Discussion: Recommend a Track

About a year ago, I made a YouTube discovery while I was in the process of searching for something completely different. (Isn’t that how it always works?) I came across a video of The Ginn Sisters out of Austin, Texas performing their song “Fireworks” at a local rally. I was instantly caught by the song and the warm vocals of the lead singer.

The Ginn Sisters, formed by Tiffani and Brit Ginn (and recently joined by their mother Kari Ginn), play a mix of Americana, Alt-country, bluegrass and folk. Tiffani sings lead, plays guitar and writes the songs, while Brit sings harmonies and plays melodica and flute. I haven’t seen them perform live, but they are purportedly engaging in person, showcasing the skills that made their two albums, Generally Happy (2002) and Blood Oranges (2006), critical successes.

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, “Fireworks” is not a single for purchase, so today I’m going to recommend the track “Broken Spirit” from their Blood Oranges album. It’s a bluesy country lament which showcases Tiffani’s heartfelt vocal and Brit’s lovely harmonies and is a good introduction to the duo.

Ginn Sisters, “Fireworks” (different version that my original discovery)

Check out The Ginn Sisters’ MySpace Page


  1. Been a fan of the Ginn Sisters(hard “G”)for a couple years now. Thanks for featuring them. Wonderful music. Since you are on duo’s, I will suggest “Greener Pastures” from The Woodys 2005 CD “Telluride to Tennessee” OR…one of my favorite singer/songwriters Slaid Cleves. The title track from his 2000 CD “Broke Down”

  2. I’m going to have to go with some Nickel Creek!

    I’ll recommend “Beauty And The Mess” from their album, This Side. The song is fast and vague, but the music and Sara Watkins’ lead vocals are stellar. It’s engaging and interesting to listen to, keeping the listener slightly off balance when they hear it.

  3. I can’t believe I’m recommending a Taylor Swift track, but I heard four new songs from her new album this week and I find them a little addicting to listen to, kind of like Love Story. I guess I’m glad these songs aren’t annoying yet like “Shoulda Said No” or “Our Song.” Anyway, I found “The Best Day,” the song about her mother, to be kind of touching. I’m wondering if there’s something wrong with me for believing this way. It’s a bit scary.

  4. I wish I could edit posts here so I don’t need to write two times in a row. Anyway, while I still like the Swift song, the song I am digging lately is Little Big Town’s “Good Lord Willing.” Everything I like about this group all wrapped in one song is a very nice thing.

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