The significance of Northern Rock in the UK is likely not to have got much news coverage in the US, after all they had their own financial problems to deal with, so this is not a album attacking the UK financial fuck-ups (though there is the odd profanity in the songs).
If you’re not familiar with the music of Eastbound Jesus via their excellent debut release Holy Smokes then theirs is a blend of alt-country, americana, bluegrass and country with a New York roots rock twist.
Northern Rock follows in the footsteps of Holy Smokes combining stompers, hollers, laid back laments and irresistible foot tappers, the six-piece Greenwich based band are Adam Brockway (guitar), Carl Anderson (drums) Anderson (banjo) Dylan Robinson (guitar), Dave Wright (bass) and Zack Infante (lap steel, guitar, mandolin) all six members contribute to the vocals, recommend you kick back, crack . . . → Read More: Eastbound Jesus – Northern Rock
One of top submissions for this years CXCW festival came from Uncle Leon & The Alibis who’s raucous Beer Train (not seen it, shame on you, click here, who’s that girl?), how to follow that, well on their current album Wild Way the band go old-school recording with vintage analogue kit direct to 2″ tape and the release features a number of ‘classic’ sounds on it’s roller-coaster ten-track ride.
There’s a distinct 90′s alt-country feel to the album opener Hold On, then there’s Cheatin’ Kind which harks back into classic country territory and Cold Dark Night could be it’s b-side plus you get some wholesome Johnny Cash boom-chicka-boom on Ain’t That Easy to enjoy, but let’s not forget this is the band that gave us Beer Train and Roller Derby Saved My Soul and they don’t take themselves too seriously which in turn gives the band licence to show . . . → Read More: Uncle Leon & the Alibis – Wild Ways
It is of course only my humble opinion but if Americana had to crown a genre King and Queen then surely it would be Brett & Rennie Sparks, my first encounter with their regal music was on the 1998 Uncut compilation CD Sounds of the New West – The Best of Alternative Country - they left an indelible musical imprint with their track Weightless Again along with a number of other contributors to that CD including Hazeldine, Calexico and the late great Vic Chesnutt,
The Handsome Family have built a formidable back catalogue over the last twenty years and on this their fourteenth release Wilderness they continue to create music that challenges, provokes thought and rewards in equal measure and carries the listener on an journey into their otherworldliness – their music has an almost hypnotic quality that deftly takes a hold and draws the listener into the meticulously . . . → Read More: The Handsome Family – Wilderness
Caitlin Rose “Pink Champagne” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.