Trent Miller’s new album Burnt Offerings is his third full length release and follows up the excellent Welcome to the Inferno which we wrote a few words about on Beat Surrender back in 2011, the Italian born singer-songwriter has come-up with another winner, the new album is a little more rounded, polished and electric than his predecessors but just as impressive.
Trent recorded Burnt Offerings at Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios London with his band – Graham Knight (Jason McNiff) on bass, piano and backing vocals), Steve Brookes (Danny And The Champions of The World) on drums and Barbara Bartz (Dan Raza and Simon J Alpin) on violin, additional support on the recording coming from Ben Walker on electric guitar and Paul Cuddeford (Bob Geldof, Ian Hunter) on electric guitar and lap steel, the core band have now added Paul Lush (Danny And The Champions of The World, Lost Sons of Littlefield) on electric guitar to their live line-up.
The title track that opens the album sets the standard for the recording with Trent’s laid back vocal floating across the atmospheric guitar lines and hypnotic back beat to great affect, it’s the slightly more up-beat track two Lupita Dream On which steals my heart and plaudits as the best track on the album, aurally seducing me with it’s wonderful guitar work, after resisting hitting the repeat button for the upteenth time and moving on to the rest of the album I was not left disappointed as the subsequent tracks again had me wondering how on earth musicians and songwriters of this calibre do not gain the wider recognition they deserve.
The b-side to Trent’s recent single release Lupita’s Dream On is a song from the Welcome to Inferno Valley album and written as a tribute to the late-great founding member of The Byrds, Gene Clark – whose influence permeates and guides Burnt Offerings .
Burnt Offerings is released today and you can pick up a copy direct from the man himself – highly recommended.
SCANDINAVIAN / SPANISH TOUR – MAY 2014
08 May HALMSTAD, Immanuelskyrkan
09 May FALKENBERG, Grand
10 May AVESTA, Blue Monkey
11 May ÖREBRO, Scandic
12 May GÖTEBORG Pustervik
13 May UDDEVALLA, Bastionen
14 May OSLO, Buckleys
15 May TRONDHEIM, Garden
16 May ÖSTERSUND, Storsjöteatern
17 May SUNDSVALL, Aveny
18 May STOCKHOLM, Akkurat
20 May NORRTÄLJE, Stället
21 May UPPSALA, Katalin
24 May KRISTIANSTAD, Biljardkompaniet
28 May BARCELONA, Rocksound
29 May MADRID, Boite Live
31 May BILBAO, Azkena
UK TOUR – OCTOBER 2014
01 Oct ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
02 Oct CARDIFF, The Moon Club
04 Oct BRIDGWATER, Arts Centre
05 Oct EXETER, Phoenix
07 Oct HULL, Fruit
08 Oct BARNARD CASTLE, The Witham
09 Oct DUNDEE, Buskers
10 Oct ABERDEEN, The Tunnels
11 Oct EDINBURGH, Sneaky Pete’s
12 Oct GLASGOW, Broadcast
13 Oct LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
15 Oct SHEFFIELD, The Greystones
16 Oct MANCHESTER, Ruby Lounge
17 Oct LEICESTER, The Donkey
18 Oct BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy3
20 Oct NORTHAMPTON, Playhouse Theatre
22 Oct PORTSMOUTH, The Cellars
23 Oct NEWBURY, Arlington Arts Centre
24 Oct LONDON, Dingwalls
25 Oct HOVE, The Palmeira
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Three of the UK’s top singer-songwriters will be performing together at a handful of intimate venues – Danny George Wilson (Danny & The Champions Of The World), Peter Bruntnell & Neil Halstead will be hitting the road together next week, for a handful of songwriter circle style dates.
15 Jan – LEICESTER, The Musician
16 Jan – WINCHESTER, The Railway
17 Jan – TINGEWICK, Village Hall
18 Jan – SWANSEA, The Chattery
Danny Wilson, having conquered 2013 with the release of Danny & The Champions Of The World’s hugely praised new record Stay True (“a gold standard album for UK Americana” – Q), has been wowing the crowds with his incredible new songs. A number of people claiming these shows having been amongst the top gigs they’d ever witnessed. Numerous end of year lists and polls echoed these thoughts, with the Americana UK reader’s poll crowning The Champs Best Band Of 2013, No.2 Album Of The Year and the Best Live Band of 2013.
Meanwhile, Peter Bruntnell (“one of Britain’s finest and most overlooked songwriters” – The Line Of Best Fit) released his Retrospective record back in the summer – a collection of songs from his outstanding back catalogue of albums, alongside a new version of Played Out, featuring Rumor.
Neil Halstead, previously known for his bands Slowdive and Mojave 3, following two solo records released through 4AD and then Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records label, has most recently released an album as a member of Black Hearted Brother. Neil’ll fit in perfectly, being another “one of Britain’s greatest songwriters” (Time Out).