The last time Prisca — self-described as “a cinematic-pop artist who shows all of her colors in her songs as well as her ever-changing hair” — blessed the world with her soul-driven songs was in 2017. Her Live in Atlanta six-track EP is worth the wait. With this album, Prisca proves she’s not just another easy-listening singer-songwriter with a better-than-average knack for blues rock. “Wolf” is a tender lament about the piercing ache for a lost love. Prisca’s voice is strong, full and lyrically stunning, each track equally empowering. Easy listening? Not this set.
— Lauren Leathers
Diane Durrett: “Blue Water”
Diane Durrett unleashes a cooling dose of summertime soul with her new single, “Blue Water.” Durrett — who is vice president of the Atlanta chapter of the Recording Academy — grew up in Atlanta and sang in the Peachtree Street church where her mother was choir director. The church still informs her music in the same way it informed the classic R&B sounds of Detroit and Memphis. Durrett’s smoky voice swings on the song’s melody and the refrain, “I want to wash away these blues,” leaps out as a hopeful antidote to the turbulence and isolation created by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Blue Water” reminds us that we will be past this someday, and that music and nature will be two of our most significant healing tools.
— Scott Freeman
Tinsley Ellis: “If the River Keeps Rising”
Tinsley Ellis has come a long way from his professional start playing in a Six Flags Over Georgia cover band, performing “Free Bird” three times a day. Today, he is an Atlanta icon and one of the world’s most acclaimed blues guitarists. His latest album, Ice Cream in Hell, came out earlier this year on Alligator Records. “If the River Keeps Rising” was released in 2014 and this live performance was recorded at the Don Odells Legends studio in Massachusetts. The song features Ellis playing slide guitar on his 1982 Gibson Moderne tuned to open D, and it is our vintage track of the week.
— Scott Freeman
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