It is of course only my humble opinion but if Americana had to crown a genre King and Queen then surely it would be Brett & Rennie Sparks, my first encounter with their regal music was on the 1998 Uncut compilation CD Sounds of the New West – The Best of Alternative Country - they left an indelible musical imprint with their track Weightless Again along with a number of other contributors to that CD including Hazeldine, Calexico and the late great Vic Chesnutt,
The Handsome Family have built a formidable back catalogue over the last twenty years and on this their fourteenth release Wilderness they continue to create music that challenges, provokes thought and rewards in equal measure and carries the listener on an journey into their otherworldliness – their music has an almost hypnotic quality that deftly takes a hold and draws the listener into the meticulously . . . → Read More: The Handsome Family – Wilderness
Lucero’s wonderful Women & Work we be available soon in the UK from Beat Surrender favourites Loose Music and the band are over this side of the pond on their ‘Tennessee Takeover’ European tour from November 19th, the dates are below but selling out already so get in there if you want to see one of the best live bands around.
Women & Work is a love letter from Lucero to their hometown, Memphis, Tennessee. “Having a band in Memphis puts you in a tradition”, says Lucero frontman Ben Nichols. “We started at punk rock shows, not necessarily playing punk rock, but coming from the outside, from a bohemian place.”
The bohemian tradition is just as strong in Memphis as the city’s series of international hits. The popularity of Sun, Stax, Elvis, and Al Green doesn’t diminish the influence of the blues, Jim Dickinson, and Alex Chilton. The bridge between the shadows and the spotlight . . . → Read More: Lucero – Women & Work
Update: News from the folks at Loose Music – the album makes it’s UK début on August 20th
Beat Surrender favourites Hurray for the Riff Raff have released a great new album on their own label Born to Win in the US with funding via a successful Kickstarter campaign for the UK label the purveyors of the finest Americana Loose Records will release the album later this year. The album was recorded in Nashville and produced by Andrija Tokic who had a had in the much hyped Alabama Shakes album, Look Out Mama is the bands third / fourth album (for the explanation) and is little more polished but every bit as convincing as their previous output – Alynda Lee Segarra vocals are once again beguiling, I’ll try to keep you posted on the UK release in the meantime here’s the title track and a favourite from the album.
Hurray For . . . → Read More: Hurray for the Riff Raff – Look Out Mama
Taken from the album Divine Providence.
Out on Loose Music 2nd April 2012, available as Download, LP, CD or Limited Edition CD with bonus 5 track Tim EP. Pre-order the CD or better still the vinyl.
Deer Tick – Let’s All Go To The Bar by Loose Music
More vinyl in the form of a 7″ Single release from The Great American Canyon Band – an atmospheric offering of America, for a copy of the limited edition single order at Bandcamp.
Tumbleweed by thegacb
Limited Edition Tumbleweed/Burn 7inch Vinyl by The Great American Canyon Band
First teaser track from Kelly Hogan’s upcoming Anti release I Like To Keep Myself In Pain out June 5th, pre-order at the Anti store
Kelly Hogan – We Can’t Have Nice Things by antirecords
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