Danny and the Champions of the World – Hearts & Arrows


The stars aligned for me today in a perfect storm of musical redemption, down beat and feeling like I’ve hit a dead end my mood was instantly transformed when the new release from Danny Wilson landed on my doormat, rock n roll is just what I needed and Danny & The Champions of the World deliver the goods on Hearts & Arrows.

Highly recommend you get yourselves a copy, you don’t have to take my word for it alone, further reading.

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Listen at Soundcloud, expires 18th July

Officially out on Monday (thanks Badlands and the Royal Mail)


September UK Dates:

18   The Railway (SXSC Festival)  WINCHESTER
19   The Jericho Tavern OXFORD
20   The Cooler BRISTOL
21   Hare & Hounds BIRMINGHAM
22   Bush Hall LONDON
24   King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut GLASGOW
25   The Harley Bar SHEFFIELD
26   The Cluny NEWCASTLE
27   Brudenell Social Club LEEDS
28   Bodega Social Club NOTTINGHAM
29   Deaf Institute MANCHESTER

Townes – Covered and Covered Again

When the songs are that good it’s no surprise that there is a pair of albums out in the next month or so featuring covers of the late, great Townes van Zandt’s work.

The first one is Riding the Range – The songs of Townes Van Zandt, there’s an extra angle on this one as part of the proceeds from the sale goes to the QE2 Activity Centre, the album features 20 tracks in all from a great selection of artists including some personal favourites of mine, Danny & The Champions, Peter Case, Jeffery Foucault, Jeb Loy Nichols, Peter Bruntnell and of course Michael Weston King (who wrote the title track Riding the Range which Townes recorded and released as a single shortly before he died), I had the pleasure of seeing the last trio of singer songwriters performing together a couple of years ago and Weston King sang Marie on that occasion (always brings a lump to the throat that song), the wonderful Cover Lay Down has posted the track here.


The second album More Townes van Zandt by the Great Unknown is due out next month on For The Sake of The Song records, the previous album is real favourite and a quick glance at the unknowns recruited on the second album suggests this one will follow suit, the full track-listing is

1 Hero Horns (DK) – Snake Mountain Blues
2 The Sumner Brothers (CAN) – Colorado Girl
3 Amy Annelle (US) – Buckskin Stallion Blues
4 Neal Casal (US) – Rex’s Blues
5 The New Man (Olle Nyman) (SWE) – Kathleen
6 Shinyribs (The Gourds) (US) – Dollar Bill Blues
7 The Deep Dark Woods (CAN) – Silver Ships Of Andilar
8 The Highway Kind (CAN) – Highway Kind
9 Phosphorescent (US) – Why She’s Acting This Way
10 Leslie Stevens And The Badgers (US) – Flyin’ Shoes
11 The Unfaithful Ways (NZ) – Snow Don’t Fall
12 Band Of Annuals (US) – For The Sake Of The Song
13 Alela Diane (US) – Like A Summer Thursday
14 Treetop Flyers (UK) – When She Don’t Need Me
15 Luluc (AU) – None But The Rain
16 Vikta Fåglar (SWE) – Tower Song
17 New Found Land (SWE) – Rake
18 Phillip Roebuck (US) – Black Jack Mama

And don’t forget the Beat Surrender tribute to Townes (and Earle), which you can pick up here

The legend lives on.

And finally – another cover, the B-Side to Riding the Range Townes van Zandt – Dirty Old Town (original Ewan Maccoll)

Odds N Ends

News on Drive-by Truckers movie “The Secret to a Happy Ending
Just a reminder that Kasey Anderson’s album Nowhere Nights is released on 16th of this month, courtesy of Kasey’s cunning marketing campaign I was seduced into the vinyl pre-order last year, okay it’s only February but for me this album is a front runner for Best of 2010, get it / sample it at Kasey’s websitehere’s what I thought of it, but you don’t have to take my word for it, check out the thoughts of More Cowbell and Twangville too.

News this week of Neil Young finally winning a Grammy, bitter sweet given his contribution to music, just further proof of the farcical nature of the majority of mainstream media awards, the award for “Best Art Direction…” was shared with Gary Burden and Jenice Heo, Neil Young News posted this earlier this week, along with links to Gary Burden’s in depth look at the art and packaging for Neil Young Archives.
Neil Young News
Archives – Sustainability
Archives – Collaborating
Archives – Design

Danny & The Champions of the World released the follow up to the 2008 self titled album, the new one has been garnering great press and justly so, another contender in my opinion. Front Porch Musings has the story and tracks streaming here, buy it at Loose

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