowdown has continued to gig
in NYC. “Violent Love” from ‘Favorite and Rarities’ is a swinging rhythm
& blues performance and fun example of two powerhouse vocalists in
The Sacred Shakers offer the standard “Samson & Delilah.” Take Eilen
Jewell and her band, add four members to double the size, and insert a
repertoire of gospel songs and you have the Shake Shakers.
Meanwhile, Shelburne Falls, MA couple and Signature Sounds label-mates
Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault offer the previously unreleased
track “If This Ain't Heaven.” Diffuser.FM premiered it, saying,
“Delmhorst’s gorgeous vocals are backed with Foucault’s soothing guitar
work, espousing the sentiments we wish we could feel all the time."
Heather Maloney recorded an EP with fellow Massachusetts musicians in
the band Darlingside on the hypnotic music set to handclaps and
Maloney’s drop-dead stunning vocals and songwriting. Murmurs were heard
in the lobby of the 20th anniversary shows that Maloney may be a future
One Signature Sounds band actually grew out of the staff itself, as
Winterpills is partly made up of Signature Sound employees Flora Reed
and Philip Price. The Wild Honey Pie debuted a previously unreleased
track by the band, saying, “'A Tree In The Lung’ is a soothing whisper
of harmonies paired with a fresh upbeat-tempo, and the ebb and flow
falls nothing short of hypnotizing and charming. The verses beautifully
echo themselves but never feel like lyrical fillers."