On The Verge
Sad Songs from a Sunny Place
It’s hard to imagine that Lawrence Greenwood, a.k.a. Whitley (a tribute to Chris Whitley), the Australian singer/songwriter known for folksy “woe is me heartbreak songs,” grew up playing lead guitar in local metal bands. “One day my friend and I were taken to see this show where two old country singers were playing. I was blown away at how communicative it was,” says Whitley. “Or perhaps I have just outgrown my teenage angst.” Whitley’s debut album, The Submarine, borrows classic folk aesthetics and “chucks them together” with light poppy acoustics and a melancholy drone, creating a body of songs that speak the same beautifully sad language as Elliott Smith. Soon after the disc’s release Whitley was invited to join Ben Kweller on his U.S. tour. “I loved Minnesota,” Whitley recalls. “The home of Bob Dylan, Mason Jennings and Prince!” While he’s kicking off the New Year with a tour Down Under, Whitley promises to return to the States, maybe even for good, after finishing his second album. Whitley reveals, “It’s going to be much bigger-sounding—percussive, poppy, aggressive and strange.”
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
Ron Sexsmith visits the Relix office to perform a tune from his latest record Forever Endeavor.
Crystal Bowersox stops by Relix to perform a song from her new album, All That For This.
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