Danny George Wilson is back with album number eleven, six with the wonderful Grand Drive, one solo release Famous Mad Mile and four with The Champions of the World – Chris Clarke, Paul Lush, Steve Brookes and Geoff Widdowson for Stay True the core line-up were joined in the studio by fellow ‘Champs’ and Beat Surrender favourites, Rosalie Deighton, Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou and Dreaming Spires brothers Robin & Joe Bennett as well as pedal steel maestro Melvin Duffy and members of Ahab and London-based bluegrass outfit Foghorn Leghorn.
Stay True will be released in all formats and is available on and CD / Vinyl from Loose’s online store where you can pre-order ahead of the September 16th release – and I strongly recommend you do as it’s a fantastic collection of tunes and the best release yet from Danny and his band of brothers whose recordings just get . . . → Read More: Danny & The Champions of the World – Stay True
Last October I made a Kickstarter recommendation and put my money where my mouth was to support Bonnie Whitmore’s latest music venture, I’ve had a copy of the recording for some weeks now and it’s very remiss of me not to give it a mention before, but prompted by an email from the wonderful This Is American Music it’s time I reminded the one or two who occasionally read my musings that the album is now available to buy after the success of the Kickstarter campaign.
Departing from the country flavoured music of her previous album Bonnie delights us this time with a ten track serving of roots pop that lets her show of her vocal talents to the full, recommended listening and another winner from Bonnie the TIAM team.
Bonnie Whitmore – Heartbreaker
Bonnie is touring in the US and Canada in June and . . . → Read More: Bonnie Whitmore – There I Go Again
Beyond is the latest release from Italy’s number one roots rockers Lowlands and the follow up to the excellent Gypsy Child which we featured on Beat Surrender a couple of years ago, although not a complete departure from their previous work the album is a definite shift in style and and it shifts easily up and down the genre gears from punk rock to acoustic ballads through the ten track offering.
The band were originally formed in Pavia near Milan in 2008 by British-born singer-songwriter Edward Abbiati, releasing their debut album The Last Call in the same year, Beyond is their third album and they have released an EP and contributed to a number of other releases, after a period of extensive touring in late 2012 into 2001 the band condensed to a core trio of Abbiati, Roberto Diana (guitars) and Francesco Bonfiglio (keyboards & and accordion) on their . . . → Read More: Lowlands – Beyond
The musical tradition of Cape Breton beautifully interpreted by two skilled custodians of note bringing their artistry to bear in a collection of fine tracks, the album includes both instrumentals and tracks sung in the Scots Gaelic dialect – Mary Jane Lamond being one the few remaining Scots Gaelic singers on the island learning and spreading the endangered language through the art of the song, her collaborator on this recording Wendy MacIsaac is recognised as one of Cape Breton’s finest exponents of the fiddle – the instrument centric to the island musical traditional.
Hoireann Ó Rathill Iù Ó
SEINN (pronounced “shane” and meaning ‘sing’) strives to balance the traditional and original compositions of the Gaelic song and the juxtaposition of vibrant fiddle tunes, the material for the project was learnt from the recordings of older Cape Breton singers and fiddle players, along with tracks from the artists existing repertoires . . . → Read More: Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac – SEINN
Five timeless songs re-worked with aplomb You Gotta Roll is the new release from roots musician Woody Pines dipping deep into the great American songbook the EP includes tracks penned by Dock Boggs – Red Rockin’ Chair, Leadbelly’s – Ham & Eggs, Hank Williams Can’t Keep You Off My Mind and Treat You Right – Washington Phillips/Casey Jones and is completed by opener Long Gone Lost John.
The Woody Pines band features Zack Pozebanchuck (Upright Bass), Lyon Graulty (Clarinet, Lead Guitar, Vocals), Mike Gray (Drums) and Woody himself on lead vocals, guitar. An infectious fifteen minutes set that’ll have you hitting the repeat button over and over.