The new music comes just before the band’s first CA tour run in 30 years, playing club dates before their 2017 Stagecoach Festival appearance April 30. Shows include The Chapel/San Francisco (4/26), Constellation Room/Santa Ana (4/28) and The Roxy Theatre/West Hollywood (4/29).
Songwriter Tom Stevens offers the following about his new tune: “The message is complex. I wrote this song about a bear, a friendly one, approaching it like a children’s song. But what emerged under its surface was different. I likely had the state of politics on my mind. The bear in this song may not be the friendly, all-knowing guru that he appears. But in real life, it’s up to us to seek our best hopes and not our worst fears in our gurus. Lately I feel that too many have done the latter.”
Lead guitarist/vocalist Stephen McCarthy explains how the new music came about: “The band played a number of shows in 2016 and we felt it would be worthwhile to try and write/record some new material. Greg flew out to Virginia and we recorded a few new songs at Adrian Olsen’s Montrose Studio. Sid and Tom sent new tunes over and we recorded remotely for the first time.”
Tom continues the story: “Thirty years on and the band still sounds wonderful–mature, familiar yet new, and all very much The Long Ryders. It’s brand new musical scenery in our long ryde, and we’re all enjoying the view.”
Drummer Greg Sowders agrees: “Thirty years goes by in the spin of a wig hat. We wanted to give our fans something new for our spring tour. It’s so great to be back in the studio with my favorite rock ‘n’ roll band. We hope you like this new music as much as we do.”
Maiden Voyage Recording Company are thrilled to announce the release of Moondogs And Mad Dogs, the debut album from Donald Byron Wheatley on May 5th.
The album, recorded at Reservoir Studios in North London under the watchful gaze of producers Chris Clarke (Danny And The Champions Of The World) and John Wheatley(Suburban Dirts), introduces the songs of Donald Byron Wheatley, each and every one reflecting on his life as a showman and that of his family who been ingrained into a way of life for over a century. Essentially a paean to his father, ‘Big Don’ Wheatley, Moondogs And Mad Dogs is unapologetically imbued with the spirit of Van Morrison, Dylan, The Band, Lennon et al, all musicians that have played a major part in both Donald’s and his father life. Driven by an honest heart and a pure desire to make an album his father would have loved, Wheatley has produced something very special indeed – an innocent, loving musical tribute that stands alone as a remarkable debut.
The band features various members of Danny And The Champions Of The World – Chris Clarke, Steve Brookes, Andy Fairclough – alongside Siobhan Parr and pedal steel legend BJ Cole.
Something More Than Free was a very special record and it’s going to take some album to displace it from the best Isbell release so far, the news has broken officially of the follow up to Isbell’s Grammy Award winning album, the forthcoming album will be entitled Nashville Sound and it’s set for release on June the 16th, this time around his band 400 Unit are credited, Sadler Vaden (guitar), Jimbo Hart (bass), Derry DeBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (percussion) and of course Amanda Shires Isbell (fiddle / vocals).
The Nashville Sound will feature 10 new songs that address a range of real life subject matters that include politics and cultural privilege (‘White Man’s World’), longing nostalgia (‘The Last Of My Kind’, love and mortality (‘If We Were Vampires’), the toxic effect of today’s pressures (‘Anxiety’), the remnants of a break up (‘Chaos and Clothes’) and finding hope (‘Something To Love’). Songs such as ‘Cumberland Gap’ and ‘Hope The Highroad’ find Isbell and his bandmates going back to their rock roots full force.”
Oct 25 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
Oct 26 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
Oct 27 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
Oct 29 – Brighton, UK – Brighton Dome
Oct 30 – London, UK – Roundhouse
Oct 31 – Birmingham, UK – Symphony Hall
Nov 2 – Paris, France – Le Café de la Danse
Nov 3 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
Nov 6 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Nov 7 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Nov 8 – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater
Nov 10 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
Nov 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Münchenbryggeriet
Nov 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – DR Concert Hall