Old Postcard the latest album from Amelia White and was recorded and released with the help of a successful fan funded venture through Kickstarter
Now based in East Nashville Amelia’s musical journey has not being an easy one, at the age of eighteen she left home in pursuit of her dreams and to escape the pressure and expectations of her parents with whom she had a fractious relationship, “I was the youngest child,” she says. “And the much awaited first girl, but being artistic, gay and strong-willed was not what they had planned on. I found myself retreating into songs, stories and drawings, and realised I had to get out of there.”
Amelia made her way to Boston carrying with her a 1968 Martin D-18 she still uses to this day, an instrument she had saved up her allowance to buy and has owned from the age of ten, a guitar her elder brother had brought home with him during his service in the Navy, Amelia settled quickly into her new home, playing clubs and busking the subways in a thriving folk scene from which Mary Gauthier and Lori McKenna emerged, she formed an ‘arty’ rock band that picked up a Boston Music award and continued ti write, play and tour before finding the funds to record her debut album.
Arriving in Nashville twelve years past Amelia continued to record and play finding inspiration amongst “friends, outcasts,lovers and many musical partners” leading to her playing outside of the US on the Euro circuit and sharing the stage with some of her heroes including Rosie Flores, Asleep At The Wheel, Slaid Cleaves and Tim O’Brien.
Of late Amelia’s relationship with her parents has mellowed, with age and time for reflection bridges have being built, Amelia’s experiences good and bad reflecting in her writing, providing the inspiration and impetuous for her latest album Old Postcard a fine collection of well executed folk rock songs from an artist with a story to tell.
Mon 10 Feb – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh
Tue 11 Feb – Broadcast – Glasgow
Wed 12 Feb – The Castle – Manchester
Thu 13 Feb – St Pancras Old Church – London
Fri 14 Feb – The Birdcage – Bristol
Sat 15 Feb – Mike’s Frog Bar – Brighton
The Lucky Strikes are back with their fourth album The Exile & The Sea, cementing their place as one of the UK’s best bands, in contrast to the their previous two albums The Chronicles Of Solomon Quick and Gabriel Forgive My 22 Sins which were concept albums based on stories of the Southern US this time the band have drawn inspiration from the history of their origins in Southend and The Thames Delta to create a songbook based on the stories they have uncovered and re-imagined from fragments in the archives of the local media and tales told in working mens clubs and pubs of their hometown, tales of events from the recent past and those veiled in local folklore, with the change of focus on the material from US to the UK the band have adopted a sound built on the roots music of their homeland blending it with elements of Celtic folk though the albums doesn’t settle into one genre or another with the bands wider influences evident throughout the eleven track collection.
The album opens with a stormer of a song To Be King which kicks things off with a Celtic swagger driven by fiddle and accordion, track two is one of the albums highlights a story based the near destruction, by fire of a prominent local landmark Southend Pier in 2005 The Beast Burnt Down, the Celtic elements also pervade through several other tracks on the album but cede on the albums title track a dark foreboding folk track and on the lamentation to a tarnished childhood Ballet Shoes another highlight from the album.
The band are fronted by a Beat Surrender favourite MG Boulter (who’s recent solo album I praised on Beat Surrender in June) with Paul Ambrose (bass), William Bray (drums) and David Giles (piano & accordion), additional studio guest appearances come from Wild Jim Wilson (fiddle & banjo) and Rees Broomfield (percussion) who also mixed the album for the band at The Broom Cupboard studio in Raleigh, the album is released on their own Harbour Song label and available from 30th September on CD from the label website or to download at Bandcamp.