Ryan Bonner and the Dearly Beloved "Monsters in the Hallway"

South Carolina singer-songwriter Ryan Bonner (guitar, banjo, mandolin) has teamed up with the The Dearly Beloved –  composed of Cory Jarrett (mandolin and guitar), Josh Smoak on (keys),Malin Wagnon (bass) and Ben Meyer (drums) and together they’ve released a six track EP Monsters in the Hallway, the half dozen tracks are a prelude to an full length album and are a strong indication that these guys should be on your watch list, you can sample three tracks from the release at Bandcamp for the price of your email address and the full release can be downloaded at both eMusic and iTunes.


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Odds N Ends

Steve Dawson’s has released another track from his album for free download and a video to go with it, Preaching to the Choir direct download

Don’t forget it’s Record Store Day tomorrow, full details on participating stores @ RSD















On the subject of vinyl, hitting the door mat this week was the Weller double 7″ plus CDS combo release a bargain £6 – long live the single – not long now for the full album……

New sampler from Kelp Records, includes tracks from Jim Bryson and Andrew Vincent, check it out at Bandcamp

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Drunk on Crutches “People.Places.Things” (2010)

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A California roots rocker with a southern twist, Drunk on Crutches have produced a real gem of an album laden with hooks and riffs, there’s a dozen tracks on offer, eleven originals written by front-woman Jennifer Whittenburg and a cover of a Neil Young favourite L.A. the album was put together at Grandmaster Recordings Hollywood by Whittenburg and her musical partner Andrew Alekel with support from a host of guest musicians, a year or so in the making and put together in bursts of creativity between the day jobs of working on other artists recordings – Whittenburg moved to Los Angeles from  Georgia to work as a  recording engineer alongside hometown producer/engineer Alekel, together they have worked with the Foo Fighters,Queens Of The Stone Age and Jack Johnson amongst others.

Here’s the lead off track from the record Tupelo, You can listen to some more tracks and find the links to buy the album at the bands website Drunk on Crutches where the band have also posted couple of live tracks from a recent show at the Hotel Cafe.
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The SteelDrivers "Mountain Grass"

I do like a little bit of bluegrass in the mix and one of my favourite albums in the genre is the self titled release from The Steeldrivers – so it was with a tinge of disappointment that I read recently that Chris Stapleton has decided to leave the band and concentrate on his song-writing, loved his singing on that record, a replacement has already been found and announced it will certainly be a difficult pair of boots to fill as Stapleton was a  distinct talent.

Here’s a bootleg six-pack from The Steeldrivers performance on Mountain Stage which includes my favourite song from the album If It Hadn’t Being For Love.

The Steeldrivers – East Kentucky Home
The Steeldrivers – If It Hadn’t Been For Love
The Steeldrivers – Midnight Train to Memphis
The Steeldrivers – Drinking Dark Whiskey
The Steeldrivers – Where Rainbows Never Die
The Steeldrivers – Blue Side of the Mountain

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