No Substitute For Handsome is the debut long-player from Nashville based singer-songwriter Kent Goolsby and his band The Gold Standard, the ex-frontman of roots rockers the The Only Sons – who released three fine albums before splitting a couple of years back.
This album see a stylistic shift for Kent as he adopts a contemporary country-blues mantle for this fine collection of original songs with a sound that sits comfortably side-by-side with Americana artists including Justin Townes Earle and Joe Pug; the album was recorded and produced by Glossary frontman Joey Kneiser who also helped out with vocals, drums and percussion on the album , the studio line-up including Kent’s wife Anna on backing vocals, Steve Daly (Guitar & Mandolin), Dan Eubanks (Upright Bass), Roy Agee (Trombone) and Chris Housman (Fiddle).
The album will be a self-release and available from early next month, though you can pre-order direct from the man himself now.
Lovely EP from The Equatorial Group a band of five friends from the East Sussex who describe their sound as ‘Sounding like Crazy Horse colliding with Fleetwood Mac on a dusty road”, have a watch / listen to the session below, nice and atmospheric – produced, recorded and mixed by Harvey Summers http://www.broadoakstudios.co.uk.
The band are:
Helen Weeks: Vocals, Pedal Steel and Acoustic Guitars
Dave Davies: Guitars and Backing Vocals
Teresa ‘Twe’ Fox: Keyboards and Backing Vocals
Andy Tourle: Bass and Backing Vocals
James Hillman: Drums
Beat Surrender favourite Eilen Jewel returns with her sixth solo studio release Sundown Over Ghost Town, the album follows the 2011 release Queen of the Minor Key, a couple of live releases including one with Eilen’s musical collaboration with The Sacred Shakers, and the small matter of the birth of her first child and a relocation back to her hometown of Boise, Idaho.
Eilen Jewell – Worried Mind
Once again Eilen hits all of the right notes, Sundown Over Ghost Town features twelve original songs that trek effortlessly through the Americana genre with Eilen’s expressive vocal phrasing creating the perfect vista for the lyrics as the stories and imagery unfold, many of the songs are autobiographical drawing on personal experiences, perhaps influenced unconsciously or otherwise by the changing perspective of motherhood and the return home, collectively the album is the strongest set of songs Eilen has released to date and is out today May the 26th, highly recommended and an early contender for Americana album of the year.
Eilen Jewell – Some Things Weren’t Meant to Be
Jerry Miller (Guitar), Jason Beek (Jewell’s husband, Drums), Johnny Sciascia (Upright Bass), Eilen Jewell (Acoustic Guitar / Vocals)