25 Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’
24 John Moreland – High on Tulsa Heat
23 Joey Kneiser – The Wildness
22 Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete
21 Michael Rank & Stag – Horsehair
20 The Barker Band – The Land We Hold Dear
19 The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
18 The Unthanks – Mount The Air
17 M Lockwood Porter – 27
16 Eilen Jewell – Sundown Over Ghost Town
15 Vanessa Peters – with the Sentimentals
14 Lindi Ortega – Faded Gloryville
13 Kristin Diable – Create Your Own Mythology
12 Emily Barker – The Toerag Sessions
11 Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou – Expatriot
9 Lucero – All A Man Should Do
8 Kathryn Williams – Hypoxia
7 Lilly Hiatt – Royal Blue
6 American Aquarium – Wolves
Live on air in 2011, Dermot O’Leary asked me if music for film and TV was something I wanted to do more of. The Red Clay Halo and I had just performed ‘Pause’ live on Dermot’s BBC Radio 2 show, a song which had recently been used as the theme to BBC noir thriller The Shadow Line. Listening in to the show that afternoon, as I answered an emphatic “Yes!”, was film maker Jake Gavin.
The three songs on this EP form the basis of the soundtrack I subsequently composed for Jake’s directorial debut, Hector. Peter Mullan stars in the title role as homeless Hector McAdam, making his annual journey from Glasgow to spend Christmas at a London shelter, his back story unfolding as his journey progresses. Given the bleak backdrop of homelessness in the UK, the film tells a rather uplifting story, highlighting the random acts of kindness from strangers that can bring hope at difficult times.
The song ‘Anywhere Away’ was written for Hector, but also connects with that feeling all of us have faced at one time or another: the feeling that we are being overwhelmed by circumstances out of our control, and the only place we want to be is any place but the one we’re in.
‘Wheels and White Lines’ is a country duet featuring the wonderful vocal talents of Scottish singer-songwriter Roddy Hart. It tells of the fleeting relationships formed when travelling; friendships that matter so much at the time, but are over as quickly as they began.
‘Roll Me in Your Arms’ is included here as it was one of the three original songs written for film, though it wasn’t used in the final cut. It’s sung from the point of view of an old traveller visiting places he knows well but finding the streets changing: shops close down one by one; people move on; the place doesn’t feel so familiar anymore.
Proceeds from the single will be donated to Shelter From The Storm.
Hector is on general release in the UK from 11th December 2015, and is also being shown at selected cinemas in France and Australia.
In September 2014, three songwriters met for the first time in a cafe in East Nashville. By the next morning they had put the finishing touches to their first song, ‘Applewood Road’, which they recorded live to tape at Nashville’s all analogue studio, Welcome to 1979.
The song’s nostalgic air, along with the clear, sparse arrangement of three vocals accompanied by double bass, drew immediate positive response, and they decided to expand the idea into a full album.
Six months later, they reconvened to write, rehearse and record songs for the self-titled album Applewood Road. The songs were again performed live around a single microphone at Welcome to 1979 and recorded to two-track tape with minimal accompaniment from some of Nashville’s finest session players, including Aaron Lee Tasjan, Josh Day, Fats Kaplin, Jabe Beyer, and Telisha Williams.
The tapes were assembled at London’s most exclusive high-end mastering suite, Gearbox Records, mastered through their vintage analogue outboard, and lacquers cut in-house on their own Heaco lathe.
Applewood Road is Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace.
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A Beat Surrender favourite Emily Barker has a new solo acoustic recording out later this year with funding through Pledge music, there’s a nice selection of choices including vinyl, for which I have of course already got my order in, for more info on the project and details of goodies click here.
March tour dates with Red Clay Halo collaborator Gill Sandell.