"Seven Curses" Jeffrey Foucault and Mark Erelli










News of a new release from Jeffrey Foucault who is turning covers into a speciality, this time around he’s teamed up to record an album of murder ballad duets with Mark Erelli, the albums due out in Europe on April 12th, you can pre-order in the UK at Fish Records – to tempt you there’s a trio of tracks to download of this acoustic focussed release available at Jeffrey’s official website which I’ve linked below, the album features covers of tracks from Neil Young, Porter Wagoner and Bruce Springsteen, the full track listing is below. Looking forward to this one, Jeffrey’s John Prine “tribute” album was first class as are his previous releases that I have in my possession Ghost Repeater, Mile from the Lightning and Stripping Cane – all of which you can sample over at Jeffrey’s website.

Philadelphia Lawyer
Johnny 99
Tom Merritt
Bill Gray
Louise
Pretty Polly
Sonoras Death Row
Ellis Unit 1
Cole Durhew
The First Mrs Jones
Powderfinger
Wyoming Wind

There is also news of new side project “distinctly different”, a release date late spring is slated for Cold Satellite, which is the name of the band and the album – a song set based on the poetry of the award-winning Lisa Olstein, Cold Satellite

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Justin Townes Earle – Radio Songs

Okay I didn’t place JTE’s album in my picks from last year – I hold my hands up it was an glaring omission, so to make up for my oversight here’s a collection of tracks from JTE’s radio performances on NPR which I’ve been enjoying lately, assemble tracks from Justin’s three releases, Yuma, The Good Life and Midnight at the Movies, throw in Carter Family tune and one of those written by the prolific Trad. and you’ve got yourself thirty minutes or so of wholesome goodness from the talented Mr Earle.
Download Radio Songs

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Update, Free stuff, Amber Dust, Drew Kennedy

For the odd one or two who pay a frequent visit you will no doubt be dazzled by Beat Surrender’s blogger make-over, I’ve being playing around with the beta templates, not convinced it’s better or worse myself.

Have shifted all the links to the free albums and streams to a dedicated page which I’ve updated with a couple of albums today, the first is an original score recorded by the guys of Amber Dust for The Moon Under Glass, out of context it’s difficult to appreciate the album as a complete piece of work but there are some great individual tracks, including this one – Follow Me , according to the website they have another album in the works for release later this year, I’ve updated the links to their previous two albums – which are essential downloads, if you like them there’s are link to donate here.

The second album is a live set called Alone, But Not Lonely from Drew Kennedy whose album An Audio Guide to Cross Country Travel I posted about in Nov ’09, here

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Odds N Ends

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Drive-by Truckers talk to The Sun, click the pic to enlarge


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