FEATURING THE CREAM OF NEW UK FOLK, ROOTS AND COUNTRY ARTISTS:
Balsamo Deighton, Red Sky July, Raintown, Lucy-May & Frankie Davies.
Monday November 24th 2014. Doors 6pm. Show starts 6.45pm
229 Club, Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN
Tickets £12.50 in advance from: https://agmp.ticketabc.com/events/grass-roots-uk/
Grass Roots Music UK is an alliance formed by the representatives of British artists in the folk, roots and country genres. With media support for these genres being at an all-time recent high, the aim is to further develop the profile of these and other artists amongst both media and fans alike. The London show in November is the first step towards a UK tour with plans already being discussed for shows in America to include Nashville.
Jamie Spencer, who manages Lucy-May said “The original idea was to look at a tour akin to old Motown or Stiff tours where we get several acts together on the road so instead of playing to only a few people, they can draw a far bigger crowd with support from local media. I dare not call it a movement but there is something going on here and we believe we should make the most of it, let’s hope this is the start of something that will grow and grow”.
Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton first met and bonded over a love of 70’s singer/ songwriters, country music and cake. When Rosalie joined Steve’s highly regarded band The Storys, they took it as a sign that one day they would record together. Influenced by everyone from Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Balsamo Deighton’s songs pretty much nod, wink and steal from them all. Their debut album will be released in 2015.www.balsamodeighton.com @balsamodeighton
Red Sky July – husband and wife Ally Mcerlaine (Texas) and Shelly Poole (Alisha’s Attic) along with Charity Hair (Alice Band) – have been touring incessantly off the back of their critically acclaimed second album ‘Shadowbirds’ which entered the official UK country music chart at #3 and was described by one reviewer as being “unrivalled as the best 2014 UK release in the country and roots genre”. As well as their own headline shows, Red Sky July have been appearing as special guests of Beth Nielsen Chapman, Steve Earle, 10cc, Mary Gauthier and Sheryl Crow. www.redskyjuly.com @redskyjuly
Lucy-May, whose first single ‘Paper Heart’ was playlisted by BBC Radio 2,has now finished recording her self-funded debut album in Nashville with award-winning writer and producer Jeff Cohen. The first single ‘Whirlwind’ is released in January 2015 with the album following in March. www.facebook.com/iamlucymay @LucyMayOfficial
Fresh from winning UKCountryRadio.com’s ‘Country Artist of the Year 2014’ – their 5th award in 3 years – the multi-award winning and history making duo Raintown are fast gaining the reputation as one of the hottest Country acts in Europe. The recently married couple, Paul Bain and Claire McArthur-Bain, fuse a passion for Country Music with their eclectic musical influences and continue the tradition of exciting new music emerging from Glasgow. www.raintownmusic.com
Jersey’s Frankie Davies’ debut release ‘Superman’ received national airplay on BBC Radio 2 & a trip to Nashville with Whispering Bob Harris followed where she performed at The Americana Music Festival for BBC Introducing. Frankie’s second single ‘Shivers’ is out soon, followed by a 5 track EP in 2015. www.frankiedavies.co.uk @frankierdavies
6.45pm Balsamo Deighton
7.15pm Red Sky July
8.45pm Frankie Davies
BAND TO RELEASE LABEL DEBUT TIME AND TRAUMA IN FEBRUARY 2015
NAIM announces new series of Ltd 12” 45rpm singles
‘WHITE ON BLACK’
Vol. 1 features BLLUDD RELATIONS & HELLO SKINNY remixes of
‘Going Home’ by SONS OF KEMET
– Out 24th November 2014 –
When London quartet Sons of Kemet released its debut album ‘Burn‘ last year (out now on Naim), no one could have predicted the impact that it made. The band won a MOBO, featured on many ‘Albums of the Year’ and ‘Best Of’ lists from iTunes to the Quietus and gained a reputation for incendiary live shows. Unsurprisingly, remixes started to appear, but two in particular caught the eagle eyes of their record label Naim. Rather than consign these masterful reinterpretations to the digital domain, Naim decided to go one step better and release the tracks on vinyl.
‘Going Home‘ was the Sons of Kemet track in question and to sidestep conformity even more, it was decided to release the remixes on a 45rpm 12” inch single, with a remix on a side each, and not to include the original (this was a difficult decision of course, being very fond of the original too). And so White on Black was born: a series of 45rpm 12” singles on heavyweight black wax, all of which will be limited and numbered to 300 copies. In the true spirit of the white label culture that inspired the series, ‘Going Home’ will be the first of these special releases.
Side A – Blludd Relations is a collaboration between producer Bullion (best known for his work on Young Turks and his very own DEEK label) and Jesse Hackett (multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer with Brownswood’s Owiny Sigoma Band/Elmore Judd and one half of Pipe Down! a bi-weekly show on NTS Radio). Together they make daring, alternative pop of the highest order and this tune, using ‘Going Home’ as a foundation, but building with more electronic architectural daring (and ringing telephones), is no exception.
Side B – Hello Skinny is acclaimed producer/composer alter-ego of Tom Skinner (who is one of two drummers that can be found in Sons Of Kemet), and here boldly employs his signature use of hypnotic rhythm alongside cuts of dexterous horn from the original ‘Going Home’ to create a progressive concoction of world music and 2-step!
Expect equally brilliant collaborative experimental and electronic gems that need to be championed (but a digital release just won’t cut it) from White On Black in the future.
White On Black Vol. 1 is out digitally and on ltd numbered 180g 12” 45rpm single from 24th November 2014 on Naim.
Catch Sons Of Kemet at XOYO in London on 29th Oct 2014 (last London show of the year).
Tickets from Soundcrash here.
Pre-order ‘White On Black Vol.1’ 12” Single here.
Emma Stevens – Keep The Home Fires Burning
It’s been 100 years since the beginning of the First World War and as we’re fast approaching Remembrance Day for the 96th time, singer/ songwriter Emma Stevens has created a contemporary interpretation of Ivor Novello’s much loved classic “Keep The Home Fires Burning.”
First published in 1914, this British patriotic dedication is a popular song amongst heroes and war veterans alike. Having been recorded a number of times over a number of decades, Emma joins a plethora of artists such as Stanley Kirby and John McCormack giving this heart-warming melodic track a touch of angelic innocence.
“By recording this song I hoped to help people remember the cost of war and also to share the feelings that the families of the armed forces who are away for so much time still go through today and to let them know how much we appreciate the work they do,” says Emma.
The First World War cost the lives of 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians over the course of four years, bringing death and despair to a multitude of families.
Emma explains, “The message in the song lets us share in the pain of those left waiting for the return of their loved ones. The song asks us to “turn the dark clouds inside out” to reveal their silver lining and to stay strong while the soldiers are away at war. The original title of the song and the last line is “Til the boys come home” ; for me the song is about being strong while their families wait for their return.”
Emma’s first album ‘Enchanted’ was well received and she was championed and supported wholeheartedly by BBC Radio 2, in particular by Chris Evans and Terry Wogan. So impressed were they by Emma, they playlisted all three of her singles and she did several live sessions on both of their shows reaching audiences of millions. Chris Evans requested she play at his festival ‘Carfest’ along with Scouting For Girls and Amy MacDonald, cementing her place as a rising star. Not only that but she headlined the ‘BBC Introducing’ stage at ‘Festival In A Day’ in Hyde Park which prepared her well for her own headline tour. It wasn’t only in the UK that Emma was successful; she was also playlisted on Radio 2 in both Holland and Belgium. Emma has since recorded her second album ‘Waves’ which is due for release on the 10th November.
Emma has taken it upon herself to add her name to the list of talent making this song their own over the past 90 odd years giving it the justice it deserves.
“By remembering I hope we can make wiser decisions and hopefully save lives.”
“A sleazy, female-fronted, New York City version of DZ Deathrays” - NME
“The class of No Wave being indoctrinated into a satanic cult run by A Place To Bury Strangers” – ARTROCKER
“A New York trio, the band’s output is grunge in the sense of fusing fuzzed out guitars with candy-bar-sweet melodies. Oh, and noise – lots and lots of noise” – CLASH
Following the release of a few infectious singles, Brooklyn-based doom/blues trio GHXST return with the release of ‘Nowhere EP‘ in December through Club.The.Mammoth.
The EP has been recorded over the last year between New Orleans, Nashville and Brooklyn. Even though the band’s characteristic doomy/grungey sounds of their first releases are all there, Nowhere EP also shows a more ethereal and grounded side to theor music.
The first track to be taken off the EP is ‘Galaxia‘, a song that captures the band at their heaviest and most intoxicating, as singer Shelley X’s moody vocals echoes against a wave of droning guitars. ‘Galaxia‘ is released on 10th November 2014 on Club.The.Mammoth
The band has now release a creepy, dark video, just in time for Halloween. About the video, lead singer Shelley X says: “It was shot in a week with Clay Adamcyk who we’ve been collaborating with for live visuals. He uses ‘video synths’ to manipulate overlay effects and I think that style adds a psychological future vibe to the video. The video was inspired by Philip K Dick novels, cult sci-fi movies like John Carpenter’s “They Live”, and taking trips to empty NY beaches at night.”
WATCH “GALAXIA” VIDEO HERE: http://youtu.be/FxNRBMbEA2s
LISTEN TO “GALAXIA” HERE: https://soundcloud.com/ghxstmusic/galaxia/
GHXST are back in the UK for a few London shows this weekend
31st October – The Barfly (for Jubilee’s Halloween special)
1st November – Nightmare On Camden High Street
GHXST is a New York based noise grunge trio composed of Shelley X, Chris Wild and Nathan La Guerra. With influences such as the Jesus and Mary Chain, White Zombie, and Sonic Youth, they evoke the rockin’ 90s with a new kind of stylish noise rock, full of killer distortion, bluesy vocals, and heavy drums.
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