Dirty Dozen: Nick Byrne

Nick Byrne is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Buckinghamshire, England performing ‘atmospheric and dreamy folk’. Songs range from finger-picked folk to more layered pieces, accented by strings and slide guitar. The blissful folk of forthcoming single ’Birch Tree’ tells of a pact between two lovers and portrays a conversation between present and past. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Nick Byrne”

Dirty Dozen: Robert Vincent

Award winning Liverpool native Robert Vincent is set to release his second album “I’ll Make the Most of my Sins” on 27th January. After his performances at the AMA showcases in Nashville last September, Rolling Stone magazine named Vincent as “Best Brit” in an article entitled “AmericanaFest 2016: 20 best things we saw”. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Robert Vincent”

Dirty Dozen: Two Ways Home

Isabella Mariee and Lewis Fowler are song writing, alt-country duo Two Ways Home. Two Ways Home have released 2 EPs to date and are working on their 3rd one, which is due to be released later this year.  They have been called “Unique, unexpected and brilliant” and their sound encapsulates crystal clear harmonies tinged with melancholy. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Two Ways Home”

Dirty Dozen: Worry Dolls

Worry Dolls are a tenacious female duo born out of the joint talents of Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones, who met in Liverpool when they were 18, both on their chosen path of becoming solo singer songwriters, and both falling under the spell of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. Rosie joined Zoe’s band as a mandolin player and backing vocalist and their great chemistry and love of harmony led to them starting a contemporary bluegrass band playing Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch songs together. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Worry Dolls”

Dirty Dozen: Heath Green and the Makeshifters

Heath Green and The Makeshifters’ self-titled debut album will be released on limited vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats March 3rd via Alive Naturalsound Records. The Birmingham, AL-based band’s heavy sound has been compared to Leon Russell & The Shelter People, Joe Cocker and Humble Pie. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Heath Green and the Makeshifters”

Dirty Dozen: The Whiskey Gentry

Following the release of their first two acclaimed albums, Please Make Welcome (2011) and Holly Grove (2013), the Atlanta-based band The Whiskey Gentry are set to release their third full-length studio album entitled Dead Ringer on April 7th. On it, the husband and wife duo of Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow and bandmates have created an effort that builds on many of the sounds of their previous albums – incorporating deep country, Americana, honky-tonk, bluegrass and a stiff shot of gritty rock ’n’ roll, yet it also finds the band testing themselves and pushing beyond their own boundaries. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Whiskey Gentry”

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: Dirty River

This dynamic duo are passionate storytellers who have only just begun to tell their story. Not ever wanting to be labelled as fitting into a particular genre, they find their style in everything from heartfelt folk ballads to alternative country blues. Individually they each bring something unique to the sound, but together they create a vibe that takes their audience on an epic musical journey. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Dirty River”

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”