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.
Band of Holy Joy
How To Kill A Butterfly
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
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
Danny & the Champions of the World
Hearts & Arrows
Shooting straight at the heart of rock ‘n’ roll
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
cracking third from the UK’s top country rockers
it’s hard not to be captivated by it
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
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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
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.
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
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
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.
Austin, TX-based singer-songwriter Jonny Burke is set to release his debut full-length album, “Distance And Fortune,” on February 22, 2011, produced by former Black Crowe guitarist Marc Ford and with a co-write with Hayes Carll on “Don’t Let Me Fall” on first listen it’s sounding pretty good and one to keep any eye out for next year.
Burke’s musical friends who he has toured and played with include Todd Snider, Ryan Bingham, Band of Heathens, Alejandro Escovedo and James McMurtry, there’s one cover on the album The Soft Boys “Human Music”.
Courtesy of Band of Heathens you can download a collaborative track with Jonny Burke which was released last week.
Beat Surrender favourite Jeffrey Foucault has released news of three albums and a tour to look forward too, cut and paste of the press release.
On November 16th Jeffrey will release his 6th full-length album, Cold Satellite, a collaboration with the contemporary American poet Lisa Olstein, author of Radio Crackling Radio Gone and Lost Alphabet, both published by Copper Canyon Press. Recorded fast and loose with a full band, Cold Satellite’s stripped down ethos hearkens back to albums by Crazy Horse and the Faces, pairing Olstein’s visceral and imagistic language with the rawboned authority of a rock n’ roll band.
On November 17th Jeffrey will begin a short Northeast tour with the full Cold Satellite band, with stops in Somerville and Fall River MA, Brooklyn NY, and White River Junction VT. Get the full details and listen to two free cuts from the album at www.coldsatellite.com. The album will be available for physical purchase through www.jeffreyfoucault.com, and digitally via iTunes and all other online music purveyors starting November 16th.
- December will see the release of Redbird: Live at the Cafe Carpe. Each December for the past seven years Redbird – the loose affiliation of songwriters that includes Kris Delmhorst, David Goodrich, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey – has played a sold-out three-night stand at the venerable Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Now Redbird: Live at the Cafe Carpe invites you into the session, culling from these intimate shows performances of songs ranging from Mississippi John Hurt to Merle Haggard and Tin Pan Alley (along with a few well-chosen originals), and recapturing the magic and depth of old songs passed between friends in a crowded little bar.
- In October Jeffrey flew to Los Angeles to record the long awaited follow up to 2006’s Ghost Repeater. The as yet unnamed new album of eleven original songs features Eric Heywood (Pretenders, Ray LaMontagne) on pedal steel and electric guitars, Jennifer Condos (Ray LaMontagne, Sam Phillips) on bass, Billy Conway (Morphine, Twinemen) on drums, and Van Dyke Parks (Ry Cooder, Brian Wilson, Lowell George) on keys, in addition to guest vocals by Kris Delmhorst. The release is planned for early 2011 on Signature Sounds Records.
- Beginning tonight Jeffrey will be on tour in Texas for three days, sharing the stage with Mark Erelli, playing songs from Seven Curses, their recent duet album of murder ballads (and probably some of their own tunes as well). Full details below and at www.jeffreyfoucault.com/tour.html
Here’s the direct links to download the samples from Cold Satellite, loving Geese Fly By, album should be a cracker.
Another cut and paste job, so much news so little time.
Hayes Carll “KMAY YOYO”
In Stores February 15, 2011
Hear two new songs and and pre-order the album on CD or LP directly from Hayes to receive a download of “Grateful For Christmas” instantly!
Album bundles also include:
Ltd. Autographed Print (for first 300 customers)
Exclusive KMAG YOYO T-shirt
Bonus Etched 7″ Single of “Grateful For Christmas”
And finally The Decemberists release news of their new album The King Is Dead is out on the Jan 18th 2011 on Capitol Records.
Liking the track featuring Gillian Welch very much
Info on the runners and riders for the 2010 AMA’s has surfaced, I always have trouble getting my head around this kind of thing, as rarely do the nominations make sense (to me), but hey if I had to choose the nominees the list run on and on, so I guess somewhere in here is a degree of logic.
My winner(s) from the choices on offer below – I came to the Dave Rawlings Machine album at the tail end of last year and it’s really grown on me, should have placed it much higher in my 2009 best of……
Album of the Year
The List – Rosanne Cash
A Friend of a Friend – Dave Rawlings Machine (more)
Downtown Church – Patty Griffin
A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C) – Ray Wylie Hubbard
Artist of the Year
Steve Earle (more)
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Duo / Group of the Year
The Avett Brothers (more)
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Band of Heathens
Dave Rawlings Machine
Instrumentalist of the Year
Will Kimbrough (more)
Song of the Year
“The Weary Kind” (Ryan Bingham / T Bone Burnett) Ryan Bingham
“Drunken Poets Dream” (Hayes Carll / Ray Wylie Hubbard) Ray Wylie Hubbard
“Ruby” (Dave Rawlings / Gillian Welch) Dave Rawlings Machine
Ruby – Live at Newport Folk Festival 2009
I and Love and You - The Avett Brothers
Have a great quartet of songs in todays post, lifted from a NPR show Hayes recorded in Feb of this year it features four of Hayes’ best songs, including the AMA 2008 Song of the Year, She Left Me For Jesus and the fantastic Bad Liver & a Broken Heart written by Scott Nolan.
All of the tracks can be found on Hayes last album “Trouble in Mind”, if you like the stage banter I recommend listening to the full show over at NPR, complete with Hayes’ wisecracks.