Chuck Ragan’s bracing latest release “Till Midnight” once again confirms what the iconoclastic singer-songwriter’s fans have known all along: that he’s a deeply compelling songwriter and an effortlessly charismatic performer, as well as a true believer in music’s ability to illuminate and inspire. This week Chuck Ragan & The Camaraderie will perform twice in the Netherlands:
In a musical life that spans close to three decades, Chuck Ragan has consistently worn his heart on his sleeve, and carved out a musical niche in the process. First with post-hardcore trailblazers Hot Water Music and subsequently on his own, he’s built a large and singularly powerful body of work whose honesty, immediacy and warmth have won the loyalty of a fiercely devoted international fan base that’s supported him through his various musical incarnations.
Chuck Ragan’s fourth solo LP “Till Midnight” opens with a song that sounds like late Springsteen, his rough voice singing lines like, “We only have til midnight until we break out and cut up trials on our own” before being joined by a few more for a triumphant chorus. But from there the record moves toward the heavier Americana one would expect from a list of collaborators that includes Ben Nichols of Lucero, Dave Hause of the Loved Ones, Social Distortion drummer David Hidalgo Jr. and singer-songwriter Jenny O. Listen to the album now via Rolling Stone Magazine.
Down By The River, after Neil Young‘s song, is set to take place this forthcoming May 3rd. The first edition of this new rootsfestival is organized in cooperation with Poppodium Grenswerk in Venlo and yours truly Sedate Bookings. The festival focusses on renewing roots and alt-country music. The name Down By The River comprises the thoughts behind the festival. Flowing like the river Maas, fresh; seeking the sharp edges. Poppodium Grenswerk is located close to the Maas and the river will also be involved in the festival.
TODAY we’re happy to complete the line-up with the addition of Sam Amidon and Young Rebel Set. They’ll be performing alongside Hackensaw Boys, J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices and Ryley Walker. Scroll down to learn more about each band that’ll be performing.
The Hackensaw Boys are one of the most exiting Americana-band of the last ten year and will return this spring with a brand new album. With a good dose of rock-’n-roll these gentlemen know how to freshly twist the traditional folk- and bluegrass music. In semi-acoustic setting the formation out of West-Virginia uses fiddle, banjo, guitars, mandolin and upright bass. Also notable is the flawless singing and the absence of a drummer. No covers or traditionals only original material and these guys know how to build a party!
J.P. Harris was born in Montgomery, Alabama. His album “Home Is Where The Hurt Is” was recorded in Nashville though. On his albums we be records with his band The Tough Choices we hear pure country like we hear more and more of. Where Daniel Romano seems to reach back to Gram Parsons, Harris gets his inspiration from the country from before and takes this into a modern age. The album includes guest appearances of Los Lobos sax player Steve Berlin, Nikki Lane and Chance McCow (Old Crow Medicine Show).
Ryley Walker is the reincarnation of the True American Guitar Player. That’s as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways as to the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop. Swap out rural juke joints for rotted DIY spaces and the archetype is solidly intact. His personal life might be tumultuous and his residential status in question, but his bedrock is disciplined daily rehearsal and an inexhaustible wellspring of song craft.
Sam Amidon‘s penetrating bluesfolk is characterized by warm and sparkling acoustic sounds with light accompaniment of electric guitars and melancholic vocals. Having two parents who were active singer-songwriters, Sam Amidon was drawn towards making music at a young age. Now there is already five, wonderful, rich folk albums on his name. The fifth album “Lily-O” has just been released being described as “glowing and affectionate” on which we completely agree.
Young Rebel Set‘s sophomore album “Crocodile” is out on quality label New West Records and delivers a collision of rollicking folk-rock, blueeyed soul and jaunty ‘90s Britpop. It builds off their earthy folk-guitar sound into something more expansive and diverse. Formed in Stockton-On-Tees the band comprises of singer/guitarist Matty Chipchase with two sets of brothers – Andy and Chris Parmley and Mark and Luke Evans.
TODAY sees the release of “That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse”, Johnny Dowd‘s new album out on his own Mother Jinx Records. To promote this new output this master of absurdity out of Ithaca, NY will return to Europe for a short string of shows.
It might come as a surprise to many that on this record Johnny Dowd, who is known for his never stopping evolvement and ever changing experiment, grasps back to his own roots. On this album he goes back to his 1998s debut “Wrong Side Of Memphis”. For this album he locked himself into the studio (despite a few visits of singer Anna Coogan) where he started working using his 70s drumcomputer, synths and guitar. The result is Johnny Dowd in the most vulnerable but the most uncompromising way.
The first reviews – mostly out of the United Kingdom – are all raving. This month’s Uncut Magazine titles “That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse” as “Best Of The Month”. Americana-UK says “This is art but it is also arresting music. More people should be making this sort of shit”.
In exactly one month Johnny Dowd starts of his solo European tour in Germany. He will travel through Belgium, United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. See all dates below:
2015.04.09 Krefeld (DE) – Kulturrampe
2015.04.10 Eeklo (BE) – N9 *
2015.04.11 Nottingham (UK) – Guitar Bar *
2015.04.12 London (UK) – The Islington *
2015.04.13 Eye (UK) – The Bank Eye *
2015.04.14 Brighton (UK) – Prince Albert *
2015.04.15 Leicester (UK) – The Musician *
2015.04.16 Lille (FR) – La Peniche *
2015.04.17 Eindhoven (NL) – Bureau Beukorkest in TAC CHANGED VENUE!
2015.04.18 Rotterdam (NL) – V11 *
2015.04.20 Zurich (CH) – El Lokal
2015.04.21 Frankfurt (DE) – Dreikoningskeller
2015.04.22 Norderstedt (DE) – Music Star
2015.04.23 Amsterdam (NL) – Paradiso Upstairs
2015.04.24 Zeist (NL) – De Peppel *
2015.04.25 Hengelo (NL) – Heartland Festival
* w/ Mark Lotterman
At the end of las year’s festival season DANIEL ROMANO and his band the Trilliums came over to Europe for the first time. After this very successful tour we are happy to announce they will be back this May/June; find all announced dates below.
Highlights of last tour include performing in the main hall of Paradiso, Amsterdam and doing a show at the awesome boutique festival Into The Great Wide Open. The Amsterdam show was captured on film and can be seen in the trailer for an ongoing documentary project called “I Tried So Hard To Love You”:
DANIEL ROMANO will be returning to Europe with a brand new single in early spring. In a nod to Daniel’s constant state of creative output, he has two new full-lenght in the works with New West Records: “If I’ve Only One Time Askin” is due out summer of 2015, with “Mosey” coming in the winter. These albums will be the follow up to his critically acclaimed record “Come Cry With Me”.
Daniel refers to his music as mosey and he is called THE KING OF MOSEY again and again. As he explains: “Mosey is a study in contrasts. There’s glitz and grit, reveling and wallowing, wretchedness and showmanship. Mosey music’s pioneers wore their battered hearts on sequined sleeves. From Bakersfield to Galveston, the legends traded their tragicomic highs and lows for gold records and white Cadillacs. But that was then; the days of Buckaroos, Nudie Suits and various Hanks are over, save for the museum displays. To quote a George Jones title track, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?”"
Enter DANIEL ROMANO, a songwriter who delivers mosey croonin’ and hard luck storytelling. While references to marquee names like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard are apparent in Romano’s music, the obvious influences certainly don’t demystify his talent. Romano works with equal part authenticity and creativity, and his musical world is rich with archetypes and arch rivals, wry observations and earnest confessions.
2015.05.22 Cardiff (UK) @ The Moon Club
2015.05.23 Coventry (UK) @ Tin Music & Arts
2015.05.24 Oostende (BE) @ De Zwerver
2015.05.25 Raalte (NL) @ Ribs & Blues
2015.05.27 Aalborg (DK) @ 1000 Fryd
2015.05.28 Gothenburg (SWE) @ Pustervik
2015.05.29 Oslo (NO) @ Pokalen
2015.05.31 Trondheim (NO) @ Moskus
2015.06.02 Stockholm (SWE) @ Debaser Strand
2015.06.03 Mariehamn (FIN) @ Dino Bar
2015.06.04 Tampere (FIN) @ Herwood Stage & Bar
2015.06.05 Turku (FIN) @ Klubi
2015.06.06 Helsinki (FIN) @ Korjaamo
2015.06.08 Malmo (SWE) @ Far I Hatten
2015.06.10 London (UK) @ Texas Joe’s Honky Tonk at The Horatia
2015.06.11 Brighton (UK) @ Prince Albert
2015.06.12 Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny 2
2015.06.13 Glasgow (UK) @ King Tuts
2015.06.19 Hilvarenbeek (NL) @ Best Kept Secret
The Village Coffee & Music, Poppodium EKKO and Sedate Bookings have joined forces to deliver you the finest punkrock concerts in Utrecht. No less than TWO nights are ON SALE and are presented with the name “One Louder”. First one is TOMORROW!
Tomorrow we’re welcoming Fat Wreck Chord‘s veterans Swingin’ Utters together with their pals and label-buddies ToyGuitar. Swingin’ Utters were formed by Johnny Peebucks in the end of 80s in punkrock mekka California. In 2003 the band quit but not for entirety because in 2010 they returned with a great album and this year a fresh one followed. Check out the video for “Fistfull Of Hollows” below. The night will be opened by ToyGuitar with punkrock heroes Jack Dalrymple and Brandon Pollack of One Man Army in their ranks! Get y’r ticket and see you at EKKO tomorrow (oh and attend at FB!).