Former True Detective star Lera Lynn’s latest album, 2020’s aptly titled On My Own, is the ultimate solo record: she wrote, sang, produced and recorded it entirely single-handed, meanwhile providing all the instrumental backing. Its characteristically dark yet hopeful songs boldly expand Lynn’s country-based, Gothic-hued stylistic palette towards rock, blues, indie and West Coast folk, united by her spellbinding voice.
Combining melodic sensibilities with rustic folk storytelling, Canada's Donovan Woods has built an impressive career as both a guitar-strumming troubadour and an in-demand songwriter. Possessing a clear, vulnerable voice that belies his burly appearance, Woods' songs are a blend of contemporary folk and thoughtful pop, rooted in tales of heartache and the stuff of ordinary lives. 2016's Hard Settle Ain't Troubled was his critical breakthrough effort that included the hit "Portland, Maine," 2018's Both Ways was another success that earned him his first Juno Award, and 2020's Without People, recorded in isolation, was a thoughtful study of human relationships.