Perusers of Beat Surrenders will (I hope) have stumbled across the name Vanessa Peters a few times, now maybe you were tempted to buy a CD or a download, maybe you’d made a note to follow-up but never got around to it, well now’s you’re chance to get Vanessa’s entire back catalogue for $20, and what’s more by signing up to her fan club you get a whole host of bonus content. Those of you of a certain age may recall writing a note and posting it with a post-office money order for a few pounds to join your favourite bands fan-club, then waiting patiently for a fanzine to arrive, maybe it was a flex-disc or an exclusive signed photo – apologies for dragging you down my memory lane there – back to the future and the point of this post, this is how Vanessa’s fan club works:
You click here, which will take you over to Bandcamp where you can subscribe for an annual fee, in exchange you get Vanessa’s entire back catalog digitally, plus all sorts of exclusives, videos, perks, and new music ahead of the formal release – at all subscription levels you get access to unreleased demos, subscriber-only bonus songs, all future albums via Bandcamp as long as you are a subscriber and a postcard on your birthday – and you get that warm fuzzy feeling that you are directly supporting Vanessa in her creative endeavour all for $20 dollars – or more if you like.
In the last ten years, Vanessa has played over 1000 shows in 11 countries, receiving accolades from abroad and in her hometown of Dallas, where she was recently nominated as “Best Folk Artist” by The Dallas Observer. She continues to tour the US and in Europe, where she has a strong fan base thanks to the albums she made with her former Italian band, Ice Cream on Mondays, and the hundreds of shows she has played in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Denmark. In early 2015 she released her 10th album, the Americana-tinged “With The Sentimentals,” and is back in the studio working on another album of new material.
Charly Records press on with their exploration of the Townes Van Zandt catalogue with the Friday October 30th 2015 release of The Late Great Townes Van Zandt – a fresh digital remastering of one of Van Zandt’s finest recordings. It contains original takes of the classics Pancho and Lefty, If I Needed You and No Lonesome Tune covered by the likes of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Don Williams and many others.
This reissue (also available as a deluxe white vinyl edition) contains four previously unavailable tracks – early mixes of Pancho and Lefty and If I Needed You , and alternate versions of Snow Don’t Fall and Heavenly Houseboat Blues (The vinyl edition does not contain the CD bonus tracks).
The album was originally released in 1972, and is roundly acknowledged as one of the most consistent and rewarding albums of Van Zandt’s storied and controversial career. 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Van Zandt’s first professional live shows, and this reissue is a suitable tribute to a great lost songwriting talent.
National institution and one of the UK’s most respected and enduring performers that is Robyn Hitchcock will be playing a handful of acoustic UK shows in October. The hugely prolific songwriter now based in Nashville, Tennessee, will be airing both new songs whilst delving back into his vast catalogue of gems. For the dates Robyn will be supported by Emma Swift, who will be performing from her acclaimed debut album.
When Hitchcock found himself standing next to Americana songbird and radio sweetheart Emma Swift at an Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell concert in 2013, a new portal in sadcore music opened up. That Christmas found them living and rehearsing in the tiny kitchen of a damp English sea-side flat once inhabited by Charles Darwin. Drawn together musically by a penchant for songs of desire and desolation, Robyn’s crystalline guitar-playing and Swift’s yearning harmonies evoke a psychic landscape where ghost trams lumber through the desert and desperate cacti grow beneath the sea.
The 7″ single was released for Record Store Day, 2015.
October 24, 2015 – Brighton, UK @ Unitarian Church
October 25, 2015 – Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
October 29, 2015 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
November 1, 2015 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ The Trades Club
November 2, 2015 – Winchester, UK @ The Railway
November 3, 2015 – Exeter, UK @ The Phoenix
Kathryn Williams releases a new single on 20th November. ‘The Mind Has Its Own Place’ taken from her hugely acclaimed ‘Hypoxia’ album – a collection of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.
Says Kathryn of the song “This song was written for Dr. Nolan: She was the kind female doctor who seemed to care and show compassion to Esther. Previously to her Esther had had an arrogant self-serving male doctor who had performed electric shock treatment incorrectly. A trust forms between the characters and it is the gentle presence of Dr. Nolan that makes you believe a cure is possible.”
Kathryn has announced tour dates for October & November as below, including a number of co-headlines with The Magic Numbers Michelle Stodart* (who also performs in Kathryn’s band). Kathryn performs the album in full at Manchester Literary Festival, followed by a discussion about the project with The Observer’s Rachel Cooke. At the end of the run, Kathryn appears at the Barbican joining a band that includes Ed Harcourt, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds), Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Tom Herbert (Polar Bear) in tribute to Lee Hazlewood.
OCT 08 GLASGOW CCA
OCT 09 BELFAST THE BLACK BOX
OCT 10 DUBLIN THE WORKMANS CLUB
OCT 11 DUNDALK THE SPIRT STORE
OCT 16 ALDERLEY EDGE THE YARD
OCT 17 MANCHESTER HALLE ST PETERS MANCHESTER LITERARY FESTIVAL
OCT 21 COVENTY BIG COMFY BOOKSHOP
OCT 22 HEBDEN BRIDGE TRADES CLUB
OCT 25 LONDON BARBICAN “Love and Other Crimes: The Songs of Lee Hazlewood”