Virginia-based band of brothers Sons of Bill have shared a new track, “Easier,” from their forthcoming album Oh God Ma’am.The track is currently streaming via Rolling Stone Country who writes “It’s a gorgeous ballad – half resigned and half optimistic, with a rainy-day aesthetic that the bandmates partially credit to one of their album’s two engineers, rock vet Phil Ek.” Oh God Ma’am will be released on June 29th.
“It’s a love song, and I’m so glad Molly Parden agreed to make it a duet with me. Her voice adds a haunting depth to every song she touches,” writes singer/guitarist James Wilson. Reflecting on the song’s inspiration, Wilson writes “there’s a strange unspoken
malaise with my generation – ironic and sad… but I think it’s important to try and sing about love and hope in some genuine way now more than ever. We have to remind each other in some way that it’s going to get easier, even if we know in our heart of hearts that that may not be true.”
“Easier” follows the group’s lead single “Believer / Pretender,” an opening salvo that encapsulates the approach the group takes on their latest record – blending their lyrical Americana roots with a polished, driving set of songs punctuated by crystalline guitar riffs and tasteful synth flourishes. “Believer / Pretender” debuted via Brightest Young Things who declared it “…an absolute stunner, a sweeping piece of ‘80s-tinged guitar rock that recalls the sounds of New Order, The War on Drugs, and R.E.M., while still being unmistakably Sons of Bill.”
Oh God Ma’am is the followup to their 2015 album Love and Logic, which Q magazine called “a glorious sour mash of every great Americana trope of the last 50 years– think Dylan, R.E.M, Wilco, — Blended with top notes of Husker Du, Big Star, and The Replacements… A family affair welcoming one and all.” Recorded both in Seattle with west coast indie legend Phil Ek (Shins, Fleet Foxes) and in Nashville with Sean Sullivan (Sturgill Simpson) and mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) Oh God Ma’am movesbeyond the galvanic americana-rock comfort zone of previous efforts, for a more elegant and restrained sound– a darker, and more complexly layered rock record that manages to be the band’s most emotionally intimate and sonically expansive.
“Reaching far beyond their Americana roots, Sons of Bill brew up a lush, literate sound with this year’s Oh God Ma’am, a wide-ranging album that mixes honesty, hooks and headiness in equal measure.” – Rolling Stone
Oh God Ma’am is currently available for pre-sale HERE.
As three sons of a venerated theology and literature professor at the University of Virginia (who also taught his sons how to play guitar and write songs,) Sons of Bill were always keen to represent the american south with a slightly higher brow– an upright and literary aspect of the southern culture that rarely gets an adequate hearing in pop music. And like so many of the southern writers they grew up reading (James teaches and is currently writing a book on William Faulkner) The Wilson brothers often pull songs from the darker regions of the human imagination– slyly and earnestly scratching at their own spiritual scabs with both humor and sincerity, as a way of exploring life’s enduring complexities: faith, love, and the weirdness of time. It gives the whole record a unique atmosphere of tragicomedy– equal parts post-adolescent anxiety and old-soul humility. In search of the proper nomenclature, one critic would simply describe Sons of Bill as “metaphysical American music.”
Sons of Bill Tour Dates:
August 2 – Richmond, Virginia – The Broadberry
August 3 – Washington DC – Union Stage
August 4 – Charlottesville, Virginia – The Jefferson Theater
August 13 – Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin
August 14 – London, UK – OMEARA
August 15 – Bristol, UK – The Tunnels Bristol
August 16 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
August 17– Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
August 18– Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
August 19 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
August 21 – Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell
August 22 – Munich, Germany – Milla Club
August 23 – Berlin, Germany – Musik & Frieden
August 24 – Hamburg, Germany – Stage Club Hamburg
August 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Once In A Blue Moon Festival
Richard Thompson has announced an extensive UK tour for October and November 2018 in advance of a new studio album which will be released later this year on Proper Records, kicking off in lovely Liverpool’s Philharmonic on 11th October. Last year, Thompson released two volumes of acoustic recordings: ‘Acoustic Classics Vol. II’ featuring acoustic renderings of songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue, and ‘Acoustic Rarities’ featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in his repertoire. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of Fairport Convention, the groundbreaking band he co-founded as a teenager in the ‘60s, with a performance at its annual Cropredy Festival last August. He also briefly did a remarkably authentic stint as Abe Simpson when he berated the state of modern music at the AMAUKs last year.
Richard Thompson UK Dates 2018
Thu 11 Oct – Liverpool Philharmonic
Sat 13 Oct – Perth Concert Hall
Mon 15 Oct – Canterbury Marlowe
Tue 16 Oct – London Barbican
Wed 17 Oct – Bath Forum
Thu 18 Oct – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sat 20 Oct – Stoke on Trent Victoria Hall
Sun 21 Oct – Manchester Opera House
Mon 22 Oct – York Grand Opera House
Tue 23 Oct – Hull City Hall
Wed 24 Oct – Gateshead Sage
Fri 26 Oct – Birmingham Town Hall
Sat 27 Oct – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sun 28 Oct – Oxford New Theatre
Tue 30 Oct – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wed 31 Oct – Salisbury City Hall
Thu 1 Nov – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Fri 2 Nov – High Wycombe Swan
Sat 3 Nov – Woking The New Victoria
James Scott Bullard’s , Full Tilt Boogie, was released in the US on April 27th and marks his 9th release and 6th LP Release. Bullard 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
In Case you missed it! Gary Hayes Countryand 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
“‘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)
” 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
“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
NEW YORK, NY (May 11th, 2018) – Platinum-certified duo Marian Hill’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Unusual, is out now—listen here!
Unusual is made up of ten tracks written and produced by Jeremy Lloyd (production/songwriting) and Samantha Gongol (vocals/songwriting) of Marian Hill. Leading up to the release, the duo, “known for an arty blend of jazz and R&B that fits curiously well on a dance floor” (Apple Music), released three tracks, “Subtle Thing,” “Differently” and “Wish You Would,” off the album. “Differently” was produced by Marian Hill and notable Canadian producer Boi-1da (Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Lana Del Rey). Apple Music hails the track as, “an ominous hip-hop cut about jealousy…bursting with nervous energy yet feels meticulously controlled, a tension carried throughout the album.” See the full Unusual tracklist below.
In celebration of the album, Marian Hill is currently on their full-scale North American headline tour, including a show tonight in Brooklyn, NY at Brooklyn Steel. Billed as the “UNUSUAL” tour, Los Angeles-based singer and producer Michl is serving as support. See the remaining list of tour dates below. Tickets are available now via MarianHillMusic.com.
01. “Subtle Thing”
03. “All Night Long”
04. “Don’t Miss You”
05. “Wish You Would”
06. “Don’t Do It”
08. “No Hesitation”
10. “Go Quietly”
“UNUSUAL” UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
May 11 Brooklyn, New York Brooklyn Steel May 12 Boston, Massachusetts Royale May 13 Toronto, Ontario The Mod Club May 15 Chicago, Illinois Metro May 16 St. Paul, Minnesota Palace Theatre
“The quintet, led by vocalist/guitarist Felix Bechtolsheimer, is back August 17 with sophomore album As I Fell, and the LP continues the band’s exploration of its patented Amerigothica sound—one that comfortably rides right alongside both Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Drive-By Truckers.” – Magnet Magazine
May 10, 2018– Acclaimed London five-piece Curse Of Lono announces their new album,As I Fell, to be released onAugust 17thvia Submarine Cat Records. Today, the band has unveiled the first single, “Valentine.” CLICK HERE to listen exclusively on Magnet Magazine.
Recorded between Joshua Tree and London with producer Oli Bayston (AKA Boxed In), the track builds on the band’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like The Doors and The Velvet Underground as it does to more contemporary artists such as The War On Drugs and Wilco.
Felix says, “Valentine is about the kind of murderous jealousy that twists you up until you don’t recognize yourself anymore. The sort of dejection that will make you do things you know you will regret,” says Felix. “I think the vocal harmonies floating over the tribal beat, distorted bass and filthy baritone guitar going through a tiny 1950’s Selmer practice amp, really capture that feeling.
Formed in London in 2015, Curse Of Lono is Felix Bechtolsheimer (vocals and guitar), Joe Hazell (lead guitar and vocals), Dani Ruiz Hernandez (keys and vocals), Charis Anderson (bass and vocals) and Neil Findlay (drums). ‘As I Fell’ is the follow-up to ‘Severed’, one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of 2017, and builds on Curse Of Lono’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like The Doors and The Velvet Undergroundas it does to more contemporary artists such as The War On Drugs and Wilco. Although some of the songs on ‘As I Fell’ revisit familiar themes like murderous jealousy and the death of loved ones, much of the album covers new ground.
Having spent much of 2017 on tour in Europe and the UK, Curse Of Lono will be embarking on their first UK headline tour in May this year. They have also been invited to open for Steve Earle and for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes in Europe in July and in the UK in October.
CURSE OF LONO Tour Dates May 17 – The Alternative Escape, Brighton May 24 – Fat Lil’s, Witney (UK Headline Tour) May 25 – The Lexington, London (UK Headline Tour) May 26 – Dot-To-Dot Festival, Mr Wolf’s, Bristol May 30 – Greystones, Sheffield (UK Headline Tour) May 31 – Hug & Pint, Glasgow (UK Headline Tour) June 1 – Gullivers, Manchester (UK Headline Tour) June 2 – The Ent Shed, Bedford (UK Headline Tour) June 22 – Black Deer Festival, Kent June 24 – Isle Of Wight Festival July 7 – Maverick Festival, Suffolk July 12 – Oltrivierenhof, Antwerp (with Steve Earle and Southside Johnny) July 13 – Toogenblik, Brussels (headline) July 14 – Paradiso, Amsterdam (with Southside Johnny) July 18 – Fabrik, Hamburg (with Southside Johnny) July 19 – Kaufleuten, Zurich (with Southside Johnny) July 21 – The Sage, Gateshead (with Steve Earle – Summertyne Americana Festival) July 22 – Summertyne Americana Festival, Gateshead (main stage) August 26 – Graze Festival, Hampshire
Super Exciting!! The Crooked Jades have been working their music alchemy in the studio, completing their 9th album, “Empathy Moves the Water.” We’re about to head out on our CALIFORNIA TOUR, including our San Francisco hometown show at the Great American Music Hall! And we are thrilled to have Megan Adie, our beloved bass player, coming in all the way from Sweden! Come on down!
The band’s following have been clamoring for a new album, and one fan in particular, who wants to remain anonymous, is helping to make this possible. He was so impressed with the Crooked Jades’ performance at the California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in 2017, that he became a benefactor to financially sponsor the new recordings with the band’s present configuration. We thank you!
O N T O U R I N C A L I F O R N I A
• THURSDAY MAY 17 – MICHAEL’S ON MAIN (Soquel/Santa Cruz) • FRIDAY MAY 18 – GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL (San Francisco) • SATURDAY MAY 19 – CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL (Claremont) • SUNDAY MAY 20 – TOPANGA BANJO & FIDDLE CONTEST (Topanga)
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY: • Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones – Roots Rock Legends • The Crooked Jades – Old-Time, Old World Music Revolutionaries • Bula – Puerto Rican Community Bomba Group • Mostly Kosher – Jewish Cultural Revivalist Klezmer Band • Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players – Bluegrass Quartet • Tom Freund – Singer Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist • Fivacious – West Coast Gospel
…and many more.
All day event starting at 10am. Free parking at Pomona College parking structure.
Featuring art & music workshops for all ages, vendors village, local food & libations!
More info at link above.
Sunday, May 20 / 9am-6pm (Jades performance @ 2pm)
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
Richie and Rosie, Jenna Moynihan and Màiri Chaimbeul, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Echo Mountain, Mike Mahaney & Friends, Latimer & Osborn, Ross Altman, and more
PLUS! Dance Barn with our pals Skillet Licorice, Ira Bernstein and more.
All day event with 4 Stages, Contests, Vendors, Food, Arts & Crafts and more. Info at link above.
Across the wide seas, distant mountains, and the vast complexity of the soul, The Crooked Jades new release “Empathy Moves The Water” emphasizes the lonesome in “High Lonesome” music. The band’s old-time roots reflect the cultural melange and longing implicit in the shadows of America – from haunting ballads punctuated by hypnotic fiddles that express digital isolation and humanity lost in a rapidly changing land, to the high energy revival songs inspired by early rural gospel blues. Reaffirming their reputation as an innovative old-time string band closer in spirit to Tom Waits and Nick Cave, The Crooked Jades create a unique and soulful modern sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa.
With a bold vision and drive to innovate and inspire, the Crooked Jades release their brand new album “Empathy Moves The Water” on their own label, Jade Note Music. Largely recorded at Berkeley’s famous Fantasy Studios, this new album is produced by the highly celebrated Bruce Kaphan. The band once again features their signature mix of inspired re-arrangements of rare and obscure old-time gems and beautiful original compositions, played on vintage and eclectic instruments, including Hawaiian slide, Vietnamese jaw harp, harmonium, ukulele, banjo, ukulele, arco bass, and minstrel banjo.
The Crooked Jades continue their mission to move old-time music out of segregation and show its relevance in modern times. Their evocative, cinematic music has appeared in soundtracks for Sean Penn’s Oscar-nominated film Into The Wild and the PBS documentary Seven Sisters: A Kentucky Portrait.
PHOTOS BY STEPHEN JOHNSTON & CO. / COLLAGE BY LISA
“Going Across the Sea” (Erik & Jades at The Sweetwater) & “Girl Slipped Down” (Erik & Megan at Cyprian’s)
Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor’s vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. Their new music continues their mission to re-imagine old-time music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Building on an old-time foundation, the band filters old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, seeking to make sense of the future, reaffirming the importance of connecting to our roots in a time of intense digital connection. Writes Bluegrass Unlimited, “Chords in unexpected places, out of this world harmonies, and some of the most powerfully-arranged material I’ve ever encountered.” Innovative and fearless, constantly evolving and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe.
The Crooked Jades core consists of founders Jeff Kazor (vocals/guitar/ukulele) and Lisa Berman (vocals/slide guitar/banjo/harmonium), with long-time member Erik Pearson (vocals/banjos/ukulele/harmonium/slide guitar), and the invaluable Megan Adie (vocals/bass) and Emily Mann (vocals/fiddle). This current line-up builds on 20+ years of The Crooked Jades performances and recordings. The band has traveled countless miles across 4 continents, 10 countries, and many festivals, resulting in 8 critically acclaimed albums.
“The two adjectives that keep coming to me during repeated listenings to The Crooked Jades are profound and transcendent. This is visionary music, forged from the raw materials of old-time forms and instruments. It’s easy to forget that the first old-time music recorded was a mirror of the times the musicians lived in. That was almost 100 years ago. Here, in the beginning of the 21st century, people in appreciable numbers are feeling as though they’re teetering on the brink of apocalyptic times. Through the lens of tradition, The Crooked Jades are voicing this feeling convincingly and beautifully.” – The Old-Time Herald
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Benjamin Jaffe will release his solo debut album Oh, Wild Ocean Of Love on May 11th via Diamond Family Records. Best known as one-half of the acclaimed Americana duo HONEYHONEY, Jaffe steps center stage and reveals his ingenuity as a guitar virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, writer, composer, and arranger. Today, Jaffe released his new single “Lazy Music,” debuted this morning by Under The Radar who described a “mellow, Andrew Bird vibe.”
Trading the rootsy stomp of HONEYHONEY’s three albums for a unique indie-alternative sound, Jaffe widens his approach with Oh, Wild Ocean of Love. There are sweeping indie-folk tunes like “Susan the Cat,” R&B ballads like “Everlasting Peace” where Jaffe layers his voice into gorgeous stacks of multi-part harmony, and dissonant rockers like “Blooming” where he shines a light on his skills as an inventive electric guitarist. Inspired by a wide range of sounds and texts – including Paul Simon, Beck, Randy Newman, and The Essential Chuang Tzu – Oh, Wild Ocean of Love explores the wreckage left by a relationship that’s poorly-defined and headed south. It’s an album about the full spectrum of love: love for yourself, for others, and even your maker. Throughout the tracklist, Jaffe plays nearly every instrument himself, bouncing between drums, keyboard, bass, and guitar.
Rolling Stone recently picked “Everlasting Peace” for their 10 Best Songs of the Week and stated “Oh, Wild Ocean of Love pitches its tent in the middle ground between the church, the jazz club, Father John Misty and your favorite D’Angelo Record.” Consequence of Sound raved “On his upcoming debut full-length, Oh Wild Ocean of Love, Jaffe broadens his sonic palette to include influences from the polyphonic rhythms and improvisational freedom of jazz music to the soul swagger of Motown.” Billboard also called it “far afield from HoneyHoney’s brand of Americana – textural and moody, with fuller (but not overwhelming) instrumentation and lusher aural brushstrokes.”
Each song released will be accompanied by a new episode of “The Rearranger Series” in which Jaffe films/records the song in a completely different way than the album version. Follow the series by subscribing to his YouTube page HERE.
In addition to his solo debut, Jaffe continues to broaden his career beyond the confines of the recording studio and the stage. He composed, recorded, and produced the film score for Joy Joy Nails, a short film that screened at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, building on a resume in TV and film that includes work on the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants and various other shows and films. He also appears in the new TBS series The Guest Book, alongside HONEYHONEY bandmate Suzanne Santo, in which the two play recurring characters in each episode. They also wrote the series’ theme song and several other songs for the soundcheck.
Walker is currently on tour playing King George in the traveling company of Hamilton.
JON PATRICK WALKER SHARES
NEW TRACK & VIDEO FOR “I WON’T SIT AROUND AND CRY”
YOU AND I OUT MAY 11
“With “I Won’t Sit Around and Cry,” Jon Patrick Walker reveals his multi-faceted talents. The melody is balanced, while the rhythm is persuasive, and Walker’s vibrant tones add the icing to the musical cake.” – CelebMix
“The song possesses a rural pop fluidity, the kind of dusky movements you might expect from Ryan Adams or Jason Isbell but is wholly of Walker’s own making. His spry acoustic guitar lines rumble and shutter while a slide guitar trembles and shakes off its problems for just a few minutes.” – The Southern Sounding
“I Won’t Sit Around and Cry”
A highly respected actor for 25 years, appearing on Broadway, on television and in film (and currently playing King George to rave reviews on the national tour of Hamilton), JP made an audacious leap into songwriting and music-making, self-releasing his first album, The Guilty Party (recorded in Nashville), in 2013. Jp’s 2016 follow-up, People Going Somewhere is steeped in 60’s-70’s Rock & Folk and garnered excellent reviews, charting on numerous college stations. His latest offering, You and I, is a 6-song EP co-produced with Josh Kaufman ( Josh Ritter, Craig Finn, Bob Weir). recorded in Brooklyn, it was mixed by Patrick Dillett (They Might Be Giants) & mastered by the legendary Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. The 6 tracks (all penned by Walker) cover an eclectic musical terrain, from Singer-songwriter Americana, jazz-inflected psychedelia, to Velvet Underground-influenced garage-rock. JP lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Hope Davis (who is featured in a duet with JP on the opener, “Your Open Hand”) and their two daughters. JP will be acting & singing on the HAMILTON National tour through February, 2019.
Jon Patrick Walker “Your Open Hand”
Jon Patrick Walker by Lindsey Byrnes
Artist: Jon Patrick Walker
Album: You And I
Record Label: Self-Release
Release Date: May 11, 2018
1. Your Open Hand (Featuring Hope Davis)
2. I Won’t Sit Around And Cry
3. You And I
4. The Guilty Party
5. Jack O’Bells
6. I Can’t Not Do The Robot (Wen I’m Dancing With You)
New York, NY (May 4th, 2018) – Yesterday, Seattle rock ‘n’ roll fourpiece Thunderpussy releases their new single “Badlands,” along with a music video directed by Lustre Studios and shot in various locations across Washington state. “Badlands” is taken from their highly-anticipated, self-titled debut album out May 25th via Stardog Records/Republic Records.
Thunderpussy premieres their “Bandlands” video on Billboard—watch and share here. Billboard praises the video saying, “The gritty, untamed nature of the visual blends seamlessly with the delightfully raucous rock ‘n’ roll tune. Thunderpussy were built to run wild, whether it be literally through national parks or figuratively in the music scene.”
Of the “Badlands” video, Molly Sides says, “Lustre Studios is an incredible production team that goes well beyond expectation. When we originally started talking about the filming of ‘Badlands,’ we discussed flying to Badlands National Park in South Dakota, but little did we know much of the land we were seeking was right here in our beautiful state of Washington. Lustre spent much time scouting locations and discovered the most stunning spots. Over the course of 3 days, we found ourselves driving through Electric City, gazing over the monstrous Grand Coulee Dam, running through the canyons of Steamboat Rock State Park and kicking up dirt at the Sand Dunes by Moses Lake. Among the 3,522-acres of beauty and under 200 feet of pounding water, ‘Badlands’ was born.”
This Month, Thunderpussy is set to play several headlining dates across North America, including stops at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY on May 16, Elsewhere in Brooklyn, NY on May 18, Great Scott in Boston on May 15 and more. See the full list of tour dates below. Tickets are available now via Thunderpussyusa.com.
What if Thor’s Hammer of the Gods from “Immigrant Song” landed in the hands of four wise, willful, and wild women? Well, it would sound something like Thunderpussy. The quartet—Molly Sides [vocals], Whitney Petty [guitar], Leah Julius [bass] and Ruby Dunphy [drums]—do the most rock ‘n’ roll thing possible and quite literally fuck up every rock ‘n’ roll stereotype you know to be true, piercing the halls of Valhalla in the process. The Seattle-based group turned into a quiet phenomenon with the endorsement of Rolling Stone and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, as well as a string of already legendary performances under their high-waisted belts.
THUNDERPUSSY’S UPCOMING TOUR DATES: May 11 Atlanta, GA Vinyl May 13Washington, DC Songbyrd Music House May 14 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie May 15 Allston, MA Great Scott May 16 New York, NY Mercury Lounge May 18 Brooklyn, NY Elsewhere May 19 Toronto, Canada The Garrison May 21 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge May 25 Quincy, WA Sasquatch Festival June 7 Buffalo, NY Iron Works* June 8 Albany, NY The Hollow* June 9 Montreal, QC Fairmount Theatre* June 11 Ottawa, ON Algonquin Commons Theatre* June 12 Kingston, ON Stages* June 14 Hamilton, ON Club Absinthe* June 16 London, ON London Music Hall* June 18 Detroit, MI The Pike Room June 19 Cincinnati, OH Madison Live June 20 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit June 21 Cleveland, OH Mahall Lanes July 28 Big Sky, MT Center Stage At Town Park August 17-18 St. Poelten, Austria Frequency Festival October 12-14 Austin, TX Austin City Limits * Supporting Black Pistol Fire
“‘Pull String to Inflate’ sort of uses the metaphor of a life raft because right now it feels like the world is sinking,” Corne told us. “I think the song is really summed up in the lyric ‘It seems like the future is running a little late. I’m driving backwards through a different day. Pull string to inflate’.”
1. Mad World
2. Ridin’ With Lady Luck (Feat. Walter Trout)
4. The Gilded Age
5. Short Wave Preachers
6. Pull String To Inflate
7. History Repeats
8. The Distance You Run
9. Forbidden Town
10. Ashen Heart
11. Trail Full Of Tears
12. Sing, Little Darlin’ Sing
Eric Corne’s new album Happy Songs for the Apocalypse is a patchwork of Americana; drawing on folk, blues and rock n’ roll with tinges of alt country. Lyrically, the album is an indictment of a world careening into a second gilded age, numbed by new technologies and the false hope of materialism. “It seems the future’s running a little late/and I’m driving backwards through a different day,” sings Corne on “Pull String to Inflate.” The song features lead guitar by long-time Mavis Staples axman, Rick Holmstrom, one of many top-shelf sidemen Corne calls on to animate this ambitious collection of songs.
Founder and President of Forty Below Records, Corne is an award winning producer/engineer and songwriter with over a half dozen top 5 Billboard Blues albums to his credit, including a recent #1 for Walter Trout’s duets album, We’re All in This Together. Corne’s resume also includes recording the likes of John Mayall, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, C.J. Chenier, Kim Deal (The Pixies), Glen Campbell, Lucinda Williams, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Joe Bonamassa, John Doe (X), Michelle Shocked, and Devotchka.
Corne and lead singer, Nick Urata developed a friendship when Corne engineered parts of DeVotchKa’s A Mad and Faithful Telling. Urata later tapped Corne to engineer several of his film scores, including Crazy Stupid Love and I Love You Phillip Morris. Urata returned the favor, singing on two songs for Corne’s Kid Dynamite & the Common Man (“One of the year’s most dramatic debuts!” – Blurt Magazine), including “Trampolines” which played in an episode of HBO’s True Blood.
Sonically, Happy Songs for the Apocalypse is a vibrant production, brimming with horns, violins, tack piano, pedal steel, dulcimer, accordion, harmonica and Theremin. Emotionally it runs the gamut, one moment reveling in heartache “Take this Ashen Heart and sweep it to the wind. I know it will never beat again.” The next, flush with optimism: “I’ve got a notion that they can’t kill/There ain’t no potion/There ain’t no pill/Like a Locomotion, you can’t sit still on a wave.”
The album begins with “Mad World”, a slice of cosmic folk and the image of a world in cardiac arrest, “If we stumble, if we fall/find our backs against the wall/revolution of the world begins to stall.” Then, pivots with “Ridin’ with Lady Luck”, an alt blues rocker that features blues legend Walter Trout (John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat) on lead guitar, trading with Corne’s distorted harmonica. “Trail Full of Tears” sets a lush horn arrangement by Corne and David Ralicke (Dengue Fever, Beck) against a stark rhythm section, reminiscent of Tom Waits “In the Neighborhood”. In “Short Wave Preachers” Corne calls out politicians for their role in America’s growing corporatocracy, protesting “Joan of Arc doesn’t live here any more/just leaders looking for pay.”
Also featured on the album is former Bob Dylan/k.d. lang guitarist Freddy Koella on fiddle, My Morning Jacket keyboardist Bo Koster, Fitz & the Tantrums bassist Joe Karnes, multi instrumentalist Nick Luca (Calexico, Iron & Wine), Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams) on dobro, Skip Edwards (Dwight Yoakam) on keys and pedal steel, drummers Blair Sinta (Alanis Morissette, James Blunt) and Matt Tecu (Cat Power, Jakob Dylan) and two mainstays of Corne’s productions, guitarist Eamon Ryland and keyboardist Sasha Smith.
Some of the talented young artists Corne is working with at Forty Below Records include breakout country artists Jaime Wyatt and Sam Morrow.
A prolific songwriter, Corne has written songs with Walter Trout, Sam Morrow and Karen Lovely, writing the majority of her critically acclaimed album Fish Outta Water, including the chart topping title track.
In 2014, Corne signed classic rock luminary and Blues Hall of Fame member John Mayall to Forty Below Records, producing three studio albums together and currently working on a fourth. In addition, Corne re-mastered and released two archive Bluesbreakers albums Live in 1967 Volumes I and II, which featured the original members of Fleetwood Mac.
With several new productions in the works, Corne doesn’t expect to tour extensively but he does plan to play some select dates over the next year.