Nine Beats Collective reveal title track to new album ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’

The title track from a new album by The Nine Beats Collective, this is ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ as performed by Mikael R Andreasen.

The album as a whole is a collection of tracks from artists all around the world, all working to shed light on those who are perhaps less fortunate than ourselves. It is released on June 19th from all the usual places, and comes highly recommended.

For a further idea of what to expect, check out the second and third singles below:

 

Cranky George – ‘Misery Road’ single from ‘Fat Lot of Good Album’

Pleasingly lo-fi and full of charm, this is the video for new single ‘Misery Road’ from folk-rock five piece Cranky George. Taken from their new album ‘Fat Lot of Good’, this rides an easy mid-tempo throughout, and takes highlights from a couple of smart time signature changes.

Based in LA, Cranky George’s signature sound arguably comes from the deep vocal of lead singer Dermot Mulroney, all set to a lilting roots background. And if you’re wondering where you’ve seen his face before, Mulroney is perhaps better known as an actor than musician, having appeared in movies like ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’.

The album is available now from the band’s website.

Pete Townshend teams with Des Horsfall (Kuschty Rye) for stunning single ‘Chameleon’

If ever there was a single made for lovers of folk music, then new track ‘Chameleon’ might just be it. Written by Katy Lane – ex-wife and muse of Ronnie Lane (The Small Faces/The Faces) – and performed by Des Horsfall’s Kuschty Rye and The Who’s Pete Townshend, the single is out on Friday.

It comes from a new Kuschty Rye album (in three volumes no less) which celebrates the life and work of Ronnie Lane. Clearly something of a passion project for Des Horsfall, the collaboration with Townshend came about because the legendary Who guitarist heard about the triple album and wanted to be involved.

The result is the delicate, beautiful single above.

Jess Thristan – ‘From Me To You’ single out now

A long time favourite on this website, Jess Thristan is a UK songwriter who produces superb, roots inflected acoustic music. With an album in the offing for early next year, it’s no surprise that there is a single release to close out the year.

What is something of a surprise is that this talented songwriter has decided to release a cover song as that teaser single. Any concerns are short lived though, thanks to this beautifully artful orchestral rendering of a a Beatles classic.

http://www.jessthristan.co.uk/

New folk music alert! Folkstock Records set for ‘Downtown’ compilation release

Available from tomorrow on their website, Folkstock Records are releasing their brand new folk compilation album ‘Downtown’. Putting together a ten song collection from eight different artists, the album pulls together new music from some of their most promising finds of the last year or so.

The album is being released in celebration of those eight artists, who will all be playing a part in this year’s London Folk and Roots Festival with the help of the Folkstock label.

Both ‘Emerging Artist’ events will be held on successive Tuesdays at The Islington venue in London, and should be in the diary of any London based folk fan. November 4th sees Folkstock host an alternative country evening, with Fred’s House, Marina Florance, Kaity Rae and Ben Smith. One week later, they will be celebrating talented female songwriters with Kelly Oliver, Minnie Birch, Daria Kulesh and Zoe Wren on November 11th.

If you can’t wait that long, then you can get the album from tomorrow from £7. However, if you can make it along to the gigs, you will be able to pick up a copy for free. Not a bad reward for simply supporting independent folk.

Tickets: November 4th / November 11th

More info on claiming your free album: Click here

Buy the album: Click here

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/

‘Spiritual Haven’ – new album from Russell Suereth

The producer of a series of short videos about spiritual places around the world, Russell Suereth is a composer who draws strongly from the roots of the spiritual.  His new album, ‘Spiritual Haven’, is presented in a longer form than his videos, but is no less effective for the lack of visual imagery.

The album, on the flip side, is a languid, blend of ancient instrumentation with contemporary technologies and production, built to take the listener on a journey. The track above, ‘Realization’, is a telling introduction to the feel of the piece.

In spite of the modern recording methods and synths, there’s certainly something earthy to be found here in the layering of older instruments. The lack of lyrics also lends itself to the cause – with no words to distract listeners from their own interpretation of what they’re hearing.

If you enjoy the video above, you can find more at http://www.russellsuereth.com/spiritual-new-age-music

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