Israel Nash and his band return from the Texas Hill Country with the new album Israel Nash’s Silver Season to be released October 9th, 2015 via Loose/Thirty Tigers, this is the first teaser track from the album.
Following his critically acclaimed 2013 album Rain Plans, Israel Nash’s Silver Season was written and recorded on Nash’s 15-acre ranch in Dripping Springs, near Austin TX, where he and his band built Plum Creek Sound, a 1,400 square-foot Quenset studio. Recorded to tape with Grammy-award winning engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, The Rolling Stones) back behind the boards, Israel Nash makes a bold return with Israel Nash’s Silver Season.
Influenced by the peaceful Texas hillside, the 9-song album ventures farther down the acid-soaked trail blazed by Rain Plans, arriving in lush and expansive territory. Here, Nash sounds more assured than ever, supported by his highly capable band and production inspired by psychedelic greats.
In support of the new record, Nash and his band are heading out on the road to play multiple US festivals this summer and headline dates in the autumn. News of UK and European dates to follow soon.
Frankie Lee will release his debut single ‘Where Do We Belong’ through Loose on 4th September.
Available on limited edition 7” vinyl and featuring the AA-side ‘Buffalo’, the single was recorded at Real Phonic Studios in Minneapolis, MN.
Born on the banks of the Mississippi river, Lee’s family later moved to Minneapolis. Following the death of his father in a motorcycle accident when he was 12, Frankie immersed himself in the city’s music scene, appearing onstage with local heroes Slim Dunlap (The Replacements) and Curtiss A at the impressionable age of 14. After inheriting records and instruments from his father’s collection, Lee was – as he sees it – “taught to play guitar by a ghost”. He continues, “I was raised on stage. These guys would bring me into the clubs, sit me behind the soundboard and give me all the coca cola I could drink until they’d call me up for a song or two at the end of the night.”
At the age of 20 Lee dropped out of college, re-invested his soccer scholarship fund in a Volvo station wagon, Lee drove down to Nashville where he met Merle Haggard on his first day in town. Lee then moved on to Austin, TX where he spent 6 years working for Townes Van Zandt’s son JT building cabinets outside of town in Buda, TX. The two became good friends and Lee played his first show at a night hosted by JT. “Austin was a Mecca for me, The scene at the time was bursting wide open with everything from Western swing bands to Roky Erikson’s psychedelic garage rock. I was out almost every night for 6 years. There was never an excuse to stay in.”
Soon after he turned 22, Lee was diagnosed with narcolepsy, and was prescribed methamphetamines to counteract its effects. Over the next two years Lee struggled to find a midpoint between sleepwalking and speeding, and developed a serious drug habit in the process he has since kicked. “I ran out of pills for the last time and went to bed for a week and haven’t really woken up since,” he laughs. Returning to his nomadic lifestyle, Lee spent a year living in a farm truck and on couches in LA. Eventually, he was taken in by friend and famed engineer Patrick McCarthy’s (U2, REM, Madonna). The move proved pivotal in Lee’s songwriting process as McCarthy taught him how to listen and record the music he was hearing in his head.
In 2010 Lee moved back from California to Minnesota to be closer to his family. In a series of diners and motels during the long drive he penned the songs which were later released on his DIY ‘Middle West’ EP. Lee has spent the last 3 years working on a hog farm in rural Minnesota and developing songs for his debut album. Many of these songs reflect his change in focus from the guitar to the piano, a move necessitated by a farming accident that crushed of the three finger of his left hand. Of his return to the landscape that is the backdrop of so many of his songs, Lee says, “I’d been gone 10 years. I decided when I got back home, to get back to the land and the people who shaped me. Both sides of my family were North Dakota wheat farmers. Hardworking, soft-spoken, Scandinavians who moved to the middle of nowhere with nothing, and of that place made everything they needed. There’s a movement now to get back to that way of living, and if we’re gonna last a while then that’s the only way we’re gonna make it.”
Absolutely wonderful countrified version by Sturgill Simpson of The Promise a 1988 chart hit for Manchester electro-pop band When in Rome.
Sturgill will be bringing his band over to the UK for the first time this autumn. Tickets for October tour dates are now on sale now.
SUMMER TOUR DATES 2014
29 Jun – GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
24 Jul – LONDON, Bush Hall
25 Jul – SHEFFIELD, Greystones
26 Jul – PERTH, Southern Fried Festival
27 Jul – AMSTERDAM, Paradiso
UK TOUR OCTOBER 2014 (FULL BAND)
30 Sep – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
01 Oct – BRISTOL, St. Bonaventure’s
02 Oct – LIVERPOOL, Leaf
03 Oct – CORK, Triskel Arts Centre
04 Oct – DUBLIN, Whelan’s
05 Oct – GLASGOW, Oran Mor
06 Oct – GATESHEAD, The Sage
Later can be a bit hit or miss these days, though given there’s not much else besides it on the BBC it remains an important programme for artists and there’s none more deserving of a wider audience than Sturgill Simpson, so let’s be hoping that Joe Public can drop their pre-conceived ideas about country music and open their eyes and ears to the Metamodern Sounds in Country Music , the album is out on May 12th in the UK and you can pick up a copy from the fine folks at Loose.
Other guests on next week’s edition of the show include The Horrors, The Afghan Whigs, Little Dragon and Aloe Blacc.
Sturgill Simpson’s debut album was one of my favourite releases of 2013, the album got it’s formal Euro release only recently via Loose which tied in nicely to Sturgill’s recent UK tour.
The follow up to the excellent High Top Mountain has the wonderful title Metamodern Sounds In Country Music and is due for release on the 12th May, enjoy the first single now and pre-order the album on CD or Vinyl at Loose
The Handsome Family have taken on the prestigious task of providing the theme song to HBO’s big new drama series, True Detective. Their 2003-released track, Far From Any Road, taken the album Singing Bones, was hand-picked for the role by Oscar-winning producer T Bone Burnett.
The band will be visiting Europe in April & May, taking in shows in Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, UK & Ireland. The band described by Greil Marcus as “the Beatles of the folk world”, will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed 9th studio album, “Wilderness” .
26 Apr STOCKHOLM, Stacken
27 Apr GOTHENBURG, Pustervik
28 Apr AARHUS, Radar
29 Apr COPENHAGEN, Musikcaféen
30 Apr AMSTERDAM, Paradiso
01 May DEVENTER, Burgerweeshuis
02 May HENGELO, Metropoolcafe
03 May DEN HAAG, Paard Von Troje
05 May BELFAST, Black Box
07 May CORK, Crane Lane Theatre
09 May MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute
10 May HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club
11 May SWANSEA, The Garage
12 May BRIGHTON, Komedia
14 May LONDON, 100 Club
16 May NEWBURY, Arlington Arts Centre Ticket links
Sturgill’s killer album High Top Mountain is set for it’s UK release on the wonderful Loose on Feb 17th on CD and vinyl.
13 Feb LONDON, Kings Place*
14 Feb BRIGHTON, The Palmeira
15 Feb BRISTOL, St. Bonaventure’s*
16 Feb NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
17 Feb MILTON KEYNES, The Stables*
18 Feb DUBLIN, Whelan’s*
19 Feb BELFAST, Errigle Inn*
21 Feb LONDON, St Pancras Old Church