Good question for a popquiz: “Which Dutch band performed over 600x worldwide, shared the stage with the likes of Chuck Berry, Dr. John, Los Lobos and Little Feat, recorded a record with Dave Gonzales of The Paladins and are considered to be the founders of the alternative rootsrock?” Thumbs up for the one with the right answer: T-99.
The Amsterdam trio consisting of singer/guitarist Mischa, singer/drummer Martin and upright bassist Donné managed to develop into one of the most remarkable and influential band around. This was considered as such abroad, not on their home-turf. Across NL’s borders T-99 is the band that blew away the so-called roots scene, injecting their brand with rock. And surf. And blues. And jazz, country, folk, bluegrass, rock & roll, punk, soul and Eastern-European music. So, music of bastards of the purest form, ideal for movies of the Coen Brothers and Tarantino or as a soundtrack of traditional barbershops. The four albums that are releases between 1999 – 2007 are unique. Unpolished, atmospheric and crossing musical boundaries.
Timeless as it’s music is, the world keeps turning. Families, kids, other music endeavors. From that moment T-99 holds still. No quarrels; the priorities after 11 years lay elsewhere for now. Mischa joins Cuban Heels, Donné performs alongside Martha Jane Settler and Martin takes the drum-throne with Maison du Malheur.
In the four years T-99 are fridged, rootsmusic becomes hip. The Black Keys, C.W. Stoneking, Daniel Norgren, Benjamin Booker and Valerie June score worldwide with a sound that remembers of T-99. Fan and zZz-drummer Björn Ottenheim organizes the yearly Sleazefest, a festival where numerous bands perform who employ a similar style or approach as T-99. And what’s more fun to reach out to T-99 to headline? Last year he called the members. Each separately he tells them the other band-members like the idea of a reunion gig. Before they realize they take the stage and there is no way return. From that moment things start itching again.
This upcoming spring of 2015 the Best Of album named “The Various Sounds of T-99″, combined with a tour along the nicest Dutch clubs (see below). For those who never got enough of them, those who want to see them again and those who where too late. Mischa says: “We look forward to this with great anticipation. We’re playing in awesome venues and it’s great to see our fans again. It’s also exciting times ahead; our performances largely run on improvisation, and over the last year we each developed separately. For us it’s as exciting as it is for the audience”
THE VARIOUS SOUNDS OF T-99 2015 CLUBTOUR:
06-03-2015: Zwolle (NL) @ Hedon
07-03-2015: Nijmegen (NL) @ Merleyn
11-03-2015: Groningen (NL) @ Vera
13-03-2015 Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso
20-03-2015: Utrecht (NL) @ TivoliVredenburg
27-03-2015: Den Bosch (NL) @ W2
17-04-2015: Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat (Klikofest)
25-04-2015: Hengelo (NL) @ Metropool (Heartland Festival)
09-05-2015: Sneek (NL) @ Bolwerk
Time to dig out the bunting and start baking those celebratory cakes, the ‘master of the absurd’ Ithaca’s brightest, exploratory mind, Johnny Dowd, returns with a new album, ‘That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse,’ set for release on Mother Jinx Records on March 9th.
For a musician forever pushing the envelope to new and exciting places, to turn the clock back and essentially return to the spirit and recording processes of his first album, 1998’s ‘Wrong Side Of Memphis,’ seems a little surprising. Well, rest assured this is Texan-born Johnny Dowd we are talking about here, the arch-mercurial sonic chameleon and adventurist, not some everyday revivalist. For ‘That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse,’ Dowd is totally his own man, both literally and metaphorically.
To support the album, Dowd will tour Europe in April 2015 (see all tourdates below). The shows will feature Dowd solo, delivering a full-on sonic assault (drum machines, guitar loops, and synths) as only he can—a captivating combination of lo-fi meets high tech.
Johnny Dowd has released a number of critically-acclaimed albums and was featured on all manner of compilations over the years. His songs featured heavily in the cult musical documentary ‘Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus,’ and he has worked alongside artists such as Jackie Leven, The Pine Valley Cosmonauts, and Jim White.
2015.04.09 Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe
2015.04.10 Eeklo (BE) @ N9
2015.04.12 London (UK) @ The Islington
2015.04.13 Suffolk (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) @ TBA
2015.04.20 Zurich (CH) @ El Lokal
2015.04.21 Frankfurt (DE) @ Dreikoningskeller
2015.04.22 Norderstedt (DE) @ Harksheide
2015.04.23 Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso Upstairs
2015.04.24 Zeist (NL) @ De Peppel
2015.04.25 Hengelo (NL) @ Heartland Festival
For the first time since the release of her critically acclaimed release “Somewhere Else”, Lydia Loveless will tour across Europe in May 2015. With a full band, Loveless will perform concerts in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and France. Full European tour dates, details and ticket links are listed below.
As singer-guitarist Lydia Loveless’s music has become more refined and confidently entwined with the rumbling flex of her road band, there’s been an interesting side effect — she’s become, at least on record, more of a follow-your-lust, heart-splattered mess of recklessness and regret. Doing lines, kissing exes, delivering blowjob orders, identifying with Verlaine offing Rimbaud, being inspired by hatefuck royalty Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor — it’s all here. But Loveless’s songwriting has a wry sophistication and her voice has developed a wondrous, ornery sweep that’s starting to rival Neko Case.
On “Somewhere Else” Loveless is less concerned with chasing approval – she scrapped an entire album’s worth of material before writing this set – and more focused on fighting personal battles of longing and heartbreak, and the aesthetic that comes along with them. She might not steal your car after the relationship goes south, but you can be damn sure she’ll still take a baseball bat to the windows on her way down the street. She might even smile about it.
2015.05.05 Bergen (NO) @ Lille Ole Bull
2015.05.06 Oslo (NO) @ Buckleys
2015.05.07 Stockholm (SWE) @ Geronimo Inn
2015.05.08 Goteborg (SWE) @ Pustervik
2015.05.09 Aalborg (DK) @ 1000 Fryd
2015.05.10 Copenhagen (DK) @ Ideal Bar
2015.05.11 Duisburg (DE) @ Steinbruch
2015.05.13 Cantu (IT) @ All 1&35 Circa
2015.05.15 Lagagnano Di Sona (IT) @ Club II Giardino
2015.05.16 Bologna (IT) @ Teatro Comunale
2015.05.19 Barcelona (ESP) @ Rocksound
2015.05.20 Zaragoza (ESP) @ La Ley Seca
2015.05.21 Madrid (ESP) @ El Sol
2015.05.22 Ourense (ESP) @ Pop Torgal
2015.05.23 San Sebastian (ESP) @ C.C. Intxaurrondo
2015.05.26 Hannover (DE) @ Glocksee
2015.05.27 Berlin (DE) @ Crystal
2015.05.28 Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe
2015.05.29 Cambrai (FR) @ American Journeys
Ramblin’ Man Fair is delighted to announce further acts to join the already impressive bill. Saturday 25th of July will see an Outlaw Country stage including Shooter Jennings. The son of outlaw legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter will perform here and announces two additional regional UK shows:
** All three events are on sale NOW **
BCR Los Angeles, Shooter Jennings’ record label, flash-releases a brand new song of him called “Nashville from Afar”. This single is the first taste of the forthcoming “BCR Mixtape 2014″ album available this December 13th. Get it NOW right here.
For his debut solo album, 2005′ “Put The ‘O’ Back in Country”, Shooter Jennings, enlisted the help of the man who watched him grow up: George Jones. The legendary country singer, a frequent visitor at the Jennings household lent his voice to the Stones-y single “Fourth Of July”. In August of this year Jennings in returned the favor in a way, honoring the Possum, who died in 2013, with an innovative new EP, “Don’t Wait Up (For George)”.
Rolling Stone Country premiered the Possum signature “She Thinks I Still Care”.
Check it our right here.
His singing, yodeling, growling, leering and brash preachin’ and hollerin’ is accompanied by sloppy riffs and licks and pounding backbeat brought forth by his amplified left foot. The remainder of the one-man band consists of an unwieldy combination of beat-up amplifiers and old microphones strung together by a tangled mess of guitar cables. Scott H. Biram, we can’t echo this enough, isn’t a one-man band. He is THE one-man band.
When his first European tour on his latest effort named “Nothing But Blood” – out on Bloodshot Records – wasn’t even over the illustrious and amazing Roadburn Festival already confirmed a performance of Scott H. Biram. TODAY we’re stoked to announce more dates on this April/May tour. This includes dates in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Netherlands. Scroll down to see all announced dates. More to be added soon!
Years of compulsive touring, along with a steady diet of down and dirty blues, rock, punk, country, and hillbilly have developed Scott H. Biram’s signature concoction, attracting a hefty array of fans who dig the bizarre and twisted sides of the rock and roll spectrum. His live shows unleash a Lemmy-sized metal attitude, a stomping, pulsing John Lee Hooker-channeling, and cockeyed tales of black water baptisms and murder, all while romanticizing the on-the-road lifestyle.
** Recently Biram’s label Bloodshot Records celebrated their 20th anniversary with a compilation of non-Bloodshot artists covering Bloodshot artist’s songs. Two Gallants covered Biram’s song “Truckdriver“. Check out the compilation right here. **
2015.04.09 Tilburg (NL) @ Roadburn
2015.04.11 Suffolk (UK) @ The Bank Eye
2015.04.13 Bristol (UK) @ Kings Arms
2015.04.15 Glasgow (UK) @ Dreadnoughts
2015.04.16 Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny 2
2015.04.17 London (UK) @ Boston Arms
2015.04.18 Colmar (FR) @ Le Grillen
2015.04.23 Essen (DE) @ Soul Hell
2015.04.24 Nijmegen (NL) @ Merleyn
2015.04.25 Hengelo (NL) @ Heartland Festival
2015.04.26 Den Haag (NL) @ Live I Life
2015.05.03 Cork (IRL) @ Southern Gothic Weekender
2015.05.04 Cork (IRL) @ Southern Gothic Weekender