Sara Petite – Circus Comes To Town


As a fan of Sara Petite’s previous album Doghouse Rose I was hoping for more in a similar vein and that’s exactly what her new album Circus Comes to Town delivers, her wonderful and distinct twangy vocal is perfectly suited to the contemporary Americana influenced country that echoes the artistic stylings Loretta & Dolly and shares it’s musical DNA with the likes of Holly Williams and Ashley Monroe.

A native of Sumner, Washington Sara is now based out of San Diego where she’s a regular on the live music scene performing with backing band The Sugar Daddies who tragically lost one of their number, Sara’s ‘rock’ and fiancé John Kuhlken who died of a rare blood disease in 2011 (Sara Petite – Rides Again), Circus Comes to town is Sara’s fourth album and she enlisted her fans support through Kickstarter to get the recording out to the wider world. It’s at times delightfully sweet at others heartbreakingly beautiful and ably walks the line between the two with some honky-tonk moments woven into the mix too – highly recommended.

05 – Drinkin’ to Remember

Sara Petite - Sugar Daddies

More Twang – Volume III

Mindful my twang output has being tempered of late thought I’d remedy it with Volume III of More Twang. Twenty hand picked selections culled from the Beat Surrender archives, some familiar names and I hope some new ones that’ll have you wanting more.

Caitlin Rose – Gorilla Man Pt. 1 (buy)

Joey Allcorn – Honky Tonkin’ Ramblin’ Man

Laura Cantrell – Too Late For Tonight (buy)

Cracker – The Bottle Let Me Down

Shannon McNally – Lonesome, Ornery and Mean (buy)

Bill Kirchen – Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods

Dwight Yoakam – Trains And Boats And Planes (buy)

Sally Timms – Dreaming Cowboy

The Gourds – Ziggy Stardust (buy)

Sara Petite – Doghouse Rose

Robbie Fulks – She Took a Lot of Pills and Died (buy)

Shelby Lynne – I Walk the Line

Chilli Willi & the Red Hot Peppers – Goodbye Nashville, Hello Camden Town (buy)

Zoe Muth – You Only Believe Me When I’m Lying

The Barker Band – You Ain’t Broken My Heart(buy)

Kasey Chambers & The Dead Ringer Band – Am I The Only One (Who’s Ever Felt This Way)

Mat Gibson & the Fallen Hearts – I Don’t Think I’d Ever Fall in Love with You Again (buy)

Buffy Sainte-Marie – Soulful Shade Of Blue

Jed’s Dead – A Girl from Texas (buy)

Arty Hill & The Long Gone Daddys – Church on Saturday Night

Get the whole thing here

Volume I and Volume II are still live.

Odds N Ends

Have some catching up to do with submissions, here’s a few hand-picked selections for you to check out.

First up from the streets of San Francisco ,Vandella, who have a recorded a début 5 Track EP simply entitled V

Spring Refrain

Crossing the line from East Nashville to Music Row another début release, Sara Petite’s Doghouse Rose, love the vocals on this album.


From Texan Terri Hendrix’s Cry Till You Laugh a fifteen track eclectic release featuring the additional talents of Lloyd Maines – well worth investigating further, download and sample at eMusic or buy direct from Terri’s store

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