I was listening to the Exebelle and The Rusted Calvalcade EP’s whilst catching up on some surfing, I was reading this post / article and smiling to myself at the irony, here I am trying stick label’s on something that could fit a dozen genre’s and sub-genres, so let’s just call it americana and let other’s worry about the semantics.
The band from Richmond VA are Philip Heesen, III: (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, lead & harmony vocals), Kerry Hutcherson: (pedal steel guitar, mandolin, acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead & harmony vocals) and Ryan Owenby: (bass, lead & harmony vocals), they all contribute lead-vocal performances and this fits with the smörgåsbord nature of the tracks which draw on numerous traditional and contempory roots influences to create two interesting EP’s that bode well for the future.
The first EP entitled “The Antipoison Creek Sessions” comprises four tracks and you pick it up for a bargain $2.99 at SoundClick, where you listen to all of the tracks, the second EP is “C.A.F.” which set you back a dollar more for five tracks. There is another EP in the pipeline for 2009 which I’ll be keeping an eye out for, I’m not sure of the merits of 3 EP’s against a full-length recording but can’t argue with quality of songs.
Okay I missed this first time around but better late than never. For those of us who want for authentic country music, then you could do no better than starting with Joey Allcorn’s album All Alone Again, it’s immediate, authentic and oozing tradition, a collection of thirteen original songs, with tracks like Honky Tonkin’ Ramblin’ Man and Lonesome Lovesick Man HankSr.’s signature echo’s throughout this album, it’s one thing making a record like this it’s another getting it right Allcorn succeeds with honours, the song’s are stand out and Allcorn has a bunch of A-list musicians on-board, from George Jones touring band Hank Singer (fiddle), the legendary Lloyd Green, (pedal steel ) – the most recorded player of his generation, Dave Rowe (bass) – from Johnny Cash’s last touring band and Hank Williams Sr.’s steel-guitar player Don Helms – his playing on this album was some of his final recorded work. Pour yourself a bourbon and turn it up loud.
Hailing from Chicago’s West Side the YellowHammers have being around since 1994 but have managed to fly under my radar until now, the band are set to release their self-titled fourth album later this month.
The band are Terry White (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Rob Pierce (vocals, guitar), Kevin James (bass, vocals), Phil Levin (drums), Tom Kneesel (pedal steel, guitar), and their eleven track album includes a faithful cover of R.E.M.’s (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville and ten originals. If the album art looks familiar then it will come as no surprise to you that legendary cow-punk Jon Langford (Waco Bros, Mekons) is involved in this project, handling the production and adding mandolin on several tracks as well as the cover art, with Langford on board you know this records not going to let you down and the experience of the band and producer shines on through as they successfully knead together roots elemental parts to produce an eclectic and enjoyable album, from the opening ensemble Everybody’s Joking adorned with strings and horns to the slow burning country rock of Don’t Slow Me Downon through the bar-band rockof C’mon Elvis they’ve created a solid and thoroughly enjoyable record. Official release date is November 17th with a release party in Chicago on the 21st details and music from the YellowHammers at the band website or over at Myspace