The What’s Kickin’ series of CD’s reached number five last year and the quintet are all in my collection, they are wonderful representation of the music collectively called Americana and the eclectic compilations feature music performed by artists associated with the What’s Kickin’ club nights that have been at the forefront of the UK roots music scene in London for a number of years, the CD’s were produced to act as an companion to the live show that have now being re-established at The Crown in Leytonstone, not only are there some great tracks (often exclusives) from familiar and favorite artists but also some fantastic below-the-radar ones too which always get me digging around to find out more and invariably making a purchase or three.
The events themselves have established a reputation for hosting early gigs for a number of well-known acts including Pete Molinari, Damien Jurado, Southern . . . → Read More: What’s Kickin’ – Volume 5
The London based Bucketful of Brains label is assembling an ever increasing roster of top quality singer-songwriters, Jack Day joins fellow artists John Murry, Trent Miller and Benjamin Folke Thomas for the release of his debut album The First Ten, the North London born troubadour began his musical journey whilst living in Brighton then later playing at the Lantern Society formerly run by Beat Surrender favourite Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou – before Day himself took over the running of the club.
The album was recorded at Bark Studios in NE London with sound engineer Brian O’Shaughnessy (Beth Orton, Primal Scream, Denim) utilising vintage mics, a Fender valve amp for the telecaster and an upright joanna – the end result is a lovely warm sound that perfectly frames Day’s world weary vocals and lyrics that suggest an experience far beyond his years, the upright piano (played by Graham Knight) and . . . → Read More: Jack Day – The First Ten
Seems an age ago when I saw John Murry playing last, with Bob Frank at The Little Civic in WV1 – sure it was as support to Richmond Fontaine -but my mind’s maybe playing tricks, the album he released with Bob Frank murder ballads about real murders makes for great listening, seek it out if your not familiar (hint), to the point Murry is back with an new album The Graceless Age which is out on Bucket of Brains.
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