21st Paradiso (Amsterdam, NE)
22nd De Zwerver (Oostende, BE)
23rd Wilhelmina (Nl Eindhoven, NE)
24th Roepaen (Ottersum, NE)
26th Grand Theatre (Groningen, NE)
27th Des Konings Trio (Deventer, NE)
29th Kilkenny Roots Festival, Eire
30th Kilkenny Roots Festival, Eire
1st The Live Rooms, SALTAIRE
2nd The Crescent, YORK
3rd – Greystones, SHEFFIELD
4th The Musician, LEICESTER
5th The Convent, STROUD
6th The Bullingdon, OXFORD
7th Shacklewell Arms, LONDON
8th Square Tower, PORTSMOUTH
9th Union At The Con Club, LEWES
10th The Stables, MILTON KEYNES
11th The Anvil Arts Centre, BASINGSTOKE
12th The Maze, NOTTINGHAM
13th Gullivers, MANCHESTER
14th Cluny 2, NEWCASTLE
Poets 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’ . Hanaalso 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’.
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.
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