Virginia country/Americana musician, Brent Funkhouser, is taking it one step at a time with his latest single “We Get By.”
Recorded locally at Crab Shack Studios in Alexandria, Virginia, he seems as poised as ever to make a name for himself with a good-vibes song about staying optimistic through hard times. The song is driven by a sing-song chorus melody that is as easy to pick up as it is to get swept up into. It lifts you off your feet like a gentle, encouraging gust of wind that exists for the sole purpose of keeping the course.
As a community organizer for Virginia’s roots musicians, it makes sense that Funkhauser would be focused on the “we” rather than the “I”. In a way this song is not so much about weathering a hard time – it is about moving through it together. Sharing spirit and resources to help care for the people around us.
With strumming guitars, beautiful backing harmonies, and melodic flourishes from synthesizers, this is one of those songs that just feels good to listen to. There’s not a single confrontational note that can penetrate its warm embrace, and Funkhouser is smart to lean into its natural sense of ease and togetherness. By the end, the song’s title (and mantra) seems to transform from a call-to-action into a state of being that will inevitably ripple out into his community, and even beyond.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.