The Long Ryders – Bear In The Woods


The new music comes just before the band’s first CA tour run in 30 years, playing club dates before their 2017 Stagecoach Festival appearance April 30. Shows include The Chapel/San Francisco (4/26), Constellation Room/Santa Ana (4/28) and The Roxy Theatre/West Hollywood (4/29).

Songwriter Tom Stevens offers the following about his new tune: “The message is complex. I wrote this song about a bear, a friendly one, approaching it like a children’s song. But what emerged under its surface was different. I likely had the state of politics on my mind. The bear in this song may not be the friendly, all-knowing guru that he appears. But in real life, it’s up to us to seek our best hopes and not our worst fears in our gurus. Lately I feel that too many have done the latter.”

Lead guitarist/vocalist Stephen McCarthy explains how the new music came about: “The band played a number of shows in 2016 and we felt it would be worthwhile to try and write/record some new material. Greg flew out to Virginia and we recorded a few new songs at Adrian Olsen’s Montrose Studio. Sid and Tom sent new tunes over and we recorded remotely for the first time.”

Tom continues the story: “Thirty years on and the band still sounds wonderful–mature, familiar yet new, and all very much The Long Ryders. It’s brand new musical scenery in our long ryde, and we’re all enjoying the view.”

Drummer Greg Sowders agrees: “Thirty years goes by in the spin of a wig hat. We wanted to give our fans something new for our spring tour. It’s so great to be back in the studio with my favorite rock ‘n’ roll band. We hope you like this new music as much as we do.”


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The Dreaming Spires (& Friends) – Paisley Overground (coloured vinyl)

New from At The Helm Records is a fantastic mini-album – 8 tracks, four from The Dreaming Spires on the a-side and four from friends, Sid Griffin & Tony Poole, Co-Pilgrim, The Hanging Stars and The Raving Beauties on the flip side.

Three of The Dreaming Spires tracks were recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, the fourth Silverlake Sky was written on Sunset Strip during a band tour before being recorded back home in Oxfordshire with a vintage Eko 12-string acoustic.

The album is available digitally as well as lovely vinyl from the fine folks At The Helm Records.

Odds N Ends

Rounding of the Gram theme this week by starting with two essential purchases.

For watching – the Fallen Angel DVD written by ex-Long Ryder and Gram Parsons expert Sid Griffin (on a side note I am reliably informed the two photos that I used in the Grevious Angel post earlier this week were rescued by Sid from an A&M bin in L.A. in 1978 ) and Gandulf Hennig the DVD release contains extra footage that didn’t appear on the original broadcast edition shown on the BBC back in 2004 and is a must watch if you’re a Gram fan, there are contributions from the Parson’s family, Peter Buck and Chris Hillman as well of course as Emmylou and Keith Richards. For reading – Twenty Thousand Roads is an all encompassing biography heavy on the detail – well worth getting your hands on, I am on the look out for a reasonably priced copy of Sid Griffins biog

Gram at Amazon UK

The excellent Band of Heathens have a smart cover of Sin City available for download at their site

Sin City

Original sin  Gram Parsons – Sin City

Hot Burrito #1

Gram Parsons – Hot Burrito #1 (I’m Your Toy)

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