On their self-titled fourth album The Lonely H deliver up a fine collection of roots rock, recorded at Sealab Studios in Nashville the five-piece band of Mark Fredson (Vox, Keys), Eric Whitman (Guitar), Ben Eyestone (Drums), Johnny Whitman (Bass) and Zach Setchfield (Guitar) entered the studio in 2012, with the assistance of Dexter Green (Caitlin Rose, Derek Hoke, the Greenhornes) who engineered and produced the recording and guest appearances including The Rolling Stones’ saxophonist Bobby Keys and Beat Surrender favourite Caitlin Rose the album took much longer than was envisaged to complete and ended up a year in making as the band worked to get the essence of their stage energy into the studio recording with several tracks on the album tracked live.
I’ll respect lead vocalist Fredson’s request and refrain from urge to put a label on the sound as I think he’s about nails it, “I don’t think it’s vintage sounding enough to be labeled a ‘throwback record’ and I don’t think it’s Americana enough to be fully incorporated into that world. I just hope that some people will resist the urge to put a label on it and just enjoy the songs for what they are, just five guys trying to write honest music.”
Despite the songs “chronicling dissatisfaction and emptiness” the album has a distinct top down summer sound, with a killer melody, radio friendly delivery, a healthy helping of pedal steel and some sweet boy-girl harmony in the mix my pick of the tracks.
03 Waiting on a Broken Heart
Seems an appropriate time to put this up – to compare and contrast to the excellent new album The Stand-in
Caitlin Rose’s album Own Side featured in my top albums of 2010 and has been on regular rotation since it’s release, my only disappointment is it’s not available on vinyl unlike Caitlin’s previous releases Dead Flowers and Gorilla Man, this year I’ve listened to a number of radio shows, session tracks and audio-visuals featuring songs from Caitlin’s latest album as well some great covers including one from Townes and one from Willy, so in the spirit of the season I’ve put a selection box of tracks together into one sweet compilation for you – get the whole album or individual tracks below.
On this side of the water Caitlin has been a real hit and has gathered a lot of positive press and critical acclaim, quite an achievement for a act with twang in the UK, Caitlin’s album get’s released in North America in March, keep your eye out for it.
Caitlin Rose – Answer In One Of These Bottles (Daytrotter)
Caitlin Rose – Be Here to Love Me (feat. Caitlin Rose)
Caitlin Rose – For the Rabbits (Demo)
Caitlin Rose – Fourth Rate (feat. caitlin rose)
Caitlin Rose – I Don’t Trust Anybody (Flag Stone Summer Mix)
Caitlin Rose – Learning To Ride (BBC Session 25th August 2010)
Caitlin Rose – Own Side (BBC Another Country)
Caitlin Rose – Pretty Paper
Caitlin Rose – Shanghai Cigarettes (Laundro Matinee)
Caitlin Rose – Sinful Wishin’ Well (BBC Session 5th June 2010)
Caitlin Rose – Spare Me (BBC Another Country)
Caitlin Rose – Still Feelin Blue (Live)
Caitlin Rose – You Are My Sunshine
Caitlin Rose – Marie (Randy Newman)
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A current favourite No One To Call from Caitlin Rose’s forthcoming new album ‘The Stand-In’ set for release on Names Records on the 25th February 2013, there a UK tour that’s fast selling out and Rough Trade have a special edition CD offering as well as the tasty 180 gram gatefold vinyl for pre-order now, 9/10 in Uncut this month and sure to feature on a many a end of year top list.
Mon 25 Feb Brighton The Haunt, £11.50 www.seetickets.com
Tues 26 Feb Bristol Fleece £11 www.seetickets.com
Wed 27 Feb London Dingwalls SOLD OUT
Thurs 28 Feb Leeds Brudenell £11 www.seetickets.com
Fri 1 March Manchester Ruby Lounge £12 www.seetickets.com
Sat 2 March Glasgow CCA £10 www.seetickets.com
Sun 3 March London Brixton Windwill SOLD OUT
Mon 4 March London Rough Trade East in-store