One of my favourite UK bands The Barker Band have kindly sent me a copy of their latest album Dig Me A Hole , the album is the bands fifth and given I’m a huge fan of the previous four albums, and I’m a glass half empty kind of guy – despite having already been able to listen to some tracks from the album on-line I was a little apprehensive before listening to the whole album fearing it may not reach the heights of the previous releases and would end in disappointment, my fears I’m pleased to report were totally unfounded as it’s a wonderful album and goes straight into the top drawer of 2012 for me.
The band have developed their sound and move further away from their earlier bluegrass leanings now drawing on a greater range of styles to produce their strongest set . . . → Read More: The Barker Band – Dig Me A Hole
Posted some news about this back in September of 2011, now the band have an official release date for the album April 1st and a new website to go with it.
Recorded live at the betsey trotwood, clerkenwell.
Beat Surrender’s Halloween mix-tape
Cat Power – Werewolf (BBC) (buy) Willard Grant Conspiracy -Bring the Monster Inside (buy) Rachel Harrington – Halloween Leaves (buy) Jon Langford And His Sadies – Little Vampires (buy) Halfway – Monster City (buy) Deadman – Ghost Story (buy) Eric Ambel -Vampire Blues (buy) Jolie Holland – Ghostly Girl (buy) Betty & The Werewolves – Werewolves (buy) Mekons -Big Zombie (buy) Buffalo Gospel -I’m the Ghost (buy) The Resentments – Zombie For Love (buy)
And last but not least a track from The Barker Band you can get through Bandcamp.
. . . → Read More: Halloween Mix
I spent an hour or two last night trawling through the WWW trying to catch up on what a few favourite bands I’d not heard any news on in a while and lo-and-behold I find out The Barker Band are getting around to releasing a new album that they’ve being working on for sometime now – not on a Guns N Roses / Gilliam Welch timescale I should add, but it’s must be two years ago when it was first mentioned – anyway the goods news is according to a recent Facebook post the new record is due out in November and in the interim there are a few tracks to sample and one to download from Bandcamp.
For those not familiar with the band, Dig Me A Hole will be the bands fifth release, twin brothers Sam (banjo, mandolin) and Jake (banjo, mandolin) Barker along with life . . . → Read More: The Barker Band – Dig Me A Hole
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 . . . → Read More: More Twang – Volume III
The Barker Band – Live Webcast
Great Best of 09 compilation from Hear Ya
The Duke & The King New West Best of 09