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First listen to New country artist Mark Williams single “Lady On The Run”

FIRST LISTEN> Yes I read everything below before listening and my feet and heals were tapping after ten seconds, after 3 minutes and forty seconds I came to the conclusion Mark might have grown up with Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks playing all around him but he wasn’t listening.

“New” country it definitely is, that new I didn’t recognize it as country.

Now here at TME.fm we have 7 shows a day and one of them is country, Lady On The Run will not get played on that show.

It will get played on the Americana show, we could swing it for some plays on the Roots show and hopefully on the Charts show.

Right remember I am writing after the first listen,the only listen so far, yes so far, I will be playing Lady On The Run a lot, it is a very good song, it has a great sound, cracking lyrics, ok the voice isnt a Bruce Springsteen or a Neil Young but it is OK, overpowered by the instruments a little but not everybody can afford a T-Bone.

One thing for certain I look forward to hearing the rest of the album to encounter some “country” hopefully it will be “Country Americana” and not “NEW”.

VERDICT. A very enjoyable song, a song to listen to again and again(if only to hear where the country is, I might have heard a mandolin in the opening 20 seconds), 7 out of ten aint bad Mark, but country?

 

Mark Williams has been performing on the music scene for a number of years as a singer/songwriter.  Formerly under the name Marc Lavoie, Mark hit the BDS TOP 40 charts with his single ‘Bang ‘Bang’ and played to audiences in major venues across the country including  Montreal’s Formula 1 Grand Prix (70 000+ people), and hockey’s “Remparts de Quebec” show (20 000+ people), plus many shows at Club Soda with a number of of renowned artists such as Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Luc De La Rochellière, Rick Hugues, Les BB, Andree Waters, and more.

 

Now, with hundreds of shows and two albums under his belt, Mark can certainly be called an accomplished artist, passionate about all projects he undertakes. Whether in pop, rock or country, Mark gives every ounce of energy he has to please his fans and his audience.

 

In October 2017, Mark began work with music producer/arranger Michel Francoeur (Robby Johnson, Bobby Bazini). Growing up with country music all around him with influences such as Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks, Mark decided it was time for him to jump into the “new-country” style for his next album.  The 12 new songs from his upcoming album ‘In Motion’ were mastered by Abbey Road Studios in London and features his debut release to country fans called ‘Lady On The Run’.

 

A national tour is planned for 2018-2019 which will give an opportunity for new country lovers to enjoy Mark’s brand new material, as well as covers of the biggest country classics from yesterday to today.

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Following rave reviews for his debut album, Arkansas Dave heads out on tou

ARKANSAS DAVE ANNOUNCES UK TOUR DATES

6th July – Maverick Festival, Ipswich
7th July – Maverick Festival, Ipswich
8th July – The Stag Inn, Hastings
11th July – The Doublet, Glasgow
12th July, The Atkinson, Southport
13th July – The Green Note, London
14th July – The Pennoyer Center, Pulham St Mary
19th July – The Chapel Arts, Bath
20th July – Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival
21st July – Summertyne Americana Festival, Gateshead
22nd July – The Sun Inn, Dedham

10/10
– PowerplayOne hell of a debut.
– Subba Cultcha

Nothing but pure goodness.
– 
Pop Dose

We highly recommend you go out and purchase the album and a ticket to his upcoming tour, as you definitely want to be able to turn around to all your matesin 6 months and tell them you were the one who discovered him first. 
– Music News

‘His debut album is filled with guitar-heavy tracks, gritty vocals and raw songwriting at it’s best.
– Lyric

…he cackles and crazed-gospel-preaches his way through four sides that veer between Seventies Stones licks and hooch-swilling southern bar boogie, ably assisted by the Muscle Shoals Studio rhythm section. 
– The Arts Desk

I’m very rarely wrong with such matters and yet again I’m right, this is an album you too NEED TO OWN! 
– Rocking Magpie

Occasionally an artist comes along and wears their heart so firmly on their sleeve that you can’t help but be moved. Arkansas Dave is an artist of that ilk.  
– Unfashionable Male

Arkansas Dave’ is 13 tracks of hard hittings songs 
– Essentially Pop

This is a truly fantastic album that deserves a lot of recognition
– 
Building Our Own Nashville

It’s a romantic cliché to find an escape in music and the blues, but living that life is a different matter. Ask Arkansas Dave about growing up in a broken home, with fundamental Christianity on one side, and crippling drug-addiction on the other, and you can see in his eyes that this is no easy ride, and that at times music really was his only friend.

Chasing his dream of music, Dave played in bands, funding his music with a succession of jobs where he had to find his feet quickly – from busboy to assembly-worker in a trash-bag factory.

His wake up call came at the edge of a breakdown with a cataclysmic weekend epiphany. He headed home for a rare visit, and was persuaded to play a few songs to his family. The response he got from his grandfather sent his mind racing, only for him to find out the next week that his grandfather had died 24 hours later.

Determined to clean himself up, and sort his life, Arkansas Dave enrolled on an audio engineering course at Media Tech in Austin Texas, driving into town with a trailer loaded with all his possessions, ‘like something out of the Beverly Hillbillies’. And that’s where everything changed – the college was housed at that time in the famous Arlyn Studios, home to sessions from Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Ray Charles. Dave with his musical co-horts took the night shift at the studios – laying down tracks and learning the ropes.

A succession of bands followed, picking up a strong local following around Austin. The final part of his musical education saw Dave touring North America as a member of old bluesman Guitar Shorty’s band, where he learned ‘what it took to be a professional musician’

Fast forward to 2016 and Dave has written the album he’s always wanted to create – a wide ranging blues-rock based record that tells the story of his life, but resonates with all of us.

The project just needed one more ingredient, so enter the Swampers, the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. In a blistering eight-day recording session at Fame Studios the band laid down the backing tracks, and Davereturned to Arlyn to complete the vocals. So the next chapter of Dave’s life is about to be written as he pulls his band together and takes his album out on the road – this time on a road that he’s building….

Airs & Graces – Voting At The Hall

With a mix of folk and punk with a dash of country Airs & Graces have that boundless enthusiasm and infectious energy creating a superb medley of melodies, chants and sing-a-longs that will have you howling for more!


Born in 2012 Airs & Graces are the latest in a long line of utterly fantastic German celtic-punk band’s to grace our scene. We have featured many German bands over the years and Germany has always been the country with the third most views every year since we started of (behind the ‘UK’ and the USA). We have a feeling to why celtic-punk is so popular in Germany so if you not tired of hearing it then head over to our review of Ghosttown Company’s debut album hereand find out. Just recently we have had reviews of records from Distillery Rats, Restless Feet and The O’Reillys And The Paddyhats and a new review will be coming soon of perhaps the best known of all German celtic-punk bands Mr. Irish Bastard.

Airs & Graces hail from the south-eastern German town of Regensburg but if you like me then you’ll be wondering what a maple leaf is doing as part of their logo. Well it turns out that the bands guitar player Arlyn is Canadian (a native of Saint John, New Brunswick) and has lived in Germany since 2008. She is married to Philipp who plays mandolin and sings lead vocals in the band, Together they were both members of celtic-punk band The Buccaneers till they disbanded in 2012. The Canadian connection does not stop there either with Ayron Mortely and Lindsey O’Connell from Toronto who were also part of The Buccaneers and who also play in Airs & Graces but are not featured on Voting At The Hall but do look out for their other celtic-punk band The O’Deadlys.

Airs & Grace from left to right: Arlyn- Guitar/Back Vocals * Philipp- Mandolin/Lead Vocals * Kerni- Drums * Asche- Bass

Voting At The Hall is the bands first official release after a four track Demo from October 2014, Six Men Were Put On Trial, with Matty from Northern-England folk-punkers The Roughneck Riot contributing vocals on one track and despite not having much of a recording history they certainly have made a name for themselves by word of mouth. A couple of high profile gigs have done them the world of good and with their debut album I’m sure they hoping to further capitalise on their good name. Here we have fourteen tracks and every one an original composition, composed by lead vocalist Philipp and arranged by Airs&Graces.

Starting off with ‘Card’ Voting At The Hall is fourteen tracks that comes in just under forty minutes. From the very off it’s reminiscent of 70’s/80’s English punk but with with some nice Celtic flourishes. ‘Cards’ is in fact one of the best tracks on the album with Philipp’s clear vocals shouting out loud and proud. It has a certain Dropkicks feel to it too with its catchy chorus and driving punk and mandolin. Excellent start. The lyrics deal with the betrayal of workers by their trade union leaders. ‘These Hands Master’ tells of working class life that was taken for granted until they realised that not only can these hands build they can also vote.

“These are the hands that built this cities walls, These are the hands voting at the hall”

Great as it is to hear such things I also like a bit of humour and ‘Ginger Red Bastard’ supplies it. Real foot-tapper this and may be a bit slower than previous and that English punk rock sound is even more clearer here with them reminding me of a band from my youth that I can’t quite put my finger on. It will probably come to after this is published! ‘Four Corners’ appeared on the MacSlon’s Irish Pub Radio compilation and was a standout track upon it even though surrounded by the cream of today’s celtic-punk scene.

Telling the story of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 it’s brilliant to hear history told this way. Never forget the past people. You can get the compilation here. The album continues with ‘Ringing of The Bell’ and it’s short and sweet and over in two minutes but me heads nearly falling off me shoulders before ‘Turn Her Into The Wind’ and you can hear in the songs that if you took away the Celtic instruments then Airs & Graces would still be a very very good punk band. Another standout here is ‘Throat’ with a memorable hook that would get you up on yer feet if you weren’t already and you can see why the band have got such a good reputation as these are songs that were made for the live setting. ‘Straighten Your Back’ is the shortest track here clocking in at dead on ninety seconds and its catchy as hell while they follow this up with ‘A Town So Black’ which is the most Celtic they get so far with mandolin kicking the song off before the rest of the band come clashing in. Seems the band have a score to settle here but that’s all i’ll be drawn on.

(‘A Town So Black’ featuring David De Prest from Boston punkers Continental)

We’re well over halfway now and ‘Refuse To Go’ continues with another solid slab of punk rock. Now you’d expect me to be biased in favour of the more Celtic numbers but my miss-spent youth and embarrassing photos of multi-coloured mohicans are testimony to my love of old school punk rock and that’s in plentiful supply here and on ‘Devil’s Factory’ where Airs & Graces prove they have a stock of catchy songs that are well played with boundless energy and abandon. ‘Three Sisters’ again has a great hook and singalong chorus and ‘bounce’ to it and the words speak of a landmark at sea that welcomes you back to home soil.

‘Never Wanted Trouble’ is another track that sails by in less than two minutes before ‘Pull Me Out’gs down the curtain on Voting At The Hall and a great ending. No slow songs here its just fast and furious celtic-PUNK rock. People I know who I have been lucky enough to catch them in concert remarked on their excellent live show and their it seems that Airs & Graces have managed to capture their live sound rather well here in the studio and that energetic, raucous and ‘shantyish’ punk rock sound has transferred well. They have a grand sense of history too and all working class people should be proud of our labour history. As someone once said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. It seems an obvious thing to say so I will say it but lovers of Dropkicks style celtic-punk would absolutely love Airs & Graces and this album is full of good songs that these days the Dropkicks would love to play!

James Scott Bullard Releases ‘Full Tilt Boogie’- Country Fried Rock from South Carolina

 

James Scott Bullard’s , Full Tilt Boogie, was released in the US on April 27th and marks his 9th release and 6th LP ReleaseBullard may be a new name to your ears, but he is not new to the country/Americana music scene. Having shared the stage with David Allan Coe, Butch Walker, Dex Romweber and The Steel Woods. Bullard is a man with many stories to tell and he tells those stories with truth and passion.

Ditty TV recently debuted the video “Wicked Ways” on the show Eleven.  Keep your eye out for the video and you can also watch on youtube

James Scott Bullard’s song “Wicked Ways” off of ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ is #1 at The Alternate Root Magazine‘s top ten songs of the week!

 

Thanks Raised Rowdy for including James Scott Bullard on your list “5 Country Artists You May Not Know But Should”

 

In Case you missed it! Gary Hayes Country and a live review of the Americana Roots Hoedown Pre-Party Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge in Nashville which was presented by MagnoliaRoads!

 

Europe and UK praise:

“Full Tilt Boogie is getting into its groove and is outpacing many albums in its sort I’ve heard recently as is competing full on with my favourites in the genre…The title in the right hand corner is nothing but a statement, full disclosure. Brace yourself to rock!– Wout de natric, WoNo Music Blog (Netherlands)

 

From “Warpath” to “Jesus, Jail, Or Texas”, from “Leavin ‘On My Mind” to the final “Back To You” with his clear guitar duets that refer to the Allman Brothers Band of the “Eat A Peach” period, all contributes to forming a group to be strongly recommended. A (for us) beautiful discovery. —Lonestartime (Italy)

 

“Full Tilt Boogie is full of up-tempo songs that combine influences from country rock, blues rock and Southern rock, combining a traditionally sounding roots sound with wonderfully teasing guitars. It occasionally reminds me of the early records of R.E.M., which were much more rootsier than the most successful records of the band. All in all a nice plate. A very nice plate even.” –  Erwin Zijleman,  De Krenten Uit De Pop (Netherlands)

 

“Full Tilt Boogie is full of booming honky tonk, where the blues are drowned in shots of whiskey.”—Altcountry.nl

 

Keys and Chords (Belgium)

 

“‘Full Tilt Boogie’ sees songs such as Lord, Have Mercy, Wicked Ways, the sublime and rather fabulous Jesus, Jail, or Texas, Leavin’ On My Mind and Back To You inhale deeply, take in the rush of air that surveys the scene from the deep south and lets go with unnerving majesty.”—Liverpool Sound and Vision

 

“WOW! Bullard has a delightfully leathery voice and his band are red hot, to the point of melting the CD Player on that opening track; and it’s fair to say……things only get better from then on in!” — TheRockingMapgie (UK)

US Press:

 ” This is unrelenting, full throttle outlaw country assault with screaming guitars and riffs that sound at times like the Allman Brothers on steroids. “– Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine

“Full Tilt Badassery…It is a rowdy, raucous good time, that changes pace when necessary to settle you down and allow Bullard to really unleash himself on you. It’s a very full and robust record that takes you on a journey with stops including rowdy women, living your own rowdy existence, and all points in between.”—Country Music Armadillo

 

“This is straight-up entertaining fare – musically and lyrically – and I could take a whole album of it. Luckily, there’s one on the way.”— Jolene Country Music Blog

TOP Music of 2018 so far: Americana Music Show

“Calvin plays a double shot of the new southern rock sounds of Mr. James Scott Bullard. His new album is called Full Tilt Boogie and it lives up to its name…“James Scott Bullard has delivered a Southern Rock album par excellence.”
— Tony Ives /Americana Music Show

“Waving flags is a hazardous business these days but James Scott Bullard is a deserved standard bearer of the southern rock tradition. Drawing on impeccable sources he has created his own original, authentic style that flies high above some very pale imitations of one of music’s finest genres.”—Lyndon Bolton, Americana Music Show

“If you are looking for your next honky tonk hero, I think I may have found him. His name is James Scott Bullard (JSB) and he is pure, 24 karat gold.”— TwangriLa 

“James Scott Bullard’s ‘Full Tilt Boogie’–“This album is great from start to finish…Don’t think twice. Get this one now.”— Bob Leggett, LA Music Critic

‘”The South Carolinian’s burly baritone appeals with the rough warmth of an overly loved flannel shirt, making hard-luck tales like “Lord, Have Mercy,” “Wicked Ways” and “Jesus, Jail, or Texas” more relatable. RIYL Jamey Johnson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed.”—Pasadena Weekly

“Walmart parking lot music for the country folk that don’t go to Sunday meeting. Down and dirty, loaded with electric blues, when you’re piloting that big rig on reds, this record becomes totally clear.”
— Chris Spector/Midwest Record Entertainment News

“The raw, high-energy boogie of “Hey, Hey Mama” and the swinging tempo of “Evil Lovin’,” showcases Bullard’s fun, delivering an edgier country rock sound. ”
— J. Pasinski/JP’s Music Blog

#NOWPLAYING Grant-Lee Phillips

Grant-Lee Phillips just released a brand new video for his track
‘King of Catasrophes’ of his latest album Widdershins

Donovan Woods – Both Ways

When Donovan Woods first began visiting Nashville from Toronto to write with some of the city’s pro songwriters, he was attempting to write songs for the radio – he liked what country artists were doing, but no one seemed interested in his compositions. Instead, he found that when he wrote the kind of songs he wanted to record himself, people began paying attention. That happened with “Portland, Maine,” a wrenching breakup song that Tim McGraw cut for his Sundown Heaven Town album.

“It was the first time I’d written something here where I thought, ‘I don’t care what happens to this – I am over the moon about this song and I’ll record it,'” he says, over a late breakfast during a recent visit to Nashville.

Other artists came calling – Charles Kelley recorded Woods’ “Leaving Nashville,” Billy Currington got “Sweet Love” and Charlie Worsham took on “The Beginning of Things.” So far none of them have been released to country radio, but they’re the kind of album cuts that leave a lasting impression with their mix of insightful storytelling and highly emotional undercurrents. Woods has specialized in that approach when making his own albums, which have earned him a spot in Nashville’s writers rooms, on Spotify playlists and at the Juno Awards, though his Nashville work hasn’t yielded any country radio smashes just yet.

“I think if I lived here I’d be doing a lot better,” he says. “But if I was doing better – if I had a Number One hit or something, I don’t know that you’d be able to get me in a sprinter van to drive across Canada. I don’t know if I’d do it if I had all of that money suddenly. I love music, but the drive to Victoria from Winnipeg – holy shit, you feel like you’re gonna die every kilometer.”

Woods addresses those long drives and the death-defying aspects of being a touring musician in “Truck Full of Money,” a standout track from his new album Both Ways, out Friday. A sweeping, orchestral rocker that feels massive compared to some of the hushed folk-rock that put Woods on the map, it makes a compelling case that he – like the album title suggests – can be both a top-notch songwriter and performer, even if those long stretches away from home are often a dance with mortality.

“Sometimes you’re in a hotel room and you did a show,” he says. “[You] couldn’t eat before the show because you’re too anxious and you just don’t want to be full onstage. By the time you’re done loading out, it’s like midnight so you eat a bunch of pizza at midnight and you go to a shitty hotel and lay there and you think, ‘Oh yeah, I could easily die in here.’

Both Ways captures Woods’ growing artistic ambition with bigger production and an expanded palette of sounds, suggesting those songs can exist comfortably alongside his more delicate acoustic numbers. With the latter, he finds crushing heartbreak in the mundane, as the couple in “Good Lover” solemnly moves out of the house they shared, or in “Burn That Bridge” – the video for which depicted two men falling in and out of love – where two friends forsake the world for each other before imploding. In another case, Woods sadly recalls a grade-school friend who developed a reputation for being tough and later died under mysterious circumstances in “Our Friend Bobby.”

“The more interesting thing to me was this growing up beside a person whose penchant for violence you benefited from when you were a kid, and then when you became older, [it was] ‘I don’t want anything to do with that,'” he says. “And he sort of languished. And those guys I grew up with who were so tough and popular in high school and elementary school, they’re kind of untethered now.”

 

Woods’ experimentation with a variety of new sounds leads him down some interesting roads, whether it’s the droning, swelling strings that underpin “Good Lover” or the melancholy synthesizer droplets on the workingman’s anthem “Easy Street.” As with the War on Drugs or Future Islands’ revival of hazy Eighties sounds, Woods’ deft touch and expert songwriting takes something that once sounded ultra-modern (then, later, cheesy) and turns it into aching melancholy.

“To me it’s indicative of ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ – that era of Springsteen, and now to me it sounds like blue-collar,” he says.

Both Ways concludes with “Next Year,” a meditation on mortality and the tendency to put off the important things until it’s too late. Woods recalls trying to channel the feeling of disappointing his son, who’d been carefully logging a list of things for them to do over the weekend when he had time.

“When Saturday came my son was like, we have to do that puzzle – he had checked off all the things I had put aside,” says Woods. “It was impossible to do all those things. I watched him realize I was full of shit and I felt so bad.”

It’s not hard to close one’s eyes and imagine a mainstream country performer claiming the song for his or her album. But Woods knows better than to try to aim for that outcome anymore – plus, it hardly matters when he does such a masterful job on his own, saving a little knife twist for the end that comes from a long tradition of tear-jerking country ballads.

“Third-verse death is the stock and trade of country music,” he says. “If you can find a way to kill somebody in the third verse, you better fuckin’ kill ’em. You might as well.”

Charley Crockett – Lonesome as a Shadow

Growing up with a single mother in San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Tejano star Freddy Fender was not easy for blues singer Charley Crockett. Hitchhiking across the country exposed Crockett to the street life at a young age, following in the footsteps of his relative, American folk hero Davy Crockett, who lived a wild life on the American frontier. After train hopping across the country, Crockett set off to travel the world and lived on the streets of Paris for nearly a year before searching for home in Spain, Morocco, and Northern Africa.Charley returned home to Texas and released his debut solo album titled A Stolen Jewel in 2015, receiving critical acclaim and landing him a Dallas Observer Award that year for “Best Blues Act”. He released his sophomore record In The Night in 2016 and played over 125 shows that year. Crockett’s song “I Am Not Afraid” received international recognition from top tastemakers after being picked by NPR Music as one of the “Top 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing” and featured on World Cafe. Now in 2018, Crockett releases Lonesome As A Shadow, an album recorded in Memphis at the legendary Sam Phillip’s Recording Service with producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang. Backed by the Blue Drifters, this album was recorded live to tape during a long year of touring. It’s a musical gumbo that showcases the various depths of Crockett’s sound.

ARKANSAS DAVE Releases self titled album today

Arkansas Dave’s debut album features a variety of influences including blues, rock and indie and features 13 tracks. The self-taught musician recorded the album in only eight days at Muscle Shoals’ infamous Fame Studios where legendary musicians such as Will McFarlaneClayton Ivey and Bob Wray all recorded music.

Arkansas Dave may be releasing his debut record but he’s no stranger to the performing scene, having performed on several stages ranging from Austin to overseas in Hamburg, Germany. He’ll be hitting the road again in support of his newest effort, starting out in Little Rock, Ark. on Feb. 6. His late winter tour with several spring and early summer tour dates will conclude on June 22 in Switzerland. Top festivals he’s billed on include the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Miss.

It’s a romantic cliché to find an escape in music and the blues, but living that life is a different matter. Ask Arkansas Dave about growing up in a broken home, with fundamental Christianity on one side, and crippling drug-addiction on the other, and you can see in his eyes that this is no easy ride, and that at times music really was his only friend.

Chasing his dream of music, Dave played in bands, funding his music with a succession of jobs where he had to find his feet quickly – from busboy to assembly-worker in a trash-bag factory.

His wake up call came at the edge of a breakdown with a cataclysmic weekend epiphany. He headed home for a rare visit, and was persuaded to play a few songs to his family. The response he got from his grandfather sent his mind racing, only for him to find out the next week that his grandfather had died 24 hours later.

Determined to clean himself up, and sort his life, Arkansas Dave enrolled on an audio engineering course at Media Tech in Austin Texas, driving into town with a trailer loaded with all his possessions, ‘like something out of the Beverly Hillbillies’. And that’s where everything changed – the college was housed at that time in the famous Arlyn Studios, home to sessions from Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Ray Charles. Dave with his musical co-horts took the night shift at the studios – laying down tracks and learning the ropes.

A succession of bands followed, picking up a strong local following around Austin. The final part of his musical education saw Dave touring North America as a member of old bluesman Guitar Shorty’s band, where he learned ‘what it took to be a professional musician’

Fast forward to 2016 and Dave has written the album he’s always wanted to create – a wide ranging blues-rock based record that tells the story of his life, but resonates with all of us.

The project just needed one more ingredient, so enter the Swampers, the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. In a blistering eight-day recording session at Fame Studios the band laid down the backing tracks, and Dave returned to Arlyn to complete the vocals.

So the next chapter of Dave’s life is about to be written as he pulls his band together and takes his album out on the road – this time on a road that he’s building….

Photographer: Jaxology Studios

Josh Rouse Releases  New Album Love in the Modern Age   via Yep Roc Records 

“A fresh sonic direction” – Albumism
 “This is a masterful storyteller celebrating the nostalgia of his youth
with his own feel.” – Forbes
“A compact collection of cool, airy but caring songs about relationships in different stages of development or deterioration.” – Associated Press
 
“…intoxicating in an un-bummed-out Beck’s Sea Change sort of way.” – Paste
Today, singer-songwriter Josh Rouse releases Love In The Modern Age via Yep Roc Records.
Similar to his work on his album 1972 where he captured the aesthetics of a specific moment in time, Josh’s new album Love in the Modern Age takes inspiration from the sound and production of early 1980’s releases by The Blue Nile, The Style Council and Prefab Sprout. Also serving as inspiration were Roxy Music’s Avalon, Leonard Cohen’s Various Positions and I’m Your Man. Non-ironic touches like sax, handclaps, reverbed guitar, backing vocals and keyboards give the moody but infectious songs a New Romantic flair. 
Buy Love in the Modern Age:
 
Brooklyn Vegan premiered the album track “Salton Sea,” along with an early demo of the song. Forbes premiered “Businessman,” calling the album “a sterling collection that is joyous, upbeat and, most importantly, feels completely authentic. …There is no retro gimmick to Love in the Modern Age. This is a masterful storyteller celebrating the nostalgia of his youth with his own feel.”
Josh Rouse has solidified his status as one of his generation’s most acclaimed songwriters in both the US and Europe, where he’s lived on and off since 2004. Spending the better part of a year touring behind his critically acclaimed eleventh album, The Embers of Time, Rouse was ready for a change. “Coming off such a heavy record, I wanted to try something different,” he explains. “I wanted to explore new sounds and write with a fresh backdrop.” Trading in his trusty acoustic guitar for a synthesizer, Love in the Modern Age still bears Rouse’s distinct fingerprints even as it pushes his limits and forges a bold new chapter more than twenty years into his celebrated career.
Josh Rouse will kick off his tour in Europe in April, followed by North America in May. Click HERE for a full list of European/North American dates.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
 
May 9 – Washington, D.C. @Union Stage
May 10 – Woodstock, NY @The Colony Cafe
May 11 – Brooklyn, NY @The Bell House
May 12 – Cambridge, MA @Club Passim
May 13 – Philadelphia, PA @World Cafe Live
May 15 – Toronto, ON @Horseshoe Tavern
May 16 – Ferndale, MI @The Magic Bag
May 17 – Evanston, IL @SPACE
May 18 – Des Moines, IA  @Vaudeville Mews
May 19 – Minneapolis, MN @Dakota
May 20 – Milwaukee, WI @The Back Room @Colectivo
May 24 – Nashville, TN @3rd & Lindsley
May 25 – Atlanta, GA @Terminal West
May 30 – Seattle, WA @Triple Door
May 31 – Seattle, WA @Mississippi Studios
June 1 – San Francisco, CA @Chapel
June 2 – Santa Monica, CA @McCabe’s
June 3 – San Diego, CA @The Casbah