Backing up the release of their new album, Small Town Heroes (Uncut review) set for release at the end of April, Hurray For The Riff Raff are back in the UK for a handful of live dates in May.
Mon 19th May – St Pancras Old Church (Sold Out)
Wed 21st May – Night & Day, Manchester
Thu 22nd May – Hoxton Bar & Grill, London
Fri 23rd May – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
If you can’t get to a show then enjoy this KEXP performance.
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Americana roots band Tumbling Bones from Portland, Maine are over in the England during May touring for the first time over here with a series of shows kicking of in the nations finest county, though new to this isle the band are no strangers to touring on this side of the Atlantic having already completed two tours of across Ireland where on their last visit they squeezed thirty-eight performances into thirty-one days.
The band are touring behind their debut full length release Loving a Fool, the thirteen track combines band originals and interpretations of traditional works and contemporary interpretations of tracks previously recorded by bluegrass legends The Louvin Brothers, Raply Stanley and Bill Monroe.
The band are Pete Winne (vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica, foot percussion) Jake Hoffman (vocals, banjo, upright bass), Kyle Morgan (vocals, guitar, upright bass, keys) and new member Aaron Jonah Lewis (fiddle).
Tumbling Bones ∙ May 2014 UK Tour
Thu 8 Ironbridge, Shropshire Eighty Six’d Café
Fri 9 Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire SpArC Theatre
Sat 10 Nacton, nr. Ipswich Orwell Bluegrass Festival
Sun 11 Norwich The Blueberry
Tue 13 Battle, W. Sussex, The Senlac Inn
Wed 14 Wingham, nr. Canterbury The Anchor
Thu 15 Bristol The Old Duke
Fri 16 London Green Note
Sat 17 Rickmansworth Festival NB. Afternoon
Sat 17 Worth Matravers, The Square & Compass NB. Evening
Sun 18 Worth Matravers, The Square & Compass NB. Afternoon show
Mon 19 Sarratt, nr. Rickmansworth The Cock Inn
Tue 20 Lewes The Snowdrop Inn
Trent Miller’s new album Burnt Offerings is his third full length release and follows up the excellent Welcome to the Inferno which we wrote a few words about on Beat Surrender back in 2011, the Italian born singer-songwriter has come-up with another winner, the new album is a little more rounded, polished and electric than his predecessors but just as impressive.
Trent recorded Burnt Offerings at Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios London with his band – Graham Knight (Jason McNiff) on bass, piano and backing vocals), Steve Brookes (Danny And The Champions of The World) on drums and Barbara Bartz (Dan Raza and Simon J Alpin) on violin, additional support on the recording coming from Ben Walker on electric guitar and Paul Cuddeford (Bob Geldof, Ian Hunter) on electric guitar and lap steel, the core band have now added Paul Lush (Danny And The Champions of The World, Lost Sons of Littlefield) on electric guitar to their live line-up.
The title track that opens the album sets the standard for the recording with Trent’s laid back vocal floating across the atmospheric guitar lines and hypnotic back beat to great affect, it’s the slightly more up-beat track two Lupita Dream On which steals my heart and plaudits as the best track on the album, aurally seducing me with it’s wonderful guitar work, after resisting hitting the repeat button for the upteenth time and moving on to the rest of the album I was not left disappointed as the subsequent tracks again had me wondering how on earth musicians and songwriters of this calibre do not gain the wider recognition they deserve.
The b-side to Trent’s recent single release Lupita’s Dream On is a song from the Welcome to Inferno Valley album and written as a tribute to the late-great founding member of The Byrds, Gene Clark – whose influence permeates and guides Burnt Offerings .
Burnt Offerings is released today and you can pick up a copy direct from the man himself – highly recommended.