Joy in the Wild Unknown Cover Art

I first heard Ripe at the Apex Music Festival (Apex, NC). Their music is what I’ll call Funk-Rock-Soul-Pop. As part of their set, they covered Love on Top by Beyoncé. When I heard the intro, I went straight-faced. Covering popular songs is difficult. Fans have the song in muscle memory, […]

Valerie June, Singer-Songwriter

Valerie June by Todd Cooper

Whenever searching for new music, I’m typically drawn to the work of singer-songwriters first. Singer-songwriters write, compose and perform their own musical material. Some describe this genre as music from the heart because the lyrics often draw first from personal experiences. The composition of these songs tends to be straightforward […]