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Michael Rank & Stag clock up a hat trick of appearances on Beat Surrender in a little over the a year and a half with their third album Mermaids in a Ryan Adams like burst of creative output.
This time around the album is more restrained affair and the playing a little tighter, a shift from the amped up previous albums Kin and In The Weeds has not affected the quality though and the album features some excellent songs that were all written, produced and mixed by the bands frontman whose gritty vocals are nicely tempered on the tracks were he’s joined Emily Frantz (Mandolin Orange) on harmonies, No Depression featured an interview where Michael talks about his creative process you can read all about the bands ‘outlaw folk’ here.
MERMAIDS by MICHAEL RANK AND STAG
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Mod haircut. Americana. Folk. Country. Gospel. 60′s. Music store owner. Recording Artist. Larkin Poe. Brandy Zdan. Good Lovelies. BJ Cole. Famous brother.
Put them altogether and you get The Jamie Freeman Agreement and the album 100 Miles From Town a real sum of it’s parts recording, alongside frontman and lead-singer Jamie Freeman the Agreement are Abigail Downs, Jessica Spengler, Jonathan Hirsch and Joe Ellis.
The Larkin Poe siblings Rebecca and Megan Lovell make a guest appearance on opening track The Knight playing lap-steel and mandolin, Brandy Zdan’s contribution is revealed on track number 2 a co-write on which her sweet vocal harmonises with Jamie Freeman, the track Steel Away is one of the album’s highlights and features the wonderful pedal steel sound of arguably the UK’s finest protagonist of the instrument BJ Cole.
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Jus Post Bellum (Latin for – Justice After War) is an Brooklyn, NY. based indie-folk band whose music is influenced and inculcated by events of the American Civil war and wider American history, their new album Oh July is released today and features eleven original tracks penned and arranged by the band, Geoffrey Wilson (lead vocal, guitar, keys and horns), Hannah Jensen (vocals and percussion), Daniel Bieber (upright bass, cello and vocals) and Zach Dunham (drums, percussion and vocals).
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Now I like to consider myself pretty well informed when it comes to alt-country so shortly after pressing the play button and hearing the opening track from Better Days whilst reading the PR which tells me this is the third album from Oregon based band The Harmed Brothers I’m already kicking myself as to why I’m not familiar with the bands previous music as the lead-off track When You See Me hits dead centre my musical sweet spot as far as alt-country is concerned and before the album was half way through I’d already hit the repeat button on the remote.
The bands main protagonists Ray Vietti (guitar & vocals) and Alex Salcido (banjo, harmonica, piano & vocals) have created a wonderful set of songs steeped in and echoing elements of the very best of contemporary alt-country, gathering together elements of country, bluegrass, folk and roots rock into a . . . → Read More: The Harmed Brothers – Better Days