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Fast fingered finger licking Mean Mary’s new album will be our Spotlight Album for October.

Yes it is the same Mary different hair colour but just as mean.

 

Cold is the newest and most intimate release to date from award-winning musician/writer, Mean Mary (Mary James). The moody, almost gothic, lyrics and dark melodies take the listener through the colder seasons of the year and of the heart. Produced by Mary James, the album features all original songs with some lyrics taken straight from her journal entries.

As usual on a Mean Mary project, Mary provides the bulk of vocals and instrumentation to the songs but her family is always there as the unsung heroes. Brother, Frank James, adds his unusual guitar style and harmonies to 4 of the tracks, and Mother (award-winning writer, Jean James) is the co-writer that blends her own brand of lyrics so seamlessly with her daughter’s.

 

 

Mean Mary Bio.

Texas singer songwriter, Chad Richard’s second album, Worthy Cause. Worthy Cause, produced by Walt Wilkins, will officially release on April 26th

 

Wow that photo is BIG.

Anyway I spend a lot of time reading reviews and looking for “new artists” and I read a couple of excellent ones and listened to “12 More Days Of Blue”

 I thought I should reach out to Chad and get a copy of the album to play on TME.fm as it is going to be good. Lets see it climb the RMR charts and enjoy the music at the same time.

Chad told his PR man and I received a copy immediately, also Adam the man has more artists who are top notch and we will be mentioning those another day. Adam the man actually remembers dickthespic, small world.

 

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“Worthy Cause is an album full of honest truths in styles that range from country to zydeco in blended forms, and this song is at the heart of it.” – Melissa Clarke

Chad Richard (pronounced REE-shard) is a native of the Sabine River bottom, where the river merges Louisiana with Texas’ soil as it winds along. Steeped in the mingling influences of the region, Richard’s songwriting and musical sensibilities fuse Cajun, Texas swing, country and blues styles into an effortlessly born offspring of each side of the river.

Richard writes songs from the heart. Like so many of us, he has loved, laughed, experienced fatherhood, suffered break-up, sorrow, and divorce, and loved again. The experiences of trying to do all the right things as single Dad shaped his songwriting in unique ways, as much as the musical influences surrounding him did. Holding it all together by day, working in a chemical plant, he’d still play solo gigs at night. When Walt Wilkins happened upon Richard at one of these gigs in 2012, Wilkins invited Richard to sit in Wilkins’ band, at about the same time Todd Purifoy (producer and photographer for the Texas Music Scene) approached him about making a record. Forces aligned, connections solidified and before long Walt was producing Richard’s successful debut album: Veteran’s Grocery (2015).

His second release, Worthy Cause (2019), was recorded at Jumping Dog Studio in Austin, Texas. Again Richard turned to Walt Wilkins (Sam Baker, Jason Eady, Susan Gibson) for production and the album was engineered by Ron Flynt. In addition to Richard’s songwriting, acoustic guitar and vocals, other musicians contributing to the album include Wilkins and Flynt, Marian Brackney on fiddle, Chip Dolan (The Band of Heathens, Greg Trooper) on pianos and organs, Geoff Queen (Kelly Willis, Jason Boland & the Stragglers) on steel guitar, and Corby Schaub (Ryan Bingham) on lap steel. The rhythm section is Ray Rodriguez on drums and Bill Small on bass.

Worthy Cause is an album with songs characterized by stories as only Richard can tell them. “Slow Rollin’ Stateline” spins a tale of growing up on the Texas/LA border with “Zydeco to the east, Texas swing to the west,” as the song bears the musical marks of those influences. “German Angel” recounts a story of a couple living in a historic German house in the Texas Hill country, where the wife believes a ghost resides to watch over the manor, as told from the ghost’s perspective. “Worthy Cause” highlights Richard’s riveting vocals over hushed acoustic guitar and pedal steel, with an imperfect man’s tribute of gratitude towards the good, faithful woman who loves him. “Waters Rise” was inspired by Richard’s first hand experience of the kindness and humanity that shone through the floodwaters in the wake of hurricane Harvey – “waters rise, but people rise above.” “12 More Days of Blue” narrates the poignant tribulations of a loving, single Dad as he masks adult pain in order to experience the best with his child. The entire record showcases Richard’s striking ability to commandeer attention with his powerful vocal presence and compelling direct narrative style.

“I got my first real paying job when I was 11 years old. The man I went to work for gave me some advice. He said “Don’t ever turn something you love into your job! When you do you’ll soon lose the love for it!” I always remembered that and always kept music as a part time escape from my less than favorite job for fear of losing the love for it. Now with 30 years in a chemical plant and only 2 years left till I retire from this less than favorite job, I’m beginning to wonder if just maybe, there’s a possibility, that perhaps, he may have been full of shit!” – Chad Richard

“Chad doesn’t ever have to insist on himself – His completely unique Louisiana-Texas-Soul-Country voice grabs the listener, and in just a few minutes, everyone who hears him likes him,” – Walt Wilkins, Texas Songwriting Legend, Producer

Chad Richard – Worthy Cause (2019)
1. Slow Rollin State Line 4:03
2. Love Anyway 2:54
3. German Angel 3:41
4. Right Now 3:26
5. Worthy Cause 5:43
6. Fredericksburg 3:08
7. Waters Rise 3:28
8. The Big and The Little Hand 4:25
9. My Name 3:04
10. 12 More Days of Blue 3:49
11. Shawdy and a Shiner 3:01
12. The game 3:50
All Songs FCC Clean
Focus Tracks: 2, 3, 7, 10

All songs Written By Chad Richard, Barn Noise Publishing (BMI)
RECORDING & PRODUCTION CREDITS:
Produced by Walt Wilkins & Ron Flynt
Recorded at Jumping Dog Studio, Austin, Tx.
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Mastering, Austin, Tx
Chad Richard-Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Walt Wilkins- Acoustic & Electric Guitars & Percussion
Ray Rodriguez- Drums & Percussion
Bill small- Bass
Corby Schaub-Lap Steel Guitar
Chip Dolan- Piano, Wurlitzer Piano, & B3 organ
Marian Brackney- Fiddle/Violin & Viola
Geoff Queen- Steel Guitar & Dobro
Ron Flynt- Bass, “Waters Rise” & “Shawdy and a Shiner”
Piano, “Waters Rise” & “Worthy Cause”
Wurlitzer Piano, “My Name”
B3 organ, “12 More Days of Blue” & “Waters Rise”
Matt Giles- Electric Guitar, “Slow Rollin State Line”
Kurt Baumer- Fiddle, “Fredericksburg”
Harmonies- Walt Wilkins & Tina Mitchell Wilkins
Artwork- Julie Sckittone
Photography- Cory Hoover Photography

 

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Richard Thompson – Summer 2019 festival and Irish dates

Richard Thompson – Summer 2019 festival and Irish dates

Richard Thompson – Summer 2019 festival and Irish dates

Richard Thompson - 13 RiversRichard Thompson has a busy Summer ahead of him with appearances at festivals throughout August and into September as well as a handful of dates in Ireland. Thompson will be appearing at festivals including Cambridge Folk FestivalSidmouth Folk FestivalFairport’s Cropredy ConventionGreen Man Festival and more.

Buy, listen or download Richard Thompson’s latest album 13 Rivers here

Scroll down to find all of Thompson’s upcoming UK and Irish dates.


Upcoming Tour Dates

Date City Venue Country
Friday, 2nd August 2019 Belladrum Belladrum Tartan Hearts Festival 2019 United Kingdom
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Sunday, 4th August 2019 Cambridge Cambridge Folk Festival United Kingdom
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Thursday, 8th August 2019 Sidmouth Sidmouth Folk Festival United Kingdom
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Friday, 9th August 2019 Cropredy Fairport’s Cropredy Convention United Kingdom
with friends Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol, and Dave Pegg BUY TICKETS
Saturday, 10th August 2019 Dublin Vicar Street Ireland
Address: Vicar Street, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. BUY TICKETS
Sunday, 11th August 2019 Belfast Ulster Hall United Kingdom
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Tuesday, 13th August 2019 Galway Galway Town Hall Theatre Ireland
Venue phone: 091 569777. BUY TICKETS
Wednesday, 14th August 2019 Kilkenny Kilkenny Arts Festival Ireland
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Thursday, 15th August 2019 Cork St Luke’s Ireland
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Saturday, 17th August 2019 Crickhowell Green Man Festival United Kingdom
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Sunday, 18th August 2019 Suffolk FolkEast United Kingdom
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Monday, 26th August 2019 Rye Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival United Kingdom
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Sunday, 1st September 2019 Birmingham Moseley Folk & Arts Festival United Kingdom
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DARLIN DARLIN SHARES COUNTRY ROCKER, “EASY”

DARLIN DARLIN SHARES COUNTRY ROCKER, “EASY”
VIA THE SOUTHERN SOUNDING

SPLIT EP WITH STEPHEN KARL & HANDSOME ANIMALS OUT FRIDAY

Darlin Darlin by Jason Sanchez
“‘Easy’ possesses a tremulous devastation, delivering a wracking emotional impact that blindsides you with both it fragility and fierceness. The drums shuffle along as the guitars glimmer in the cool light of the evening, and Guerrero’s voice shines like the moon as it guides her listeners through the encroaching darkness. There’s a chill in the air, and “Easy” effortlessly captures that hesitant anxiety.” – The Southern Sounding
New York has long been a hotbed for songwriters, from the Folk City-centered explosion of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, to the anti-folk uprising of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, to the vibrant current scene that supports the ten-year-old Brooklyn Folk Fest and a healthy open mic milieu that finds true believers like Stephen Karl and Joanie Leon Guerrero pouring their hearts and guts out every night of the week.

Once upon a time, three-chord buskers and punk-fueled sensitive singer/songwriters ruled New York’s song-oriented clubs. These days, a new melding of singer/songwriters and highly skilled post-conservatory musicians are harvesting elegant, noisy, impassioned, and timeless tunes, as exemplified by this split single by genre-pushing comrades-in-song Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals and Darlin Darlin.

“There’s definitely a scene in New York of people who are in their late 20s to early 40s who went through serious academic music training, from Julliard and Yale, and now they’re [returning to basics] as songwriters,” said Karl, whose resume includes a master’s degree in classical guitar performance, guitarist for Antony and The Johnsons, and the driving force behind the experimental instrumental ensemble Redhooker. “I missed words. I missed writing words, and a lot of these people found a similar trajectory as me, where I’m not honoring my musical heritage if I’m just practicing Bach all the time. My community is more people like that, which is outstanding because it means a lot of the players are high level and we can put a band together where everyone’s got the chops and the ears.”

“I think we’re all just trying to create a community,” said Guerrero, singer and co-guiding light (with romantic partner and multi-instrumentalist Brett Parnell) behind Darlin Darlin. “I grew up in Virginia, and I really got into music after I graduated from high school and moved to [Washington] D.C. right after. There’s such a strong community of musicians there. Everybody goes to everybody else’s shows, and people are really supportive there. I feel like New York is all about curating a vibe. D.C. is more like, ‘Here, you guys have a good thing going on, do it here.’”

Towards making a scene, the two Brooklyn-based bands have played gigs together and collaborated musically and communally. The marriage is made official with a four-song split single EP released today. Karl’s tunes, “Shelter” and “Cyndi,” are pretty slices of life that evoke his Dylan-Minnesota roots and highlighted by trippy Bowie-worthy pop vocals, while Darlin Darlin’s haunting “Easy” and “Katy, TX” suggest fellow New Yorkers Ollabelle and the Golden Palominos. Both bands bring a raw freshness to a time-honored tradition.

“Joanie likes to describe Darlin Darlin as ‘Dolly Parton meets Nick Cave,’” said Karl, of his friends’ dark lilt. “My heroes are Prince, Springsteen, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt. A lot of these tunes that were written around this time deal with romantic relationship struggles: ‘Shelter’ is an honest story of a relationship that is failing, but it does it in an honest, compassionate, and not-too maudlin way by acknowledging what I’m experiencing, and what I love about the woman I’m losing, and how I basically do want the best for her. I felt like it was important to show that side, but I also wanted to present a fun story, and ‘Cyndi’ is that—about a night when I was 25 and got a kiss from Cyndi Lauper.”

For both Darlin Darlin and Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals, “what comes out” is beautiful. And from the sounds of things, this four-song EP is just the beginning.

Release Date: May 4, 2018

Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals
1. Cyndi
2. Shelter

Darlin Darlin
3. Easy
4. Katy

Joshua James new single from album My Spirit Sister

On My Spirit Sister Joshua James digs into his own messy humanity to create a complex and chillingly candid album

Joshua James’ new album looks into the darkness that we all flirt with, the things we think and dissect through our internal monologues but rarely share with others. Questioning core beliefs, faith in the micro and the macro, being uncertain. These are tenets of James’ songwriting, and his life, and on his upcoming dark Americana album My Spirit Sister he looks to continue facing the unknown with a rabid curiosity.

The first single, ‘Millie’, written about grappling with himself while on the verge of having a child with his wife, premiered on Noisey last week, you can click through the image below to check out that track and his upcoming tour dates. You can also download and stream the full album after the blurb below that!

More Info On Joshua James’ My Spirit Sister

“Humanity,” said Dostoevsky, “is a mystery. It must be unravelled.” On his latest album, My Spirit Sister, Utah-based Americana artist Joshua James attempts to do just that, laying bare a narrative catalogue of his unraveling of the complexities and imperfections inherent in us all.

Joshua James was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he found solace early on in old records. James moved to Utah for university, where he began writing songs while studying nursing. “Leaving your home, your family, and living somewhere without the support of that structure is going to cause you to change,” he says. “I suppose it caused me to expand my view of the world, people, culture, god, the pursuit of a “career,” money and its affect on a man.” These themes and the hard-edged, stark landscapes of these states seep into the compositions on My Spirit Sister, which are stunningly beautiful yet somehow perilous and harrowing in execution. James draws on inspiration from the untidy and unseemly parts of ourselves that we tend to hide even from the people closest to us. He may find more questions than he answers, but his ethos of working to be honest about his own weaknesses led to a chillingly engaging record.

Upcoming shows:
4/2 – Maintenance Shop – Ames, IA
4/3 – City Winery – Chicago, IL
4/4 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
4/6 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY
4/7 – Word Barn – Portsmouth, NH
4/8 – Lizard Lounge – Boston, MA
4/9 – Parlor Room – Northampton, MA
4/11 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
4/12 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
4/14 – World Cafe Live (upstairs) – Philadelphia, PA
4/15 – Jammin’ Java – Vienna, VA
4/20 – Altamont Theater – Asheville, NC
4/21 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
4/22 – Roasting Room – Bluffton, SC
4/23 – High Dive – Gainesville, FL
4/24 – Jaeb Theater @ Straz Center – Tampa, FL
4/26 – Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA