Tag: Folk rock

June 24, 2022

Song of the Day: Bruce Cockburn - Wondering Where the Lions Are

This veteran, Canadian singer-songwriter has been active since at least the early 70s (probably earlier), since his debut eponymous album came out in 1970. I first became acquainted with his music in the 1990s, reading an album review in CCM Magazine, but also hearing equally about his accolades from the secular press. I took a chance on buying a live album, when I found a copy of his 1990 live album (he’s done at least 5 live albums), Bruce Cockburn Live on cassette.… Continued →

March 11, 2022

Song of the Day: Eden Burning - My Senses Fly

The 90s comprised an amazing decade for alternative Christian music. We had metal, punk rock, emo, industrial, and out of left field we also had an amazing run of alternative-tinged folk rock. I was primarily a metalhead/hard alternative guy when I got hit by this amazing run of folk acts like Lost Dogs, Nicolas Giaconia, Acoustic Shack, and the UK’s own Eden Burning. While Eden Burning had been going in their native England for several years prior, their first US release was Vinegar and Brown Paper, for Storyville Records, a folk imprint of R.E.X.… Continued →

November 12, 2021

Song of the Day: Gidians Bible - The Dream

For our Song of the Day this time, let’s dig deep. While I often get stuck in the 90s (admittedly a great era for faith-based musical excursions), let’s not forget that Christian rock goes back *at least* to the 1960s (or arguably earlier if we include Sister Rosetta Tharpe). Not a lot is known about Gidians Bible (sic.), but what is known is fairly significant. Take a closer look at the band photo, particularly the vocalist on the far right.… Continued →

September 3, 2021

Song of the Day: Iona - Bi-Se I Mo Shuil

Contemporary Celtic band Iona have been making music since their eponymous debut released in 1990. Fusing traditional Celtic folk instruments (flutes, whistles, bodhran drums, etc.) with jazz and progressive elements caused them to stand out from their other contemporary Celtic peers. Albums from the band commonly featured worshipful tunes (“Treasure” for instance, from their third album Beyond These Shores or “Revelation” from the second one, Book of Kells), traditional Scots-Irish tunes, as well as lengthy instrumental songs, or instrumental sections within songs.… Continued →

July 11, 2021

Benjamin Daniel Announces New Album "Shelterheart"

The somber yet soothing sounds of Benjamin Daniel and his music, are woven into the fabric of Indie Vision Music and our community here that has been built back up post-2016 “rebirth”. If you don’t know who he is or what his music sounds like then do yourself a huge favor and pull up “Benjamin Daniel” on your favorite digital network (or here) and give it a listen. He just launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the new album, “Shelterheart”, which you can read all about right here.… Continued →

July 7, 2021

June 23, 2021

Orion Walsh - So Many Places to See (Official Music Video)

Orion Walsh is back with a new full length album titled “So Many Places” which drops digitally and on CD, July 7th. Pre-Order Digitally and on CD from Orion’s bandcamp right here. If you enjoyed ANY of his prior material or the work he did in Slow Coming Day, you will certainly find yourself a fan of this album. Check out the music video below as well as a preview listen of the new album (via bandcamp).… Continued →

May 8, 2021

Brownstory (Mainframe) to Unleash Debut Album May 25th

Indie Vision Music presents the debut 14 song full length from Brownstory titled “Replanting”. It’s an eclectic collection of songs ranging from folky, indie rock to acoustic, alternative, with a punk rock undercurrent. It has that 90’s vibe mixed with something current and Faith centered. Brownstory is the alter-ego of Mainframe, consisting of the same 4 members with a style all their own. Check out the 4 song album teaser below and pre-order on Bandcamp right here (featuring instant download of 5 songs).… Continued →

September 19, 2020

July 25, 2020

REVIEW : Roemer - Straight Bars and Guns

Roemer is a stripped-back acoustic/indie folk project. If you’re anything like me, folk has to be some really special to catch my attention—a quirky vocal style, effective use of harmonies, skilful playing, or best of all hard-hitting and/or poignant lyrics. If it has one or more of those, I’m more likely to pay attention. Straight Bars and Guns was written from an outsider looking in. Much like myself, Roemer is an American citizen living abroad. He in Berlin, me in the south of England.… Continued →

June 19, 2020

Song of the Day: Arthur Alligood - Shouldn't Be That Hard

Today’s Song of the Day post is all about Arthur Alligood and specifically the song, “Shouldn’t Be That Hard”. This was a criminally underrated song that flew mostly under the radar of most music fans out there. Arthur has been making great Americana/Folk Rock for more than a decade now. He has appeared on a few past free IVM Compilations and was featured here many times over the years. The song “Shouldn’t Be That Hard” appeared on his 2012 full length, “One Silver Needle”.… Continued →

June 16, 2020

April 2, 2020

Seeking "Cover Songs" by Christian Artists for New Playlist on Spotify

I am sending this post out there into the webiverse to gather songs for a new spotify playlist I just created. It is (tentatively) being called “The Best Christian Cover Songs” and is a play off Christians who cover popular (and not so popular) songs. Please list artist name covering a song and song title below this post in the comments section so I can take your suggestions and add them. What you see now on Spotify is just me recalling stuff off the top of my head.… Continued →

December 6, 2019

Song of the Day: Jason Harrod and Brian Funck - Guessing Game

Folk really has to have something special if it’s going to catch my attention. Sure, there are a lot of great artists out there, but there are so many that it’s hard to stand out. A unique vocal, guitar prowess, or lyrics that hit that spot right in your gut that makes you either want to cry out at top of your lungs, or just really and truly live. Harrod and Funck managed all of that (their Mark Heard-produced full-length Dreams of the Color Blind is worth checking out in full if you like this style).… Continued →

September 29, 2019

July 24, 2019

REVIEW : United Harvest Workers Union - United Harvest Workers Union

Although this was released around Easter of 2019, I only recently stumbled across this gem while perusing the Zap Records page on bandcamp. As it turns out, its history is even deeper than, having been recorded and self-released in 2010. Hailing from Pittsburgh, the band has roots in the punk scene in that area, but UHWU is a completely different animal. The union was formed to create “authentic church music . . . devoid of hype.”… Continued →

May 26, 2019

March 30, 2019

Mainframe to Release Surprise New Song "Let The Trip Begin" in 2 Weeks

Mainframe will be releasing a surprise new song titled “Let The Trip Begin” in 2 weeks via Indie Vision Music. This will be a departure for the group of anonymous rockers as the music will take a slight turn from punk rock and venture a little into Americana Rock n’ Roll territory. If you enjoyed songs off the past 2 eps and were aching for a little more diversity, you’ve found it. We will do a song reveal on IVM very soon.… Continued →

July 3, 2018

August 19, 2017

August 1, 2017

Listen to Every Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Release (via Noise Trade)

If you’ve missed checking out the music of Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. Please head on over to NoiseTrade right here and listen through every Drew Holcomb release that has come out in the past decade. Some really good Americana Rock n’ Roll can be found here. I’ve been a fan since I first heard “Chasing Someday” through the NoiseTrade site years ago. Really inspirational, thought provoking, and beautiful music.… Continued →

July 17, 2017

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