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Jamie Freeman new album out 17 May 2019

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Album release: 'Dreams About Falling' by Jamie Freeman
Release date: 17 May 2019
Label: Union Music
More info: Artist website

“‘Dreams About Falling’ alludes to the fine line between flying and falling, succeeding or failing. Some of the songs are about childhood or upbringing, how that shapes an adult and how they remember and deal with those memories. That feeling of doing something exciting and scary, or waking from a dream just before you hit the ground.”

- Jamie Freeman, 2019

Jamie Freeman returns with perhaps his most startlingly honest and remarkably vulnerable album yet, with the release of ‘Dreams About Falling’, in May 2019 via Union Music Label. Freeman skillfully tackles subjects such as parental expectations, childhood potential, and facing up to the possibility of falling short of those aspirations. These themes may be further understood when the context of Freeman’s talented family is brought into the picture. With a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning brother, Martin, and Frazier Chorus indie-dance musician (signed to 4AD, Virgin) brother, Tim, one can imagine that the family outlook has always been to ‘aim high’.

Jamie Freeman has found his own path, however, and become a respected figure within the Americana music scene after releasing his debut record ‘Just You’ in 2011, follow-up ‘100 Miles From Town’ in 2013 (under the name The Jamie Freeman Agreement) and EP ‘Hasia Dreams’ in 2017, all to critical acclaim from the likes of Americana UK, RnR, Maverick, FATEA, and more. A testament to the reputation Freeman has built is the impressive roster of collaborators and producers that have lent themselves to his projects; most recently Jamie has worked with the likes of Angaleena Presley, Mark Chadwick, Larkin Poe, Wild Ponies, Ben Glover, and Michael Logen.

Freeman's list of co-writers and contributors on ‘Dreams About Falling’ reads like a who's who of Nashville's finest. One particular highlight is ‘Down Range’, a heartbreaking tale of a Gulf War veteran returning to his wife that the Pistol Annies singer and solo artist Angaleena Presley duetted with Freeman on especially for this album. Presley actually co-wrote one of the final tracks on the record ‘I Miss Those Bars’, which Freeman explains is, “about the fear of having to fend for oneself, even if that freedom is what we desire. If we attain that freedom how will we cope? She has written and talked about hardships in her family to do with the opioid epidemic leading to addiction and prison. I had my own second-hand experience with alcohol.”

‘Down Range’ is swiftly followed by the equally poignant track ‘The Fire’, a song co-written by Ben Glover whose latest release ‘Shorebound’ won UK Album of the Year at the UK Americana Awards 2019. The track itself was written after the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in 2017 and uses powerful imagery to invoke moving scenes of spirits, smoke, and betrayal. On its creation, Freeman has said, “I didn’t want to write a political song, and I didn’t feel I had the authority to write *specifically* about Grenfell, but I wanted to honour the event and the people, so we wrote about the physical being of the fire itself; an unfeeling force that simply does what it does.”

Jamie’s commitment to music doesn’t end with his own releases. Freeman produced the critically-acclaimed 'Not Waving But Drowning' and 'Dead Stars' by The Self Help Group along with many other projects including the Noble Jacks debut 'What The Hammer' as well as taking on the role of drummer for Sam Outlaw and MD for Angaleena Presley's UK touring band. He's also a member of the Americana Music Association UK - working as their designer and volunteer, something that takes up a lot of his time and energy, but that Freeman is extremely dedicated to. “I like to take a 'high tide floats all boats' attitude to helping fellow musicians”, he explains.

“The last line in the closing song (Match Among The Ashes) says, ‘You’d believe that you can fly, because she told you, so you try.’ This is a direct reference to my own upbringing and the faith and belief that my mother instilled in me. The title is perhaps a reference to that, coupled with the fear of not living up to it.”

Stream/share new single 'All In The Name' here.

Read feature at The Boot.

On tour in the UK throughout Spring 2019 - date and tickets here.

"With its upbeat melody and universally applicable lyrics, the song is a solid reminder to stick it out with the person you love, even when things get a little tough." - The Boot

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DADDY LONG LEGS new album out 10 May 2019

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Album release: ‘Lowdown Ways’ by DADDY LONG LEGS
Release date: 10 May 2019
Label: Yep Roc Records
More info: Band website

Brooklyn, NY-based trio DADDY LONG LEGS - Brian Hurd (vocals, harmonica, guitar), Murat Akturk (slide guitar), Josh Styles (drums, maraca) will make their Yep Roc Records debut May 10 with ‘Lowdown Ways’, their third studio album.

Produced by Jimmy Sutton and engineered by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz) at Hi-Style Studios in Chicago, the album features 12 original compositions with songwriting contributions from JD McPherson and Sutton. A new direction from their first two studio albums (released by Norton Records), ‘Lowdown Ways’ sees the boys widen their sonic horizons with field hollers, gospel, Cajun, and Mississippi Hill Music, coupled with their renowned supercharged, harp-driven R&B bangers.

The first single, ‘Mornin’ Noon & Nite,’ premiered at WFMU. The track is now available at all streaming services.

Frontman Brian Hurd describes ‘Mornin’ Noon & Nite’ as “a Hoodoo Stomper in the vein of John Lee Hooker and is about one’s pure, savage lust for his or her lover.”

When asked by Village Voice “What is DADDY LONG LEGS?,” Hurd answered, “Rock and roll salvation through the spirit of roots and blues.” While influenced by the likes of Son House, Captain Beefheart, Howlin’ Wolf, MC5, and Dr. Feelgood, their sound personifies garage rock and punk with a contemporary raw twist performed in their own brand of supercharged R&B.

Since forming in 2010, the band has released two studio albums, a live album and two 45s on Norton Records. Their last album was 2015’s ‘DADDY LONG LEGS Rides Tonight’. The band has toured with Jon Spencer, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Sonics, Nikki Lane, Nick Waterhouse, amongst others.

‘Lowdown Ways’ is now available for pre-order. The vinyl LP arrives on limited edition opaque white vinyl.

“…like Chicago blues fired at the moon, played by the demented children of the Pretty Things.” – Rolling Stone

“DADDY LONG LEGS takes the blues and turns them inside out, upside down, round about and renews their primal energy. My favorite rompin’ stompin’ New York band of the moment.” – Lenny Kaye

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Parker Millsap new album out 15 June 2018

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Album release: 'Other Arrangements' by Parker Millsap
Release date: 15 June 2018
Label: Thirty Tigers
More info: Artist website

Nashville, TN - Acclaimed singer/songwriter Parker Millsap will release his third full band album, 'Other Arrangements' on June 15th via Thirty Tigers. The anticipated new release showcases the 24 year-old's evolution as an artist who continues to create music without the confines of genre. 'Other Arrangements' spotlights Millsap's dynamic vocals on an original set of infectious songs with insightful lyrics. 

While his first two albums were praised for their philosophical and religious imagery, Other Arrangements plays more like a favourite rock radio channel from the 70’s. Moving effortlessly between rock, blues and pop, the new album also showcases Millsap's most dynamic electric guitar playing to date, especially on the explosive opening track (and radio single) 'Fine Line'. His literary thought-provoking writing style touches on themes of love, human struggle, passion and tolerance on the new album. 

Since the release of his critically acclaimed album 'The Very Last Day,' Millsap made his late-night television debut on 'Conan', and appeared on the acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits as well as Bluegrass Underground. Millsap also had the honour of being asked to perform with Sir Elton John at the Apple Music Festival at London's Roundhouse, after which the Grammy-winning legend, who was already a fan, attended a live performance in Atlanta, GA proclaiming, "Last night in Atlanta I saw one of the best concerts I have ever seen…It restored my faith in music."  

Other Arrangements was co-produced with Grammy award-winning engineer/producer Gary Paczosa and Grammy award-winning engineer Shani Gandhi at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC and Minutia Studio in Nashville, TN. Along with band-mates Daniel Foulks (fiddle) and Michael Rose (bass), Millsap is joined by Paddy Ryan on drums/percussion and backup singers including Odessa, Shirley and Calvin Settles, and Jillette Johnson.

Millsap possesses a rare charisma on stage, and his live performances are intense and captivating. Don’t miss a chance to catch his moving show as he hits the road in support of 'Other Arrangements' this spring.

“He deserves to become a new Americana hero.” - The Guardian 

“One of the best concerts I have ever seen… It restored my faith in music." – Elton John 

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Old Crow Medicine Show new album out 20 April 2018

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Album release: 'Volunteer' by Old Crow Medicine Show
Release date: 20 April 2018
More info: Band website

Grammy award-winning American Roots band Old Crow Medicine Show has announced the release of their upcoming album 'Volunteer', due out April 20th. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson). Since the release of their last Grammy-winning studio effort Remedy, Old Crow Medicine Show has taken their versatility to another level, by not only reinterpreting Bob Dylan’s seminal album 'Blonde On Blonde', but also collaborating with pop sensation Kesha. Volunteer is yet another fine example of how Old Crow Medicine Show remains one of the most vibrant and forward thinking traditional bands of their time.

Listen to new singles 'Flicker & Shine' 'Dixie Avenue'

'The songs on 'Volunteer illustrate themes that resonate far beyond Old Crow Medicine Show’s diverse fan base, while also showcasing the depth in the group's songwriting. An album highlight 'Look Away' inspired by The Rolling Stones, is Ketch Secor’s homage to his love for the history, both sorrowful and joyful, of the South. 'A World Away' is an upbeat homage to refugees, an extremely relevant subject matter that Secor has been writing about since he was young. 'Dixie Avenue' pays a playful tribute to the Virginia location where Secor and bandmate Fuqua fell in love with music. The album’s final track, the bittersweet love song 'Whirlwind', could easily tell the tale of how Old Crow Medicine Show built a successful career from the ground up. 

Old Crow Medicine Show consists of Ketch Secor, Critter Fuqua, Cory Younts, Morgan Jahnig, Chance McCoy and Kevin Hayes. The traditional string band incorporated electric guitar for the first time since 2004 (when Dave Rawlings put a Telecaster on the band’s classic 'Wagon Wheel'), on 'Volunteer', and the album also features Joe Jackson Andrews on his haunting pedal steel.

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Old Crow Medicine Show is coming off a busy year of touring in support of their latest release, the highly acclaimed '50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde', a rootsy tribute to the Bob Dylan classic. The band also recently collaborated with 2018 Grammy nominee Kesha for CMT’s Crossroads.

Old Crow Medicine Show’s recent accomplishments, demonstrate that they still have the hunger to evolve and thrive in a variety of musical settings. While trends in music have come and gone, Old Crow Medicine Show has maintained their sense of integrity, continuing to share their infectious hybrid of traditional mountain music across the country.

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The Remedy Club debut album 8 October 2017

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Album release: 'Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes' by The Remedy Club
Release date: 8 October 2017
Label: High Flying Disc Records
More info: Band website

The Remedy Club, the Irish husband-and-wife Americana/Roots duo comprising KJ McEvoy and Aileen Mythen, will release their debut album 'Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes' on October 8th via High Flying Disc Records.  

The duo are known for their tight vocal harmonies and intelligent songwriting while McEvoy has been singled out for praise as a guitar player of great expressiveness and technical aplomb and Mythen for her stunning vocal performances.  

'Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes' features the accomplished string playing of Kj’s sister Eleanor McEvoy who joined forces with a sterling troupe of Ireland’s hottest musicians.  The album was produced by The Remedy Club at Astakalapa Studios, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland and mixed in Nashville by 5-time Grammy award winner Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson) and Mark Petaccia (Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega).  

According to Mythen, “We wanted to create an album of music that we would like to hear ourselves while also paying homage to such musical heroes as Tom Waits, Hank Williams and Django Reinhardt. The style of music fits really well with me personally at this point in my life. I think it’s important to have honesty in the music and singing these songs feels very truthful.” 

Nowhere is this sentiment more evident on the album than in its’ lead single 'Come On', with its’ starkly honest refrain and wonderful vocal performances, which highlights the chemistry between the two.   

McEvoy adds, “Although we’re influenced by different musical styles, including blues, folk and rock n’ roll, our country influences are very much to the fore on this album. There are three main themes running through the album, with songs about Love (‘Last Song’, ‘I Miss You’), Legends (‘When Tom Waits Up’, ‘Listening to Hank Williams’) and Lost Causes (‘Bottom of the Hill’, ‘Get Away With It').” 

The Remedy Club will tour through Autumn 2017. 

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Ron Pope new album 'Work' due 18 August 2017  

Album release: 'Work' by Ron Pope
Release date: 18 August 2017  
Label: Brooklyn Basement Records
More info: Artist website 

This fall, Nashville-based independent artist Ron Pope will embark on an international headline tour making stops in New York, London, Chicago, Nashville, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and more. See below for a full tour itinerary. Pope’s latest studio album, Work, is due August 18 on his own Brooklyn Basement Records and follows last year’s critically acclaimed Ron Pope & The Nighthawks, of which Entertainment Weekly said, “Heavier, deeper, bigger, louder. The warm glow of the West, and a heavy meditation on classic sounds of the South seeps out.”

Earlier this spring, Pope performed 'Baby, I Love You' at Carnegie Hall as part of The Music of Aretha Franklin tribute show. His recorded cover of the song and accompanying in-studio video premiered on Glide in celebration of Franklin’s 75th birthday. Of the new cover, Glide proclaimed, “Taking on Aretha is a daunting task, but with Pope’s vivacious voice and the top notch players behind him, this rendition is blessed with is on unique wow factor while retaining its original luster.” The new record’s lead single 'Bad For Your Health' premiered on Team Coco who call it “seriously addictive.” Most recently, Relix debuted the new album’s second single 'Let’s Get Stoned'.

Work marks Pope’s seventh studio album. To date, he has surpassed one million monthly listeners on Spotify, sold out shows in more than 20 countries, sold over 2 million digital tracks, had over 200 million streams on Spotify, 630 million plays on Pandora and 150 million views on YouTube.

The album was recorded completely in analog at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN where Pope and his fellow musicians locked themselves in the studio for one week until completion. Work was co-produced and recorded with Grammy award-winning engineer Ted Young, his third consecutive collaboration with Pope. The lead single, “Bad For Your Health” was co-written by Pope and Jonathan Tyler.

Of the new recording, Pope says, “This album follows me from when I was thirteen and a teacher told my mother that I’d probably end up in prison; I started messing around writing songs that year. It’s been mostly uphill ever since.

Appearing on the album are Jay Collins on sax (Gregg Allman Band), Mike Riddleberger on drums (Bleachers), Andrew Pertes on bass (Savoir Adore), Kai Welch on keys/accordion (Abigail Washburn, Glen Campbell), Jeff Malinowski on guitar (Frances Cone), Alex Brumel on guitar/pedal steel and Charles Ray on flugelhorn/trumpet plus guest vocals on select tracks from Mary Richardson (The Banditos), Katie Schecter, Molly Parden and Vanessa McGowan.

Last summer saw the release of the feature-length documentary One Way Ticket by Kelly Teacher (No Cameras Allowed, Austin To Boston). The film follows Pope and his band on the road and during recording sessions for Ron Pope & The Nighthawks in Lake Blue Ridge, GA. In the film, Spotify’s D.A. Wallach notes, “Here’s a guy who’s figured out how to do this basically by himself and is really proving the power of streaming music.”  

Pope’s music has been featured on NBC’s 'The Voice', CW’s 'Vampire Diaries', '90210', and multiple seasons of FOX’s 'So You Think You Can Dance', which sent two of his albums into the top 100 on iTunes simultaneously. Pope also guest starred as himself in Season 3 of the show 'Nashville'.

Press reaction to date

“Sincere, slick, and catchy” – Q  
“One listen and you want to hear Ron Pope again and again and again” – Maverick  
“Lovers of The Band, Allman Brothers and The E Street Band will find lots to enjoy here” – Daily Mirror  
**** - The Guardian, live review  
**** - Daily Express  
“Gorgeous church-pew harmonies… fine songcraft” – The Independent  
“There’s a retro heart in the swagger of his bluesy song writing” – Daily Telegraph  

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Hannah Aldridge album 'Gold Rush' due 16 June 2017

Album release: 'Gold Rush' by Hannah Aldridge
Release date: 16 June 2017
Label: Rootsy Music
More info: Artist website

In literature and in songwriting, the American South is where writers go to face their fears. Hannah Aldridge doesn’t just dip her pen into the well of the South, the Muscle Shoals native embodies it. With every song, she’s facing down demons of a life once lived from substance abuse to failed relationships and scars from the lashes of the bible belt.  

'Gold Rush' is Hannah Aldridge’s second album, a follow up to her 2014 debut 'Razor Wire'. While that album launched her career, drew the attention of music writers and sent her touring across the world, 'Gold Rush' shows a more mature and introspective artist with more life experience - and music experience - under her belt.  

The honesty Hannah Aldridge crafts into each track is off-set by her stubborn, maybe defiant, nature, which gives her music a hopeful silver lining.  

“I start writing with ‘this is how I’m feeling and I need to talk about it.’ Doing that helps me sort out my own thoughts on it. My music is an introspective look at the things that happened in my life. It’s me trying to sort through and put feelings into words,” she said. 

Hannah Aldridge is the daughter of Muscle Shoals legend Walt Aldridge. An Alabama Music Hall of Famer, Walt Aldridge is a prolific and decorated songwriter of countless Number One and Top Ten hits recorded by the likes of Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Earl Thomas Conley, Ricky Van Shelton, Ronnie Milsap, and Conway Twitty.  

Mixing her personal life and the sounds of her hometown, Hannah Aldridge’s new album also draws in influences from across the rock genre. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling. You can hear it in 'Gold Rush'’s ode to burning out, or in the yearning of 'Burning Down Birmingham', and anthem-for-the-lonely 'No Heart Left Behind' – a track that is shot-through with wild riffs.  

Recorded at Creative Workshop in Nashville, Hannah Aldridge worked with Muscle Shoals writers such as Mark Naramore, Tosha Hill, Matt Johnson and Brad Crisler and artists such as Andrew Combs, Ashley McBryde, Don Gallardo, Ryan Beaver, and Sadler Vaden on “Gold Rush.” She teamed up with Jordan Dean and M. Allen Parker, who were instrumental in working on her new album, and finally finishing by calling on her Dad, Walt Aldridge, to master the record. In total, Hannah Aldridge compiled a team of distinct talents to work with her. With their help, Hannah Aldridge has put together a progressive, creative and memorable body of work. 

“It’s about being self-destructive,” Aldridge said of her new album. “That is the underlying tone. The album goes back to when I was younger, and after touching on that, to now. In ‘Aftermath,’ the very first line is: ‘I was born in a crossfire.’ It starts from day one.”  

Hannah Aldridge will tour the UK in summer 2017 – details announcing soon.

Press reaction to date

“Listening to Aldridge’s music is a sonic treat” – Billboard  
“Aldridge’s songs are deep, intelligent, and very powerful” – No Depression
“In the running for best Americana debut this year” – American Songwriter  
“An important album” – Americana UK  

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Tina Refsnes debut album out 6 November

Album release: ‘No One Knows That You’re Lost’ by Tina Refsnes
Release date: 6 November 2015
Label: Vestkyst Records.
More info: Artist website

Hailing from the Norwegian capital of Oslo, Tina Refsnes is a singer-songwriter currently concocting a potent mix of English new-folk and poignant acoustic Americana. Growing up in the small seaside town of Floro, there was an abundance of rain where one could taste the salt from the sea spray up to a mile from the coastline. Growing up, she always longed for the noise and life of a larger city. Despite this her love for the open seascape and mountainous terrain followed her into her songwriting, where she displays elements of Neil Young, Laura Marling and Sufjan Stevens.

She moved to Liverpool and studied and lived there for four years. She loved the sprawling metropolis of urban possibilities, and spent all her time writing songs and playing music. But through her years there, there was always a sensation of not finding the right expression for her writing, so she learned to take her time, saving up her songs so that one day she would be able to do it her way.

Tina had always been fascinated with space in a recording. Her favourite listening experiences were always when you could hear also the person behind the performance - breaths, creaks in floor boards, an out of place thud from strumming your guitar slightly wrong. She wanted the listener to get a physical sense of the distance between him/her and where the performer was situated within the room.

It wasn't till years later, when Tina had moved back to Oslo, Norway that she found what she had been looking for. She heard an album recorded by producer Robbie Lackritz (Feist, Bahamas, The Weather Station) which inspired her to take her songs and travel to Toronto, Canada to find him. Lackritz teamed her and long-time collaborater Eirik Stordrange up with Toronto musicians Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith) and Mike O’Brien (Zeus) and over the course of three weeks, the four of them played together in a single room to form the album.

There is certainly no rush with Tina. 'No One Knows That You’re Lost' is a collection of songs written over a stretch of time - saved up and finally captured here in just the right way. They are songs about small things. Sometimes serious, sometimes observing the world with humour and sometimes from a skewed angle. Songs like ‘Told’ and ‘Upside Down Clouds’ explore growing and learning new things as you get older. ‘Alaska’ longs for the familiar quietness of nature that she grew up with and ‘City City’ and ‘The Heart Wants Its Way’ is an ode to her love of the big city.

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Los Lobos new album 'Gates Of Gold' released 25 Sept

Album release: 'Gates Of Gold' by Los Lobos
Release date: 25 September 2015
Label: Proper Records
More info: Band website

Los Lobos, the Grammy winning East L.A. legends comprised of David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin, are back with an all new full length studio album, 'Gates of Gold,' which will be released September 25th on Proper Records. Their first collection of new songs since 2010, the album was produced by the band who continue to hone their multi-faceted sound and fresh storytelling.

The 11 tracks showcase a band that continues to keep it real. Their songs are snapshots of true life moments with themes ranging from the immigrant experience in America to melancholic ruminations on impending mortality. The music is as dynamic, eclectic yet distinctive as ever. Thoughtful, darkly romantic and spiritual lyrics are enhanced by slow burning blues rock, impressionistic soul, traditional Mexican folk music or straight ahead garage band jams. The band will embark on an extensive tour this year in support of the album (see confirmed dates below). In addition, a new biography of the band, 'Los Lobos— Dream in Blue' written by Chris Morris—will be released in September by the University of Texas Press.

Los Lobos are entering their fifth decade, as the humblest of musical icons, having racked up countless accolades for their uncompromising artistry. With four Grammys in hand and the respect and admiration of their musical peers, the band still hearken back to their beginnings as 'the soundtrack of the barrio' and remain a cultural touchstone for a community.

Their accomplishment is reflected in the effortlessly spontaneous approach to recording. Says Cesar Rosas: 'When I listen to our catalog, doing things more spontaneously in the studio has led to some of our best work.' Adds Louie Perez: 'Unlike many bands that write, gather and catalog material between studio releases, Los Lobos prefers to create their magic on the fly when they decide it’s time to record.'

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Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers new album - Loved Wild Lost

Album release: Loved Wild Lost by Nicki Bluhm & The Gamblers
Release date: 9 October 2015
Label: Republic of Music
More info: Band website

With 'Loved Wild Lost', Little Sur recording group Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers fully affirm a current place in the long winding continuum of the California Sound, born of folk, rock, country, psychedelia, blues, and pop, as ageless, adventurous, and ever-adaptive as the Golden State itself. The new record – which follows their much lauded self-titled 2013 debut – sees Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers teaming with producer Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Josh Ritter), their first time working with an outside collaborator. The result is the critically acclaimed band’s most compelling collection thus far, its richly layered sound the ideal foundation for Bluhm’s remarkable voice and resonant lyrical gifts. Further colour comes from San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra (Death Cab for Cutie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)whose complex arrangements serve to amplify the indelibly universal themes of Simpler Times and the captivating single Waiting On Love.

With three years and hundreds of live shows behind them since the release of their debut, a period of creative growth and personal reflection was spurred, giving rise to songs like Love Your Loved Ones which explores life’s seismic shifts, in what Nicki describes as “the struggle to retain the energy and optimism of youth as life becomes more complex.” Together, Deck and the band made a conscious effort to hone The Gramblers’ sound, fusing a framework of archetypal musical idioms into something unique and universal, its individual elements complementing and counterpointing the songs’ deeper themes.

“On the last record there’s a little bit of soul, a little bit of country, a little bit of rock,” Nicki says. “This record, we were trying to make it much more cohesive.”

Also enlisted in songwriting duties is multi-instrumentalist, and Nicki’s husband, Tim Bluhm. The quintessential Golden State journeyman musician, known for two decades as singer/guitarist/primary songwriter in beloved SF rock ‘n’ rollers The Mother Hips, first assembled The Gramblers in 2008 to serve as Nicki’s road band in support of her two Tim-produced solo outings. The line-up soon gelled into its current state, comprising Nicki’s childhood friend, guitarist/songwriter Derek Ney, bassist Steve Adams, rhythm guitarist Dave Mulligan, and drummer Mike Curry. The Gramblers no longer being just a vehicle for Nicki’s songs, but a full-blown band experience. Nicki’s “favorite living songwriter,” Tim-penned songs like High Neck Lace allow his beloved to articulate herself on a vast array of subjects, spanning aging, personal politics, intense psychological observation, the search for meaning, and the very mysteries of life itself.

“Our music definitely hearkens another era,” says Nicki Bluhm, “but at the same time, we want it to be contemporary. Reflective of now even though it nods to other times. We want it to be vintage modern.”

Keep an eye out for Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers to tour the UK in January 2016. 

Press reaction to date

  • “a modest, melodic gem [that] neatly combines the rustic vibe of The Band with the more polished approach of Buckingham/Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac.” – American Songwriter
  • a slow-burner, with keening steel guitar and eddies of strings surrounding Bluhm’s warm, inviting vocals,”The Wall Street Journal
  • Bluhm is sexy and soulful, showing a bit of Janis [Joplin], Etta [James} and Amy [Winehouse] in her vocals.”Boston Herald

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‘Oh, These Endless Fears’ - the new record from Timothy J Simpson

Album release: ‘Oh, These Endless Fears’ by Timothy J Simpson
Release date: 17 February 2013
Label: Concentration City
Listen on: official website

Through blindness, compulsion and bile, we introduce the new album from Timothy J Simpson.

From Nottingham, England, Timothy J Simpson picked up a guitar at 12 years old and has since played punk, funk, and odd electronica, before rejecting the whole lot for music that he can make with just his hands, his voice and the words in his head (some would say voices). His songs are mostly skewed kitchen sink tales about modern morality, the individual's place in society and the crushing inhumanity of the workplace. Naturally his sound is tinged with cool accents of Blues and Americana but mostly prevails by its memorable arrangements and melodies, not to mention his particularly fierce skill on the guitar.

After ‘Our Glorious Hero Battles the Man’ in 2009 and ‘You'll Be Alright in Florida’ in 2011, this is Tim’s third album - and comes as the result of a rather torturous gestation period for his band The Monstrous Dead…

Firstly they started recording in London, finding themselves in Hackney, smack bang in the middle of the riots in 2012 - not the place to be when you’re carrying a microphone worth £1500 (for the record it was rented, not looted). The sessions provided the backbone for much of what followed and the band continued to record while wowing crowds at gigs, sharing stages with local luminaries such as Jake Bugg, Injured Birds and Baby Godzilla alongside touring acts such Jon Allen, Paul Kelly and Chuck Prophet.

Despite this success, the ongoing album sessions were plagued by bad fortune. Guitarist Marq perplexed and baffled the medical world when he began to suffer from periodic spells of unexplained blindness, while bass player Laura ended up laid-up after going under the knife to get her nose pipes re-drilled.

This bad luck was compounded when Lizzie broke her kick drum leg just days after recording the last track on the album, which the band took as a gesture of fate, despite the trauma it caused.

Anxiety has always been a theme throughout Tim’s work but these concerns, along with worries over his continued employment in austerity Britain, mean that the finished ‘Oh, These Endless Fears’, is a conflicted album which underpins flippant songs about marriage and lust with metaphorical yet omnipresent dark forces of unemployment, compulsion and fear, with the human voice either softly resigned or howling in futility, clawing towards the light.

The band are touring the release in February 2014 – dates to follow soon.

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The Band: Live at The Academy of Music 1971

CD and DVD collection: Live at The Academy of Music 1971 by The Band
Release date: 30 September 2013
Label: Capitol / Universal 

During the final week of 1971, The Band played four legendary concerts at New York City’s Academy Of Music, ushering in the New Year with electrifying performances, including new horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and a surprise guest appearance by Bob Dylan for a New Year’s Eve encore. Select highlights from the concerts were compiled for The Band’s classic 1972 double LP, Rock Of Ages, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and remains a core album in the trailblazing group’s storied Capitol Records catalog. For the first time, all four of the concerts’ multi-track recordings have been revisited for Live At The Academy Of Music 1971, a new 4CD+DVD collection to be released September 17 by Capitol/UMe. The expansive new collection features new stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes, including 19 previously unreleased performances and newly discovered footage of two songs filmed by Howard Alk and Murray Lerner. Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 takes a deep dive into The Band’s historic shows for a definitive document of the pioneering group’s stage prowess at the apex of their career. On the same date, the collection’s first two discs will also be released as a 2CD set.

Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 is presented in a deluxe, 48-page hardbound book with previously unseen photos, a reproduction of Rolling Stone’s original Rock Of Ages review by magazine co-founder Ralph J. Gleason, an essay by The Band’s Robbie Robertson, and appreciations of The Band and the set’s recordings by Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The collection’s first two discs feature performances of every song played over the course of the four concerts, and the New Year’s Eve soundboard mix on discs 3 and 4 puts the listener in the room for that entire legendary night: Uncut, unedited, taken straight from the master recordings and presented in full for the first time. The set’s DVD presents the tracks from discs 1 and 2 in 5.1 Surround, plus Alk and Lerner’s filmed performances of King Harvest (Has Surely Come) and The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show.

Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 is produced by Robbie Robertson, with co-producers Michael Murphy and Matt D’Amico. The stereo mixes for the first two discs and the DVD’s 5.1 Surround mix were done by Bob Clearmountain, with the stereo mixes for discs 3 and 4 helmed by Sebastian Robertson and Jon Castelli, assisted by Ryan Nasci. The collection was mastered by Patricia Sullivan at Bernie Grundman Mastering. The concerts were originally recorded by Phil Ramone with Mark Harman.

By the late 1960s, The Band had become one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world. Robertson, reflecting on the time and the decision to record the Academy Of Music concerts, recalls, “We were in a huddle of playing music, enjoying what we were doing, and I had a feeling, ‘We should capture this.’ To end 1971 with these shows felt, for all of us, like the right thing to do. This is a fulfillment of that extraordinary musical experience that I feel great about sharing.”

Of the set’s complete New Year’s Eve recording, Robertson says, “This is like being there.  It was the final night; there was a thrill in the air.  We were excited about New Year’s Eve, and then Dylan joined us for the encore. When he came out, we thought we could wing it, and wing it we did. We thought, ‘We’re not gonna fall off this wire.’  That whole night had a bit of magic to it.”

The Band’s members shared an extensive collaborative history. Between 1960 and 1962, the then-teenaged multi-instrumentalists Levon Helm (drums, vocals, mandolin), Robbie Robertson (guitar, piano, vocals), Rick Danko (bass, vocals, fiddle), Richard Manuel (keyboards, vocals, drums) and Garth Hudson (keyboards, horns) first performed and recorded together as members of the backing band for Ronnie Hawkins called the Hawks. In late 1963, the Hawks struck out on their own and became Levon & the Hawks, playing and recording under this name in 1964 and 1965.

In 1965, Robertson met with Bob Dylan in New York, just as Dylan was seeking an electric guitarist for his touring band. The Band was born, with all of the former Hawks backing Dylan on the road from October 1965 through 1966 as he incensed audiences in the U.S., Australia and Europe, performing electric sets. Disheartened by the vocally disdainful ‘folkie purist’ audience response to their first plugged-in performances with Dylan, Helm left The Band in November 1965.

After the 1966 tour concluded, The Band woodshedded for the next year in upstate New York, often in the company of Dylan, forging a highly original sound that in one way or another encompassed the panoply of American roots music: country, blues, R&B, gospel, soul, rockabilly, the honking tenor sax tradition, Anglican hymns, funeral dirges, brass band music, folk music, modern rock, fused and synthesized in ways that no one had ever before thought possible.  

Helm re-joined The Band in 1967, as the group prepared to record their first full-length album.  Released in 1968, Music From Big Pink received glowing reviews; a journalist for Life magazine wrote that The Band “dipped into the well of tradition and came up with a bucketful of clear, cool, country soul that washed the ears with a sound never heard before.”  While the album only reached No. 30 on Billboard’s chart when it was released, it has become recognized over time as one of the most important albums in the history of rock. 

Between 1968 and 1978, The Band released nine albums. In 1989, The Band was inducted into the Canadian Juno Hall of Fame; five years later they were accorded the same honor by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2008, The Band was honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sadly, three members of The Band, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Levon Helm, have passed away, but The Band’s legacy lives on, in their recordings and in their tangible influence on popular music since they first hit the scene, wowing not only Bob Dylan, but many other major players of the day, including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Miles Davis. Making Americana music before the term even existed, Rick, Levon, Garth, Richard and Robbie collectively constituted the only ensemble to ever rightfully earn the sobriquet The Band.

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Lucy Ward: Brit folk's "most vibrant and forthright new young talent" (Mojo)

Album release: Single Flame by Lucy Ward (**** Robin Denselow, The Guardian)
Label: Navigator
Release date: 19 August 2013 
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Some things change, some remain the same. For her much-anticipated second album (the follow up to the 2011 debut Adelphi Has To Fly), the 23-year old singer, guitarist, ukulele and concertina player Lucy Ward delivers a finely-tuned synthesis of original and traditionally arranged material. Production is again by Stu Hanna (of acclaimed folk duo Megson, both of whom also sing and play here). There, however, the similarities end as the new album - Single Flame - finds Lucy organically broadening her musical palette whilst remaining firmly rooted in a folk tradition that gives shape and form to her sound. Balancing the contemporary and the traditional is never an easy act to achieve but Lucy does it with a natural gift and flair. Her songwriting creates the kind of original songs that you think you’ve heard somewhere before – on an old folk recording or the radio; a testament to the quality of her lyrics, melodies and ‘hooks’.

As a child and in her early teens, Ward grew up in a household where she heard recordings by the likes of Melanie and Bob Dylan and absorbed their lyrics and impact. The album opener I Cannot Say, I Will Not Speak has the lines “they sang the songs of Safka / Candles in the rain”. “The idea behind this song” she says “was how a generation of people sung songs of peace and protest in the 1960’s and yet peace has still to come. The lyrics”, she continues, “were born out of imagining there was just a candle left in the rain, a single flame, a ray of hope that we must protect because it only takes one flame to start a fire”.

Her song For The Dead Men made a first appearance as a single in January 2012 and was subsequently used in the soundtrack to the award winning director Kim Hopkins’ documentary film Folie a Deux ("Madness Made of Two"), which premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam in November 2012. It’s a moving song and performance. “I wrote this song for the dead men” she says. “The dead men are all the people who marched before us, campaigning for justice. The dead men are also those who are apathetic to what is happening around them and their power to affect it. Lastly, the dead men are all those who are left to fall off the thin end of the wedge.” It’s a song about time passing; how we react to it, how we shape our history or allow it to shape us. What we do to stand up for the rights of ordinary people. “Stand up and take to the streets / they can’t ignore us if we all choose to speak”.

Shellback she says “is the first song I ever wrote. Its inspired by a generation of men, my grandfather included, who were conscripted, lost sight of what was at home and in some cases found vices to fill the void of what they had left behind.”

Ward’s songs are compassionate and insightful. They’re also capable of seeing beyond a single event, no matter how emotional and traumatic, to the wider context. One of the most striking original works here does that: it’s called The Consequence and its about violence within the domestic environment and how it destroys and changes the nature of family and home forever.  “Shame, Shame, Shame / upon this house” - the words  echo  in  this  spare  and  simple but  beautifully  sung  piece.  “I wrote this song after Shafilea  Ahmed’s parents were imprisoned for life for murdering their daughter.  In the sleeve notes I haven’t said this as I feel that it could be read in different ways; honour killing, murder of a partner”. These kinds of acts are not confined to any one community.

Moving to the upbeat, Marching Through The Green Grass is a Ward and Hanna arrangement of a song also known as the Soldier Boy or Sailor Boy. Collected in the Appalachians by the folklorists Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles, the song comes from a time long before the birth of the modern army and the advent of combat soldiers of both sexes.“ The recording includes a tune that Stu and I wrote together”. The performance is a feisty, strident comment on soldiering.

Lord I Don’t Want To Die In The Storm is a traditional song, collected in America by Cortez Reece. After struggling to source a tune for this song, Lucy and Stu decided to write their own. The results are a haunting, doleful piece of minimalist Americana.

Lucy’s song melodies are as memorable and engaging as her lyrics. Songs like For The Dead Men, Honey(about pure and natural beauty), The Last Pirouette (a song on the end of the world, based on a poem written by Lucy’s father in 1983), Rites Of Man (a lament for Mother Nature) and Ink (a lyric based on the life of Stuart Shorter and the book written by Alexander Masters Stuart: A Life Backwards), all have melodies that stay with the listener from first play. None more so, though, than Icarus, a languid, dreamy work containing some of Lucy’s most expressive singing, her vocals floating over the ethereal instrumental soundscape. Lucy says, in her matter of fact way “Icarus’s lover is left to drown as he chooses his aspirations over her”.

Lastly, there is Velvet Sky, an anthem, almost symphonic in nature for a piece of music just 4.13 long, with a labyrinthine lyric full of word delights.

Collectively, the songs here showcase Lucy Ward‘s consummate performance and creative songwriting abilities, her genuine and sparkling personality and stunning voice. The new album Single Flame is a shining statement of how far her talent has grown and developed in such a short time. 

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Faustus: new album and tour from the award-winning supergroup

Faustus

Album release: Broken Down Gentlemen by Faustus
Release date: 11 March
Label: Navigator Records
Album tour: 11-27 April 2013 – including The Green Note, London 
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‘Frill-free folk music, superbly and tastefully performed . . . a folk essential’ **** Sunday Times
‘A considered album of exceptional class’ ***** Daily Telegraph

Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the Faustus triumvirate are three of the leading lights of English folk music of their generation: Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweasel), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast).

Specialising in powerful delivery, faultless harmonies, inspired arrangements and a sprinkling of some of the earthiest songs in the folk cannon, they are men on a mission to banish all that is anodyne and fey in the delivery of folk music. Their plethora of experience is brought together in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone.

Faustus came together in 2006 as an evolution of the award-winning band Dr. Faustus.  They made an eponymous debut album in 2008, produced by Stu Hanna (also of Megson) and released by Navigator Records, which saw them nominated as the Best Group in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.  Subsequent touring saw them headlining at festivals, as well as playing sell-out concerts at arts centres and clubs.  Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

The band members:

Benji: Scion of a noted folk dynasty, and very firmly rooted in the tradition, Benji Kirkpatrick is a key member of folk big band and BBC Award winners Bellowhead.  Member of the Seth Lakeman Band who shot to fame when 'Kitty Jay', featuring Benji, nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005, Benji has also performed with numerous other noted artists including Oysterband, John Jones and Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), and has found time to release three acclaimed solo albums.

Saul: Saul Rose was a long time member of Waterson:Carthy, winning two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with the album 'Broken Ground' and forming a duo with Eliza Carthy.  The double album Red Rice, of which Saul was an integral part of the 'Rice' half, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 1998.  More recently Saul has joined Whapweasel, played in Ruth Notman's and Jim Moray’s bands, and re-launched his own duo with hammered dulcimer player, Maclaine Colston. In demand not only as a touring band member, but also an incredibly popular session musician, he has played on numerous albums, including Jackie Oates's album Hyperboreans, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy's album The Gift and the soundtrack for the film Morris - A Life With Bells On. He was nominated for the Musician of The Year award in the 2010 BBC Folk Awards and in 2011 took the part of Songman in the West End play War Horse.

Paul: Paul Sartin is also a member of Bellowhead, as well as BBC Folk Award-nominated duo Belshazzar’s Feast and is a BASC nominated composer. He is Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, consultant for the charity Live Music Now and is a composer of note with recent works including The Hartlepool Monkey for Streetwise Opera, Anthony and Cleopatra for the Central School of Speech and Drama, and ‘Changing Landscapes’ for Broadstairs Folk Week.

In Autumn 2012 Faustus returned to touring after a two year break to enthusiastic reviews while simultaneously putting the finishing touches to a brand new album, working once again with producer Stu Hanna. 

March 2013 will see the release of the album Broken Down Gentlemen on Navigator Records followed by an album tour in April.  For full tour dates see the Faustus website.

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New album from Gilmore and Roberts: The Innocent Left

Album release: Gilmore and Roberts, The Innocent Left
Release date: 29 October 2012
Label: Navigator
Listen: http://www.gilmoreroberts.co.uk/ 

'Their sound is something many artists would die for' - Spiral Earth

'A young duo who've been making waves on the folk scene...it's well deserved' - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore and Roberts combine award-winning song writing with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. Their third album The Innocent Left, recorded in London with producer Julian Simmons (Guillemots, Ed Sheeran, Albert Lee), explores many and varied topics but remains consistently bound by Gilmore & Roberts' passion for stories. From the steady groove of the intriguing Doctor James to the relentless pounding of Scarecrow, and Silver Screen's wistful introspection, the album encompasses elements of folk, bluegrass and rock while maintaining the Yorkshire-based pair's own distinctive stylings. 

Katriona Gilmore (from Knebworth, Hertfordshire) and Jamie Roberts (Barnsley and proud) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and began working together in 2006, releasing their first full-length album Shadows & Half Light two years later. In 2010 the duo were nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award and released their hotly anticipated second album, Up From The Deep, receiving national airplay. They also scored a 'Best Original Song' Hancock Award for Fleetwood Fair.

Since then, the duo have toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and completed several headline tours in their own right, astonishing audiences up and down the country, as well as performing at some of Britain's largest acoustic festivals. Both are familiar faces to festival-goers nationwide from their previous projects - Gilmore with indie folk sensations Tiny Tin Lady, singer Rosie Doonan and more recently The Albion Band, and Roberts with young English traditionalists Kerfuffle.

UK Tour dates

For a full list of forthcoming UK tour dates, please go to http://www.gilmoreroberts.co.uk/gigs

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New live album from Mary Gauthier: 'Live at Blue Rock'

Album release: Live at Blue Rock by Mary Gauthier
Release date: 1 October 2012 
Label: Proper Records 
Listen: http://www.marygauthier.com/

“With a voice like a grazed hawk, she sings bluesy Southern Gothic tales…Whatever you are doing I guarantee you’ll stop and listen to every word.” - Mojo

“Not since Lennon howled “Mother” have there been songs as naked and fraught as “Mama Here, Mama Gone” and “March 11, 9162″. - Uncut 

After twelve years of relentlessly touring the world with her acoustic guitar and harmonica, singing on stages large, small and in between, Mary Gauthier is proud to announce the release of her first live recording.

Recorded with a small band at the very highest level at the incredible Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio just outside of Austin, Texas, Mary Gauthie's Live at Blue Rock is an emotional evening of songs from an artist who has put in her ten thousand hours and mastered her craft. This recording is the culmination of a lifetime of Mary’s passion for story songs and tales that speak to the heart of the human condition. Many of the characters she sings about are hard hit, wounded and wandering outcasts - people whose lives have been scarred with blows so unexpected and traumatic that they were knocked into another place, a place unfamiliar - a place where transformation can happen.

The band follows Mary to the brink of the emotional ledges she navigates with ease, and together they carry the bittersweet truths of these characters’ lives to the hearts and souls of the listeners. We cannot help but see there’s a bit of each of us on display here, captured and revealed by a fearless artist in top form.

There’s Steam Train Maury, The Last of the Hobo Kings, and Karla Faye Tucker, executed after 15 years on death row. There’s the lost soul stumbling through a haunted life calling an x-lover’s name outside a mission at sunrise in Cigarette Machine, and an old man in The Rocket who sits at the station watching the trains, remembering the one that took his boy away to war and did not bring him back. There is the bewildered and confused adoptee in Blood Is Blood, who looks into the faces of strangers, wondering if they might be blood, and the alcoholic in I Drink, who has all but surrendered his soul to the bottle. But if you listen closely you will hear that none of these characters has given up, and in Mary’s voice you hear the road-weary determination of someone who refuses to surrender to despair no matter the sorrows endured. The tenacity of these characters, their willingness to get up from the dirt they were knocked down into, the emotional honesty of these songs, the love of humanity on display here - make this a record for the ages.

Mixed and mastered by Patrick Granada with Ray Kennedy, in Nashville TN. Recorded by Philip McWhorter at Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberley, TX.

Mary Gauthier UK tour dates

To support the release of Live at Blue Rock Mary will be playing three select concerts in the UK during October 2012:

  • Oct 11, Bush Hall, London
  • Oct 13, The Malbank Studio Theatre, Nantwich, Cheshire.
  • Oct 14, The Live Theatre, Newcastle.

For more information and the latest tour news please visit www.marygauthier.com.

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New album from Aimee Mann out 17 September 2012


Album release: Charmer by Aimee Mann
Release date: 17 September 2012
Label: Proper
Listen: http://www.aimeemann.com/

"One of the finest songwriters of her generation." — The New York Times
"One of the top 10 living songwriters along with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen." — NPR

The long-awaited new album from Aimee Mann, Charmer, will be released in the UK on September 17 by Proper Records. Influenced by what Mann calls the “superpop” of the 70s and 80s, the album is her first release since 2008’s celebrated @#%&*! Smilers, which the BBC website called “undeniably beautiful.”

Of Charmer, her eighth studio album, Mann comments, “I’m fascinated by charming people and the whole idea of charm. It's hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I'm most interested in. Is someone’s charm being utilized just to try and entertain people, make them feel special and interesting, or is there a more sinister purpose behind it? Sometimes I think ‘charm’ can just be another word for ‘manipulation.’” 

The album also includes a duet with James Mercer of The Shins on Living a Lie. Mann will support the new album with tour dates this autumn. 

Charmer was produced by longtime friend and band member Paul Bryan and recorded with Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt) at Stampede Origin in Los Angeles. Bryan joins Mann on the album, among many other friends and collaborators including J.J. Johnson, Jebin Bruni and Jamie Edwards. Mann wrote all of songs on the album, though two, Living a Lie and Soon Enough are collaborations with Paul Bryan and Tim Heidecker, respectively.

Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo. In addition to her solo work, she has appeared on many film soundtracks and composed the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-lauded Magnolia. Since @#%&*! Smilers, Mann has performed for President Obama and the First Lady at the White House, appeared as herself on the hit indie TV series Portlandia and fast become an internet darling. Named one of The Huffington Post’s “13 Funny Musicians You Should Be Following On Twitter,” Mann has gained a diehard social media following for her quick wit and stinging observation, much of which is reflected on the new album. 

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New album from Ben Glover, "one of Ireland's finest tunesmiths"


Album release
: Ben Glover, Do We Burn The Boats
Release date: August 13 2012
Label: BG Tunes
Listenwww.benglover.co.uk

"Ben Glover's records are a shining work of kindness and heart, and I am proud to have co-written a song with him" - Mary Gauthier, Singer/Songwriter

"He gives the listener reassurance and soul at a time when you thought those qualities were all used up." - BBC 

"One of Ireland's finest tunesmiths" - Hotpress

"It seems that Ben Glover is on the edge of greatness." - The Irish News

"Glover is our very own Bruce Springsteen with an Irish accent and shouldn't be missing in any record collection." State Magazine

Ben Glover is back with a fourth album, as emotionally graceful and expertly Americana as his previous three. And with even more songwriting maturity, his Springsteen-esque qualities and healthy Dylan twinge even more present, the critics’ early premonitions of greatness are even more justified.

Recorded in the heart of Nashville, Do We Burn The Boats was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Glen Phillips, Garrison Starr) and features a track (Rampart Street) co-written by seasoned folk songstress Mary Gauthier. 

"I intended to record just five songs for an EP, but after three days in the studio we all felt that there was a momentum happening that we couldn't ignore. So we decided to go full steam ahead and cut ten songs and make an album," says Glover. "It all happened very quickly and organically, but I’ve learned that sometimes the creative process takes on a life of its own and when it does it’s best to follow it’s direction."

Glover has garnered rave album and concert reviews from across the globe and has toured extensively both as an opening act and a headliner. In the past year his touring schedule included dates in Belfast, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, New York, Brussels as well as dates at the famed Hotel Café in Los Angeles and sold out shows in the Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café.

He hails from Glenarm, Co Antrim, a small coastal village 30 miles from Belfast, and splits his time between there and Nashville, Tennessee. He traded a law degree in for a music career and by all accounts it was a move that has paid off. 

‘I was always drawn to and continue to be attracted to artists of a poetic nature, or great storytellers — obvious names like Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, and Paul Simon. And I've always had a great affection for country music; the Americana imagery always fascinated me. So people like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson are important sources to me, as well. I suppose I am drawn to artists who had a very strong identity — maybe not the best singers in the worl, but ones who said important and meaningful things in their songs. Essentially, music has to come out of life, and if there's no life there is no music.’

Glover has toured and/or performed with Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Mary Gauthier, Jason Mraz and Tift Merritt. His songs have been used in feature films such as Finding Joy and in hit webisode series Adults Only; he also penned the theme song for BBC N.Ireland sports programme The Championship.

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