Our friends – Larry and His Flask – from Bend, OR are over for the second time this year this month. After a tour last May on which they made a great amount of new fans they now do a string of shows on festivals and some headline shows.
For those yet unfamiliar with Larry and His Flask: expect a party! Mashing up bluegrass, folk, punk, gypsy jazz or country to a wild crazy party! Running around like loose springs from corner to corner ánd in front of the stage molesting the upright bass, trombone, trumpet and banjo. This band is a MUST see!
This will likely be the band’s last tour for at least a year; they are taking a break from the extensive touring and will also commence writing a new album. So we better enjoy this upcoming dates to the fullest.
Dates include appearances at the sold out Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen (NL), Musikfestwochen in Winterthur (CH), the Radio Onda d’Urto Festival in Brescia (IT), Gevarenwinkel Festival in Herselt (BE), Lab-Fest in Stuttgart (DE) and more dates all across mainland Europe. Find all dates right here.
This all in advance of a “Blues Uzi“, their new release planned for September 15th on Bronze Rat Records.
Patrick McCarthy explains the title of the new release: “The blues is a feeling not a genre, it goes fully automatic”. Blues definitely is the closest that comes by explaining the music for this band that calls themselves the Three Headed Bluesmonster but they also have different influences such as some garage rock, gospel, hillbilly but even they could be founded close to gothic.
We always think it’s dangerous to compare anyone with people like Nick Cave or Captain Beefheart but Miraculous Mule for sure has links to these outsiders.
Hannah Rickard & The Relatives are enjoying a great Summer after a few runs in the Benelux earlier this year and with the release of their single “L.A. Lover” the guys and girl head back to the mainland to do several festivals and clubshows:
For those how are not to familiar with this band: founded while Lou – Hannah’s cousin – kidnapped her for some recordings in his studio. When Hannah arrived at the studio to see Daisy (part of Kitty Daisy & Lewis) and the rest of the new band; behind the kit was UVM’s Gary Mills, on double-bass psychobilly legend Nice Guy Eddie. And there was Lou himself, of the People Like You-signed band The Grit. This combination of talented musicians in one room led to Hannah Rickard & The Relatives – fresh rockabilly of high quality!
A mere two weeks ago Christopher Paul Stelling performed at the Newport Folk Festival and was – according to more than a few – more moving than most of the music on the main stages. Reading this does not surprise us at all. Last May – when the New York City troubadour and singer-songwriter was over here – he left the same impression.
His dark folk with his razor-sharp, rough voice leaves no one unmoved. Especially live this is a delight, you have to see this man work to feel his often heartbreaking lamentations in your bones. Reviewers compare him with Nick Drake and The Tallest Man On Earth. With two albums out and currently finishing off a third he now travels over for the third time this this year!
This time his intimate concerts will be at the following places:
12-08-2014: Oostende (BE) @ Paulusfeesten
13-08-2014: Bochum (DE) @ Kugel Pudel
14-08-2014: Den Helder (NL) @ De Engel
15-08-2014: Den Haag (NL) @ Paard Cafe
16-08-2014: Venlo (NL) @ Zomerparkfeest
17-08-2014: Eeklo (BE) @ Herbakkersfestival
For the uninitiated, Frank Fairfield is a Fresno, California native (and now Los Angeles resident) and a genius on the fiddle, guitar, banjo who possesses a broken soulful voice that perfectly reflects the tragedy and damnation of the subject matter reflected in the timeless American music that he’s made his stock and trade through his albums on Tompkins Square, and through countless tours from coast to coast.
Frank sings tunes he has worked hard to collect from around the world as well as his own well-dusted ditties. His eclectic sets feature soaring hillbilly ballads, arcane rambling songs and murder ballads delivered in a reedy tenor with that irresistible American Primitive quality. Still in his twenties but steeped in the pre-War Americana of Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs, he cut his teeth as a street performer in LA and has the raw intensity and quick-fingered technique to make your hairs stand on end. Alternating between banjo, fiddle and guitar, he performs a different set of traditional songs and originals each night, drawing on his encyclopaedic knowledge of the American folk canon.
Last weekend he performed at the OFF Festival in Poland but tomorrow night he’ll be doing his first of two concerts in The Netherlands. Taking his new release “Down Home Music in the Southwest” on his own label Beaumont Record Company on the road he’s doing these two shows overhere:more news »