Dirty Dozen: Pete Fallon

Pete Falloon is a multi-instrumentalist and folk-pop/country rock singer/songwriter. Having played in several West Country acts, and the cult duo with his brother Matthew, Brothers Falloon, Pete is gearing up to release his debut solo long player Reed In The River in Winter 2016. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Pete Fallon”

Dirty Dozen: Silas Lowe

After decades apart, Lowe and Michaels were reunited in Austin, Texas, here they built a new relationship and shared their passion for music. Michaels passed away in 2008, but Lowe has nurtured his father’s musical legacy as a standout singer, songwriter, and bandleader of Americana music As a founding member of Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys in ‘60s New York, Lowe’s father Roy Michaels worked closely with Jimi Hendrix(who … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Silas Lowe”

Dirty Dozen: Luke Bell

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 … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Luke Bell”

Dirty Dozen: The Wharves

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 … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Wharves”

Dirty Dozen: Franc Cinelli

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.  … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Franc Cinelli”

Dirty Dozen: Tommy Hale

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 … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Tommy Hale”

Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time

“If you can taste the dirt through your ears, that’s Americana.” Slightly late to the party with this one, and you can read some further analysis here courtesy of the Houston Press, but Billboard reported last week: “On the Billboard charts dated Oct. 22, four full-length releases that qualify for the Americana/Folk Albums chart — BonIver’s 22, A … Continue reading “Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time”

Dirty Dozen: The O’s

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) … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The O’s”