The American country singer Dale Watson is an outside ever since his debut records “Cheatin’ Heart Attack” (1995). With his mixture of honky-tonk, western swing and rockabilly he rebels he’s anything but mainstream country – Watson is ‘too country now for country, just like Johnny Cash’ as he sings in his song Nashville Rash.
Dale Watson is a honky-tonk hero and country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from Texas.
Dale Watson has flown the flag of classic honky-tonk for over two decades. He’s christened his brand of American roots “Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from current crop of Nashville-based pop country. The Alabama-born, Texas-raised Watson may be the hardest working entertainer today and is rapidly approaching legendary status.
This keeper of the true country music flame, recently returned with “Call Me Insane”, a new studio album recorded in Austin. He returns to NL next week for three shows:
25-OCT: Utrecht (NL) @ TivoliVredenburg
26-OCT: Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat w/ James Intveld
28-OCT: Heerlen (NL) @ Nieuwe Nor w/ Reverend Shawn Amos
From Oklahoma, USA the Turnpike Troubadours have established themselves as one of the must see acts on the US Red Dirt Circuit. The Guardian included them in their top 10 best country album of last year. Premiering on Dutch soil, we’re excited to announce two exclusive shows next February, on sale straight away:
“When we first started playing, people couldn’t have cared less that we were there,” recalls Troubadours’ front man Evan Felker. “They were there to drink beer and raise hell and they didn’t really care what music was playing while they did it. But as we went on and as we got better, they started to listen. I mean, they were still drinkin’ plenty of beer, but before too long, they were actually coming to hear us and asking us to play our songs, and not just covers of traditional favourites and all the other stuff we’d been doing.”
After years of buzz on the indie circuit the Turnpike Troubadours are ready for their closeup. The band defies the assumption that making real country music is somehow antiquated or uncool, and their fiddle-laden Red Dirt compositions resonate with a new generation of country music fans. The Troubadours’ self-titled third album demonstrates a pitch-perfect balance of old school instrumental music (the sound of real drums is so sweet to ears too used to electronic drum beats) and memorable melodies with lyrics by lead singer Evan Felker and bassist RC Edwards that offer up a smart take on life, as seen through the eyes of young men that spend much of their time in smoky bars.
Fall Out of Love contains what may be the smartest line of any song I heard this year: “Well, you bet your heart on a diamond/And I played the clubs in spades,” and single Down Here is a fine song about friendship that features the encouraging refrain, “You’re gonna be alright, you’ll be fine/You can have a nickel out of my last dime.” The album has a casual, earthy quality that makes it an unpretentious and crowd-pleasing listen, and that’s good because there are so many crowds that will want to keep listening to these rising country stars in the future.
In February Darlingside will come to Belgium and the Netherlands for a couple of gigs. The band released the beautiful record Birds Say earlier this year and to promote this they are coming over:
3-FEB: Eeklo (BE) @ N9
4-FEB: Leiden (NL) @ Q-Bus
5-FEB: Ottersum (NL) @ Roepaen
On Birds Say, the Massachusetts-based quartet’s wide-open arrangements are marked by the skillful vocal interplay of the four singers. When bassist Dave Senft, guitarist and banjo player Don Mitchell, classical violinist and folk mandolinist Auyon Mukharji, and cellist and guitar picker Harris Paseltiner gather around a single microphone and let their richly-textured voices loose, they splash their melodies with a sunny melancholy that brings their lyrics to vibrant life. Subtle musical shadings take cues from 60s folk, chamber pop, bluegrass, classical music, and modern indie rock, while aching harmonies are complemented by tones from the harmonium, frailing banjo, 12-string electric guitar, Wurlitzer, auto-chord organ, and grand piano. The result is a collection of quietly passionate songs that defy easy categorization.
“Each song and set of lyrics are created by all of us together, a sort of ‘group stream-of consciousness,’” Harris says. “So we moved away from a single lead vocalist and started gravitating towards singing in unison, passing the melody around, or harmonizing in four parts through an entire song.” Live and on record, they present a unified voice by clustering around a single condenser microphone and blending their voices in the room before they hit the mic.
Darlingside assembled the songs that make up Birds Say over the past three years in their kitchens and living rooms, on cabin retreats, and while visiting each other’s childhood homes. They recorded at Dimension Sound Studios in Boston with engineer and co-producer Dan Cardinal during the city’s snowiest month in history, the streets empty due to travel bans.
Taking queues from classic pop rock & roll and Americana Hollis Brown combines raw rock sensibilities with sweet melodies and heartfelt lyrics to create a rich, warm sound that can fill any room. Principal songwriters Mike Montali and Jon Bonilla grew up listening to the classics. These native New Yorkers were born in the late 1980s when the city was identified by its grit, passion and authenticity. The combination of an urban upbringing and throwback musical influences of traditional blues contributed heavily to the band’s sound.
However contrary to most blues-influenced bands Hollis Brown leans heavily toward melodic pop as well. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Beatles song these boys don’t know by heart and you can hear it in the music. Classic rock with a New York state of mind, Hollis Brown is a throwback to an era when music felt fresh songwriting was revered and performances routinely inspired.
Hollis Brown’s latest vinyl EP, Cluster of Pearls, was chosen as one of the 300 select releases throughout the world for Record Store Day 2016. Pressed on Starburst Vinyl, the record is limited to 800 copies and features four previously unreleased tracks and two songs released on vinyl for the first time. Cluster of Pearls follows up the 2015 release of Hollis Brown’s third album 3 Shots, featuring the Bo Diddley collaboration “Rain Dance,” and the duet “Highway 1” with acclaimed alt-country songstress Nikki Lane.
This month Hollis Brown will be touring extensively across Europe. Find all tourdates here:
15-10-2016: Basingstoke (UK) @ Sanctuary
16-10-2016: Nottingham (UK) @ The Maze
17-10-2016: Oxford (UK) @ The Bullingdon
18-10-2016: London (UK) @ The Islington
19-10-2016: Borger (NL) @ VanSlag
20-10-2016: Eppstein (DE) @ Wunderbar
21-10-2016: Rotterdam (NL) @ V11
22-10-2016: Utrecht (NL) @ Ramblin Roots
23-10-2016: Eindhoven (NL) @ Wilhelmina
25-10-2016: Leiden (NL) @ Q-Bus
26-10-2016: Zwolle (NL) @ Hedon
27-10-2016: Heerlen (NL) @ Nieuwe Nor
28-10-2016: Eeklo (BE) @ N9
01-11-2016: Treviso (IT) @ Conegliano Corner
02-11-2016: Grosseto (IT) @ Dog House
03-11-2016: Rome (IT) @ Whislist Club
04-11-2016: Milan (IT) @ Spazio Theatro 89
05-11-2016: Dozza (IT) @ Teatro Comunale
06-11-2016: Siena (IT) @ Sinalunga Melatronic Ballroom Fest
07-11-2016: Heilbronn (DE) @ Red River Saloon
08-11-2016: Norderstedt (DE) @ Harksheide
09-11-2016: Malmo (SWE) @ Folk A Rock
10-11-2016: Kristianstad (SWE) @ Tivoli
11-11-2016: Falkenberg (SWE) @ Grand
12-11-2016: Halden (NO) @ Bryggerhuset
13-11-2016: Stockholm (SWE) @ Akkurat
This spring Summer Cannibals released their 3rd album Full of It. They already toured the US and now they’re touring in Europe. This includes three shows in the NL:
14-OCT: Leeuwarden (NL) @ Podium Asteriks
15-OCT: Breda (NL) @ Mezz
16-OCT: Rotterdam (NL) @ V11
Recorded at the amazing analog recording studio The Dock with producer Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Wild Flag), the LP is one of those massive leaps forward that every band hopes to achieve at least once in their career. The eleven songs spark with that perfect mix of snotty attitude, unbounded energy, and window rattling volume.
The four musicians keep their collective foot on the gas pedal, roaring through tunes like the jagged screaming title track and the fist pumping drive of “Just A Little Bit.” But they’re savvy and talented enough to ease up when it counts. Just listen for those sweet melodies carrying “Say My Name” along or the pair of simmering tunes that close out the album: “Fall In” and “Simple Life.”more news »