Because the best playlists are a combination of newly-discovered music and tried-and-true gems, this week Xpress pulls songs both from just-released albums (and one so new it comes from a live show recording) along with two tracks from 2013 records and one from the vaults.
• “Whichever One Comes First” is off the new release, The Lonesome Sea, from folk-rockers Even the Animals. Find the album here; the band plays a record release party at French Broad Brewing Co. on Saturday, July 5, 6-8 p.m.
• “Soul to Soul” is by singer-songwriter Jay Brown, off his 2013 album of the same name. Brown performs with Lazybirds at The Phoenix in Brevard, on Friday, June 20; and The Straightaway Cafe in Black Mountain, on Sunday, June 29.
• “Sailing Away,” by Daniel Shearin, was recorded live at his Memorial Day show at The Mothlight. Shearin does not currently have any local shows booked.