Featured Artist of The Month Semi-Twang
THE MILWAUKEE-BASED BAND SHARES THEIR NEW SINGLE "THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS" AS A FREE MP3!
SEMI-TWANG: left to right: Jason Klagstad, John Sieger, Bob Schneider, Mike Hoffmann, Mike Sieger, Bob Jennings [photo credit: Deone Jahnke]
When Semi-Twang reunited in 2009 to play the twentieth anniversary of Shank Hall, the premier showcase club in their hometown of Milwaukee, they showed up to help celebrate a venue they'd played on the club's opening night. Expectations were modest - do a couple of rehearsals, show up, have fun & go home. However, the gig turned out to be an incredible experience for both band and fans and the group decided it was too good to stop.
Rewind to 1988: Semi-Twang thought they'd taken their best shot with Salty Tears, their Warner Brothers debut album. That record generated tons of critical acclaim but little in the way of sales. Soon after its release, other opportunities beckoned and the band members went their separate ways. Friendships survived, but the band was history. For John Sieger, the songwriter and main vocalist, Nashville, TN seemed like a good idea. Dwight Yoakam was one of many artists who found Sieger’s songs and producers like Pete Anderson and Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) were finding slots for his tunes. Guitarist Mike Hoffmann stayed busy producing other artists and the other fellows in the band - Mike Sieger (bass), Bob Jennings (multi-instrumentalist), Bob Schneider (drums) and Jason Klagstad (guitars) - were soon scooped up by other groups around town.
After the '09 Shank reunion, the band decided a new recording was in order... the one they should have made first. Unlike their debut, (a major label project with a budget just this side of a NASA launch) the band recorded on the sly, mostly at Hoffmann’s House Studio and Sieger’s Room w/a VU — small, Pro Tools equipped, comfy and cozy. The pace was relaxed with sessions every few weeks for most of 2010. The atmosphere was loose but unwavering in its vision - get in, make the best record you've ever made, get out — what’s so hard about that?
In March of 2011, Wages Of Sin, their first album in 23 years, was released to overwhelmingly positive response from critics and fans alike, along with heavy local airplay. Semi-Twang had always harkened back to classic artists like Dylan, The Beatles and The Band. This approach paid off handsomely on Wages, an album that dares you to put a time-stamp on it.
Which brings us to 2013: On March 26th, the band will release their third full-length project, The Why And The What For, a recording that ups the stakes as it traverses through the musical geography of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and New Orleans with passion and conviction. It's topical and personal with a bit more soul influence — it even includes a few throwbacks to the duckwalk days of Chuck Berry. Oh, and you'll also be rewarded with one or two of those unclassifiable yet familiar songs you've come to expect from Semi-Twang.
Semi-Twang's The Why And The What For will be available March 26th on CD and digital formats.
Spring and summer tour dates will be announced soon!
1. The Wrong Side of the Tracks
2. 52 Jokers
3. Au Contraire
4. The More She Gets The More She Wants
5. You Love Everybody
6. Contents Under Pressure
7. Love Interest
8. Making Everybody Cry
9. Miss Watson
10. A Handsome Man
11. Dark Out
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Featured Artist of The Month Phil Lee
Please find The Mighty King Of Love Phil Lee "Exclusive" preview from the forthcoming album. The album will again be produced and features the great Richard Bennett (Neil Diamond, Dire Straits) and is titled “The Fall & Further Decline of The Mighty King Of Love”, and Phil and his music will appear in a new movie to be released next year, titled "The One Who Loves You"
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Lord Carrett says:
"Phil Lee is a pint-sized Babe Ruth. Like The Babe, he possesses a wide range of the skills vital to his profession (In Phil’s case, singing, songwriting, and guitar playing), he has the respect of his peers, and women love him--if his songs are to be believed.
Phil’s also had the good fortune to be surrounded by greatness. His five albums are remarkably consistent--partly because his producer, and his band have remained the same. Guys who’ve played with The Archies, Wilco, and Johnny Cash, and there aren’t any minor leaguers sitting on those benches.
Like “The Babe,” Phil isn’t big on singles--normally a negative for a recording artist--because Phil Lee hits home run after home run. And here’s another one that lands on/bounces off the scoreboard! This record rocks like a nymphomanic’s trailer!"
- Lord Carrett
Click photo (right) for exclusive free download of "I Like Everything" from the new album.
Featured Arists Milagro Saints.
Milagro Saints are releasing their 8th album “Chance & Circumstance” on Raleigh N.C.’s Moon Caravan label. The album has been recorded over the last several months by Nashville producer/session musician, Jick wins-Low, at his home studio in Carrboro, N.C. S.D. Ineson, lead singer-songwriter, acoustic guitarist says:“The Saints have a hybrid sound evolving out of the fact that I am an English-born transplant to the States (brought over by NYC’s TVT Records as part of the English Pop/Rock group The Jack Rubies). I have always been drawn to the ‘exotic’ otherness of America, its big landscapes and the mixed-up geneology of its musical history. I tend to cross different genres and write a diversity of material. Its my take on “Americana”- a poetic-folk-roots/rock hybrid.
In the current music situation, bands we relate to and admire are Railroad Earth, Donna The Buffalo, Calexico, because they (and we) focus on well-defined songs but can also stretch out and jam at leisure. We have eight band members, who can all solo like banshees, so the musical possibilities are endless!” band members are:
Lee Kirby Hammond organ, Piano, Accordian, Melodion, Blues Harp.
Roberto Morales Electric guitar, Twang guitar, Electric Mandolin Smitty Cosmic Lap Steel
Rusty May Drums
Steve Samosky Bass
Joyce Bowden a Singer/multi-instrumentalist who has previously
worked with Tom Tom Club, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads)
Joey Ramone and Arthur Russell- provides multiple Harmonies
and Duet Voices.
Jick wins-Low Produced, and Recorded everything, also provided extra Bass, Drums, Percussion, Trombone, Violin,a 12 string guitar solo and Vocal Harmonies!.
The Saints have been playing locally and nationally for several years and have released 8 albums (7 on Moon Caravan Records). This last October the band opened for Rusted Root at Raleigh Amphitheater and in the past have been invited to play at festivals such as The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in his hometown
of Okemah, OK, (playing the onstage finale with Arlo Guthrie),the Jack Kerouac 50th anniversary of ‘On The Road’ in Lowell, Mass. opening for 10,000 Maniacs, and N.C.’s Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival headlined by Donna The Buffalo, Marshall Tucker Band, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. Also Durham CenterFest, Festival for the Eno, and Carrboro Music Festival.
Tap Root Radio intervies and acoustic session here on FSR http://flyinshoes.ning.com/profiles/blogs/tpr-86-milagro-saints
September October Featured Artists The Imaginneers
See them live, in the raw, to truly understand. On listening, the Glaswegian origin and spirit is blatant through the Scottish twang provided by the vocals of Steven Young. The cinematic landscapes, the shades of Spain and the twist of surf guitar present in The Imagineers sound paints you a picture of somewhere you’re not sure you have ever been while keeping you rooted in the present with a live energy.
The story of the band members exists in the songs themselves with themes of; unrequited desire, youthful nostalgia, surrealism and a lust for life, all delivered with melodic hooks and passion.
The Imagineers are; Steven Young (vocals, rhythm guitar), Scott Bonnyman (lead guitar, vocals), Stephen Forbes (Drums) and Ali Greig (Bass guitar, backing vocals).
The Glasgow based 4-piece united over a shared respect for; Bob Dylan, Quentin Tarrantino soundtracks, The Doors, Spanish rhythms, Arctic Monkeys and the blues, before they began crafting their own sound during the spring of 2010.
After 12 months together the band released a demo EP ‘See as I Say’ which was followed by a rigorous gigging schedule throughout the UK, culminating in a homecoming slot at Glasgow’s iconic Barrowlands ballroom at the end of the year.
July August Featured Artist Charlie Roth
Charlie Roth's 7th solo album is a collection of 12 new tracks. Once again he takes us with him on the journey! from the desert hill country of Texas to the heather clad glens of bonny Scotland. There is a song of his home on the plains, a waltz across love, and a reflection on social change, some barstool ballads about thinkin’, drinkin’, and cheatin’. Charlie delivers stories as always plain and simple, inspired songs, inspiring playing, and inspirational singing.
Highly influenced by the storytelling of Texas songwriters and his past efforts have likened him to Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Townes VanZant and others in that tradition. It wasn't until he joined the Celtic band 3 years ago that he immersed himself in the musical traditions of the British Isles. Charlie's last record 'Broken Ground' went to #6 on the Euro Americana charts and garnered him two European tours and both times it brought him to the highlands of Scotland. There are two traditional Celtic songs 'Wild Mountain Thyme' and 'Jolly Bold Robber'
There are two covers, one of which is 'The Ully Mill Song' from the late great New York City songwriter Jack Hardy whom Charlie met and befriended in Texas at the Kerrville Folk Festival. "Jack is a legend and a hero to many including me and even though he also wrote cowboy songs he could write a song you would swear was written three hundred years ago in Ireland.'" says Charlie "He also co-wrote another track on the record called 'Holy Mother of God' with me but refused to take any credit." The other is a beautiful waltz 'In My Eyes' written another recently departed well respected songwriter Tim Henderson who Charlie met at a club he was working in Austin. "Tim heard me singing and gave me five of his CDs, it was pretty obvious he wanted me to cover one of his tunes. I found that waltz and it just leveled me. It is exactly what a woman wants to hear from a man. When I heard he passed away I knew that was a sad day in Austin Texas and if that song isn't a hit record I don't know a damn thing about what is."
June July Featured Artist Ed Romanoff
Ed Romanoff’s 2012 self-titled debut is a gritty masterwork of melancholic and atmospheric Americana. The album evokes the solo work of Mark Knopfler, the swampy mysticism of New Orleans, and the kind of redemption you find at the end of an introspective night with a good bottle of whiskey. “There is something compelling about why I’m doing this now,” Ed says thoughtfully. “There is truth in a good song, and when you pursue it, and write about something real, you find out something real and true about yourself. And the more you do it, the more it helps you heal, and it heals others in a similar way. It’s a crazy circle but it works.”
Ed’s eleven-track debut cuts a wide emotional swath, from the good-natured sorry-I-messed-up sentimentality of “I Must Have Done Something Right” to the brave vulnerability of “St. Vincent De Paul.” Ed wrote the latter when he made a pilgrimage with Americana artist Mary Gauthier to the orphanage where she had been left on the day she was born. They became good friends and Mary asked Ed to join her on the road as sideman, writing partner, and later in taking a DNA test, as she wanted to learn more about her biological past. In taking the test, Ed found out recently the father he grew up with was not his biological father. “Sometimes you write a song and sometimes it writes you back,” he says.
On St. Vincent de Paul Ed sings about the search for his father with weathered sincerity: “If we met on the street/Would I Know His Face?/And would he look into mine/And find there is a trace/Of a woman he loved once/A long time ago/Or would I pass him right by/And not even know it/A basket of rushes in a river of men.”
Ed’s voice is gentle yet haunting, while his guitar playing is economic and steeped in all stripes of Americana, from boozy blues to brothel jazz. The album is produced by Crit Harmon, esteemed for his work with Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna, and Mary Gauthier, and features backup vocals from Josh Ritter, Tift Merritt, Meg Hutchinson, and Mary. Mary and Ed uniquely cover the Harlan Howard song, “I Fall To Pieces,” that Patsy Cline made famous.
This accomplished first album has a moony ambience with elegiac lap steel, saloon violins, and a gentle hum of Wurlitzer organs. Its smoky haze and rustic production are delicately grounded by the grit and earthiness of Ed’s voice. 9 songs from this debut record have been recognized in international songwriting competitions prior to its release, including “Breakfast for One on the Fifth of July,” written with Mary Gauthier, which won for best lyrics at the 2011 International Songwriting Competition and the 2011 USA Songwriting Competition. It may have taken Ed a little over two years and two generations to write his album, but he’s perfectly on time. After all, they say it takes a lifetime to write your first record.
April May Featured Artists Six Mile Grove
It all started in the small town of Lyle, MN (pop. 500) with a skid loader and a fence post, when Six Mile Grove frontman Brandon Sampson was 7 years old. He injured his hand when helping his dad on the family farm. The physician recommended guitar playing for rehabilitation, and a few weeks later, Sampson came home from the music store with a new guitar. His younger brother Brian threw a fit, and was appeased with a shiny drum set. And so the seeds of Six Mile Grove were planted.
The brothers spent years pounding away on their instruments in the kitchen of their great grandmother’s old house, as well as singing in church with their mom, an organist and devoted music lover. Soon Brian’s friend Barry, from across the woods, wanted to join the noise, and so his years of piano lessons began paying off. The boys realized they would need a bass player, put an ad in the paper, and dug up Dezi Wallace from the “big city” of Austin, MN, who arrived courtesy of his mom, as he did not yet have a driver’s license.
Fast forward 15 years, and Six Mile Grove has a lot to be proud of. They have weathered the ever changing music scene as a primarily self-managed, self-produced, and self-recorded band. Their music has evolved accordingly, as an organic, honest voice that has not been tinkered with or tainted by the lure of record labels or flashy music producers. You’re sure to find influences of Minnesota music’s founding fathers; from Bob Dylan to the Jayhawks, Six Mile Grove honours it’s roots, but has also managed to forge it’s own sound and space on a stage without compromise. They hearken most to the genre of Americana, which recognizes the value of songwriting and musicianship over radio charts and record sales, and reflects that in artists as diverse as Emmy Lou Harris and Lyle Lovett. In addition, their friendship, touring and recording with legendary Johnny Cash guitarist Bob Wootton, has lended even more distinctly to their “good all-American boy” sound and style.
Six Mile Grove is releasing it’s sixth album this Spring 2012, titled “Secret Life in a Quiet Town.” In this album, Sampson muses on the responsibilities of providing for a family, keeping love alive, and fighting for what’s right in the world. These themes resonate with all the members of the band, as guys with day jobs, wives and kids. You’ll hear the whines and growls in Nelson’s piano and lead guitar licks; the take-it-easy pace of Wallace’s bass, and the simple to furious tempos in Brian Sampson’s drums.
Also available on Six Mile Groves label Rena’s Kitchen Records "Guaranteed Cash" with Johnny Cash's Guitarist of 35 years
As Bob Wootton states, “There’s nothing fancy about them and they don’t try to be something they’re not. And that’s what I like about them.”
Six Mile Grove and Bob Wootton on FSR
March Featured Artist Kevin Gordon
Over the course of twenty years of writing, recording and touring, Kevin Gordon has built an impressively consistent catalog of songs, a critically-acclaimed stack of albums, and a reputation for dynamic live performances. His new record, Gloryland, will be released in early 2012. Author Peter Guralnick said about Gloryland:
"There's nothing else around today quite like Kevin Gordon’s music. I'm a huge Kevin Gordon fan. Think of John Lee Hooker tied to the hard, imagistic poetry of William Carlos Williams, and you get a little bit of an idea. It’s something like trance blues, I
suppose – but then you encounter the tangled, complex story lines of 'Colfax' or 'Trying to Get to Memphis' or 'Bus to Shreveport.' There really is no way to sum it up neatly – you just have to listen. And listen again. For the pure emotional pleasure of it. For the
unmistakable, hard-driving passion of words and music, rocking together in rhythm."
Gordon's previous release, "o Come Look at the Burning" - climbed to the Top 10 on the Americana radio chart, and continues to receive significant airplay at XM/Sirius satellite radio. The album made several year-end Top Albums lists as well. Playboy magazine says, "Kevin Gordon's 'O Come Look At The Burning' may be the least classifiable of the [Nashville Underground] lot but perhaps the best, with a strange assortment of swamp rock, blues and literate lyrics."
The opening track from the Burning record, "Watching the Sun Go Down", was recently licensed for use in the new HBO series, True Blood. The title track of Kevin's 2000 Shanachie Records release, "Down to the Well"- a duet with Lucinda Williams, was featured on both the Oxford American Music issue CD and on No Depression: What It Sounds Like, Vol. 1 compilation, released by Dualtone Records.
Gordon's songs have been recorded by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Irma Thomas, Webb Wilder, Kate Campbell, and others. His recordings are featured in major motion picture soundtracks and in national advertising campaigns. Raised in north Louisiana and currently based in Nashville, Kevin earned a master's degree in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
January/February Featured artist
John Lilly is a multi-talented acoustic music performer from Charleston, West Virginia, specializing in Americana, country roots, and traditional folk music. He writes new songs that sound as old as the hills, and performs older songs like they were made yesterday. According to one reviewer, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.”
John has released five self-produced CDs. “Haunted Honky Tonk” achieved the #1 position on both the Freeform American Roots (FAR) and the Euro Americana radio charts in November 2007. “Broken Moon,” released in 2000, earned enthusiastic reviews and widespread radio airplay. John’s second CD, “Last Chance to Dance,” released in 2003, debuted at #1 on the FAR radio chart and rose to #4 on the Euro Americana radio chart. His 2005 CD release, “Blue Highway,” is a collaboration with legendary Tennessee fiddler Ralph Blizard. John's latest CD, "John Lilly Live on Red Barn Radio," released in 2010, features Lilly in an intimate solo setting.
John is recognized internationally as a powerful performing songwriter. He was the winner of the 2010 “Next Great Road Song” contest, sponsored by Midas and Spin, out of more than 1,200 song entries. In 2005, he won the national Ghost Writers In the Sky songwriting contest, for his original song “Blue Highway.” He was a finalist in the 2002 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, chosen from 853 entries for his song "Broken Moon."
John was born in Illinois in 1954 and has traveled and performed widely, including three tours of Scotland and visits to 48 states. A former member of the Green Grass Cloggers dance team, John spent years playing traditional string band music with groups including Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers. He is a former a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, and is currently editor of West Virginia’s Goldenseal magazine.
Time: November 26, 2011 from 7:30pm to 11pm
Location: Coffee Shop
Street: Cromarty Buildings
Website or Map: http://www.reverbnation.com/a…
Event Type: record, launch
Organized By: Ally McLeod
Latest Activity: Nov 5
Ally's circuitous route back to music took in acting, writing and directing for the theatre, a quick sojourn into film and back to music...
Due to a fortuitous encounter with Martin Stephenson, Ally began recording songs for her first three - yes three - albums with Martin in March 2010...
The imminent arrival of the first born - Astor Place - includes all original material by Ally...
The tracks feature Martin on guitars and Allan Leckie on keyboards and feature musical parner Donald Forbes on Guitar, who she is now a member of Red Hook Rapids
Coffee Shop Strathpeff er Nov 26th (Donation suggest £8)
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Songs from The Voodoo Rooms
(Northern Sun Recordings NSRCD 00411)
‘Gary Hall, Preston’s Celtic soul man, infused with the epic sweep of Springsteen’
– The Guardian
‘Bailey’s Tower Songs is reminiscent of some of Nick Drake’s best work’
– Northern Sky
‘Listen to Hall closely and hear touches of Dylan and Gram Parsons:
straightforward with all the power of a freight train’ – Folk Roots
‘His gorgeous string-drenched soulful pop puts Ian Bailey in the front rank of
British songwriters’ – Americana UK
Gary Hall, who recorded six critically acclaimed albums (both here and in the States) during the 1990s, has finally been cajoled by best friend and song writing partner Ian Bailey (who also has three critically acclaimed albums under his belt) to not only record an album together, but also to leave the dark depths of his Voodoo Rooms studio to ‘tread the boards’ again for the first time in over a decade.
The result of this partnership is stripped down (no reverb, no overdubs, no nonsense) acoustic versions of some of Hall and Bailey’s most powerful work to date. Eight of the songs recorded have been completely reworked and distilled down from their original versions, whilst four new songs ‘Can’t Believe She’s Gone’, ‘Chance to Change’, ‘Still My Reason Why’ and ‘The Enemy Within’ have been specially written for these sessions.
The live shows to promote the album will no doubt drag some old Gary fans out of the woodwork to rub shoulders with Ian’s ever-growing grass roots following, where they can share an evening together experiencing that special place in music where poetry meets melody, melts and makes magic.
Songs from The Voodoo Rooms, featuring twelve
Featured Artist of The Month Phil Lee
Please find The Mighty King Of Love Phil Lee "Exclusive" preview from the forthcoming album. The album will again be produced and features the great Richard Bennett (Neil Diamond, Dire Straits) and is titled “The Fall & Further Decline of The Mighty King Of…
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