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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Matthew Ryan, "(I Just Died) Like an Aviator"With his Blue Collar rasp and razor-sharp lyrical focus, Beaver County transplant Matthew Ryan has long been a poetic voice for the downtrodden but persevering. The ex-Nashville singer-songwriter is on top of his game here on "Hustle Up Starlings," his new national release arriving May 12, and certain to rack up accolades. Produced by The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon who also provides guest guitar, with Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals) on drums, the album attains a cinematic quality. This is the tone-setting lead-off track. I love the line "our guts are born in that fiery trench between hurt and hope." Later, in the last-call-before-closing time lament, "All I Wanted," Ryan drops a cool "we're both creeping around like Nosferatu" reference.

 

Sunshine & The Rain, "Let's Go" A stampede of drums comes first, followed by slashes of distorted guitar and then the sugary pop chorus. An exhilarating album opener, indeed, from the Jersey City hubby-wife duo of Ashley and Justin Morey, previously of psychedelic-rock band The Black Hollies. They sound leaner and more immediate on this new project's debut album "In The Darkness of My Night" (out May 12) influenced by The Ramones , '60s girl-groups, and Jesus & Mary Chain feedback and fuzz.   

 

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott.

Trigger Hippy, "Rise Up Singing" - The group that answers the question: What would it sound like if Joan Osborne joined the Black Crowes? Osborne is co-lead vocalist on this satisfying and soulful Americana full-length from a group also featuring the Crowes' Jackie Greene and Steve Gorman. Comparisons to Tedeschi Trucks Band are inevitable. This song's straight-up lyrics of tenderness and affection sparkle with lines like "She cured my blindness/with love and kindness".

Matthew Ryan, "Boxers" - Most characters find themselves at crucial intersections on this intelligent, rocking release from ex-Nashville alt-country singer-turned-Western Pennsylvania transplant Ryan. The widening chasm between have's and have not's impacts their lives, though this isn't a gloomy record, Ryan says, noting that these characters are fighters who come out swingin'. That's evident on this, the title track to his new album (out next Tuesday), with lines such as "You're like a boxer on the ropes/there's blood running down your throat/But this is the fight you chose." Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon appears throughout the album. Ryan has toured with Gaslight Anthem, Paul Weller and John Hiatt.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times.

In case you missed it here's what he played (with commentary by Scott):

The Walkaways, “Local Honey” – Baltimore alt-country band scores big with twangy, Son Volt-ish melodies and vivid storytelling. Their album “Romance and Medicine” is available digitally on Dec. 4. This song, about life in the second-biggest city of a state’s third-biggest county, includes imagery of an empty smokestack; tracks that haven’t seen a train since ’69, and families gathered for holidays, telling the same old stories then driving away in their cars with out-of-state plates.

Matthew Ryan, “Stupid World” – From the alt-folk artist’s 15th album, “In The Dusk of Everything,” released Tuesday. It’s a cinematic-sounding work he compares to films like “Mystic River” and “Cinema Paradiso.” In our sit-down interview a week ago, Ryan told me, “I think this record is uniquely dependent on one’s bravery to see themselves in these stories because it’s ultimately a pretty story – a beautiful story, but it has its fair amount of struggles.” Co-produced by David Ricketts (half of David & David of “Welcome to the Boomtown” fame), the album’s key moment, lyrically, is on this song, which ends with “I showed her my scars/then she showed me her bruises/You’re someone’s salvation in a stupid world.” Ryan hits the road next month to open dates for The Gaslight Anthem. He moved his family to Beaver last year, after many years in Nashville.

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