Slaid Cleaves – Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away

Slaid’s new album dropped through my letterbox yesterday direct from Cleaves’ headquarters, got my first full listen this morning and it’s a cracker, £ 17 plus postage at Amazon UK so don’t bother, go straight to the source ( and it will only cost you around £ 13 including the postage. Released on co-op label Music Road Records, the CD is in a digipak three-part format with a great forward from Stephen King.

“I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. You’ll feel the same, I think, when you listen to this beautifully crafted album. Listen, go to one of Slaid’s shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: not all the good guys wear hats. –Stephen King, 2009” (edit)

Part produced by the great Gurf Morlix with songwriting credits shared on some tracks with Rod Pidcot, Adam Carroll and Eric Blakely, on first review it’s up there with “Wishbones”, some great writing, melodies and sympathetic production to bring it together, get yourself a copy now it really is a good ‘un, to quote Mr King again “not a single bad track or wrong footed step“.

The lead of track “Cry” is classic Slaid Cleaves, you can listen on the Reverbnation below or get the mp3 from Songs Illinois

Slaid is touring in support of the album throughout the year and is due in the UK in October, fingers crossed I’ll be able to get to one of his shows.


New York – New York

Keeping on the New York theme from the previous post I’ve trawled the Beat Surrender music vaults and come up with an eclectic Big Apple mix
Chris is touring in the UK in May, check out the dates here
Featuring pedal steel and harmony vocals from the Drive-by Truckers John Neff
Lovely track from the Canadian indie-folk chanteuse first album “Orchestra for the Moon”
Great track from Dream Syndicates Steve Wynn and Green on Red’s Dan Stuart, taken from their second Danny & Dusty album “Cast Iron Soul”
This track from his first album Magpie, apparantly he loved New York so much he recorded his follow up album there.
Rock-Indie-Country, so says the bands myspace, make your own mind up
Charlyn’s breathy vocal gives a “classic” Sinatra track a makeover

Eilen Jewell – Sea of Tears

Eilen Jewell has a new album due April, Signature Sounds has all the details here, there’s a great new track called Sea of Tears available on Eilen’s myspace, the new album will include a version of the classic Johnny Kidd and the Pirates track Shakin’ All Over, check it out from the link below. I really enjoyed Eilen’s first album Boundary County, particulary the Back to Dallas track and got the excellent follow up album ,Letters from Sinners & Saints from eMusic

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