Album of the Week: Love is the Only Thing by Peter Mulvey and SistaStrings

Album: Peter Mulvey & SistaStrings
Artist: Love is the Only Thing
Release Date: August 12, 2022
Label: Righteous Babe Records
Favorite Tracks:

  • Soft Animal
  • Old Men Drinking Seagram’s
  • On the Eve of the Inaugural
  • See You on the Other Side
  • Love is the Only Thing

Thoughts: Peter Mulvey is a singer/songwriter/guitarist based in Milwaukee on the contemporary folk circuit whose career I’ve been following for some time.  SistaStrings, also of Milwaukee, are the sibling duo of Monique and Chauntee Ross on cello and violin and harmonies.  They call their collaboration an album of anti-fascist songs.  The songs deal with issues such as insurrectionism and the pandemic but also lyrics of love, compassion, and hope. Mulvey says: “This album is basically a happy family song, then a song about how fucked up things are, then a family song, then a song about how fucked up things are.” It feels like the perfect album for our times.

Rating: ****

Song of the Week: “The Otter” by Caamp

Caamp – “The Otter”

As someone who loves otters and folk music I couldn’t pass up on this gentle folk song called “The Otter” by the folk trio Caamp from Athens, Ohio.

Song of the Week 2022