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The 10 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2015

Welcome to our favorite Speakers in Code list of the year. The 10 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2015. It’s our highest honor. In years past (2012, 2013, 2014), we’ve chosen 20 songs, but this year we’re trimming the sad. And this year, I wrote about every song. You can listen to each individually below, … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Jill Andrews – Get Up, Get On

It’s building up It’s been building up for so long It’s been four years since Nashville’s Jill Andrews has release a full-length album, but that’s about to change on September 25th when she will release The War Inside, the official follow-up to 2011’s The Mirror. Today, we’re happy to feature the first single from the … Read more

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Forecastle Festival Day Two Photo Recap: Jack White, Jason Isbell, Band of Horses, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Lord Huron, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Jill Andrews, Goodbye June

Jack White closing out Day Two of Forecastle | All photos by Jason Gonulsen Day Two of the 2014 Forecastle Festival featured electric sets by Jack White, Jason Isbell, and Band of Horses. Isbell stole the day leading off with Southeastern’s “Flying Over Water,” while White played to thousands opening with The White Stripes’ “Dead … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Jill Andrews – Rust or Gold

Photo by Tim Bottchen If you missed the debut of “Rust or Gold” on Grey’s Anatomy a few weeks ago, then here’s your chance to get up to speed. Jill Andrews is a favorite here at Speakers in Code because of her ability to write and sing songs like this; simply put, she’s never lowered … Read more

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Concert Preview | The 10 Best Jill Andrews Songs

Photo by Katie Guymon Jill Andrews, a favorite here at Speakers in Code, hasn’t visited St. Louis since September of 2011, so we’re happy to have her back next week. This time around, she’ll be opening for Austin’s Bob Schneider on Tuesday, February 5th at Off Broadway. Tickets to the show are $20, and you … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2011 | 25 – 1

Well, friends, the end is no longer near. It’s here. The end of our Best Songs of 2011 countdown, that is. The real end comes next December, as we all know. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Bon Iver landed the number one spot with the track, “Holocene.” But, amazingly, the song and the record itself … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Jill Andrews – Sound of the Bells

Scare away the shadows in my head still growin’ Only you and I can bring them down Jill Andrews picked a good one to open her first full-length studio album, The Mirror. “Sound of the Bells” is a catchy, feel-good pop/rock gem that builds into its final lyric: “Only you and I will hear the … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Josh Oliver – Red Rocking Chair

The first time I saw Josh Oliver play live, he was a multi-instrumentalist for the everybodyfields, the now-defunct group from Tennessee that featured Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn. I remember him picking up his electric guitar and blasting my ears during “Aeroplane,” adding that extra amount of energy that makes that particular song fly. These … Read more

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Halfway There | Best of 2011

We know, we know. 2011 is only half empty. Or, half full, as we optimistic bloggers at Speakers in Code like to think. But the midway point of the year is always a good point to pause, gather our thoughts, make some lists, revisit early favorites, and tell you about all the songs and albums … Read more

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Video | Jill Andrews Performs “Sound of the Bells”

Photo by Katie Guymon Yesterday, Saint Louis music fans were treated to a double dose of the singer-songwriter beauty that is Jill Andrews. She first did an in-store performance at local record store, Vintage Vinyl, and she played later last night at Twangfest, sharing a bill with Cassie Morgan and The Lonely Pine, Eileen Rose … Read more

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Jill Andrews (The Extended Interview)

“Take a walk with me, you know which way I’m going,” sings Jill Andrews on “Sound of the Bells,” the opening song on her full-length solo debut, The Mirror. Andrews’ 2009 self-titled EP started with a declarative statement (“Take your hands out of your pockets and hold me”); The Mirror is more like a gentle … Read more

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Video | Jill Andrews – Sinking Ship

You gave up a long time agoBut I’m searchin’ nowNot findingA better part of me‘Cause I want it backI want it back Jill Andrews is back on June 7th with her first full-length, The Mirror, which follows her 2009 debut self-titled EP. Recently, while playing live, she recorded a video with Live & Breathing for … Read more

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Contest | Win One Four-Night Pass to Twangfest, June 8-11

Twangfest is back in its fifteenth year on June 8th – 11th (click here for tickets), and once again, the lineup is exceptional with musicians like Hayes Carll, Jill Andrews, Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine, Robbie Fulks with Nora O’Connor, and The Baseball Project. All of the action will be taking place at The … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Jill Andrews – The Mirror

But I know there is light Even in the shadows Wherever the sun goes I will follow, too Last year, I got divorced. Never thought it would happen to me, but things change, and people change. Mostly, everything changes when you’re married, whether you like it or not. And it all happens so damn fast. … Read more

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Help Kickstart Jill Andrews’ ‘The Mirror’

A couple weeks ago, we gave you a list of our 25 most anticipated albums of 2011. Lurking at the bottom of that list was Jill Andrews, you know, that sweet lil’ gal who wrote “Lonely Anywhere” as a member of the everybodyfields, and “Worth Keeping” for her first EP in 2009. 2011 is a … Read more

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The Best 20 Covers of 2010

So, we’ve gone through all of our favorite original songs of 2010 already. Now, it’s time to pay attention to the non-originals: the covers we enjoyed most this year. Dagnabbit, cover songs are squirrely; they are very hard to do well. Even we four at Speakers in Code know that, and all we can do is … Read more

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Jill Andrews Covers Lennon’s “Instant Karma”

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of seeing Jill Andrews twice at Bonnaroo – once with her full band, once performing as a duo with the multi-talented Josh Oliver. In my humble opinion, you’re not going to find many songwriters out there like Jill – she’s as real as they come, and she’s one … Read more

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Sam Quinn (The Interview)

There is a song on the everybodyfields’ second album, Plague of Dreams, that I always like to listen to when I’m driving home from a long road trip, particularly when the summer sun is fading. It’s called “Good To Be Home,” and to me, it’s one of the best songs Sam Quinn has ever written. … Read more

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Jill Andrews Covers Tift Merritt, Needs Your Vote

Jill Andrews, besides being one of my favorite songwriters and humanitarians (she recently raised over $1,000 for the people hurting in Haiti), is also a master at covering songs. And for her March cover song, she has given us a beautiful cover of Tift Merritt‘s “Supposed To Make You Happy.” Check it out below. Also, … Read more

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Jill Andrews Covers Fleetwood Mac

Sure, Taylor Swift may have shared the stage with Stevie Nicks the other night at The Grammys. And she may have tried her best to do the hippie dance. But, other than gazillions of album sales and that Grammy she won for “Album of the Year,” I say she’s got nothing on Jill Andrews. (Seriously, … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Jill Andrews – Always Be Sorry

“I can’t tell how you’ve changed me/ And I am grateful/ But I am angry.” Damn that Jill Andrews. She probably wrote that line in five minutes. I’ve been searching for those exact words for five years. Simple, I know. But simple usually wins in my world. Jill Andrews’ world has been turned around in … Read more