Dirty Dozen: Hayride Casualties

When asked to give AUK the inside track on Hayride Casualties, Daniel DeWald replied “I’ve lived in Brooklyn, NY on and off for over ten years now. I grew up on the East End of Long Island, which has lots of farms and remote beaches. So I crave both city and country, and I think my songwriting reflects this. There’s a pull towards a more acoustic, traditional approach to a song, and a pull in the opposite direction: more electrified, progressive, a bit more rocking. ” Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Hayride Casualties”

Dirty Dozen: The Americans

The Americans are a four piece rock & roll band from Los Angeles. T-Bone Burnett describes them as “Genius twenty-first century musicians that are reinventing American heritage music for this century.” Reviewing the band’s newest single “The Right Stuff” for Pitchfork, Greil Marcus writes, “From the first rolling guitar notes, carrying sadness and defiance like dust, this sweeps me up: I want to know everything about where that feeling came from, and where it’s going.” Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Americans”

Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child

The Most Ugly Child are a 6-piece country powerhouse, with rabble rousing fiddle breaks and pedal steel swells to make you weep. They can have you dancing on the tables or break your heart with a song. Centered around the songwriting partnership of Daniel Wright and Stevie-Leigh Goodison, the band is made up of some of the finest musicians in the Midlands. Current line up includes Matt Cutler and Max Johnson (The Broomhill String Band), Nicole J Terry (The Rip-Roaring Success) on fiddle and ‘Big’ Jim Widdop (The Sadies, Los Pacaminos, Cold Light Of Day, Buck Shot Soup) on pedal steel and dobro. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child”

Dirty Dozen: Jason Haywood

Jason Haywood’s new album Folklore began with the idea of a man walking across a frozen lake in heavy snow, not sure if the sounds he’s hearing are the howling wind, the ghost of his murdered lover or the Devil himself. It was from this idea that the first song ‘The Ballad of Clara Leigh’ came forth. Coming from a more traditional country music background, this album is quite a large step into the unknown for Jason, both lyrically and musically speaking. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Jason Haywood”

Dirty Dozen: Ned Roberts

Ned Roberts is a hotly-tipped folk musician, who has drawn comparisons with the likes of Tim Hardin and Leonard Cohen. With a timeless quality to his sound, a poetic turn of phrase, and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility, his songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era. The highly anticipated new album Outside My Mind is out now on Aveline Records. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Ned Roberts”