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Case Hardin – Colours Simple

Colours SimplePoets Corner the lead-track on the new release from Case Hardin is unusual for an album opener, clocking in at over eight minutes it’s  a slow builder and a brave move, but the song craft of the bands frontman Pete Gow is such that the anthemic track (named for a local landmark in Acton West London) builds into a bold stylistic statement of intent for the album Colours Simple, a recording which sees the band move consciously to a fuller and more guitar-centric sound – at the centre of which is guitar slinger Jim Maving, backed by the rhythm section of Tim Emery (bass & mandolin) and Andy Bastow (drums).

There’s more to Colours Simple than the epic opener though up next is Three Cities that sees Gow turn a late night bar stool conversation with a prostitute about the merits of Phil Spector as a record producer
into one of the albums highlights, embellished with the keyboard skills of longtime collaborator Mike Wesson it’s a slow burner. Rock ‘n’ roll returns for tracks three and four with the rollicking Roll Damnation Roll and the barroom blast of (Jesus Christ Tomorrow Morning) Do I Still Feel This Way which cede to one of albums quieter and reflective tracks Fiction Writer.

Recorded in North London at Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios the next track see the band getting a groove on and breaking out the brass courtesy of the Reservoir Dogs brass section – Robin & Joe Bennett (Dreaming Spires), Geoff Widdowson (Danny And The Champions Of The World).


Up next is a foot tapper from the other-side of the tracks The Streets Where the Bars Are (the Bars Where the Girls Will Be) is sure to be a live favourite with it’s dual twang and piano rhythm ‘n’ roll, all change for the next one which features a guest performance, from former band member Hana Piranha, who joins Pete Gow on vocals, another of the albums quieter moments, High Rollers tells the forlorn story of  a young woman making ends meet with two jobs; By day she works in a massage parlour frequented by ‘overweight business men with hard- on’s and body odour’ and at night is a croupier at an equally low end Casino where she can ‘do whatever I like with these desks, they don’t even try to take their eyes off of my chest’ . Hana also plays fiddle on the albums penultimate track A Mention In Dispatches  which ponders ruefully a life lived in the public eye, the album closes with Another Toytown Morning, an acoustic ruminative on a life of wrong turns.

An airless room and a bottle of wine / A turntable and some old Patsy Cline / Open up these scars / With pedal steel guitars / Lost to the lonesome and high’.

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Available now from Clubhouse Records and on lovely vinyl too.

“(Jesus Christ Tomorrow Morning) Do I Still Feel This Way” from Colours Simple by Case Hardin.

Case Hardin


The Rosellys – The Granary Sessions

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It’s being four years since the The Rosellys last got a mention on Beat Surrender (for their album Too Much Like Trouble), now with a full band line-up and newly signed to Clubhouse Records there’s a new release set for September the 7th backed with a UK and US tour.

The Granary Sessions was recorded in the bands home studio, a converted barn in the Gloucestershire countryside, and co-produced with the venerable Alex Elton-Wall – singer guitar slinger and songwriter with Beat Surrender favourite the Redlands Palomino Company, the Redlands influence doesn’t end there though as the album also features guest vocals on several tracks from Hannah Elton-Wall.

Originally writing, recording and touring as a duo after meeting in 2005, Rebecca (guitar, vocals) and Simon (guitar, vocals, fiddle) have since being joined by Allan Kelly (pedal-steel, accordian, dobro), Drew Bridges (drums) and Matt Kirby (bass) – the bands distinctly British take on the Americana is born from both reverence to the genre and personal experience, setting its own authenticity with highlights including the opener A Thousand Miles – written after a road-trip from Nashville to Texas,  Ashville 1784 – which tells the true story of Colonel Samuel Davidson and a side-swipe to their naysayers on Red,White & Blue.

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The Rosellys – A Thousand Miles

The band have a busy tour schedule including dates in the US, for full details, support and updates and ticket links check here.

UK Tour Dates
Fri Aug 21st, The Green Note, London
Mon Aug 31st, The Bug And Spider, Calne
Thu Sep 3rd, Acoustic Buzz @ The Beehive, Swindon
Sat Sep 5th, Golden Lion, Bristol
(album release party)
Tue Sep 8th, The Greystones, Sheffield
Fri Sep 11th, Loves Cafe, Weston Super Mare
Sat Sep 12th, Le Pub, Newport (South Wales)
Sun Sep 13th, The Horns, Watford
Sat Sep 19th, Tower Of A Song, Birmingham
Sun Sep 20th, Midland Game Fair, Weston-under-Lizard, Staffs.
Sun Sep 27th, Come Down And Meet The Folks, London
Mon Sep 28th, The Musician, Leicester
US Tour Dates
Fri Oct 2nd, The Cove, San Antonio, Texas
Sat Oct 3rd, Giggitys, Port Aransas, Texas
Sun Oct 4th, Medina RV Resort, Medina, Texas
Tue Oct 6th, The Rattle Inn, Austin, Texas
Wed Oct 7th, Enochs, Monroe, Louisiana
Fri Oct 9th, Route 92, Lafayette, Louisiana
Sat Oct 10th, Aubade Theatre, Lecompte, Louisiana

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Help Cale Tyson fund his first full-length album to be recorded at legendary FAME Studios

Cale Tyson is looking for funding to record his debut album at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, the Nashville based singer-songwriter has released two excellent EPs so far both of which will be available in the UK from Clubhouse Records on a special Introducing CD next month and Cale will be touring in support of this release during April and May.

24th April – Ents Shed, Bedford
25th April – London (Venue TBC)
26th April – Union At The Con Club, Lewes
28th April – Square Tower, Portsmouth
29th April – B-Bar, Plymouth
30th April – Exmoor Beastro, Exmoor
1st May –  Kilkenny Roots Festival IRE
2nd May – Kilkenny Roots Festival IRE
5th May – The Basement, York
6th May – Shakespeare @ShakespearesShf – Sheffield Tickets
7th May – The Musician, Leicester
8th May – House Concert, Wycombe
9th May – London (venue TBC)

Cale chats with Sloane Spencer of Country Fried Rock

Debut UK / Eire Tour dates announced by Cale Tyson

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Nashville-based rising young traditional country troubadour Cale Tyson makes his first ever trip to the UK and Ireland in April to support the release of his debut album ‘Introducing Cale Tyson’ on Clubhouse Records.  Texan-born Tyson has been receiving amazing reviews for his EP, High On Lonesome, a glorious old-school country record fuelled by broken hearts, alcohol and melancholy. Tyson will be performing as a duo with guitarist Pete Lindberg and will be playing two shows at the Kilkenny Roots Festival in May alongside Calexico, Lee Baines III and The Barr Brothers.

Here’s Lonesome In Tennessee, a track from Cale’s excellent debut EP that’s out on Clubhouse Records now and highly recommended.

UK / Ireland Tour

23rd April – Fat Lil’s, Witney
24th April – Ents Shed, Bedford
25th April – London (Venue TBC)
26th April – Union At The Con Club, Lewes
28th April – Square Tower, Portsmouth
29th April – B-Bar, Plymouth
30th April – Exmoor Beastro, Exmoor
1st May –  Kilkenny Roots Festival IRE
2nd May – Kilkenny Roots Festival IRE
5th May – The Basement, York
6th May – Shakespeare @ShakespearesShf – Sheffield Tickets
7th May – The Musician, Leicester
8th May – House Concert, Wycombe
9th May – London (venue TBC)

Paul McClure – Smiling From The Floor Up


Smiling From The Floor Up is the debut solo release from Rutland based singer-songwriter Paul McClure, set for release March 3rd on Clubhouse Records, the former frontman of The Hi and Lo enlisted the help of label mates Alex and Hannah Elton- Wall (The Redlands Palomino Company) and Joe Bennett (The Dreaming Spires) for the album which was recorded and produced at Leicester’s Tiny Studios.

Employing minimal overdubs a back-to-basics approach was taken by McClure where the songs were played ‘live’ a few times and one of the takes made the final cut for the album, the methodology employed perfectly representing the essence of McClure’s songs, songs borne of experience and deeply personal are exposed by the pared back recording and revealed free of pretence – there’s no hiding from the catharsis and introspection the performances convey.

In his own words.

“This album is a collection of songs recorded without the trappings of a band or orchestra, lightly textured layers with occasional touches of colour here and there; a harmony here, a piano there, a sympathetic slide guitar draped across the shoulders of another,” explains McClure. “I didn’t want anything to dilute the effect of the song in its most honest, most vulnerable form. Nothing to hide behind or run from.”

“These songs didn’t write themselves, as they sometimes seem to do, but I did want them to speak for themselves. These songs are all very personal, there’s no fiction here, even if I occasionally had to hide the truth in a made up name or a fantasy; (changing the names to protect the innocent in some cases, the guilty don’t deserve to be named in others.) These stories are moments from my life and though it can seem hard to accept sometimes, I don’t regret a single one; at the very least I got a song out of it.”

Paul McClure – Long Gone Out of Here



Leeroy Stagger – Truth Be Sold

Leeroy Stagger Truth Be Sold

Leeroy Stagger is back in the UK this summer for the first time in five years and playing a series of gigs throughout July in support of his album Truth Be Sold that’s out on July 4th in the UK on one of my favourite labels – Clubhouse Records.

The eleven track album is Stagger’s eight studio album and builds on his impressive back catalogue, we have another batch of original songs from the Canadian, combining freshly written material with songs written earlier in his career including one of the albums many highlights Cities on Fire a song written some eight years ago that has been updated and reworked as a rock protest song about the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the track is one of the albums amped up moments, though it’s not all about fuzzy guitars, pedals and amps as the album strikes a balance with some quieter moments too including the beautiful steel-drenched ballad Break My Heart, my favourite track on the album The Other Half sits somewhere in-between, great lyrics and I love the guitar on this one, in between these two tracks comes another cracker entitled ESP and as a trio they work wonderfully well. The album was produced by Grammy winner Steve Berlin from Los Lobos and was recorded at Portland’s Mystery Machine Music, Berlin himself appears on the album playing baritone sax on another of the album highlights Goodnight Berlin. Essential listening.

If you missed it last year there’s also another Easton Stagger Phillips album set for release pretty soon, more details at the Kickstarter page, this is the second collaboation between the three and if it’s on a par with the last one it will be another treat – if you’re not familiar with Staggers back catalogue I urge you to delve in there is much to cherish.

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Friday 5th July – Ents Shed, Bedford
Saturday 6th July – Maverick Festival, Suffolk
Sunday 7th July – Fleece Folk, Suffolk
Tuesday 9th July – Greystones, Sheffield
Wednesday 10th July – Taylor John’s House, Coventry
Thursday 11th July – Thunderbolt, Bristol
Friday 12th July – Le Pub, Newport
Saturday 13th July – Tingestock, Tingewick Village Hall
Sunday 14th July – Musician, Leicester
Tuesday 16th July – The Prince Albert, Brighton
Wednesday 17th July – The Windmill, Brixton, London
Thursday 18th July – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Friday 19th July – Ironworks, Oswestry
Saturday 20th July – Summertyne Festival – The Sage, Gateshead
Sunday 21st – Truck Festival After-Party, Oxford

Leeroy Stagger

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