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Vanessa Peters – With The Sentimentals

Vanessa Peters - 'With The Sentimentals' - cover (300dpi)

Over the last twelve years Vanessa Peters has played more than a thousand shows in the US and across Europe, the Dallas based singer-songwriter releases today (May the 11th) a new collaborative album, With The Sentimentals, that was recorded  in tour time-outs during April & October of last year.

The ten-track release includes nine original songs from Vanessa and kicks off with a cover of Hem’s Pacific Street which along with all of the songs on the album was recorded  ‘live’ by  Vanessa together with husband and bandmate / producer Rip Rowan and The Sentimentals a Copenhagen based Americana band featuring  M.C. Hansen (guitars), Nikolaj Wolf (upright bass) and Jacob Chano (drums).

Vanessa Peters & The Sentimentals (2)

The Sentimentals have collaborated with Vanessa previously playing together on two trips to Denmark and one back in Vanessa’s home state of Texas though this is the first time they’ve got together to record, the album was created from two sessions that took place in studios located in the Danish countryside and without the need for overdubs:

“The Sentimentals are a really fluid, organic band, and they work well like that – they like to do two, three takes of a song, and then move on and that gave the album this lovely, cozy, laid-back feel,” explains Vanessa.

Three of tracks are re-workings of songs from Vanessa’s excellent back catalogue (previously on Beat Surrender) and the prolific songwriter is already working on new material for an album tentatively slated for release this towards the end of this year.

The plaintive opening cover track fits well with Vanessa’s songwriting style and vocal, the piano of the Hem original replaced by guitar with the result sounding a little more uplifting and reminiscent of Fields of Gold, the first of the new tracks Call You All The Time continues with the melancholy through the lyrics but juxtaposed against a livelier country shuffle back-beat, the first of the three re-worked tracks is next up, Big Time Underground which originally appeared on the 2006 album Little Films (recorded with Ice Cream on Mondays) along with Fireworks which also appears later on this release, in both cases the ‘new’ arrangements are stronger and suit the songs better, the remaining re-worked track is Afford To Pretend which was originally recorded for the 2006 EP, The Blackout.  

The album has a dynamic borne from the two separate recording sessions and the old v new material but maintains a sense of fluidity too – the songs are trademark Vanessa Peters, melodic, thoughtful and heartfelt and this latest album can only win her music more fans.


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M.C. Hansen – 3

3 is both an ambitious and interesting musical project from Danish M.C. Hansen triple CD album offers different versions of the same songs;

From Part One

M.C. Hansen 3 (Part One, Dallas, TX) – They Got That From Me

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Pleasantry Lane Studio in Dallas, Texas by Rip Rowan with Milo Deering on pedal steel guitar, mandolin, dobro and fiddle. Vanessa Peters and Paul Averitt backing vocals and Rip Rowan on percussion, keyboards and piano.

From Part Two

M.C. Hansen 3 (Part Two, Fredericia, DK) They Got That From Me

With Hansen’s Danish band, recorded at Det Bruunske Pakhus in Fredericia, Denmark by Kaspar Vorbech. Jacob Chano plays the drums, Morten Brauner bass, Uffe Steen clarinet and electric guitar. Søren Henner mixed the album at Flueknepperiet in Copenhagen.

From Part Three

M.C. Hansen 3 (Part Three, Island Of Møn, DK) They Got That From Me

Recorded at the Real Farm Studio by Rip Rowan with Nikolaj Busk on piano, accordion and glockenspiel, Aske Jacoby electric and acoustic guitar. Nikolaj Wolf mixed the album and added some bass at Ulvetoner in Copenhagen.


Vanessa Peters – The Burn The Truth The Lies

Here’s another Kickstarter success story from a Beat Surrender favourite Vanessa Peters who latest album is up for pre-order now, the Texas-based singer-songwriter who has being recording and playing since 2002 has racked-up over a thousand gigs in eleven countries and also spent a period of years based in Italy – touring through Europe with and without the band Ice Cream on Mondays with whom she recorded and released a trio of albums.

In 2009 after splitting with the band and returning to Texas Vanessa was left feeling emotionally and physically worn down and began to question whether she could continue making music, then last year “almost on a lark” a festive album The Christmas We Hoped For was recorded and released which went on to make its way on to a number of festive top-lists – creative mojo restored she threw of the self-doubt and began writing for what has been distilled into the The Burn The Truth The Lies.

Using Kickstarter as the motivator, a promise made to fans in exchange for their support Vanessa has definitely delivered the goods – album number seven is her best yet and my faith in backing the project has been rewarded handsomely and I highly recommend it, recorded in Austin at Texas Treefort Studios it was engineered by Jim Vollentine (Patty Griffin ,Spoon) and features performances from John Dufilho on drums, Jason Garner on bass, Grammy award-winning guitarist Joe Reyes, and producer Rip Rowan on keyboards.

Listen, enjoy and get the pre-order at Bandcamp

Looking forward to 2012










After another fantastic year of music it’s time to turn my attention to 2012, here’s a few that I’m looking forward to.

Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
Lucero – to be announced
Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes
Franz Nicolay – Do the Struggle
Ellen & The Escapades – to be announced
Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
The Lemonheads Hotel Sessions
The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know
Damien Jurado – Maraqopa
Bruce Springsteen – to be announced
Gaslight Anthem – to be announced
Woody Guthrie Project – Jay Farrar,Anders Parker,Will Johnson and Jim James
Vanessa Peters – to be announced
The Arlenes – to be announced
Sons of Bill – to be announced
American Aquarium – Burn Flicker Die
Wrinkle Neck Mules – Apprentice to Ghosts
Hall of Ghosts – A Random Quiet
Bruce Springsteen – Electric Nebraska (30 years since the ‘original’ so you never know)

The Twilight Sad – Kill It In The Morning by Fat Cat Records

Giant Water – early rough mix (mp3) by hallofghosts

Kathleen Edwards – Change The Sheets by Kathleen Edwards

Damien Jurado – Nothing is the News by beatsurrender

serpents // sharon van etten by sexmusic

Craig Finn – Honolulu Blues by Vagrant Records

Vanessa Peters – The Christmas We Hoped For

The Christmas We Hoped for

Vanessa Peters has had another busy year touring, planning, writing and recording but managed in the middle of year amidst outside temperatures of a 100+ to put together her first festive record The Christmas We Hoped For, the title track a Peter’s original takes pride of place on the recording that includes some takes on traditional tunes, ‘classics’ and the contemporary in the form of The Weepies All That I Want, so you get the best of all worlds wedded one recording, something old, something new, something borrowed and something country-blues.

If if like myself you have penchant for a festive tune or two then I’d highly recommend you get your hands on the album that offers a perfect accompaniment to the time-of-year, so kick back with glass of mulled wine and a mince pie (or Panettone and Bombardino if your prefer) and enjoy ride

Vanessa’s next album is already underway and was partly fan funded through Kickstarter with a small contribution from yours truly, the album will be co-produced by Rip Rowan (Old 97s), set for release in early 2012 there are plans to tour both the US and Europe in support of the release, stay tuned for news on the albums and gigs.

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