Up-and-coming country troubadour Luke Bell releases his self-titled album on November 11th on Bill Hill Records / Thirty Tigers. Produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) at The Bomb Shelter studio in East Nashville, the album emphatically puts Bell in the vanguard of traditionally rooted contemporary writer/artists. A critical hit stateside, it has been rated one of Rolling Stone’s top albums of the year so far. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Luke Bell”
Hailing from Ireland, France and England, The Wharves combine gracefully minimal psyche-rock with fuzzed out folk. They invoke the reverberated spook of 60’s groups, the mid-fi guitar crunch of Kim Deal’s The Amps, the sisterly vocal harmonies of The Roches and the narrative and structural panache of 70’s progressive folk. Thunderous drumming drives through these compositions, ensuring the wealth of disparate influences remain focused and celebrator. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Wharves”
Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path.
Tell us about yourself and what you do? I’m Franc, 37 born in Rome, raised in London. I write songs about my life and the people in it. I’ve made four records, the last two of which I’ve produced myself. I’ve spent a lot of time travelling the UK, the States and Italy playing music and undoubtedly these travels are a part of my music. I’m looking for something, and what it is I’d like to think I’ll know when I find it.
Recorded in Wiltshire, England, with his friends from acclaimed alt-country outfits The Snakes and The Redlands Palomino Company, Tommy’s third record as a solo artist – draws on a wealth of musical styles, from gospel-tinged soul and country duetting to delicate pop balladry and driving rock ’n’ roll, while at its centre sits its author’s unmistakable voice a multi-faceted solo performer and respected face on the Dallas music scene. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Tommy Hale”
Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef enjoy a musical partnership that stretches back over 20 years. Equally at home in theatres, clubs, at house concerts or on large festival stages, the duo manage to create the intimate, jovial atmosphere of a front porch picking session wherever they go. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef”
The O’s started in the summer of 2008 in Dallas, Texas having known each other through from other groups (Polyphonic Spree, Young Heart Attack, Slick 57, Rose County Fair, Hi-Fi Drowning.) Three months later, they entered the recording studio and recorded an EP which ended up being half of the first album “We Are The O’s” (2009 Idol Records) produced by Jeff Halbert (Nick Cave, St. Vincent.) (JP is John Pedigo and TY is Taylor Young) Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The O’s”
Laurel Wright and Wesley Lunsford are a country/ americana duo based out of Nashville, TN. They released their debut album “TWO” in February.
Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
We are both, originally, from East TN. We have lived in Nashville for two years now playing out and writing as much as we can.