Beat Surrender 2015 best of everything else, tour specials, singles clubs, books, box-sets, re-issues……..

Gill Sandell & Chris T-T – Walk Away, Walk Away

Lovely covers album from  Gill Sandell and Chris TT

The Delines – Scenic Sessions

More delights from The Delines, releases as a tour only CD there was a limited release later in the year and you can get the dl at Bandcamp now too,

Ian Levine’s – Solid Stax Sensations

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Another classy release on the wonderful Kent label

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The Late Great Townes Van Zandt

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CD / Vinyl

Growing Up…. With The Jam

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Drive-by Truckers – It’s Great To Be Alive

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Epic live box set on vinyl………

Neko Case – Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule

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Early Xmas present to self, stunning vinyl box set including 8 vinyl remasters (from the original analog tape) + a limited edition 80-page full colour photo-book and vinyl slip mat all presented in a collectors box.

Gill Sandell & Chris T-T – Walk Away, Walk Away

I’ve always being a big fan of cover versions and when this album from a two artists well known to me for their other musical endeavours popped up on my Bandcamp feed I was clicking the buy button without hesitation, luckily for me the pre-order has turned up a few weeks earlier than expected and I’ve being able to revel in the ten interpretations over this last weekend, personally the mark of a great cover version is the way in which it opens up a familiar song giving the listener a different perspective and fresh appreciation – Walk Away, Walk Away manages to do achieve this over and over again.

There’s a lovely backstory to this collaboration that puts the album and the song choices into perspective;

“Our friendship is older than our adulthood; we were teenagers when we met.We’ve played on each-other’s records; hung out on tour; argued, advised and commiserated about books and politics – but never made music as a two.

We started searching out trad songs for an imagined folk duo, for an imagined gap in our schedules. We went so far as to dig around at Cecil Sharp House and pay daft money for an 1860s ballad collection in a Buxton antique shop. Quietly the idea pickled.

Then in Autumn 2013 for two months we travelled together on a tour bus, up and down the backbone of Britain, playing cards, running into service stations for chocolate at 4am while everyone slept. There we found something tangible to hang it on – a thread running through that meant we could grab songs from anywhere; not just an arbitrary folk repertoire.

The following Spring, one night we sat in Digger Barnes’ beautiful Hamburg apartment drinking his Venezuelan rum and it all fitted – we just had to get it on tape.

So we present WALK AWAY, WALK AWAY. Other people’s songs, old and new. Loyalty and loss. People coming apart. Wild spaces. Loneliness versus solitude.A long drive alone through a thunderstorm. And today’s nomadic life – hi tech, yet old fashioned.”

Alongside the the reimagined versions of songs from artists ranging from the Kaiser Chiefs to Joni Mitchell there is an original track from Gill Sandell too, for a detailed run down of the tracks there’s an excellent review by Helen Gregory over at Folk Radio, as well as vocals Gill contributes accordion, acoustic guitar, drums, flute, organ and piano parts with Chris playing guitar and piano, my personal highlights from the album are Cactus Tree (Joni Mitchell) and I Walk The Earth (Brad Nack), commended and highly recommended.

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There are no problems, only Solution Songs – Thee Cee Cees

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Bit of a heads-up for the forthcoming Thee Cee Cees album which gets released at a very oppurtune time, Solution Songs will be out on the 5th of May via Southend-on-Sea indie label BillyDiscs, the band features Beat Surrender favourites including and Extra Mile recording artiste Chris T-T on lead vocals, Andy Lewis (Paul Weller/Spearmint/Pimlico), Adam Devlin (The Bluetones) lead guitar, Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard (Strummer/Foxton/Archive/The Alarm) drums, Billy Brentford (Thee Faction) rhythm & polemic, bass & memotron plus Kerry Schultz & Darren Hayman other vocals, Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) guitar and Manic Street Preachers’ string section.

The band also have a 45 on the way, Have an Analysis b/w Solution Songs which will feature Darren Hayman & Kerry Schultz, the 7” picture-sleeve is out on Monday the 6th ofApril via Podrophenia Records.

Chris T-T & The Hoodrats – A Beaten Drum EP

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The Bear by Chris T-T & The Hoodrats was one of my favourite albums of 2013 and the track Beaten Drum my pick of the tracks from it so I’m pleased to see that there’s an EP out that features the track plus two alternate recordings including a wonderful live piano version and there’s also a stunning live version of Tunguska that was recorded during the same gig.

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eMusic or Xtra Mile Recordings

Chris will play the following dates this week:
18 June LONDON Buffalo Bar
22 June LONDON Boogaloo

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