Hayes Carll – Lovers & Leavers – UK April Dates

Hayes Carll returns to the UK next month in support of his forthcoming album Lovers and Leavers you can catch him live starting in London on April 21st.

April 21st London, Kings Place
April 22nd Bristol,The Tunnels
April 24th Glasgow, CCA
April 25th Newcastle, Cluny 2
April 27th Manchester, The Deaf Institute
April 28th Nottingham, The Glee Club
April 29th Milton Keynes, The Stables
May 1st Kilkenny, Ireland, Kilkenny Roots

Bonnie Whitmore – Kickstarter Recommendation

Bonnie Whitmore is the newest member of This is American Music family! You might remember her time spent in the Hayes Carll band, and since her release of Embers To Ashes in 2011, she’s been touring the US, this December she is going back in the studio to record her sophomore album and is pulling all the punches on this new release. Chris Masterson of The Mastersons and Steve Earle’s band will be producing and playing on this project along with his crew: engineer Steve Christensen, Falcon Valdez on drums, George Reiff on bass, and Bonnie’s sister Eleanor Whitmore on vocals and fiddle.

Beat Surrender Top Ten of ’11



Band of Holy Joy
How To Kill A Butterfly

Band of Holy Joy – A Clear Night, a Shooting Star, a Song for Boo by BeatSurrender

Wonderfully crafted the songs preach with a desolate beauty leaving behind plenty of food-for-thought 

I’ve listened and enjoyed some great music this year but none better than this album from Band Of Holy Joy which just stopped me in my tracks, but it doesn’t end with the musical brilliance as the CD release is packaged beautifully too in a book format with wonderful original artwork by Inga Tillere, for your chance to win a copy drop us an Email with the subject line BOHJ and I’ll pick a random entry and put a copy of the CD in the post to you (overseas entries welcome)

Zoe Muth & Lost High Rollers
Starlight Hotel

Muth’s vocal is just perfect, sad, sincere, achingly beautiful 

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Here & Now

Career high from one of the best song writers around

Codeine by

Danny & the Champions of the World
Hearts & Arrows

Shooting straight at the heart of rock ‘n’ roll

The Decemberists
The King is Dead

live up to the hype it does from the first listen this record has really grabbed me 

The Redlands Palomino Company
Don’t Fade

cracking third from the UK’s top country rockers

The Redlands Palomino Company – Don’t Fade by BeatSurrender

Amanda Shires
Carrying Lightning

it’s hard not to be captivated by it

Drive-by Truckers
Go-Go Boots

country, soul, murder ballads, DBT keep driving forward

Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo

Top track from a top album used on the best piece of TV drama I’ve watched this year.

Nothing is Wrong

wonderfully melodic and adorned with some sweet sounding guitar and the sibling harmonies

Please support the artists.

Buy the CD’s, Vinyl, Downloads, T-Shirts and go see them live.

Looking forward to 2011

What a great year for music 2010 turned out to be and 2011 is already shaping up nicely with a number of releases showing up on my radar, here’s a handful that I’m looking forward to and one already making an impression.

First of is news of the second full length release from Israel Nash Gripka, his previous album New York Town is a cracker and one to get acquainted with if you’re not already, buy at Amazon and CDBaby.

From his début album   Bricks – Israel Nash Gripka

You can get a track called Black Mountain from the upcoming release in exchange for your email address here

Sons of Bill follow up to One Town Away is another I’m really looking forward to especially after hearing Santa Ana Winds on Youtube, with production by David Lowery it promises to be a real cracker (sorry). Get the bands Take a Shower EP for free from Lone Star Music.

Ten precise country-based songs” from The Decemberists on their January release The King is Dead, if the pre-release track featuring Gillian Welch is anything to go by this will be essential listening, pre-order CD and vinyl at Reflex

Decemberists – Down By The Water

And lets not forget the mighty DBT whose album Go-Go Boots already looks like it could be a Marmite album for Truckers fans.

Pre-order at the bands site.

Americana legend Steve Earle announced part of his plans for 2011 during a gig in New York back in November including news that his album with T-Bone Burnett is complete and a long overdue tour with the Dukes.

A favourite with the Dukes  Steve Earle & The Dukes – Justice in Ontario

On the subject of Americana legends we’ve also a new album from Lucinda Williams to look forward too, another Car Wheels ? I hope so.

Lucinda Williams – Joy (Live @ Soundstage)

More Lu.  Buy Lu

Hayes Carll’s follow up to 2008’s wonderful Trouble in Mind on Lost Highway hits the shelves mid Feb, Kiss My Ass Guys, You’re On Your Own or KMAG, YOYO

Hayes Carll – Bad Liver and a Broken Heart (Live)

More Hayes.  Buy Hayes

The Low Anthem have a real hard act to follow, will Smart Flesh hit the excellence of Oh My God Charlie Darwin, we’ll find out in February, the early signs are good.

Pre-order the new and buy the old here

Rumour has it Willy Vlautin and the boys maybe releasing a new album this year, they don’t do bad albums so any news on a Richmond Fontaine release is good, if you’ve not picked it up yet there’s a live freebie from 1999 available through Bandcamp more at Amazon

From the classic Post to Wire album.

Richmond Fontaine – Always On the Ride

Finally one that’s out now from Kasey Anderson, available exclusively from the man himself until the general release in mid-Feb is the follow up to one of my top albums of 2010 the fantastic Nowhere Nights. This time around Anderson teams up with the Honkies on the excellent Heart of a Dog, available on CD and Vinyl with an instant download, get it here.

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