Laura Cantrell “Kitty Wells Dresses” (Spit & Polish 2011)

My CD copy of this album turned up last week and it’s a real treat, one of my favourite albums of 2011 so far – not going to say much more about it,  just let the music do the talking and the lady herself tell you a little more  through her recent appearance on the Beeb, here’s the interview with the venerable Bob Harris and two live cuts from the album.

Laura Cantrell – Interview 1

Laura Cantrell – Kitty Wells Dresses

Laura Cantrell – Interview 2

Laura Cantrell – I Don’t Claim To Be An Angel

If you’re not familiar with Laura’s music you really should be………. there’s a selection of album and live tracks available at her website and elsewhere on Beat Surrender to get you started.

Laura Cantrell “Kitty Wells Dresses”

John Peel and Beat Surrender favourite Laura Cantrell’s upcoming album is available for pre-order, Kitty Wells Dresses is released on Shoeshine Records and hits the shops in April.

Here’s the title track as recorded for Radio Free Songclub along from where you can get some more treats.

Laura Cantrell – Kitty Wells’ Dresses

Here’s Laura covering another country legend from one of those wonderful Peel Sessions.

Laura Cantrell – Pretty Paper


May tour dates

Laura live in the UK – May 2011

1 Manchester Club Academy

2 Bristol St Bonaventure’s

4 Sheffield Sheffield City Memorial Hall

5 Nottingham The Glee Club

6 Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre

7 Gateshead Old Town Hall

8 London Union Chapel

Laura Cantrell – Beyond Country

(Photo from Laura’s homepage)

DJ and singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell gained a lot of fans in the UK after getting the highest of praise from the venerable broadcaster and all around good guy John Peel. Cantrell’s debut album Not the Tremblin’ Kind was described by Peel as My favourite record of the last ten years and possibly my life is an LP by a New York woman born in Nashville called Laura Cantrell. It’s country, and I don’t know why I like it, but it has the same sort of effect on me as Roy Orbison had in the ’60s.”

Cantrell went on to record five sessions for Peel between February 2001 and December 2003, some of the tracks from those sessions are available to download along with a choice selection of others at Cantrell’s website.

Here’s a trio of tracks including the title track from the 2002 release When the Roses Bloom Again to go with them, recorded from Laura’s appearance on Mountain Stage in November 2007
Laura Cantrell – Conqueror’s Song
Laura Cantrell – When the Roses Bloom Again
Laura Cantrell – Early Years

Laura is also involved with the Radio Free Song Project and has just released a track that is a collaboration with Amy Allison and Mark Spencer, Kitty Wells’ Dresses

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Radio Free Song Club Podcast
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