Portland based singer-songwriter Ashleigh Flynn latest CD, A Million Stars is her fourth studio recording on her own label Home Perm Records, the album was produced by Chris Funk (The Decemberists) and includes a cameo appearance from friend and admirer Todd Snider.
The albums release has being in part fan-funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, originally from Kentucky, marries the styles from her home-state and current east coast home into a classy collection of country-folk tinged originals that are well worth checking out including the title track of the album about “Cattle Annie and Little Britches who dressed as men, lived on the lam, and ran whiskey as outlaws in the late 1800’s and Prohibition Rose a jazz numbers about an “elusive racketeer with nerves of steel who ran opium dens and speakeasies in Portland during the Prohibition”
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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
Quietly affecting indie-folk from from West Virginian turned Seattleite singer-songwriter Pepper Proud, the thirteen self-penned tracks are beautifully embellished with violin, viola, cello and a smattering of trumpet that work alongside the more traditional instrumentation that one would expect to adorn music from Pepper’s home state.
Ruth Moody’s previous solo album The Garden was a delight and she’s back with another winner with These Wilder Things, the albums is officially released in the UK on June 10th on True North Records, the multi-instrumentalist Australian born founder member of The Wailin’ Jenny’s who’s now based in Canada has gathered together a whole bunch of class acts to play and sing the album, alongside her touring band, Adam Dobres (guitar), Adrian Dolan (fiddle, mandolin, accordion) and Sam Howard (upright bass) there are contributions from fellow Jennys Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse, Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan, Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker, her brother Richard (viola) and special guest appearances by Jerry Douglas and Mark Knopfler who Ruth is supporting on his six night stint at the Royal Albert Hall at the end of this month.
Here’s opening track Trouble & Woe from the album, this is one . . . → Read More: Ruth Moody – These Wilder Things – UK / Ireland Tour Dates