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Carson McHone, a songwriter from Austin, Texas, “writes songs like her life depends on it” (Ray Wylie Hubbard), bringing an intelligence to alt-country that is both immediate and lyrical. Dark, driving and evocative, her music shines a light not only on McHone's honky-tonk roots, but on her development as a modern, alt-country storyteller, pushing traditional sounds and themes into a modern context. She's inspired by diverse sources like Dylan, the Velvet Underground, and American novelist Thomas Wolfe, unconcerned with flying the flag of old-school country. She wears her eclecticism proudly, with McHone singing each song in a voice that is worldly-wise and woozily gorgeous.
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Police Dog Hogan
Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass, drums and guitars with four-part harmonies in a mix of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. Their songs range from the wistful and poetic to out-and-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and falling in love on a Tennessee highway. '...a really good, fun time' (DJ Johnnie Walker).
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Bennett Wilson Poole
Danny Wilson (Danny and the Champions of the World, Grand Drive), and Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires, Goldrush, Saint Etienne) join forces with Tony Poole (Starry Eyed and Laughing), producer extraordinaire, and king of the electric twelve-string Rickenbacker, their voices, guitars, and songwriting combining to marvellous effect in a collection of songs that began as uplifting acoustic music and grew into something far more wide-ranging and transcendent. Pulling on influences from the 60s pop of The Byrds, The Beatles and The Beach Boys, through to the harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, with dashes of Petty and Springsteen thrown in for good measure, perhaps the most remarkable thing is that what shines through all of this is the quality and originality of the songwriting. The songs deal with wide-ranging issues and personal truths, from the aptly titled opener 'Soon Enough' through the biographical tale of Danny's family in 'Wilson General Store' and the politically-charged rallying cry of 'Hate Won't Win' to the social commentary of epic album-closer 'Lifeboat (Take a Picture of Yourself)'.
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The Dreaming Spires
'Big Star by way of Gram Parsons and Teenage Fanclub' - The Independent.
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If there's a lot of half-finished, semi-fulfilled, vaguely unsatisfying music around these days - songs that say nothing to you about your life - then maybe it's because the people who make it haven't lived much of a life themselves. Not so in the case of Robert Vincent, the searingly honest Liverpool singer-songwriter whose mix of folk, rock and country is like a Mersey Van Morrison or a Scouse Springsteen.
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Ferris And Sylvester
Ferris & Sylvester are a London based duo made up of Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester. Their clever combination of Archie’s blues influence and Issy’s soft folk tone has created a distinctive genre of their own. In February 2018 the duo released the ‘Made In Streatham EP’, reaching No.1 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart. ‘Dreamy, deceptively lovely folk-pop that tickles the ear and softens you up for the thornier sentiments contained therein. Pretty as a California sunset. Gorgeously dusky singing voice and immaculate harmonies.’ – Rolling Stone Magazine
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Devin Tuel may consider herself to be an artist meant for a different time, but the singer-songwriter now finds herself inhabiting her own true place as she releases her third album Happier Now, released under her nom de plume, Native Harrow. Native Harrow cuts out clear and vibrant narratives on fear, love, the open road, ill-fated relationships, and coping with the state of the world. “I wanted to share that I made it out of my own thunderstorm.” says Tuel. “I had experienced the high peaks and very low valleys of my twenties. I saw more of the world on my own, got through challenges, revelled in true moments of triumph… but all the while the world around me was growing louder, wilder, and scarier. Music for me is a place to be soft. This album was my place to feel it all.” Happier Now - recorded and mixed at Chicago’s Reliable Recorders by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, The Cactus Blossoms, Pokey LaFarge) and co-produced by Hall, Tuel, and her bandmate, multi-instrumentalist Stephen Harms - oscillates between feeling the sting of uncertainty (“Can’t Go on Like This”), the beauty of California (“Blue Canyon”) and the ache for lavish stability (“Way to Light”). You could say Devin Tuel wears her heart proudly on her sleeve, but that’d be underplaying the exact gravity of her stories. Each starlit image is framed within her warm, enveloping vocals and the careful, profound considerations of Harms’ musicianship. Start to finish, the new record pours forth from her very bones, and you get the overwhelming sense she has never been more daring and honest than right now.
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'She is that rare thing, a songwriter who can genuinely touch and move...' (Time Out). Eileen Rose is an Irish-American singer-songwriter from Boston. Having been subject of a number of definitions, Eileen's music is versatile to say the least - an Americana singer one minute, a folk singer the next, an old-fashioned rockstar another minute. Eileen now resides back home in Boston after living life in England for a number of years.
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'Texas-born songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson's slightly spooky melodies and lyrics invoke a mid-Western post-war America, when cars ran on leaded gas, television hadn't yet kidnapped the country's imagination, and men wore hats every day. His reflective lyrics, almost like hand-written letters, remind us that human stories of lost love, sudden fortune, and abiding mystery transcend the decades.'
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Luke Tuchscherer, of alt.country band The Whybirds, has launched a solo project off the back of a new record, You Get So Alone At Times That it Just Makes Sense. Reflecting the more acoustic side of Tuchscherer’s songwriting, the album features confessional songs, storytelling and social commentary.
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Blues, honky tonk, and melancholic country probably aren’t the first things people anywhere would associate with the mountains of Austria. But that is exactly what the audience can expect when Chris Comper hits the stage as Prinz Grizzley. He performs music from the heart. A heart heavily influenced by “mountains, forests, stubbornness, warmth of heart, religiosity and part of a very simple life”. It is a mix of Austrian alpine culture expressed through the sounds of Americana. It isn’t too surprising that it works. There has been a long standing tradition in the US of absorbing aspects of immigrant culture and building it back into the sounds that would eventually become so iconic. Now it’s possible for that process to be reversed and for the result to feel just as organic. Heartbreak, loneliness, and melancholy are universal experiences that just happen to be enhanced by a certain honky-tonk swing, the sound of a pedal steel guitar, or a voice from someone who has just seen too much.
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Cornish singer / songwriter Joe Francis is Winter Mountain. Hailing from the wild and beautiful northern shores of Cornwall, Winter Mountain is a blend of melodic songs, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance and the essence of the song.
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Beth Rowley was born in Peru, raised in Bristol and, after college in Brighton, began a stunning career as a singer/songwriter that saw her sign to Universal Music for the world release of her debut album Little Dreamer, which climbed the UK charts and produced a series of hit songs. Heavily influenced by blues, gospel and Americana music, Beth has a stunning and unique voice that has been acclaimed the world over. 10 years on, Beth's second album, Gota Fría (released in June 2018), is a fusion of rock, blues and Americana. She has been working with co-writers Ron Sexsmith, Marcus Bonfanti and Ben Castle to produce an intimate, yet explosive piece of work that reflects her sublime talent.
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The Hanging Stars
A mix of lush harmonies, cosmic americana and tuneful folk that creates something halfway between the Mississippi and the Mersey. Their sound is something timeless and yet somehow new, simultaneously nostalgic and prophetic.
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Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, released two EPs in his teens and became a regular at folk festivals in both Britain and abroad. His debut album ‘Blight & Blossom’ established him as an artist with a promising career ahead and led to him receiving both critical acclaim and the Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. His follow up album, 2014’s ‘House of Jacks’, lived up to that promise and cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting talents to come from the folk scene. He has continued to receive acclaim with 2016's 'Gilded' and 2018's 'Notes From An Island', described as "a heartbreak record that explores the parallels between personal solitude and national isolationism."
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The Jambalaya Band
The Jambalaya Band have been making a name for themselves in the UK country and Americana scene as the hottest honky tonk band in town. Stand out sets at Red Rooster and Long Road festivals landed them the house band spot at the 2020 AMAUK awards afterparty where they backed artists such as Billy Bragg, Sunny Ozell and Michaela Anne. Featuring the classic honky tonk combo of pedal steel guitar, telecaster and fiddle, a slick rhythm section and fronted by powerful female harmonies, the Jambalaya Band are fine purveyors of that traditional country sound. Expect to hear their own versions of tunes from the golden era of the grand ole opry plus original material written by vocalist Anna Robinson (Hank Wangford, Norton Money) and special guests.
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The Blue Highways
Americana band, based out of Harrow, London. Named for the forgotten highways and roads that linked American towns and cities, The Blue Highways take inspiration from American roots music and infuse it with their British sound and background.
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Bon Temps Playboys
Top cajun band - and big favourites wherever they go!
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Caburn is a soulful rock band from Lewes, East Sussex. Influences range as wide as Wilco, The Clash, Elvis Costello and the Jam, and the music is by turns hard rocking, bluesy and atmospheric.
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Hannah Rose Platt
Originally from Liverpool and now splitting her time between London and Nashville, Hannah Rose Platt plays a self penned mix of Americana infused contemporary folk tales and stories.
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Later Youth, Rachel Laven, David Banks, Malibu People, Steady Habits