Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Listen: Andrew Rinehart - "Doin' What You Have to Do" ft. Cheyenne Mize
I'd be lying if I said the biggest factor behind my listening to "Doin What You Have to Do", the latest single from singer/songwriter Andrew Sellers' new pseudonym Andrew Rinehart wasn't the guest appearance from Cheyenne Mize. Field tested and approved, Mize was more or less one of my first peeks into the Louisville music scene (along with the Deloreans) and while her role on it is somewhat slight, it nevertheless helped distinguish Andrew Rinehart from the pack of faceless musicians I've yet to see or hear.
Born in Louisville before striking out for New York and then Los Angeles, Andrew Sellers has the traveler's heart that seems to be a prerequisite for creating emotionally resonant but temporally displaced folk music and that's certainly on display here. Featuring tender guitar melodies and a violin part that gets as much spotlight as Sellers and Mize's narrative interplay. Sellers' lyricism strikes an artful balance between the poetic and plainspoken prose, his vocals free from all affect; homey and comforting despite the necessity of their doleful coloring. "Doin' What You Have to Do" is simple but aurally arresting folk due in part to Sellers' delicate approach to songcraft and his pleasant, willowy vocals.
Everything (Part I), the first in a three part split album is out digitally on June 17th.