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)
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.”
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.
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
“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