Mod haircut. Americana. Folk. Country. Gospel. 60’s. Music store owner. Recording Artist. Larkin Poe. Brandy Zdan. Good Lovelies. BJ Cole. Famous brother.
Put them altogether and you get The Jamie Freeman Agreement and the album 100 Miles From Town a real sum of it’s parts recording, alongside frontman and lead-singer Jamie Freeman the Agreement are Abigail Downs, Jessica Spengler, Jonathan Hirsch and Joe Ellis.
The Larkin Poe siblings Rebecca and Megan Lovell make a guest appearance on opening track The Knight playing lap-steel and mandolin, Brandy Zdan’s contribution is revealed on track number 2 a co-write on which her sweet vocal harmonises with Jamie Freeman, the track Steel Away is one of the album’s highlights and features the wonderful pedal steel sound of arguably the UK’s finest protagonist of the instrument BJ Cole.
Track three is the ‘single’ and promo track for the release, featuring the vocals of Rachel Davies (Wolf Mother, Ana Brun), the video features Maddie Broad as ‘Indianna’ and was filmed by Jamie and directed by Stevie Freeman.
Tracks four and five see a departure from the the ‘Americana’ stylings of the opening trio of songs with distinct but differing 60’s elements entering the melting pot before giving way to Scrabble in Afghanistan a song born out of a collaboration with a US poet and lecturer about the true story of a Special Forces soldier who played the classic word-game online with his friends to cope with the horrors of war, the gospel element is combined a cappella on Hey Mama with some lovely vocals from the Agreements Abigail Downs and Jessica Spengler and The Good Lovelies make their appearance on the penultimate vocal track Two Sugar Baby a doo-wop influenced rock ‘n’ roller – a little bit of eclecticism never hurt anyone, it’s out today, dive-in and enjoy.
No further clues offered for the famous brother, name should be enough for you.
The prolific Lovell sisters Rebecca and Megan are back with another release, with five EPs and a live DVD in under three years for their latest album they’ve joined forces with multiple Norwegian ‘Spellemann’ (Grammy) winner Thom Hell, a chance meeting when Thom was at one of the sisters gigs was followed by visits to the studio and a culminated in the creation of this collection of ten new songs, recorded in two visits over two years at Ocean Sound Recordings studio in Giske, Norway.
Larkin Poe will be touring Europe in support of the new release (with special guest Blair Dunlop in the UK)
APR 2 All Saints Centre, Lewes,East Sussex
APR 3 Kent Live! @ Tonbridge Campus Theatre, Tonbridge, Kent,
APR 4 David Hall, Somerset,
APR 5 Kings Place Music Foundation,London,
APR 6 Cornerstone Arts Centre,Oxfordshire
APR 7 Horizon Theatre Barnsley
APR 12 Jazz à Toute Heure Festival,Bullion, France
APR 13 Blue Shell, Köln, Germany
APR 14 Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany
APR 15 Ampere, München, Germany
APR 16 Colos-Saal,Aschaffenburg, Germany
APR 18 Godset Kolding, Denmark
APR 19 Global CPH, Copenhagen, Denmark
APR 20 Palladium,Malmö, Sweden
APR 21 Akkurat Stockholm, Sweden
APR 24 John Dee (w/ Thom Hell) Oslo, Norway
APR 25 Kick Scene (w/ Thom Hell), Kristiansand, Norway
APR 26 Madam Felle (w/ Thom Hell), Bergen, Norway
APR 27 Hønsehagen – Sunnfjord Geo Center,Stongfjorden, Norway