Song Premiere: Blake Brown – “Lift Me Up”

Posted by Greg on Sep 12, 2019 in Music |

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We’ve probably said this numerous times, but our favorite thing about this blog is stumbling across music that comes from out of nowhere. The latest example of this is Blake Brown, a Denver-based singer-songwriter whose heartland rock is probably one of the best things we’ve heard this year. Teaming up with his band the American Dust Choir, Brown has released a new EP Turning Tides.

Much of the new EP is inspired by the birth of his daughter, and that is why much of the disc is focused on resilience. Probably the coolest thing about the EP is that it aims for a large wall of sound, inspired by the likes of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. The EP’s lead single “Lift Me Up,” features craggy vocals, shades of Springsteen, Mellancamp and Ryan Adams. There’s a violin in the bridge that is both beautiful and sonorous. The piano is equally as ebullient, and the entire thing is one buoyant song about tenderness.

Listen below to hear “Lift Me Up” and get ready to feel that same feeling you felt when you first heard Springsteen.

To date, Brown has shared stages with Keith Urban, Justin Townes Earle, Rayland Baxter, The Band of Heathens and ZZ Ward. The band has also had songs licensed to MTV. Next month, he’ll take to the stage as part of the AmericanaFest in Nashville, TN. The American Dust Choir includes musicians who at one point have played in The Fray, The Films, and Tennis. The line-up has since solidified and includes mainstays, wife Tiffany Brown (keyboard/vocals), Adam Blake (drums), Jason Legler (bass), and Trent Nelson (guitar). The band released its debut full length Long Way Home in March 2018.

Turning Tides is due out later this month and it very much is a record you’re going to want to listen to.

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