Aaron Schroeder | Southern Heart In Western Skin

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Southern Heart In Western Skin

by Aaron Schroeder

Southern Heart in Western Skin is an eclectic blend of old-school Southern style and new-age hipness with a slight blues feel, complimented by angular yet poetic lyrics.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Movin' Movin' Train
2:40 $0.99
2. The Real World
3:53 $0.99
3. Don't Go Home
4:00 $0.99
4. 21
2:33 $0.99
5. Antlers
3:31 $0.99
6. Santa Ana
1:55 $0.99
7. Dead Rabbits
2:46 $0.99
8. Devil's Lake
3:32 $0.99
9. Rollin' Tennessee
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Beginning in Los Angeles, spending time in Portland, following cheap rent to Boston, to finding love in Eastern Washington, 22 year-old Aaron Schroeder has called Kennewick his home for the past year. It is there he released his debut record "Southern Heart In Western Skin," an album soaked in traditional instrumentation (lap-steel guitars, cellos, accordions, violins, stand-up bass, harmonicas) that keeps pop sensibility as a solid foundation.

"I listen to a lot of classic artists like Bob Dylan, Leadbelly, Johnny Cash, Billy Bragg, but I also enjoy lots of modern acts like Belle & Sebastian, The Mountain Goats, Silver Jews. I mean, I grew up on Minor Threat and Bad Religion and I believe that simplicity in song-writing is the most honest way to go." Not only is Aaron a true fan of music but he is also an avid reader, citing authors such as Fydor Dostoevsky, Henry Miller, Haruki Murakami, Knut Hamsun as influences. "Often time my lyrics are adaptations of things I've read, including various Yiddish, Arabic, and American folk tales."

Aaron's ability to spin interesting lyrical tales shines on tracks like "Dead Rabbits" and "Devil's Lake". Musically, the songs range from folk story telling, to classic country, to pure indie Americana, to upbeat 60's pop. Blending these styles so effortlessly, yet still keeping a solid line between them all is what makes Aaron Schroeder such a successful young artist, and what makes "Southern Heart In Western Skin" a fantastic debut release from a promising new songwriter, no matter what city he ends up in.



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Adam Brault

BRILLIANT. Do NOT miss this album!
You will be hearing about Aaron Schroeder for a long time. Southern Heart in Western Skin shines and sparkles. From the first moment I heard Aaron's "Movin' Movin' Train", I was all aboard. The rest of the tracks on this album share the same kind of magic.

On several of the songs, Aaron features one of the most creative and instrumentally tight backing bands out there (Mu Meson). They add interesting sonic details throughout the songs they contribute to. With their collaboration, Aaron's consistenly well-developed up-tempo pop-folk becomes nothing less than phenomenal. It's actually very difficult to imagine improving this album.


i like musics
aaron's cd is an interesting listen, traditional but also very modern sounding, I enjoy it a fair bit.


It doesn't get much better than this...
This is by far one of my favorite albums of all time. "Southern Heart in Western Skin" has a quiet simplicity yet a bold sentiment. Songs like "21" and "Devil's Lake" put the listener in a hypnotic state with their soft melodies and powerful lyrics. Aaron never ceases to amaze with how effortlessly he can describe the human experience through songs such as these. Much of Aaron's music has a folk/pop influence. Logically, one could compare him to the likes of Ani DiFranco, a fellow self-released artist trying to find an original folk sound. Songs such as "A Movin' Movin' Train" and "Rollin' Tennessee" are reminiscent of the southern greats such as Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. However, Aaron is more than a folk artist, he also blends a certain amount of pop sensibility. For example, the song "Santa Ana" is very much in the vein of artists such as Alkaline Trio or The Violent Femmes. I, for one, can't wait to hear what he's working on next...


The CD is one of my favorites to listen in the car
Every song is so raw and genuine. The vocals really shine through and stand out on every track. In fact I 'd like to hear a stripped down version of the EP...! Just Aaron and the guitar....My favorite tune is Rollin' Tennessee ;)

Daniel Caporal

This album makes you think of driving along side of a river, while dolphins swimming along side of your car, try to keep up. After which you find the dolphins aren’t actually trying to keep up but running. Running from a vicious pack of sharks that have come to eat the dolphins, after which you realize that the sharks turn out to be a giant mutant shark. The mutant shark is the one you’ve been hearing about in the news, that are sent here from another planet. These sharks are hell bent on world domination, by killing all the dolphins in the world, mean while this album just keeps you in a calm soothing state of happiness. It’s alright you’ve found something suitable to listen to during world domination.


Great this Cd
This cd is great! Definetly should be a part of everyons collection.

Andy Plymale

A richly diverse collection of acoustically oriented full-band arrangements of s
The selections on this impressive CD range from the folkish feel of songs such as “The Real World,” to the Wilco, Billy Bragg, and country vibes of tracks like “Movin' Movin' Train,” to the pop of the Beatles-esque "Don't Go Home.” Especially impressive are the light-and-precious Jolie Holland sounding vocals of Lindsay Clark.