Kelly Moneymaker – ‘Stone’ album out now

Some of the finest offshoots of roots music – gospel, country, rock and roll, and particularly soul – stand front and center of this great new album from vocalist Kelly Moneymaker.

Out now, ‘Stone’ finds Moneymaker on really fine form, growling out her powerful vocal over a range of genres, all given a consistency by the clean production and that unique voice.

On top of those solid foundations, Moneymaker sparkles throughout – 13 tracks of varying styles, all adding up to a very solid and consistent release.

http://www.kellymoneymaker.com/

Leo Sayer – ‘Restless Years’ album

Straight up pop laced with folky touches of harmonica, blues, and even a touch of jazz, the new album from Leo Sayer is out now. A million miles from the stomping folk style currently popular in the charts, this is subtle, effective and mellow, but just as uplifting in its own way.

Packed with songs in which Sayer looks back on life with something of a contented smile, the album shows off a songwriter who knows his hit making days are behind him, but still loves what he does. Just look at the production – all taken care of by the man himself – for the proof. Meticulous, clean, and well captured, every note is clear as a bell and perfectly placed.

The lyrics are those of an artist ruminating on the latter years of a legendary career, sharing his thoughts on later life, the state of the world, the music industry and more. Hugely pleasant company you will want to return to time and again.

Buy the album now:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/restless-years/id1021586520

http://www.amazon.co.uk/69/dp/B00XZQIWZ6/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=148R02WGNENHYGG285VC

 

UK TOUR DATES 2015

With special guest, singer/songwriter, Michael Armstrong

 

September

Wednesday 9thBIRMINGHAM JAM HOUSE

Thursday 10thMANCHESTER LOWRY

Friday 11thWORTHING ASSEMBLY HALL

Saturday 12thEAST GRINSTEAD MEAD THEATRE

Monday 14thLANCASTER GRAND THEATRE

Tuesday 15thHUNSTANTON PRINCESS THEATRE

Thursday 17thNORWICH ST ANDREWS HALL

Friday 18thBUXTON OPERA HOUSE

Saturday 19thMUSSELBURGH BRUNTON

Sunday 20th GLENROTHES ROTHES HALL

Tuesday 22ndLEEDS CITY VARIETIES

Wednesday 23rdPORTHCAWL GRAND PAVILLION

Friday 25thLONDON HIPPODROME

Saturday 26thHARLOW PLAYHOUSE

Sunday 27thMILTON KEYNES STABLES

Tuesday 29thDURHAM GALA THEATRE

 

October

Thursday 1stISLE OF WIGHT SHANKLIN THEATRE

Friday 2ndSOUTHAMPTON CONCORDE

Saturday 3rdWIMBORNE TIVOLI THEATRE

Sunday 4thBURY ST EDMUNDS APEX

Tuesday 6thLONDON HIPPODROME

Thursday 8thWOLVERHAMPTON ROBIN 2

Saturday 10thHOLMFIRTH PICTUREDOME

Sunday 11thWARRINGTON PYRAMID & PARR HALL

Jerry Lawson – ‘Just a Mortal Man’ album out now – debut solo album, AGE 71!

Out now through Red Beet Records, ‘Just a Mortal Man’ is a very special album for two reasons. Not only is it a great listen, but it’s the very first solo album ever released by 71 year old Jerry Lawson. Lawson, who has worked at the top of showbusiness for over 40 years, has always been part of hit making groups, but never stepped out on his own. Until now.

The result is this 13 track collection of laid back, low octane but high quality set of tracks with a real rootsy feel.  Charming throughout, Lawson’s smooth baritone moves like warm treacle over the classy backing, taking in folk, gospel, country, pop, soul, funk and so much more. It’s a fitting first album from a man who has clearly still got enough talent to flaunt it, but does it here in humble, low-key fashion.

The only taste you can find online at the moment seems to be the video below, a nice little rock’n’roll number. But trust me when I say there’s plenty more where that came from.

‘It Is What It Is’ – the new album from Songs for Mr Sloane

Out now, the new album from Songs For Mr Sloane is called ‘It Is What It Is’ and it’s a real songwriter’s LP. Not strictly folk or roots, though there are plenty of elements in the lyrics and storytelling, this is instead an album of mixed genres, something of an exercise in eclecticism.

The creation of a group of musicians from different background, you get the feeling that this is music as the band want it to sound. A host of ideas tossed in the juicer to see what comes out, it makes for an intriguing listen – compelling at times, less so at others.

By its very nature the songs ebb and flow as the genres and style change, and it’s hard to imagine one single listener likeing the whole thing. Some of the songs are so different, tied together only by the gruff, no nonsense vocal, that any perceived strengths and weaknesses will be entirely subjective. It will depend on the taste of the listener which bits they think are strongest.

One thing’s for sure though – all the musicianship, production and structural integrity of the songs is on point, and you can’t disagree with those qualities, even if one or two individual styles leave you cold.

http://songsformrsloane.bandcamp.com/album/it-is-what-it-is

Jess Thristan’s much anticipated Little Bird out now

One of the UK’s hottest new singer/songwriters 19 year old Jess Thristan is releasing the breath taking new single Little Bird. The wonderfully melodic and catchy tune is a masterly piece of music that fuses classic singer/songwriting with contemporary pop sensitivities.

The new single, which is out now, is a follow up to April’s Side By Side EP which gained major national radio play and reached number 8 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

Little Bird shows a progression in the development of Jess as an extremely credible writer and performer and has already flying up the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts in pre orders.

With Little Bird already achieving national radio play on BBC Radio 2 and a live performance on Clare Balding’s radio show, Little Bird looks certain to further Jess Thristan’s reputation.

Buy Little Bird on iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/little-bird-single/id924975129

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Kat Eaton – Givin’ It Up

‘I’m givin’ it up’ sings Kat Eaton on one of the new songs to be lifted from her new EP, which she recorded live in association with celebrated online session hosts Ont’ Sofa. However, fans of the newly London based Sheffield born songstress will be pleased to know that music is not something she is set to walk away from any time soon.

 

Having launched her solo career in late 2013 with the single ‘Alien’, Eaton’s vocal talents have gone far from unnoticed. Immediately garnering the support of BBC Introducing, Eaton set out on her debut solo tour across the UK, where she garnered rave reviews.

 

Determined to build on her already stellar reputation, Eaton opted to step away from the life on the road, relocate to London and work solidly with some of the industry’s strongest songwriters to really define her musical identity and establish her sound. The resulting material immediately attracted the attention of Ont’ Sofa, who were already aware of Eaton’s prowess as a vocalist and invited her to record the EP in one live session.

 

Unsurprisingly given the raw honesty of her lyrical material, and the strength of her vocal, Eaton has garnered comparisons to some of the industry’s strongest performers. The new EP sees Eaton sail from the Paolo Nutini playfulness of ‘Don’t Paint It Black’ to

 

While working on her own material, other upcoming talents caught wind of the Eaton’s skill with melody and lyrics. As a result, 2014 not only marks the debut of her heavily anticipated EP, but will also see writing collaborations for The X Factor’s Craig Colton and The Voice’s Vince Freeman surface.