Wrinkle Neck Mules – I Never Thought It Would Go This Far


I Never Thought It Would Go This Far is the title of The Wrinkle Neck Mules sixth studio album, the title of the album acknowledging the bands battle against the odds (as personified by the excellent Central Daylight Time from the previous album Apprentice to Ghosts) and celebrating over fifteen years together, time has not jaded the quality of the bands music though the album is permeated with a certain wistfulness, songs with country heart and a soul of rock ‘n’roll with the vocal delivery impressing upon the listener a certain road-weariness battling with a no-surrender mind-set, the band have once again hit the sweet-spot with their own brand of alt-country-rock.

“We never contemplated that we would still exist 15 years later and certainly never considered the patience it would take to keep it together this long. We’ve taken our share of ass whippings during our history both individually and as a band. Car wrecks, scarlet fever, you name it. In the end, though, the salve has always been the music and the process of collaborating and working together. I think a lot of that theme comes through on this record” explains Andy Stepanian (guitar) who shares songwriting and lead vocal duties with Chase Heard (banjo & guitar), the line-up is completed with rhythm section Brian Gregory (bass guitar) and Stuart Gunter (drums, percussion) and Mason Brent (mandolin, banjo, pedal steel guitar, guitar).


I Never Thought It Would Go This Far is set for release on Atlanta’s Lower 40 Records around February 17th and there is also a limited edition vinyl release on WarHen Records which is available to pre-order now, the album was recorded in a little over a week in June of last year in Barboursville, Virginia with the help of Rob Evans on production / engineering and Mark Goldstein (piano and vintage organs).

Whistlers & Sparklers

Wrinkle Neck Mules / Facebook / Twitter

Shake, rattle, roll

The wrinkle Neck Mules album Apprentice to Ghosts is now out on Lower40 Records, you can order the CD direct from the band here.

Wrinkle Neck Mules – Central Daylight Time

Mary Epworth’s début album Dream Life is out in March on Hand of Glory Records, Black Doe has already made the 6Music playlist and the album is going to be something special.

Come Back To The Bough by mary epworth

Justin Townes Earle is already building a formidable back catalogue and his upcoming album on Bloodshot is one to look forward to next month.

Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

I’ve updated the links for the Radio Songs collection – download here.

Odds N Ends

Not done one of these for a while tending to push the odds n ends I stumble across weekdays over twitter here’s a few worth checking checking out or putting in your diary.









The Wrinkle Neck Mules have a new album due out Feb 21st, the bands fifth release is called Apprentice to Ghosts and will be released by Lower 40 Records, I’ll post some more info as soon as I get some, the Mules have a new website and a tune from the new album features in a US ad – only a snippet but sounding good.












Sharon Van Etten’s has announced her new album the release date for Tramp is February 7, another one to look forward to.

Lydia Loveless and Scott H. Biram have joined up for The Bad Machine Tour in the US and made a couple of mp3s available to enjoy.

Bad Machine Tour 2012 by Bloodshot Records












LA’s The Milk Carton Kids are giving away their album Prologue, here a favourtie track from the release, you can download the whole thing by clicking here.

The Milk Carton Kids – Michigan












Cheyenne Marie Mize – Wishing-Well

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

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