I’m a little late getting to this but Leeroy Stagger released a great new album last month, Love Versus came out via True North Records on April the 7th – more info.
Stagger has a knack for a sad melody and the songs on this record flow from glass 1/2 empty to glass 1/2 full; the themes are familiar but have an elusive resonance, they’re reflections of life’s up and downs, the good, the bad and the ugly, sometimes all we need is someone singing our life back to us * and Leeroy Stagger does that exceptionally well.
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* Neko Case
Leeroy Stagger is back in the UK this summer for the first time in five years and playing a series of gigs throughout July in support of his album Truth Be Sold that’s out on July 4th in the UK on one of my favourite labels – Clubhouse Records.
The eleven track album is Stagger’s eight studio album and builds on his impressive back catalogue, we have another batch of original songs from the Canadian, combining freshly written material with songs written earlier in his career including one of the albums many highlights Cities on Fire a song written some eight years ago that has been updated and reworked as a rock protest song about the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the track is one of the albums amped up moments, though it’s not all about fuzzy guitars, pedals and amps as the album strikes a balance with some quieter moments too including the beautiful steel-drenched ballad Break My Heart, my favourite track on the album The Other Half sits somewhere in-between, great lyrics and I love the guitar on this one, in between these two tracks comes another cracker entitled ESP and as a trio they work wonderfully well. The album was produced by Grammy winner Steve Berlin from Los Lobos and was recorded at Portland’s Mystery Machine Music, Berlin himself appears on the album playing baritone sax on another of the album highlights Goodnight Berlin. Essential listening.
If you missed it last year there’s also another Easton Stagger Phillips album set for release pretty soon, more details at the Kickstarter page, this is the second collaboation between the three and if it’s on a par with the last one it will be another treat – if you’re not familiar with Staggers back catalogue I urge you to delve in there is much to cherish.
Buy at the Clubhouse
Friday 5th July – Ents Shed, Bedford
Saturday 6th July – Maverick Festival, Suffolk
Sunday 7th July – Fleece Folk, Suffolk
Tuesday 9th July – Greystones, Sheffield
Wednesday 10th July – Taylor John’s House, Coventry
Thursday 11th July – Thunderbolt, Bristol
Friday 12th July – Le Pub, Newport
Saturday 13th July – Tingestock, Tingewick Village Hall
Sunday 14th July – Musician, Leicester
Tuesday 16th July – The Prince Albert, Brighton
Wednesday 17th July – The Windmill, Brixton, London
Thursday 18th July – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Friday 19th July – Ironworks, Oswestry
Saturday 20th July – Summertyne Festival – The Sage, Gateshead
Sunday 21st – Truck Festival After-Party, Oxford
In the winter of 2008, Tim Easton (Nashville, TN), and Leeroy Stagger (Lethbridge, AB), and Evan Phillips (Anchorage, AK) got together in a cabin in Girdwood, Alaska to do some recording. The three roving troubadours wanted to capture a collection of songs that had a ‘front porch’ feel. The result was a full length album, ‘One For The Ditch’ and the beginning of a new band, Easton Stagger Phillips.
ESP released their debut album in the fall of 2008, touring Alaska as well as Ireland and Europe. After that, the band went separate ways, each of them focusing on their respective solo and band careers.
Four years have passed since ‘One For The Ditch’ was released. With the band’s personal and professional lives getting busier by the year, it seems there’s no better time than the present to get together and make some more music. That’s why ESP has decided to make a new album now.
In January, 2013 Tim and Evan will pack their things and fly to the barren, windswept prairies of Lethbridge, Alberta to record at Leeroy’s basement studio, The Rebeltone Ranch. Once there, they’ll spend 2 weeks recording and mixing a brand new batch of songs they’ve been writing over the last 4 years. The band’s artistic bar is high, and the goal is simple: to make the best record possible for themselves, and for their fans.
The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to help finance flights, mixing and mastering of the new album, artwork, cd and VINYL duplication, merchandise, and a new website.
Please take some time to review the list of creative and exciting incentives offered by the band. We look forward to recording and releasing a great album for all of you in 2013!
I mentioned this album briefly before a few weeks ago and posted a track that caught my attention provided by the PR folks, I’ve now had the opportunity to spend some time with the full album and it’s certainly made a good impression, here my favourite from the album.
Tim Easton I’ve been a fan of for some time and I have most of his back catalogue in one format or another, on this album he’s joined by the The Freelan Barons – Mark Stepro (drums, Ben Kweller), Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar & piano, Madison Square Gardeners) and Alex Livingstone (bass, Grand Champeen).
As well as the band album Easton has released at the same time a contrasting solo album Since 1966 Volume 1 which I’d highly recommend checking out, the acoustic based album recorded in several locations including his own front yard, a mountain cabin in Idyllwild, CA, a Travelodge in Yucca Valley, CA and Basement On A Hill studio in the San Fernando Valley. The former New West artists’s latest pair of albums are released through his own Campfire Propaganda Records label, and in case you didn’t know Easton is also one third of ESP (Easton Stagger Phillips) who’s One For the Ditch album is well worth checking out too.
Here’s a fantastic track and a favourite from Since 1966 Volume 1
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