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”
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”
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”
Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces the band. Comprised of Seattle-based country musician Cahalen Morrison, jam band veteran Jim Miller (co-founder of Donna the Buffalo), R&B and bluegrass-by-way-of-punk rock songwriter Ethan Lawton, pedal steel player Rusty Blake, and bassist Dan Lowinger, Western Centuries are clearly a diverse bunch. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Western Centuries”
Seafoam Green is the brainchild of Dublin-born troubadour Dave O’Grady. The band formed in 2011 following a chance meeting with Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes whilst O’Grady was recording in Nashville. The pair struck up a friendship that led to several tour supports across the US and Europe and soon the pair were writing and recording in earnest. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Seafoam Green”
Beth Bombara has built her career on an evolving sound that blurs the lines between genres. To those who make their living onstage, she’s a musician’s musician — a road warrior who writes her own exemplary material, plays multiple instruments, and fronts her own band, often a duo with her husband.
Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years? I’ve called St. Louis my home for the past 10 years. You may have heard about Ferguson, which is just 24 km from my house. Growing up in the Midwestern US, moving from Michigan (where I grew up) to Missouri exposed me to many different types of music from Detroit Rock to Ozark folk & the American roots music in between. Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and even St. Louis blues music were things I absorbed from moving throughout the Midwest. Ever since I was old enough to drive, I’ve been loading up the car and hitting the road with other bands. I’ve played with at least 8 bands over the years, but in the past few years put more focus on writing and performing my own songs. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Beth Bombara”
The raw honesty typical in Levi Cuss’ roots/blues music speaks to a life of redemption; from troubles with the law, addiction, incredible sadness and loss, to love, strength and perseverance. After the release of his debut album, “It’s War” in 2013, Cuss has been touring throughout Western Canada and has had the privilege to attend two artist residencies at Banff Centre where his exposure to talented musicians from various genres have helped Cuss hone his craft. Upon completion of his first residency, Cuss headed south to Nashville Tennessee to record his second album, “Night Thief”, which quickly garnered attention in the roots/blue scene. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Levi Cuss”