Spirit Family Reunion join Ashtonia this April; Europe tour in August/September

Posted on February 24, 2017 | No Comments

Spirit Family Reunion began singing together on the street corners of New York City in 2009. Since that time they have travelled the highways of America and Europe delivering raw, high energy, honest music. They have shared the stage with musical heroes such as Pete Seeger and Levon Helm, and have give notable performances at major festivals including Stage Coach, Austin City Limits and the legendary Newport Folk Festival three times.

Photo by Morten Fog & Tønder Festival

Their debut European tour in 2016 led them to Tønder Festival, Open House Festivaland Misty Fields amongst many others. Straight after this first tour Tønder Festival already contracted them for this year and thus a seed was planted for a 2017 tour. Today we’re happy to share the first bunch of August/September tourdates including the new Sthlm Americana festival and an appearance at London’s Bush Hall.

In April the Ashton Brothers transform the monumental Slot Zeist to their own Ashtonia. Think about a traveling circus from the 1930s.. clowns, fire-eaters, acrobats, musicians and trapeze acts. Very exiting to share with you that Spirit Family Reunion will be the houseband of Ashtonia!

The band has self-produced and self-released two full-lenght studio album (2012′s No Separation and 2015′s Hands Together) along with multiple songbooks and other collections of recordings. They are currently working on a new record.

05-30 APR: Zeist (NL) @ Ashtonia with Ashton Brothers

15 AUG: London (UK) @ Bush Hall
18 AUG: Stowmarket (UK) @ John Peel Centre
19 AUG: Tiengemeten (NL) @ Terug Naar Tiengemeten
24 AUG: Berlin (DE) @ Quasimodo
25-27 AUG: Tønder (DK) @ Tønder Festival
29 AUG: Gothenburg (SWE) @ Pustervik
30 AUG: Oslo (NO) @ Cafe Mono
01 SEP: Löderup (SWE) @ Solhällan
02 SEP: Stockholm (SWE) @ Sthlm Americana
08 SEP: Kötz (DE) @ CWFK
10 SEP: Oostende (BE) @ Leffingeleuren Festival

Matthew Logan Vasquez announces ‘Does What He Wants’ and two NL dates

Posted on February 21, 2017 | No Comments

Best known as the charismatic frontman of Californian rock band Delta Spirit, Matthew Logan Vasquez is now stepping out alone with ‘Does What He Wants’ (due out 21 April), a collection of eleven urgent yet poetic tracks tackling the challenges Vasquez has faced in the past few years.

As fans of Delta Spirit and Vasquez’s work with Middle Brother, the band he formed with Deertick’s John McCauley and DawesTaylor Goldsmith, know well, Vasquez knows how to fuse passion with poetry in his writing and then ignite the combination with his staggeringly expressive vocals. ‘Does What He Wants’ demonstrates this perfectly, the Americana tinged sound of Delta Spirit now expanded and matured with the addition of soaring strings, gospel, and sweeping melodies reminiscent of the great Roy Orbison.

The album’s influences are so varied; it conjures up an image of a constantly self-aware and restlessly creative individual, vivid stories are juxtaposed with retro textures, creating a genuinely personal record that at the same time tackles frustrations that, for Vasquez’s generation are universally relatable; impatient landlords, lack of stability and financial woes. However he remains positive throughout the record, summing it up perfectly by making the shrewd observation that;

“Bad things happen but it all can lead to an epiphany. And that is positive. The truth rarely comes to you in an easy way —not unless you’re a wiser person than I am. My point is that life is a struggle but how can you have optimism and hope if you don’t have something negative? Context is what makes it meaningful.”

With four critically acclaimed Delta Spirit albums, numerous major US TV performances, Later With Jools Holland and much more under his belt, Matthew Logan Vasquez is more than ready to set out on his own. At 31 years old, his impressive back catalogue and career in the US to date is testament to both his ability as a songwriter and fearless live performer. We’re stoked to announce two NL festival appearances.

24-JUNE: Raalte (NL) @ Pedro Pico Pop
01-JULY: Rossum (NL) @ Rosrock

JP Harris & The Tough Choices announce European tourdates

Posted on February 20, 2017 | No Comments

During the sold out show in Madrid last weekend JP Harris announced the return of him and his gang of The Tough Choices to Spain. We’re delighted to tell they will head over for the Huercasa Country Festival in July. While JP’s tour continues with Old Crow Medicine Show‘s Chance McCoy we can today add more European tourdates for August and September.

On Why Don’t We Duet On The Road, JP Harris’ latest effort he teams up with four hometown heroines for a collection of old-school country duets. The EP was inspired by Will the Circle Be Unbroken‘s lengthy guest list, which found icons like Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson singing with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band back in 1972. Looking to tap into that collaborative spirit, Harris reached out to songwriters Nikki Lane, Leigh Nash, Kelsey Waldon, and Kristina Murray, who join him on four songs originally recorded by power couples like Johnny Cash and June Carter, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Check out the EP through Rolling Stone.

08-07-2017: Riaza (ESP) @ Huercasa Country Festival
03-08-2017: Amsterdam (NL) @ Q-Factory
04-08-2017: Siegen (DE) @ Vortex Surfer
05-08-2017: Gram (DK) @ Country Truckstop Danmark
06-08-2017: Storebro (SWE) @ Gillestugan
10-08-2017: Nassjo (SWE) @ Stadsparken
12-08-2017: Falkoping (SWE) @ Parkfestivalen
16-08-2017: Hamburg (DE) @ Helter Skelter Bar
17-08-2017: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe
18-08-2017: Stuttgart (DE) @ Goldmarks
19-08-2017: Sihlbrugg (CH) @ Dukes
22-08-2017: Berlin (DE) @ Quasimodo
23-08-2017: Nurnberg (DE) @ Kuenstlerhaus K4
24-08-2017: Vlaardingen (NL) @ Kroepoekfabriek
26-08-2017: Den Haag (NL) @ Texas BBQ

In short, J.P. Harris plays Country Music. Not “Americana,” not “Roots,” “Folk,” or any other number of monikers used to describe a slew of spin-off genres; he plays from the foundation of these styles, the music that has influenced four generations of songwriters. In a world where prefixes have been added to the term “Country,” JP simply sticks to the old-fashioned sounds that have called to him. Referencing influences would be like describing each stitch in a quilt; every scrap of fabric tells a story of how the weathered and comfortable blanket came to be…

Born six minutes before Valentine’s Day in Montgomery AL in 1983, JP’s life was to be full of color, travel, hardship, and grace from the day he first saw the world. After more than six generations in Alabama, his family would leave seeking work, first to California and then on to Nevada. He left home on foot at the age of 14, traveling via thumb and freight train, living the next 4 years mostly from a backpack, tarp, a bedroll. Eventually landing in the northeast, he worked as a farm laborer, equipment operator, lumberjack, luthier, and carpenter.

Dead Bronco releases ‘Bedridden & Hellbound’ and tour Europe this summer

Posted on February 15, 2017 | No Comments

Dead Bronco started just four years ago and have since gone from playing the street corners of their hometown Getxo to touring through Europe. Today we’re happy to announce a bunch of dates they’ll be doing over the course of summer.

Dead Bronco is due to release their new album Bedridden & Hellbound this month, an album with lyrics stripped straight from the gut. Dealing with pain, excess, deception, disease and sickness.

Recorded at Sweet Saul Music, a new bronco sound with shredding guitar solos and a driving rhythm that hits you like a freight train. The band has also renewed their line up with Manu Heredia – General Lee – on lead guitar, Dani Merino on the lap steel, and Danel Merin on drums. The album has gone to a whole new musical horizon, hitting sounds from classic outlaw country to punk to thick and heavy southern rock, a new Broncobilly sound more swampy than ever. Check out the new video for Bedridden & Hellbound below!

23-06-2017: Berlin (DE) @ Race Sixty One
24-06-2017: Waardamme (BE) @ Muddy Roots
28-06-2017: Eindhoven (NL) @ Rozenknopje
29-06-2017: Middelburg (NL) @ Kaffee ‘t Hof
30-06-2017: Husum (DE) @ Speicher
01-07-2017: Rossum (NL) @ Rosrock
04-07-2017: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe
06-07-2017: Jablonec nad Nisou (CZ) @ Amphitheatre
07-07-2017: Koetz (DE) @ Kulturgewaechshaus Birkenried
11-07-2017: Gothenburg (SWE) @ Holy Moly
14-07-2017: Eksjo (SWE) @ Backarp Kulla
16-07-2017: Lichtenvoorde (NL) @ Zwarte Cross
17-07-2017: Gent (BE) @ Gentse Feesten

JP Harris & Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show) tour Europe starting this week

Posted on February 14, 2017 | No Comments

JP Harris & Chance McCoy met under circumstances slightly different than many of Nashville’s duos: a week-long, muddy, moonshine-fueled fiddler’s convention, set high in the West Virginia mountains many summers ago. Over the last ten-some-odd years they continued to meet at random, drinking corn liquor and losing time in the drone of the old fiddle-and-banjo tunes of the 19th century they both love.

In time, JP formed his notorious honky tonky band JP Harris and The Tough Choices, while Chance went to join the Grammy clad, platinum-selling band Old Crow Medicine Show.

With their careers landing them both in Nashville, it was time at last for the pair to find an outlet for the old time music that had initially brought them together; however this time it is with a road-wizened ear, a new eclectic mix of folk, rock and country, and few more miles on their already- calloused fingers. It’s with great joy to see the duo’s first ever European tour start this week, see tourdates below!

In this configuration the duo will cross the Atlantic for the very first time to perform from Spain to Norway and all in between. For the occasion they will bring a very special album named Two Bad Hombres recorded at Nashville’s The Bear’s Den. We can’t wait to get our hands on that, get the EU Blues, and see a show. Find all tourdates right here:

17-02-2017: Madrid (ESP) @ Boite Live
18-02-2017: Liérganes (ESP) @ Los Picos
19-02-2017: Luanco (ESP) @ La Taberna de Hank
21-02-2017: Nantes (FR) @ La Scène Michelet
22-02-2017: Nijmegen (NL) @ Merleyn
23-02-2017: Utrecht (NL) @ TivoliVredenburg
24-02-2017: Berlin (DE) @ House Show
25-02-2017: Hamburg (DE) @ Nochtspeicher
27-02-2017: Gothenburg (SWE) @ Woody West
28-02-2017: Malmö (SWE) @ Folk å Rock
01-03-2017: Gävle (SWE) @ Konserthuset
02-03-2017: Stockholm (SWE) @ Bryggarsalen
03-03-2017: Oslo (NO) @ Buckleys
04-03-2017: Trondheim (NO) @ Moskus

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