Sound & Vision – Juanita Stein

From ‘America’, the debut solo album by Juanita Stein, out on 28th July on Nude Records.

 

Following recent tours with Michael Kiwanuka and Richard Hawley, Juanita Stein will follow her recent North American tour with UK dates over the summer that include shows with Tom Petty in Hyde Park and at Cambridge Folk Festival. She then plays a brace of headline shows, in her adopted hometown of Brighton and in London, the week the album is released, with a full UK tour planned for later in the year.

UK Tour Dates – July 2017

Fri 7th July – Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Observatory
Sun 9th July – British Summer Time with Tom Petty, Hyde Park
Sun 23rd July – Deer Shed Festival, Yorkshire
Sat 29th July – Cambridge Folk Festival – Cheery Hinton Hall
Tue 1st August – The Prince Albert, Brighton
Wed 2nd August – Thousand Island, London

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Justin Townes Earle – “Maybe A Moment” [Official Video] + UK Dates & Album News



Justin Townes Earle is set to release His New West Records debut Kids in The Street on 26th May. The 12-song set was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) at his ARC Studios, and is the first time in his career that Earle has worked with an outside producer.

Monday 26 June – The Tunnels – Bristol
Saturday 01 July – Maverick Festival – Suffolk
Tuesday 04 July – Omeara – London

‘Kids In The Street’ marks a decade into Earle’s recording career and follows his acclaimed companion albums Single Mothers and Absent Fathers (2015). The deeply soulful set is both emotionally riveting and effortlessly uplifting. Now embracing sobriety, marriage, and impending fatherhood, Earle is enthusiastically looking to the future. “Life has changed a lot for me in the last few years,” Earle reflects. “I got married and am getting ready to become a father, and this is the first record that I’ve written since I’ve been married. There’s definitely an uplifting aspect to this record in a lot of ways, because I’m feeling pretty positive.” He continues, “When I wrote songs in the past, I was looking in on what I was feeling, but this record’s more about looking outward on what’s happening, and writing about subjects like gentrification and inner city strife. This record also has more of a soul influence to it, and it’s got a deeper connection to the blues than anything I’ve done before.”

‘Kids In the Street’ will be available digitally, as well as compact disc and vinyl. The album is now available for pre-order via PledgeMusic including an exclusive, limited edition colored vinyl version of the LP, special 7” single including ‘Maybe A Moment’ as well as Earle’s reading of Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’, and cassette.

Several of the songs on ‘Kids On The Street’ reference the lower-middle-class Nashville neighborhoods of Earle’s youth, which in recent years some say have lost their character to the creeping scourge of gentrification. Significantly, the album is the first of Earle’s not recorded in Nashville. “It’s the first time that I’ve worked outside of my usual umbrella of people to make a record,” Earle explains, adding “In Nashville, if you have the right connections, it’ll spoil the shit out of you, because you’ve got access to the best musicians in the world and the best studios in the world. If you had told me when I started making records, that I wasn’t gonna make every record in Nashville, I would have told you you were crazy. And if you’d told me that I’d end up making a record in Omaha, I’d tell you you were out of your freaking mind”.

Earle’s fierce fidelity to his creative muse has been a consistent thread throughout his young life. Born in Nashville in 1982, he grew up as the son of country-rock iconoclast Steve Earle, who gave him his middle name in honor of his mentor, the brilliant songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Justin quickly came into his own as a songwriter and performer, displaying a natural talent for deeply revealing lyrics that reflected his often-harsh life experiences, and a musical approach that effortlessly integrated elements of blues, folk, and country. His 2007 debut EP Yuma set the stage for a steady stream of acclaimed albums.

Leeroy Stagger – Love Versus



I’m a little late getting to this but Leeroy Stagger released a great new album last month, Love Versus came out via True North Records on April the 7th – more info.

Stagger has a knack for a sad melody and the songs on this record flow from glass 1/2 empty to glass 1/2 full; the themes are familiar but have an elusive resonance, they’re reflections of life’s up and downs, the good, the bad and the ugly, sometimes all we need is someone singing our life back to us * and Leeroy Stagger does that exceptionally well.



Leeroy Stagger / Facebook / Twitter



* Neko Case

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