Dirty Dozen: The Nightjar

Drawing influence from the surreal atmospherics of Grouper, the stark and poignant balladry of Diane Cluck and the deft compositions of Colleen, The Nightjar use close-harmonies, tight-interlocking guitars, deep bass and an intense lead vocal to paint fragile, haunting landscapes for their dream-like, ethereal songs of hope, loss and disaster. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Nightjar”

Dirty Dozen: Cassady Southern

Cassady Southern’s new single “Breakdown” is a paean to broken love and showcases the ability of Cassady’s writing to uncover the vulnerable truths within all of us. Cassady’s poetic lyrics and unique delivery are enhanced by the signature sound of guitarist extraordinaire Wolf Mail, and the rock-solid rhythm section of Reuben J Alexander and bassist Brad Fitter. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Cassady Southern”

Dirty Dozen: Aaron Lee Tasjan

Like a modern day Cosmic Cowboy, Tasjan creates a heady blend of country-flecked rock-n-roll, veering from acoustic blues to garage-pop psych to smooth Nashville sounds to lush Laurel Canyon fare… filled with Tasjan’s remarkable story-telling, imbued with wry wit, a sharp tongue and a lot of heart – bringing to mind the showmanship and humour of Josh Tillman (Father John Misty – whose bassist Eli Thomson produced Silver Tears), as well as Harry Nilsson and Tom Petty. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Aaron Lee Tasjan”

Dirty Dozen: James Parry

James Parry lives at the other end of the Earth in Hobart, Tasmania and writes independent folk-pop songs. Soft echoes of his island home can be heard in his stories of lives intertwining and colliding. His songs feature sparkling guitars, cool organ and deft drums, over which his searing vocals deliver colourful lyrics packed with subtle details for the sharp listener to unravel. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: James Parry”

Dirty Dozen: Jessica Rhaye

Jessica Rhaye is a singer/songwriter from the east coast of Canada who recently released her 5th independent album “Song in Me”; a blend of folk / country / Americana music.   Also an established and award winning graphic design artist, Jessica’s music has been nominated for numerous song-writing awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, East Coast Music Awards and a Canadian Folk Music Award.    Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Jessica Rhaye”

Dirty Dozen: Elles Bailey

Fresh from recording her debut album in Nashville, Elles Bailey’s ‘blues fuelled’ voice is getting her recognition wherever she plays. This captivating, hard-working songstress seamlessly weaves rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with her trademark  ‘smoky vocals’ taking the lead.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years? 
So I’m Elles Bailey, singer/songstress hailing from the very lovely, musical town of Bristol, UK. I fronted an indie band throughout my early teens but when that disbanded, after taking a little break (where I did a degree in Psychology) I started touring as Elles Bailey. For the last few years I have been writing, recording and playing all over the UK & Europe. I have had the privilege of working with some of the best musicians in Bristol and was fortunate to be able to work with some of Nashville’s ‘crème de la crème’ whist recording my debut album. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Elles Bailey”

Dirty Dozen: Whitney Rose

Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Whitney Rose has announced the release of new EP South Texas Suite.  The six song EP follows Rose’s 2015 critically acclaimed record “Heartbreaker of the Year”, produced by Raul Malo of the Mavericks; which was awarded Country Recording Of The Year in 2016 at the East Coast Music Awards in Canada. The breakout album presented Rose’s vintage country-pop influences, converting critics with its beguiling blend of then and now. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Whitney Rose”