Album of the Week: Edgelarks by Edgelarks

Album of the Week: Edgelarks by Edgelarks

“I first heard Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin at a gig organised by Black Duck Folk at Steam, Swindon at which, they announced that they were renaming themselves and releasing a new album as Edgelarks.

The new band name comes with a new project, building on the roots of their previous work in British traditional musics, Indian classical slide guitar, stomping roots beatbox harmonica….yes really!

I pre-ordered the album on Bandcamp and it arrived today, ahead of the official launch on 6th October.

Track Listing

  1. Landlocked
  2. No Victory
  3. Signposts
  4. Undelivered
  5. Yarl’s Wood
  6. Caravan
  7. Estren
  8. Iceberg
  9. Song of the jay
  10. Borders
  11. What’s the Life of Man?
  12. The Good Earth

Verdict: (4 / 5)

Edgelarks cover

Blurb from Bandcamp

This album is about transitional spaces. Liminal places, people and times, the straddling of boundaries and thresholds; crossroads and borderlands; travellers and refugees; dusk and dawn. The pause between an old way and a new. The idea that, despite often being places of marginalisation, these are also places of change – and therefore places of hope. That, when social norms break down, when you are between two established worlds, there is a chance for new perspectives. That in the end, we have far more in common than things that divide us, because we are all liminal – we are all standing on the threshold of tomorrow. We are all just passing through.

Album of the Week: Killer Eyes by Keeton Coffman

Album of the Week: Killer Eyes by Keeton Coffman

“From the moment Keeton Coffman took the stage, it was painfully obvious that this guy belongs in front of a crowd at all times” (Houston Press).

Heartland Rock and Roll perhaps best describes Coffman’s wide ranging style on his first full length album, Killer Eyes.

From the heel-stomping corner pub song “What We’re Reaching For” and the dancehall flavor of “Ellie” and “Killer Eyes” to the Gospel infused “The Mountain“, Keeton’s style of music evokes the small town Texas sound he grew up with, matched with the knuckle and grit of his true Rock and Roll soul.

Track Listing

  1. The Mountain
  2. Ellie
  3. The Race
  4. What We’re Reaching For
  5. Heatbreaker
  6. Killer Eyes
  7. Promise
  8. The Tribe
  9. Heart In Pocket
  10. Let Her Go
  11. The Memory

Verdict: (4 / 5)

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Blurb from Noisetrade

The 11 track full length’s breadth is furthered by the stillness and melodic perfection found in folk based “The Race”, “Promise” and “The Memory” – tunes that quickly show us Coffman’s love for the great sonic storytellers (Springsteen, Petty, Fleetwood Mac) and his life-long quest to follow in their footsteps.

 

 

A seasoned performer, comfortable in his own skin and with the invisible scars of a blue collar songwriter, Coffman lives and breathes his music.

 

 

Songwriting is and has always been his outlet and it serves him well. “As a songwriter, the greatest blessing is that people find themselves in your songs.

 

 

That’s what this record is about.”

Album of the Week: Gastank Box Set on PledgeMusic

Album of the Week: Gastank Box Set on PledgeMusic

Gastank was an English television show that aired between 1982–1983 in the United Kingdom on Channel 4 hosted by former Yes keyboard maestro Rick Wakeman.

The show featured a mix of interviews with 1970s musicians and impromptu performances where the guest artist would join Wakeman and his house band in playing re-arranged versions of their classic songs, or entirely new pieces created for the show.

The format was very informal with the setting likened to a bar where Wakeman would interview the guest over a drink or two followed by their performance in front of a small studio audience sitting in groups at tables.

Wakeman would frequently cite the show as an opportunity for musicians from different bands to get the opportunity to work together. During its run, the show featured guests as diverse Ian_Paice, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle, Godley and Creme, Eric Burdon and Phil Lynott.

Verdict: (4 / 5)

Aston, Wakeman, Status Quo perform Little Lady and Rain and Rick Parfitt has a chat with Rick Wakeman on Gastank on the 15th January 1983.

Quote from Rick

For many years, many of you have been asking us to release this material from the show I presented with Tony Ashton back in the early 80’s. Gastank was an opportunity for iconic musicians from different bands to get the opportunity to perform live together. 

I can now happily announce that much of Gastank is now available . I hope it brings back memories and for those not around when the programmes went out , enjoy some unique performances.

The limited edition, signed 3-CD box set includes never before released on CD. Performances taken from the 80’s TV show.

Track Listing

CD 1

  • Gastank theme – Rick & the band
  • Little Lady – Rick Parfitt & Rick’s band
  • Rain – Rick Parfitt & Rick’s band
  • Catherine Howard – Rick Wakeman
  • Raggy – Tony Ashton
  • He Give Up To – The Cimarrons
  • Cigarettes! – Tony Ashton.
  • Heart Attack – Eric Burden, Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Trying to Get Back to You – Eric Burden, Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • R & R medley/BeBop a Lula – Eric Burden,Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Aeroplane – Tony Ashton
  • Man Smart, Woman Smarter – Andy Fairweather Low, Godley & Creme & Rick’s band
  • Wide Eyed and Legless. – Andy Fairweather Low, Godley & Creme & Rick’s band
  • In the midnight hour. – Andy Fairweather Low, Godley & Creme & Rick’s band
  • Gerrard street. – Ronnie Scott & Rick’s band
  • The Six Wives (medley) – Rick Wakeman & band
  • Blackpool’s 1st Twist Victim – Maggie Bell, Tony Ashton & Rick’s band
  • Crazy – Maggie Bell & Rick’s band

CD2

  • TV Set – Tony Ashton
  • Growing Up – Phil Lynott, John Sykes & Rick’s band
  • The Man’s Fool – Phil Lynott, John Sykes & Rick’s band
  • Keyboard Improv – Rick Wakeman & Tony Ashton
  • Mellow Yellow – Donovan & Rick’s band
  • Le Nya – Donovan & Rick’s band
  • Staring Outta Windows – Chris Farlowe, Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Stormy Monday Blues – Chris Farlowe, Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Lucille – Chris Farlowe, Alvin Lee, Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt & Rick’s band
  • I May be Wrong, But I Won’t be Wrong Always – Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Tell Me Baby What’s on Your Mind – Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Rick intro
  • Resurrection Shuffle – Ian Paice, Harry Casie & Rick’s band
  • Possibly – Ian Paice, Harry Casie & Rick’s band
  • My Babe – Suzie Quatro, Steve Hackett (harmonica) & Rick’s band
  • CC Rider – Suzie Quatro, Steve Hackett (harmonica) & Rick’s band

CD3

  • Mr Soft – Steve Harley & Rick’s band
  • The Hangman – The Strawbs & Rick’s band
  • Elgin Mansions – Rick Wakeman
  • Jam & The Blues – Tony Ashton, Rick & the band
  • Twist & Shout – John Entwistle, Ricks band
  • Go America – John Entwistle, Steve Harley, Rick and the band
  • California Man – Roy Wood, Rick and the band
  • I Got My Eyes on You – Roy Wood, Rick and the band
  • Gone But Not Forgotten – Rick Wakeman
  • He’ll Have to Go – Frankie Millar & Rick’s band
  • My Soul Wants to be With Jah – The Cimarrons
  • Camino Royale – Steve Hackett
  • Hackett’s Bogie!! – Steve Hackett + Rick and the band
  • Beside the Seaside – Tony Ashton
  • Instrumental. – Rick & his band
  • Gastank – Tony Ashton
Album of the Week: 2016 Moon River Music Festival Mixtape

Album of the Week: 2016 Moon River Music Festival Mixtape

Moon River Music Festival is an annual multi-day Americana-Folk rock music festival being held on October 7-9 in Memphis, TN at The Levitt Shell, curated by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.

Performers include Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, The Oh Hellos, JohnnySwim, Colony House, Dave Barnes, Penny & Sparrow, Green River Ordinance, Humming House, Kris Allen, David Ramirez, Ellie Holcomb, Jill Andrews, Castro, Carolina Story, Wade Bowen, RY-LO, Jillian Edwards, The New Respects, Gedeon Luke & the People, Stax Music Academy, and others.

The charities being benefited by Moon River Music Festival include: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Soulsville Foundation, YWCA Women’s Shelter, and The Levitt Foundation. ALL tips + donations from the Noisetrade Mixtape will go to the charities.

Track Listing

  1. Here We Go – Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
  2. Soldier Poet King – The Oh Hellos
  3. Daydream – Jillian Edwards
  4. The Bad Days – David Ramirez
  5. You Me And The Sea – GRO
  6. Rattle – Penny & Sparrow
  7. Grand Canyon – RY-LO
  8. Love Will Find You – Kris Allen
  9. My California – Wade Bowen
  10. My Love Is For – Jill Andrews
  11. Queen of Saint Mary’s Choir – Sean McConnell
  12. Hung the Moon – Ellie Holcomb
  13. Nothing Like You – Dave Barnes
  14. Run With Me – Humming House
  15. Standing On Top of the World – Gedeon Luke and The People
  16. Your Children’s Children – Carolina Story
  17. We Were Cool – Lori McKenna
  18. Tennessee – Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors

Verdict: (4 / 5)

Album of the Week: Nicole Atkins Live From the Eldon Thacker Show at City Winery, Nashville

Album of the Week: Nicole Atkins Live From the Eldon Thacker Show at City Winery, Nashville

This week’s Album of the Week is a five-track EP from Nicole Atkins, recorded live from the City Winery in Nashville.

The EP includes live versions of some of Nicole’s most popular songs from her previously released album, including two of her most well-known songs, “Neptune City” and “The Way it Is” from her very first release, Neptune City (2007), along with “My Baby Don’t Lie”, “Cry Cry Cry” and “The Tower” from Mondo Amore (2011).

Track Listing

  1. Neptune City (Live)
  2. My Baby Don’t Lie (Live)
  3. The Way It Is (Live)
  4. Cry Cry Cry (Live)
  5. The Tower (Live)

Verdict: (3 / 5)

Slow Phaser by Nicole Adams

“A voice that could melt the heart of a devil… When Nicole Atkins sings, she sounds like Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Janis Joplin all rolled into one voice.” – NPR

“… a soaring, dramatically powerful voice.” – New York Times

“Atkins has a big voice full of longing, Loretta Lynn elegance and slightly surreal folk-pop that evoke moonlit walks with the shadows closing in.” – Rolling Stone

Her voice is that of a tremolo-fuelled siren, at once adult and nakedly emotional…” – BBC

Blurb from Noisetrade

Named Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Artists To Watch” in 2007 for her debut album Neptune City, Nicole Atkins has appeared on numerous late night TV shows, including “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “Conan”, and “Later… with Jools Holland”, and featured in media outlets ranging from the New York Times to Time magazine.

She has toured throughout the US and Europe, both headlining and also touring with The Black Keys, Mavis Staples, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Primal Scream, Chris Isaak and the Avett Brothers.

Currently in the studio recording her fourth studio album, Nicole is excited to share this exclusive Noisetrade bundle, Nicole Atkins Live @ City Winery (from the Eldon Thacker Show). Recorded in June 2016. The bundle includes live versions of some of Nicole’s most popular songs from her previously released album, including two of her most well-known songs, “Neptune City” and “The Way it Is” from her very first release, Neptune City (2007), along with “My Baby Don’t Lie”, “Cry Cry Cry” and “The Tower” from Mondo Amore (2011).

Nicole recently debuted a new song, “A Little Crazy”, on the season finale of the new Showtime series “Roadies”, directed by Cameron Crowe. The recording of “A Little Crazy” is available via Stardog Records /Republic Records as part of the soundtrack album for the show.

Album of the Week: Introducing Communist Daughter

Album of the Week: Introducing Communist Daughter

Listeners to my show on ITfM will know that I’m a big fan of Americana and when an email from Noisetrade dropped into my inbox this week introducing this EP from Communist Daughter I had to take a look.

This is a three-track sampler EP featuring the intensely personal songwriting from Communist Daughter. The tracks are lifted from their previously released EPs.

Track Listing

  1. Speed Of Sound
  2. Not The Kid
  3. Soundtrack To The End

Verdict: (4 / 5)

Blurb from Noisetrade

A few years ago Johnny Solomon was a fixture in the tight knit Twin Cities music scene, forming the angular indie pop band Friends Like These and touring extensively, he received critical praise from far flung sources that looked like the beginning of a promising career. The rising success masked his struggle with addiction and mental health problems, and quickly eclipsed his career, landing him in jail and treatment facilities across the country. By the end of that whirlwind he had retreated to a small town across the border in Wisconsin where he assumed his music days were over.

But when he moved out of the city his demons followed him and he spent his nights writing and recording what he thought would be his eulogy, songs about lost love and lost chances, He recruited some friends to come out and put it all to tape. Calling his new band Communist Daughter, they released their debut album “Soundtrack to the End” in 2010. As they gained national attention Johnny put all of it on hold and checked himself in to rehab one more time.

In 2012 Communist Daughter returned with a clear eyed John, including his now wife Molly Solomon, bassist Adam Switlick, Steven Yasgar on Drums, Al Weirs on guitar and Dillon Marchus on keys. They put out an EP “Lions & Lambs” and began touring the country again and gaining national attention.

By 2014 they had entered the studio to spend the next 2 years crafting their sophomore release. Working with Producer Kevin Bowe (Replacements, Meat Puppets) they recorded in and out of studios trying to capture the deeply personal songs in a much more deliberate style. Going from studio to bedroom to studio again they created an album with 11 songs running the gambit from high peaks to dark lows. They took the finished tracks to Nashville where Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) put the final mix together, and then had Heba Kadry (Future Islands, And You Will Know Us…) master the final product in NYC.

2016 will see the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album “The Cracks That Built The Wall.’ And look for a clear eyed Communist Daughter to return to the road for tour dates all over the country.”