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Danny & The Champions of the World – Live Champs!

Danny & The Champions of the World Live

Loose Records have announced details of the upcoming live album from Danny & The Champions of the World, the album will be available on double CD and as a digital download from 29th September 2014 – pre-order now.

Track listing:
01. (Never Stop Building) That Old Space Rocket
02. Cold Cold World
03. Let’s Grab This With Both Hands
04. Colonel And The King
05. Darlin’ Won’t You Come In From The Cold
06. Stop Thief!
07. Henry The Van
08. Other Days
09. Every Beat Of My Heart
10. You Don’t Know (My Heart Is In The Right Place)
11. Restless Feet
12. Been There Before
13. These Days



Tickets for the bands October tour are now on sale.

01 Oct ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
02 Oct CARDIFF, The Moon Club
04 Oct BRIDGWATER, Arts Centre
05 Oct EXETER, Phoenix
07 Oct HULL, Fruit
08 Oct BARNARD CASTLE, The Witham
09 Oct DUNDEE, Buskers
10 Oct ABERDEEN, The Tunnels
11 Oct EDINBURGH, Sneaky Pete’s
12 Oct GLASGOW, Broadcast
13 Oct LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
15 Oct SHEFFIELD, The Greystones
16 Oct MANCHESTER, Ruby Lounge
17 Oct LEICESTER, The Donkey
18 Oct BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy3
20 Oct NORTHAMPTON, Playhouse Theatre
21 Oct HERTFORD, Corn Exchange
22 Oct PORTSMOUTH, The Cellars
23 Oct NEWBURY, Arlington Arts Centre
24 Oct LONDON, Dingwalls
25 Oct HOVE, The Palmeira

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Danny And The Champions Of The World Announce UK & Scandinavian Tour Dates

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SCANDINAVIAN / SPANISH TOUR – MAY 2014
08 May HALMSTAD, Immanuelskyrkan
09 May FALKENBERG, Grand
10 May AVESTA, Blue Monkey
11 May ÖREBRO, Scandic
12 May GÖTEBORG Pustervik
13 May UDDEVALLA, Bastionen
14 May OSLO, Buckleys
15 May TRONDHEIM, Garden
16 May ÖSTERSUND, Storsjöteatern
17 May SUNDSVALL, Aveny
18 May STOCKHOLM, Akkurat
20 May NORRTÄLJE, Stället
21 May UPPSALA, Katalin
24 May KRISTIANSTAD, Biljardkompaniet
28 May BARCELONA, Rocksound
29 May MADRID, Boite Live
31 May BILBAO, Azkena



UK TOUR – OCTOBER 2014
01 Oct ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
02 Oct CARDIFF, The Moon Club
04 Oct BRIDGWATER, Arts Centre
05 Oct EXETER, Phoenix
07 Oct HULL, Fruit
08 Oct BARNARD CASTLE, The Witham
09 Oct DUNDEE, Buskers
10 Oct ABERDEEN, The Tunnels
11 Oct EDINBURGH, Sneaky Pete’s
12 Oct GLASGOW, Broadcast
13 Oct LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
15 Oct SHEFFIELD, The Greystones
16 Oct MANCHESTER, Ruby Lounge
17 Oct LEICESTER, The Donkey
18 Oct BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy3
20 Oct NORTHAMPTON, Playhouse Theatre
22 Oct PORTSMOUTH, The Cellars
23 Oct NEWBURY, Arlington Arts Centre
24 Oct LONDON, Dingwalls
25 Oct HOVE, The Palmeira

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Sturgill Simpson – UK / Ireland Tour 2014

Photo: Melissa Madison Fuller
Photo: Melissa Madison Fuller

Kentucky raised, classic country star-to-be, Sturgill Simpson a Beat Surrender best of pick for 2013 has confirmed that he will play his first ever British shows through January and February – what’s even better is he’s playing with Laura Cantrell.

Sturgill’s killer album High Top Mountain is set for it’s UK release on the wonderful Loose Feb 17th on CD and vinyl.

18 Jan GLASGOW, Tron Theatre
20 Jan LONDON, The Slaughtered Lamb
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

*with Laura Cantrell


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The Handsome Family – Wilderness

The Handsome Family Wilderness

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 created songs they’ve crafted.

On this album all of the tracks titles are drawn from the animal kingdom and the musical expedition takes us on a alternate trip into natural world personified by the first track Flies which opens the door into an world deformed by humans and exploited by animals into which The Handsome Family weave threads of Custer’s last stand, Grizzlies, Wal-Mart, Hairspray, Cowboy Shirts, Guns and Finches.

As for my favourite track from the album then it’s the wonderful Frogs, I’ll let Rennie tell the story.

Further zoological vignettes include Eels,through which I’ve learnt that it was once thought ,bizarrely that Swallows wintered underwater, and the fact that the subject of the track Octopi have, apparently three hearts. There are further sojourns into the human world too, on Wildebeest the man known as the “father of American music” Stephen Foster is name-checked alongside dreaming crocodiles and on another album highlight Woodpecker the tale of Mary Sweeney is told by Rennie & Brett over a simple folk melody – it all works wonderfully well.

The album was recorded partly in their favoured home-studio, a converted garage in Albuquerque and at the Wilco Loft in Chicago and is available on CD and Vinyl from the Loose Music shop in the UK (who were kind enough to provide the album to me) and from Carrot Top Records in the US who also have a deluxe box-set version available that includes a vinyl copy of Wilderness a 72-page, 12”x12” full-color edition of the book along with an 11”x17” color poster and a six-postcard set, all with original art by Rennie, a black and white edition of the book will be available separately and you can pre-order the album now by clicking on the embedded record label links.

Catch them live in the UK during May.

16 May – LIVERPOOL, Kazimier
17 May – MANCHESTER, Ruby Lounge
18 May – GLASGOW, The Arches
19 May – GATESHEAD, Old Town Hall
21 May – SHEFFIELD, Greystones
22 May – LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
24 May – KIRBYMOORSIDE, The Band Room
25 May – HEBDEN BRIDGE, The Trades Club
26 May – LEICESTER, The Musician
28 May – NORWICH, Arts Centre
29 May – LONDON, Islington Assembly Hall
30 May – BRISTOL, The Fleece
31 May – OXFORD, The Bullingdon

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