“Raucous Folk-Americana with dark foreboding blues and the occasional heart-stopping ballad”
The guys at Clubhouse Records have an ear for the very best of UK Americana and they’ve come up trumps again releasing Little Copper Still the new album from London-based four-piece The Cedars.
Ten of the albums baker’s dozen tracks (there’s a hidden extra on the CD) were recorded and produced on the other side of the ‘The Pond’ in California with Grammy winning producer Ian Brennan whose previous credits include Peter Case and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, a pair of the tracks including the featured one below were recorded in the bands home city, though recorded mainly in the US the album manages to retain a certain ‘Britishness’ that results in a more authentic sound – if that sounds at odds with itself you’ll have to listen the whole album to appreciate what I mean, the UK release is on April 8th and you can buy the digi-pack CD with full lyric liner notes from the Clubhouse Records online store
The band have created a gem of an album built around Chantal Hills sassy vocals that take centre stage on the albums mainly upbeat numbers – that are propelled along by Jason Moffat (Guitar/Banjo), Pedro Vidal (Acoustic bass) and Stephen Coates (Drums),on the albums quieter tracks the band are equally at ease and Chantal showcases her vocal talents flying solo on the a cappella track Choke Chain, the album clocks in at an economic and thoroughly enjoyable 35 minutes with no filler and will have you hitting the repeat button for sure. Album highlights include the digital single The Colour which you can get your hands on via iTunes
The band have some dates lined up in support of the album release and will be making several festival appearances over the summer, check with their listings page for updates.
Wed 17th April. Green Note, London,
Sat 4th May 2013, The Gladstone, London SE1
Tue 28th May 2013, Live Radio Session @ Bob’s Folk Show
Fri 5th July 2013, Maverick Festival
If you missed it the first time around The Cedars are one of the contributors to the Clubhouse Nebraska tribute album – here’s their version of Used Cars.
In a musical world often pre-occupied with digital perfection, faux beauty and false gloss there are beacons of authenticity that shine with their honesty, live recordings have always being difficult to to pull off, striving for the balance between the raw experience and clarity of sound and production is not a simple task to get right, the solution recording in front of studio audience in a carefully chosen venue with a skilled recording engineer that we are talking about today manages to do it – and do it very well indeed.
Born in the big sky state of Montana’s Coty Hogue now resides in Bellingham WA, her album When We Get To Shore was recorded at Empty Sea Studios a restored Craftsman house in Seattle a venue specialising in acoustic music, for the recorded performance she is joined by fellow Bellingham musicians Aaron Guest (guitar / vocals) and Kat Bula (fiddle / vocals), the album features a blend of Hogue originals, a track from fellow songwriter Sarah Fulford that opens the album, a series of traditional songs and covers of Springsteen’s I’m on Fire the opening track from the classic Fleetwood Mac album Rumours, Second Hand News a track co-written by legends Bill Monroe & Hank Williams, Blue & Lonesome and closes with the wonderful Hazel Dickens track Pretty Bird sung a cappella to spotlight Hogue’s natural gifted vocal talent, elsewhere on the recording sweet harmonies and a smart less-is-more acoustic accompaniment serves the recording well and the whole album is a little gem.