Foy Vance - Joy Of Nothing

It's been just about a year since we caught up with Foy Vance, a singer/songwriter born Northern Ireland who spent some of his childhood years living in Oklahoma and traveling the American South with his preacher father. He later returned to his Irish roots, fronting various bands but eventually decided to pursue a solo career and, as we noted in our original RADAR feature, "downshifted his style to a more stripped acoustic setting while fortunately leaving his charismatic, soulful storytelling intact." Recently signed to the Glassnote label (Mumford & Sons, Phoenix), Vance's latest longplayer Joy Of Nothing (August 27) confirms why Bonnie Raitt and Ed Sheeran, who guest on the new album, hand-picked the mustachioed troubadour to open for them on their recent tours of the U.K. and Europe. We're particularly fond of the album's title track and video (below), a gorgeously produced song that achieves a quiet magnificence while slowly turning up the heat and power with each successive verse. Click through to stream "Janey" and watch the fine Recording Nothing EPK...

Foy Vance - "Joy Of Nothing" (from the album Joy Of Nothing)

Foy Vance - "Janey" (from the album Joy Of Nothing)