Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – Western Swing, Country, Blues, Ragtime, Hokum or whatever else – as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressing up box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them.
The Tea Pad are five years into a remarkable story that began with four friends studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University and now sees them playing clubs and dancehalls and festivals the breadth of the British Isles and into mainland Europe. Based on Tyneside but with members hailing from the Orkneys to Warwickshire, the Tea Pad sound draws on myriad influences – from Bob Wills to Django Reinhardt, George Jones to Cab Calloway – yet ultimately sounds like nobody else, that North Eastern Swing style that’s utterly their own and changing all the time.
Across the three wonderful albums – 2012’s Money Changes Everything, 2014’s Talk About The Weather and now the new Something Blue – the band have constantly added new flavours to their sound: Heron in particular is a vinyl obsessive, always fired up about some new passion – calypso or boogaloo or whatever this week brings – and that eclecticism feeds into their songs, with the new album adding gospel and rockabilly to the Tea Pad palette.
They will be touring across the Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands this month!
01-05-2016: Asten (NL) @ In de Gloria
02-05-2016: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe
03-05-2016: Dordrecht (NL) @ Melkbus
04-05-2016: Hannover (DE) @ Cafe Glocksee
05-05-2016: Vlissingen (NL) @ Bevrijdingsfestival Zeeland
06-05-2016: Wilhelmshaven (DE) @ Kling Klang
07-05-2016: Hamburg (DE) @ Sound Yard
08-05-2016: Hoorn (NL) @ Het Huis Verloren
10-05-2016: Tubingen (DE) @ Blauer Saloon
11-05-2016: Deventer (NL) @ Burgerweeshuis
12-05-2016: Mannheim (DE) @ TBA
13-05-2016: Roding (DE) @ Roadhouse
14-05-2016: Furth (DE) @ New Orleans Festival
15-05-2016: Venlo (NL) @ Down By The River
16-05-2016: Enschede (NL) @ Freshtival
19-05-2016: Waardamme (BE) @ Cowboy Up
20-05-2016: Borger (NL) @ Van Slag (Roots On The Road)
21-05-2016: Eupen (BE) @ Eupen Musik Marathon
22-05-2016: Oldenzaal (NL) @ Cobblestone Club
After a short run last January Canadian roots-country singer/songwriter Corb Lund returns to Europe to further promote his latest output. Find all April and May tourdates in this message, starting tomorrow in Amsterdam.
An ambitious, stylistically diverse and frequently surprising collection, “Things That Can’t Be Undone”, finds Corb Lund pushing his wry observations, darkly biting tales, rural balladry and keen storytelling into musically and thematically new terrain, resulting in what many have called the best album of his accomplished career. Recorded with his long time band The Hurtin’ Albertans, the album is a self-assured and mature set of songs that pairs Lund’s characteristically sharp songcraft and mix of earnest Americana, rollicking honky tonk and rousing alt-country with ‘60s rock, soul, and some Eastern psychedelia.
The record has received rave reviews in the US, Canada and UK with MOJO writing, “It’s great credit to both Lund and his versatile backing band, The Hurtin’ Albertans, that such see-sawing through genres can sound so much like a singular piece of work.” NPR hailed it as “the high mark of a long career” in their “Songs We Love” premiere of the powerful “Sadr City,” a tragic tale about the Siege of Sadr City, the first big flare-up of sectarian violence in Iraq after Mission Accomplished. The song continues Lund’s tradition of military songs that he began in with his 2007 album, Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! Rolling Stone Country, who also premiered the Stax Records-steeped album opener “Weight Of The Gun,” a sort of Louis L’Amour Western tale crossed with Motown, recently singled out Lund for their November “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” feature and declared the album is “poised to help the singer-songwriter reach an even wider audience.” In Popmatters’ 8/10 review they said, “Melodically engaging and narratively compelling, Things That Can’t Be Undone furthers the case for Corb Lund as one of the best contemporary country songwriters.”
29-04-2016: Amsterdam (NL) @ Concerto Instore
30-04-2016: Hengelo (NL) @ Heartland Festival
30-04-2016: Groningen (NL) @ Rhytmn & Bluesnight
01-05-2016: Norderstedt (DE) @ Music Star
02-05-2016: Mannheim (DE) @ Fermacs Irish Pub
03-05-2016: Nurnberg (DE) @ Kuenstlerhaus K4
05-05-2016: Vignola (IT) @ Stones Cafe
06-05-2016: Milan (IT) @ Peyote Cafe
07-05-2016: Ravenna (IT) @ Boca Barranca
10-05-2016: Valencia (ESP) @ Loco Club
11-05-2016: Bilbao (ESP) @ Kafe Antzokia
12-05-2016: Mardid (ESP) @ Boite Live
13-05-2016: Barcelona (ESP) @ Legends Dance Hall
14-05-2016: Zaragoza (ESP) @ La Ley Seca
17-05-2016: Malmo (SWE) @ Folk A Rock
18-05-2016: Stockholm (SWE) @ Scandic Grand Central
19-05-2016: Oslo (NO) @ Kampen Bistro
20-05-2016: Östersund (SWE) @ Storsjöteatern
21-05-2016: Gothenburg (SWE) @ Pustverik
“Run This Town” is just one of the many standouts from Corb Lund’s albun, “Things That Can’t Be Undone”, which was produced by Dave Cobb who also helmed Chris Stapleton‘s #1 record. Released in October on New West Records, Lund’s latest LP quickly shot to #10 on the Americana Radio Music Chart in just three weeks and is currently in the top 10 alongside Jason Isbell, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Patty Griffin, Don Henley and Los Lobos. Watch the video here:
The Legendary Shack Shakers’ hell-for-leather roadshow has earned quite a name for itself with its unique brand of Southern Gothic that is all-at-once irreverent, revisionist, dangerous, and fun. Led by their charismatic, rail-thin frontman and blues-harpist JD Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are a four-man wrecking crew from the South whose explosive interpretations of the blues, punk, rock and country have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers.
On the Legendary Shack Shakers’ latest album “The Southern Surreal”, the group’s first in five years, he further dives into the abyss. The record, released via Jello Biafra‘s label Alternative Tentacles Records, is a collection of country, blues and rockabilly, all of it held together by bits of eerie, atmospheric sounds Wilkes recorded himself like a modern-day Lomax brother.
The result is an Americana gothic concept album, full of shadowy glimpses into a counterculture South, where Mothman sightings are common and legends run wild. Promoting this album the band will be in NL over the next weeks:
28-04-2016: Heerlen (NL) @ De Nieuwe Nor
29-04-2016: Eindhoven (NL) @ Effenaar w/ Heavy Trash
30-04-2016: Hengelo (NL) @ Heartland Festival
07-05-2016: Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat w/ Dan Sartain
08-05-2016: Vlieland (NL) @ Here Comes The Summer
Cale Tyson is easy to pick out in a crowd. You can’t miss him: just look for the tall guy in a Stetson hat and classic western wear. Put two and two together and it isn’t hard to guess that Tyson has a hand in country music.
Cale Tyson is a singer and songwriter from Nashville, TN. Born in a small town in Texas, he was raised in Forth Worth – the home of Townes Van Zandt – and the place where he first heard the classc country sounds that have inspired and enriched his gentle, melancholic, and undeniable whiskey-soaked sound.
After a successful UK tour in 2015 he’s now back to further explore Europe and we’re happy to have him and his band over in the Benelux for a string of dates:
21-APR: Amsterdam, Paradiso w/ Dr. Dog, Xixa, a.o.
22-APR: Oostende, De Zwerver
23-APR: Eindhoven, Wilhelmina
24-APR: Ottersum, Roepaen w/ The Jaydees
26-ARP: Groningen, Grand Theatre
27-APR: Deventer, Des Konings Trio
Luke Winslow-King is looking ahead to a busy summer. From May till July he and his band will be touring across Europe. We are happy to add some UK dates to this tour.
28-JUNE: Glasgow (UK) @ Broadcast
29-JUNE: Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny 2
01-JULY: Easton (UK) @ Maverick Festival
02-JULY: Easton (UK) @ Maverick Festival
04-JULY: London (UK) @ Ivy House
05-JULY: London (UK) @ Islington Academy 2
A short introduction to this wonderful New Orleans-based guitarist, singer, composer, producer, and songwriter: His work is an eclectic mix that combines Mississippi delta blues, folk music, traditional jazz, and roots rock & roll. His original songs blend contemporary ideas with styles from a bygone eras; producing a sound that is both rustic and elegant. This along with his burgundy voice and versatile guitar playing have earned him a reputation as a musician who delivers soulfully energetic and dynamic performances.
Luke Winslow-King is set to release his 5th solo album on Bloodshot Records in 2016. The album was recorded in Livorno, Italy during the band’s 2015 summer tour, and completed in New Orleans at Parlor Room Studios. Featuring slide guitarist Roberto Luti, Benji Bohannon (drums), Brennan Andes (bass), and keyboardist Mike Lynch the album is a chaptered tale of woes and an instructional on how to survive true heartbreak. LWK’s signature soulful blues and songwriting style remain prevelant while the band explores a more electrified and energetic live sound that has become trademark of their live performances.