[tags: folk, acoustic, country, americana, 2009, FREE!]
Listen while reading:
I was quite surprised to find out, that I completely missed the music of Mike Hale. He comes from the South but settled down in California and has released his second full length album this year back in June. The title of that record is Lives Like Mine and I can assure you with all my heart that it is a wonderful record. I completely fell in love with it and ordered my copy right away. But the best thing about it: Suburban Home Records decided to give away the mp3 version for FREE.
If you have not checked out the music of Mike Hale so far, you will find an out and out singer-songwriter with his roots deep in the folk country /americana tradition. His raw vocals are mostly accompanied by his acoustic guitar and I see a strong similarity to the fascinating Chad Price release Smile Sweet Face (recently released via Suburban Home Records, too). But Hale’s music features more instruments such as percussions or piano in Losing Ground – this is the reason why Lives Like Mine reminds of Smile Sweet Face but got its own loveable style.
So, if you are in the mood for some thoughtful and emotional ballads, don’t wait to try the mp3 version for free and order your physical copy as fast as possible because this album kicks ass. And once more the people at Suburban Home Records proved that they have an excellent taste in contemporary americana and it seems that everything they pick up is pure gold. Clearly one of the highlights in 2009 (even though I discovered it a bit late).