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C Daniel Boling

2014 winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, C Daniel Boling shares experiences from a life well lived in places as far ranging as Okinawa, Japan, and Padre Island, Texas. This balladeer and songwriter with the friendly tenor brings his well crafted story songs to happy audiences coast to coast and in Europe in over one hundred shows a year, from house concerts and listening rooms to major festivals.

Born into a traveling Air Force family, he later worked as a National Park Ranger (yes, the gun toting kind) and as a criminal investigator for the US Bureau Of Land Management. He started touring at 50, an age when most guys are planning their retirement. He has released 7 albums since 1999, including ”These Houses” produced by Jono Manson and to be released in late 2016 on the Berkalin Records label.

Daniel’s songs tell interesting stories about a variety of characters, including himself. He plays the guitar and banjitar (a banjo and guitar hybrid) with a deft fingerpicking style that always enhances the stories, and a bit of harmonica into the bargain. His clear tenor draws positive comparisons to John Denver and Pete Seeger, and like Pete, Daniel is happiest when his audiences sing too.

There’s a lot of Steve Goodman in Daniel’s delivery and storytelling. You can also hear the influence of other classic folk singers and songs from the great American folk tradition. It’s no surprise that iconic Appalachian folk singer Jean Ritchie is his 2nd cousin. He’s had the pleasure to share the stage with Tom Chapin, Small Potatoes, Jack Williams, Tim Henderson, John Flynn and many more. He’s won numerous songwriting awards including Kerrville New Folk, Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, and Woody Guthrie Folk.

www.danielboling.com



Calle Karlsson 

Calle Karlsson describes his childhood as quite idyllic. Even though it was not so well ordered at Träslövsläge, on the westcoast of Sweden, at that time, "läjsingarna" had each other. At home, his dad Janne played the accordion and his mother Ella the piano, and there was always a lot of music in the house. Calle and his 2 brothers contributed singing. 

It was in church that Calle got his first stage scene. "I sang in the choir and participated in school closures. My singing has been there, all the way. As a child, I liked to enjoy and entertain and be on stage". Calles first music memories is a photo where he has formed a band at the age of 5, with some cousins playing with homemade guitars.

"It was only when I started at Varberg School Of Education I learned to play the guitar properly, such teaching was not available on Läjet. My first solo performance was at the Rosenfreds school scene. I'll never forget it. I was terribly nervous until I started playing. Then it suddenly disappeared and I've never been nervous about standing on stage ever since".

When Calle finished his education he was very tired of school. His father, a fisherman for generations, who had realized that the fishing industry was facing a hard time, did not try to persuade Calle to take on this task. Calle instead started working at Dagåh's Photo Shop in Varberg. At the same time, interest in cars, motorcycles and music grew. Calle became one with his own Ford Thunderbird, formed Varbergs Automobil & MC Club, and also played rock'n'roll with brother Håkan and some friends in the band Victoria. The music took more more and more of his time. After 15 years at Dagåh's Photo Shop, he quit.

Calle then fronted the band Blue Light, recorded an album in 1985, but despite the fact that they were touring around Sweden and other countries, they never really took off. Calle began to play more and more as a solo troubadour at pubs. He didn't wanted to let go of the music, and he was very appreciated for what he was doing.

"I sat there and played and sometimes wondered what I was doing there, so I started talking to the audience, telling stories". Suddenly, he received requests to attend corporate celebrations, weddings, birthdays and association meetings. The business took a new focus as Calle developed increasingly. Over the years he has become an appreciated entertainer, but music has always been the foundation. He has released 6 CD's so far. They consist of mixed material, some written by himself, and some have been on his hometown language, which he feels extra warmly about.

In the summer of 2013, he took the full step and released the CD "Läjet, Läjet", completely sung in his native, hometown language. "When I was a child, we talked like this at home. When I started school in 1st grade I had to learn Swedish. Today, the hometown of which the dialect is called is cool, but back then there was nothing positive about it. I would think there are about 200 people, at most, who can talk to this native tongue today. Therefore we also had to translate the songs on that CD into Swedish".

On May 11th, 2018, Calle will release his 7th CD, "Monterey Shoreline", a 5 track CD EP, that Calle recorded with comrades, relatives and friends from all over the westcoast of Sweden.

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www.paraplyrecords.se

 



Carl Solomon

There has always been music and stories in Carl Solomon’s head. Carl would sit as a child around a record player listening to Aaron Copeland. Carl heard melodies and stories. He grew up in Brooklyn, than Baltimore. He has traveled a path that has taken him from loner, carnival barker to counselor, now full time songwriter and musician.

Carl Solomon has been called "A Weaver Of New Americana Folk Tales". His use of language, recollections and humor reflects the diverse facets of the human experience. His songs carry the faint echoes of storytellers. Townes Van Zandt, Dave Van Ronk and Bruce Springsteen.

In the past 18 years he has put together a resume of recognitions and a strong show history. It continues to grow. He loves traveling and has found additional music community in Texas, along with the Northwest. 5 years ago Carl formed a group of songwriters who teach songwriting and guitar to veterans at no cost.

He has 3 self produced albums of original music. All selected for Pandora Radio. He just released his 3rd album“Simple Things”. People are saying it might be his best work. Carl still has stories to be told and songs to be sung.

www.carlsolomonmusic.com

 



Caroline Aiken

Atlanta-born and Georgia-raised musician Caroline Aiken began her career in 1968, performing with a rock band called Fathertime in Long Island, NY. She honed her skills as a songwriter and solo artist during the late 70’s, moving from busking the streets of Seattle to opening for well known acts such as Doc Watson, Bonnie Raitt, David Bromberg, Muddy Waters, and later, Little Feat, Randy Newman, John Prine, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Derek Trucks and many more.

After years of touring throughout the US, South America and Europe, she moved back to Atlanta in the mid 80’s where her bluesy voice, masterful finger picking guitar style, and hypnotizing stage presence anchored the city’s acoustic and folk scene and influenced up and coming artists like the Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins.

Caroline Aiken has released 9 albums to date, with the first one, 1988’s ”Line Of Vision”, featuring Bonnie Raitt on guitars and vocals on 2 tracks. Her 7th recording, ”Are We There Yet, Mama?”, released in 2005, garnered a first draft ballot nomination for a Grammy Award, and as an artist she received 2 New South CocaCola Awards Nominations, for Best Vocalist and Best Acoustic Guitarist. She has headlined Kerrville, 14 times since 1995, and in 2010 with The Indigo Girls, Falcon Ridge and High Sierra festivals, played Bumbershoot, Music Midtown, the GA Music Hall Of Fame mainstage (with the B52’s and Mother’s Finest) and Otis Redding Songwriting Camp. Caroline has also coheadlined The Mendocino Music Festival along with Ruthie Foster, and is a regular attendee at the annual Folk Alliance Conference, as a performer, presenter and educator. When she’s not touring or recording, Caroline also teaches her workshop 'Zen & The Art Of Performance' at music camps nationally and internationally.

A perpetual touring artist, Caroline continues to play shows regularly throughout the US, Europe, South America and the UK, including numerous charitable events for at risk children, animals, and environmental awareness. She’s been called an 'underground legend' (Santa Cruz Goodtimes), and 'the real deal' (Performing Songwriter Magazine), but perhaps the most accurate quote ever uttered was given by Artichoke Music in Portland, OR, 'Spending time with Caroline is as unforgettable as it is inspirational. She’s truly at the heart of America’s folk roots movement and has the skills along with life experience we all desire as entertainers'.

www.carolineaiken.com

 


Caroline Wickberg

Caroline Wickberg started writing melodies and lyrics as a child. When she was introduced to the guitar the interest in harmonies started growing, and it is still central in her songwriting today. Her reflective personality has always had the need to phrase itself and be communicated through music.

After a few teenage years of rejecting the guitar she studied music in her early 20’s and discovered country and jazz for the first time. Her dreams of becoming a jazz singer were shattered when she realized the only thing that made her voice sound good was when she sang was her own songs.

Turning her attention towards producing music she continued studying and ended up a sound engineer. Always close to, but at safe distance from the stage. With new 5 song EP ”I’m Not Mad”, she is ready to step out in the light and share her songs.

The EP circles around separation, death, letting go and the confusion and clarity that comes with it. How do you know if you’re finally truly happy, or if you’re farther away from reality, and deeper into the madness of the mind, than ever?

The music surrounding the lyrics has grown from Carolines Wickbergs roots in pop, country and jazz. The playfulness in her earlier work has developed into something darker and sincerer, searching inside herself for answers and inspiration instead of in the world outside. With wonderful help from friend and producer Henrik Alsér, Caroline’s acoustic songs spread out to become little landscapes.

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Carrington MacDuffie

In life and in art, Carrington MacDuffie is an adventurer. A New York native who now splits her time between Austin and Seattle, after a decade beachside in Los Angeles, she travels the globe and joyfully explores diverse universes of thought and practice. Whether making music, writing poetry, voicing works of literature, piloting a fixed wing airplane, or savoring the zen like concentration of target shooting, she is led by her passion for creativity, and her endless fascination with exploring both the world outside and her inner muses.

 As a singer songwriter, Carrington first released work in 2014. Her love for music was originally sparked in earlychildhood while listening to the records that her dad, a huge music aficionado, was spinning, Teddy Wilson, Beethoven, Herb Alpert, Hudson River folk, Scottish marches, The Mamas & The Papas, Arlo Guthrie, classic rock, The Beatles, among many other artists and genres. Those far reaching influences weave through her entire body of work, and stand out in her new album, "Kiss Make Better", recorded last year in Nashville. 

 The 13 song album took shape when she was gleaning her repertoire with an eye toward material to pitch for film and television synchronization.  With a wealth of music with cinematic inclinations, what emerged is a collection of songs, some new, some spanning a few years, and a pair of covers, that are atmospheric, brimming with emotionality, desire and resistance, and full of compelling sonic space.   

 The title track came to sum up what Carrington sees as the album’s overall theme, the healing and redemptive power of erotic love. She notes, “If Marvin Gaye said it, he’d say ‘sexual healing'”. It’s a song both lusty and delicate, with potent lead guitar from Tim Galloway. The second track, the yearning “Red Kiss, Blue Halo”, is about the spiritual aspect of erotic love. “It came out of a time when I was writing a lot of poetry, and working with my dreams. I was also deep into sacred geometry and symbology, and creating forms and images using a protractor and various visual media. I was looking at the world through that lens”.

 Other highlights include the reggae influenced “Love Chased Me”, the psychedelic infused “Rising Sun” and “Come For Me”, “I Let You Kiss Me”, a contemplation on what goes through a woman’s mind between a 1st, and possibly, 2nd kiss, and “Over Again”, featuring a riveting electric sitar part. Carrington’s ethereal cover of Rodgers & Hart’s “Blue Moon” reinvents the classic as a mystical wish rather than as a lament.  The other cover, “Why Can’t He Be You”, written by Hank Cochran and popularized by Patsy Cline, is the one song not recorded in Nashville. Carrington’s rocking version, which remakes Cline’s torch with punk, was produced in Austin by Scott Clark, who also plays lead guitar.  She says, “It struck me that the singer might not just be sad and heartbroken, she could also be frustrated and pissed off, ’cause she’s ready to move on. I just picked up my uke one day and started singing it like that”.

 Other than “Why Can’t He Be You”, "Kiss Make Better" was produced by Steve Freeman, and mixed and mastered by John D Kennedy. In addition to Carrington on vocals, the band, which she totally adores for their musicianship and camaraderie, includes David Dorn, keyboards, and known as the secret weapon, Tim Galloway, guitar, electric sitar, ukulele, Tim Denbo, bass, and Grady Saxman, drums, percussion, programming. It follows up Carrington’s 2017 EP "Rock Me to Mars".  She will promote the new album via a spring tour of Europé, including Paris, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, London, and Scotland, followed by subsequent U.S. dates.

Carrington is also busy with her career as a renowned and versatile voice actor, and has recently done the narrations for audiobooks including the first reading of Katharine Graham’s Pulitzer Prize winning memoir “Personal History”, and “The Dance Of The Dissident Daughter”, a memoir of spiritual awakening from “The Spiritual Life Of Bees” author Sue Monk Kidd, as well as syndicated self help columnist’s Amy Alkon’s “Unf*ckology : A Field Guide To Living With Guts And Confidence”. Previously, she voiced biographies of Joni Mitchell, Pussy Riot and Jack Kerouac, and video games including “World Of Warcraft”, in which she plays a shamanic Scottish Dwarf.

In Spring of 2018, she launches her podcast “Voice Of A Muse”. Twice a month, she will present outside the box, thought provoking topics seen through her deeply considered, humorous, and philosophical perspective. 

Going forward, Carrington will venture forth to engage and inspire audiences with the intimate power of words, music, and voice in all her endeavors.

www.carringtonmacduffie.com

 


Cary Morin

Roots based singer and fingerstyle guitarist Cary Morin announces an April 7th, 2017, release date for his 4th CD, ”Cradle To The Grave”. Recorded and engineered by Richard Werdes at Studio Underground in Ft Collins, CO, the new album completes a 3 album project of acoustic recordings by Cary Morin, who’s been acclaimed as ’one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today’.

On ”Cradle To The Grave”, Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other artist. These recordings provide a timeline of his songwriting and guitar work spanning 2014 to 2017. The lyrics range from blues to folk, and sometimes shine a light on his native american heritage and small town life in America. At times, the collection conveys the simplicity of a single chord to complex fingerstyle guitar.

“The goal was to create a sort of triptych of my solo fingerstyle journey, one that demonstrates the evolution of my progression with songwriting, finger picking, and the use of open tunings”, says Morin. “Cradle To The Grave is a culmination of my musical efforts as a soloist thus far”.

Of the album’s 11 tracks, 8 are originals that showcase his skills as both a singer and guitar player. Also included are 3 unique covers of songs that cover a wide palette ranging from pop legend Prince, “Nothing Compares 2 U”, to noted bluesman Willie Brown, “Mississippi Blues”, and jam band super group Phish, “Back On The Train”.

“The title track is a bit telling”, relates Morin. “The lyrics refer to the realization that, through all of my travels and experiences, I have come to understand that life is fleeting. I think you can hear this theme in the song, ‘Lay Baby Lay’, also, though this tune is more directly related to the experience of touring and travel and the compromises therein. The last song, ‘Watch Over Me’, is a different take on the title track, as though both songs are bookends for the whole album. The theme of spirituality seems to weave its way into my work more often as the years pass. Perhaps its impending mortality. I hope we are put on this earth to help each other and should we find ourselves alone for some reason, there is still someone there with us, a higher power to help us complete our journey”.

With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as acoustic native americana, with qualities of blues, bluegrass, jazz, jam, reggae, and dance.

Being a crow tribal member, Morin brings special significance to the song, “Dawn’s Early Light”, written in support of the efforts of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “I'm not really a protest song sort of writer, but this song seemed important”, states Morin. “It’s written from my memories of growing up near the Missouri River and around my people in Montana. As a child, I became familiar with our traditional music and rural life. This song may be an oversimplification of the situation, but I have always felt that the honoring of a treaty, no matter when it was made, is not a complex idea. History has proved this not to be the case, but I hope this time it is. Honor the treaty, simple as that”.

www.carymorin.com

 


Case Garrett 

Timing can be everything. With the groundswell of americana, independent and alt country making huge gains in recent years, Case Garrett’s album ”Aurora” lands at an opportune moment of history, fitting in right alongside the sounds that are garnering larger audiences seemingly every few months. Launched in the late fall in the United States, Garrett and his mates are looking to conquer the European and Scandinavian markets with a full out tour schedule.

While firmly rooted in country music’s hallowed traditions, the independently produced album plays out as sublimely alive and contemporary. Garrett has a keen knack for songwriting and arrangement, which he confirms throughout this debut release. Saddled up with a truly superlative band of Nashville sidemen, including Michael Douchette on pedal steel guitar and the always-amazing Jenee Fleenor on fiddle, Garrett runs through a gamut of emotions and story telling throughout the album.

Playing multiple instruments, Garrett writes in a voice that is immediately accessible, blending in the hauntingly sad and personal in “Long Way Down”, to the tongue in cheek, slightly irreverent “The Thought Of You”. As a narrator, Garrett allows the characters to have wide berths in songs such a “Going Down To Mobile” and “Fill ‘er Up”, as they come vividly alive while they go about their trial and tribulations.  

Born in Missouri, with an itinerant upbringing, Garrett is now settled just outside of New York City. He credits time in his younger years spent in Tennessee and Louisiana for much of his musical outlook, highlighting the integral roles of both his grandfathers.

Noodling songs on the piano at the age of 5, by the age of 10 he formed his first band, playing bass. The summer after his senior year in high school Garrett landed his first paying club gig with almost all original songs, on acoustic guitar, piano and solo vocals. There was only one problem, “I got a little lit-up”, remembers Garrett. “I figured that’s what you were supposed to do when you performed. My guitar heroes were doing it, I reckoned, and, well, I got paid but didn't get asked back. Just a dumb kid no one had heard of. It’d be nice to say I learned my lesson then and there but…” 

Alcohol plus other recreational activities, says Garrett, were already ingrained in his life. From a frighteningly young age, music and alcohol intertwined. Later, life brought Garrett a marriage and a child but then tragedy. In very short order, a divorce and the death of family members, his mother, sister, father, and brother, only led to more of the escapism. One day he found himself in the hospital with nurses and doctors hovered over him. They told him he should probably quit drinking if he wanted to live. Amidst the chaos, and the next few years, his young son and his music stayed the core of his life. And miraculously he found his footing. ”Aurora” is the result of that bedrock though it is never a screamed out presence. More so, it’s simply a river that is evident amongst the writing.

Garrett wrote, produced, and arranged the music on ”Aurora”. He played all the keyboards on the album, piano, b3, Fender Rhodes, acoustic guitar, some electric, and layered in some percussion. His original drummer, Shawn Fichtner, and bass player, Eric Swiontkowski, are on the recording along with some ultra talented Nashville players, Jenee Fleenor, Michael Douchette, Kevin Post and Aaron McDaris. In New York, stalwart session man Jimi K Bones did the heavy lifting on electric guitars and Clara Lofaro dazzles with her amazing backing vocals on 2 songs. Sammi Moore, from Nashville, adds her smooth twang to a number as well.

The spirited song, “What Can I Say”, kicks off the album with an impressive fiddle and pedal steel intro that sets the stage for the rest of adventure. “Long Way Down” was an antenna moment for the artist. He felt the lyrics and melody were just in the air, ready to grab when the time was right. “Years ago, I’m alone with my son on this baseball field, just the two of us, when I told him my brother/his uncle, had died the day before. Now, it was right after my sister had passed. Both from drinking and such. So he takes a beat to think it out and then turns to ask if he was gonna end up like them, drinking like that. Dying. He was eight years old and it just about tore me in two. I was sort of hovering between sinner and saint at that time myself. But it was the catalyst to move on. One day a few years later this song just appeared to me out of the blue. Actually the album was basically done when I wrote it, we were well into mixing, but I got it in there. Glad I did”.

“I mean, whatever you’re writing or singing, it came from something you know, but maybe you can't describe it without music. It’s not conscious all the time, like the universe kind of just spinning around and sometimes says, ‘Here’s a song, write this down’. It’s coming from some other place. Which, you know, ain’t a bad place to be”.

www.casegarrett.com

 



The Chapin Sisters

Recorded in the dreamy hills of Echo Park, California,”Today’s Not Yesterday”, is the Chapin Sisters’ 1st album of original material in 5 years. Produced by the Chapin Sisters along with producer, engineer and bass player Dan Horne (Conor Oberst, Allah Las) and drummer Jesse Lee (Cass McCombs, Gang Gang Dance) the self-released ”Today’s Not Yesterday”, which was recorded at Jonathan Wilson’s Five Star studio, has a classic 70’s rock feel that at times recalls a ’Rumours-era’ Fleetwood Mac. The Chapin Sisters lush harmonies are backed here by Horne and Lee’s first-rate rhythm section and standout performances by Luke Paquin (Hot Hot Heat) and Omar Velasco (A Fine Frenzy, Conor Oberst) on guitars, and Lee Pardini (Jonathan Wilson) and Bobby Rodriquez (the Tyde) on keyboards.

These 12 new songs, written mostly in New York, are as much about the sisters' past, and the 8 years they spent living in Los Angeles, as they are about their present lives on the East Coast. They explore break-ups, leaving California, accepting change, reinventing oneself and returning home to the things that matter most.

Perhaps these themes are best heard on such tracks as ’The World Is All’, where Lily’s powerful lead vocals, accompanied by Pardini’s soulful piano and Rhodes performances, seem to be singing goodbye to a lover and exploring the idea of self-acceptance. Or ’Child’, where Abigail’s sultry lead vocals, accompanied by a bluesy guitar rift from Velasco, explore the idea of being ready for unconditional love. ’Getaway’, co-written with Lily’s husband Seth Thomas, is an escapist’s vacation with the one you love. Thanks to Pardini’s psychedelic Rhodes, Horne’s tambourine and Lee’s foot-tapping drums, it is as sunny as a summer’s drive along the Pacific Coast Highway.

’Angeleno’, a bittersweet country-infused postcard to LA, features a pedal-steel performance from Horne that would feel comfortable alongside anything Sneaky Pete Kleinow did with the Flying Burrito Bros. ’We Will Not Stop Singing’, a contemporary protest song, closes the album. First performed at the People’s Climate March, the song, with its sing-a-long verses, has since become a staple at the Chapins’ live shows and reflects their folk roots possibly more than anything they have recorded to date.

”Today’s Not Yesterday” delivers what we have come to expect from the Chapin Sisters, enchanting harmonies and lyrics that are infused with as much hope as they are longing. They might have moved back east and surrounded themselves with impassioned activists and thoughtful folk icons, but this album captures an infectious Southern California vibe that leaves us wanting more.

www.thechapinsisters.com

 


Christine Albert

Christine Albert stands out in the Austin, TX, music scene as an artist, songwriter and philanthropist. She has released 6 solo albums including the bilingual 3 CD “Texafrance” series. With her husband Chris Gage (as Albert & Gage) she has released 6 albums including the acclaimed 2009 release “Dakota Lullaby”.

Ms Albert is currently serving as Chair Of The National Board Of Trustees Of The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY organization. She is the first independent artist and only the 2nd woman to reach this position. In addition, Christine is the founder and president of Swan Songs, a central Texas area non-profit organization that fulfills musical last wishes for the terminally ill and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this album support Swan Songs.

Produced by Chris and Christine in their own MoonHouse Studio, “Everything’s Beautiful Now” features Gage's instrumental gifts on piano, B3, acoustic and electric guitars, accordion, harmonies and more. The Austin sound is reinforced by Lloyd Maines on dobro, Kym Warner (The Greencards) on mandolin, Kim Deschamps on pedal steel, bassists Glenn Fukunaga and David Carroll, and drummer Paul Pearcy. Vocalist Kira Small's harmony is simply beauful.

The Jerry Jeff Walker-Christine Albert composion "Old New Mexico" tells the true story of Christine's leap of faith when she left Santa Fe for Austin and she is joined by Jerry Jeff and Eliza Gilkyson, a close friend and fellow New Mexico transplant. “Lean My Way” revives an old Shake Russell and Dana Cooper song with duet vocals by Christine’s son Troupe Gammage, lead singer of indie synth-pop band Speak.

This is not an album that a 20 year old would record, but is an authentic exploration of a rite of passage we all experience when we reach a certain age. "I needed to record these songs for my own healing. My hope is that others will also be comforted in some way".

www.christinealbert.com

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Cina Samuelson

My mother was a wonderful woman, she loved music, she loved to sing and she really loved to dance. The song 'Sweet Mama' is about a very special moment for me, my mother and a man called Elvis. The song 'How Long Is Forever' is about a couple getting married and the promise to stay together forever. But the question is; How long is forever?" ~  Cina Samuelson

New single just released by country music artist Cina Samuelson, recorded live in a studio in Mariestad, Sweden, and it contains the 2 songs ”Sweet Mama, Elvis And Me" and "How Long Is Forever”, both written by Cina.

www.cinasamuelson.se

 


The Circus In Flames

The Circus In Flames is pleased to announce the release of "Outside America", the band's latest CD on the Northern Electric label.  With this recording, Vancouver singer songwriter Doug Andrew returns with his latest offerings and The Circus In Flames deliver their best album yet.  Present again is the 'dark folklore' in the group's 'original, string band music of the Canadian south', a unique folk, country, blues sound driven by Andrew's songs but this time it also resonates with the influences of gospel and r'n'b, as well as the anthology of american folk music.  On "Outside America" the songs and The Circus are now older, wiser and grittier. 

 In a career that began in Vancouver’s independent music scene of the early 80's, Doug Andrew has shared bills with everyone from Ramones to Raffi to Ramblin' Jack Elliott.  He is recognized as an accomplished singer songwriter respected by critics, peers and music fans alike.  The Edmonton Journal has described his songs as having 'slightly twisted, always interesting storyline lyrics' delivered with 'an energetic thrust that falls just shy of reckless abandon'. See Magazine has said his songs 'should shuffle him off into the Canadian musical songwriting hierarchy' and the Vancouver Province declared 'Andrew is a great songwriter, while The Circus In Flames are his extraordinarily sympathetic band, a weird mix of musical eclecticism built on a dark folklore'.

 Andrew first formed The Circus In Flames when asked to play at a friend's St Patrick's Day bash in the mid 90's and since then the band has toured, played several music festivals and released 2 previous critically acclaimed recordings. In 2007 the group joined such artists as Gordon Lightfoot, Blue Rodeo and former Byrd, Chris Hillman on Stony Plain’s "The Gift : A Tribute To Ian Tyson". The Toronto Star chose their version of the classic "Someday Soon" as the album's top track.

 On "Outside America", Doug Andrew once again called on long time band member Brian Barr to co-produce and play mandolin and electric guitar.  Ed Goodine plays drums, and making his debut on banjitar is Brian Thalken.  Upright bassist Bernie Addington, who played on the self titled Circus In Flames debut album, reunites with the band in the studio, while his brother Phil Addington grabbed his electric bass and became the latest musician to run away and join The Circus.

 'Sheet metal country', Doug Andrew describes the music. 'It bangs and rattles and booms, generally making a fair amount of noise, but it can also be light and quiet.  It can go from sounding like a runaway locomotive thundering down the mountain without any brakes to a wind slipping through the forest at midnight'.

www.dougandrewmusic.com

 



Citizen K

The 3rd studio album from Klas Qvist and his Citizen K trademark is called "III". As expected, "Citizen K III" is the best album yet from this Swedish pop artist. Featuring 13 songs, "III" conjures up an essential blend of catchy 21st century pop and rock vocal tracks balanced by a couple prog pop instrumental tracks that serve as beat group style instrumental interludes in the style of Stackridge or even Speedy Keen. The 2018 CD release of "III" proves that Citizen K is a modern maestro at combining breezy american west coast Brian Wilson and Chad & Jeremy style rock with a spirited blend of UK influenced, Swedish art pop songs.

The 2017 Citizen K double CD, "Second Thoughts", consisted of new recordings of music Klas Qvist wrote as far back as the 1980's. Critics even compared the prolific output of "Second Thoughts" to a kind of 2017 version of the Beatles’ "White Album". The 2018 release of "III" brings the Citizen K sound up to date with an even more direct blend of catchy pop rock songs, infused with Beach Boys style harmonies and an ABBA like Euro pop bounce. "Citizen K III" will dazzle fans who enjoyed both "Second Thoughts" and the first Citizen K album, "Meet Citizen K - Somewhere Up North", released in the autumn of 2009.

So is "III" really like The Beach Boys "Love You", compared to "Smile"?

Klas proclaims, “Exactly! 'III' is all back to hamburgers and milkshakes after the hallucinogenics of 'Second Thoughts'. No seriously, 'Second Thoughts' was as far as I could go in that direction without being insufferably introspective. I'm also an old pop fanatic, so sooner or later, there had to be a recording where I paid tribute to the 'Rumours' lineup of Fleetwood Mac or 10cc, for instance. I hope you don't think I've sold out completely here".

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CJ Simmons

Nashville duo CJ Simmons is Christian and Jessica Simmons. Originally from Oklahoma, Christian fuses his Okie influence with Jessica’s soft hometown Texas sound. Over the past few years CJ Simmons has opened for many of today’s top names in country music, played for 1000’s, toured overseas to play for the US military, and had their videos picked up by CMT, and they are just getting started. With the release of their latest album, ”Forever”, they look forward to hitting the road while picking up fans one by one and show by show. CJ Simmons has one goal in mind, making the best possible music, and of course having a great time doing it.

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Clarence Bucaro



Clarence Bucaro’s "Pendulum", the new album from the Brooklyn-based singer songwriter, is a vivid set of new compositions combining beautiful craftsmanship with heartfelt intimacy. The 10 song set of original material features a blend of emotionally honest lyrics delivered by Bucaro’s distinctive baritone with a rousing melodic sensibility performed live with a unique group of players.

Co-produced with noted vet Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams, etc) and showcasing Bucaro’s characteristically openhearted lyrics, the compelling new album features songs like the hypnotic “Pendulum”, the breezy “Girl In The Photograph” and the achingly beautiful ballad “Tragedy ”. The set also features a duet with velvet voiced alt country singer Allison Moorer on their co-written “Strangers”.

As a seasoned songwriter, Clarence’s storytelling has never been more thoughtful, and yet it retains a refreshing feeling of spontaneity. Whether from writing fiction or devouring and absorbing literature (Bucaro cites both as major inspirations to his songwriting, second only to life experience) the songs rich influences can be keenly felt. Bucaro, a Cleveland, Ohio, native, spent periods residing in New Orleans and Los Angeles before settling in Brooklyn, New York. With years of touring history under his belt and 9 studio albums, Bucaro has delivered his most diverse and mature album to date in "Pendulum", a collection that feels both timeless and fresh.


www.clarencebucaro.com


Clementine


Folksinger Clementine from the Netherlands grew up as a captain's daughter. When her father came home after his long travels,up to a year, her mother's chansons were replaced for his Celtic and Irish music. Water, nature and freedom where fundamentals to her as she grew up. The Irish music became her lifeline with her father being away at sea. When she sings Celtic or Irish folk music now, it feels like coming home. Nowadays she mixes the style naturally with jazzy, bluesy and even chanson influences.

Clementine prefers singing in English but made an exception for the Dutch song ”Na De Hoos” (”After The Storm”) written by friend and writer Guus Westdorp. Originally written for the flood in New Orleans after Katrina. Raising thousands of dollars during a benefit concert for the victims.

She performed the song at the official national memorial for the Dutch flood of 1953, for the Dutch president, politicians and survivors. This event was broadcasted by national media including primetime news, French and American TV from New Orleans.

In 2003 she released her 1st album for record label Coast To Coast. This album was embraced by national radio stations like Radio 2 & 5 and was named ’World Album Of The Week’.

She toured Dutch theatres from small rooms of 80 seats, up to concert halls of 750 seats, and is currently booking another tour to support her new release “Letting Go”. For her new album, ”Letting Go”, she has collaborated with top producer and singer songwriter Wyatt Easterling from Nashville.

www.clementine.fm

 



The Coal Porters

The Coal Porters started playing acoustic music around 2002 in London when ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin decided to turn away from electric music. Since then, the band’s unique combination of folk, indie, bluegrass and celtic music has paved the way for a number of new acts in this new genre. In fact, the Coal Porters claim to be the world's first 'alt-bluegrass' act, given as they take old themes and melodies and soup them up for the 21st century and an expanded listening audience.

The band has demonstrated the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with sweet harmonies and strong melodies and taken this sound around the world. The Coal Porters have wowed audiences at numerous UK and European arts centers, done no less than 4 US tours and performed to tens of thousands at festivals such as Glastonbury, HebCelt, Stagecoach (USA), Larmer Tree, Didmarton, LaRoche (France), Cork Midsummer Fest (Eire), Wombwell, Down On The Farm (Norway) and Hultsfred (Sweden).

When Sid Griffin, one of the founders as a Long Ryder of both LA’s Paisley Underground scene and the Americana format we hear on radio today, is free from his duties as a broadcaster and a indie rock guru the Coal Porters grab their instruments and head to the studio or prepare for a tour. But who are the Coal Porters?

The Coal Porters are co-founder Neil Robert Herd from Scotland on guitar and vocals, Paul Fitzgerald on banjo and harmony vocals, Andrew Stafford on doghouse bass, and the classically trained Kerenza Peacock on fiddle and vocals. Herd is a songwriter of note, Paul Fitzgerald invented his own banjo technique copied by many in the UK, Andrew Stafford is music business litigation expert and fiddler Kerenza Peacock has recorded two hit classical CD's, recorded with Paul Weller, and is currently on tour in Adele’s band. This is an act with talent and a pedigree.

Their new album, "No. 6", is produced by John Wood, the legendary British folk rock mastermind who recorded the classic albums of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Beth Orton and Squeeze. "No. 6" is a bit of a departure for the Coal Porters, as it pushes their musical boundaries further than ever before.

The album features Kerenza quadruple tracking herself into a string quartet, Andrew on a ukulele, Sid’s trusty autoharp, both Neil and Paul on dobro, an acoustic 12-string guitar, and very emotional (and lengthy) trumpet solo by Cuba’s noted 'son y mambo' music virtuoso Eikel Venegas. There has never been music like this before. And already, the album’s opening track, Sid’s “The Day The Last Ramone Died”, is being hailed as a classic (and a much viewed video on youtube).

"No. 6" is out September 2nd, 2016, in Europe, a week later in North America. In January it’s likely to appear on many Best Of The Year lists. So get it now…..

www.sidgriffin.com

www.myspace.com/thecoalporters




Colin Gilmore

Colin Gilmore is about to release his 3rd full-length album, “The Wild & Hollow”. Recorded and produced in Chicago and Austin by Tim Bennett and Rob Seidenberg respectively, Gilmore’s new release brings to life the inspiration the two cities gave him. Merging an ethereal folk rock sound with traditional roots, blues and country, “The Wild & Hollow” is a worthy follow-up to his previous album, the critically acclaimed “Goodnight Lane (4 stars in Mojo and Uncut!).

On this new release, Gilmore's collaboration with his band mates and producers created a truly memorable album which allows influences like Roy Orbison and Tom Petty to shine through.

Gilmore grew up in Lubbock TX, witnessing songwriters like Joe Ely, Terry Allen and his own father, Jimmie Dale Gilmore bring the stage to life. Touring and recording under his own name for the past several years, Gilmore has consistently incorporated the spirit of West Texas into his work. His live shows have earned him an enthusiastic fan base all over the world and his songs have garnered spins on radio stations across the US.

www.colingilmore.com

 


The Complaints

The Complaints are a modern rock band led by guitarist and front man Dean Petrella, with bassist Chris Cruz and drummer Anthony Marotti. Their music is like audio comfort food, it’s new, but familiar. You may hear hints of Tom Petty, Radiohead, Coldplay and Matchbox 20, while still appreciating their unique sound.

The band formed in 1997 and quickly made their bones playing some of the hottest rock'n'roll venues on the east coast, including CBGB's, Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel  and The Middle East.

The Complaints have recorded with some of the biggest engineers and producers in the business. Chris Lord-Alge [Matchbox 20, Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna], Shelley Yakus [Tom Petty, Don Henley, U2, Suzanne Vega] and Phil Greene [Dropkick Murphys, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Steve Earle, Mick Jagger].

2019 is lining up to be another great year for The Complaints as they release their 4th full length album, "Talk To Me". They reunited with Phil Greene who engineered and mixed their Award winning debut album "Fear" in 1999. The band is currently also writing material for various soundtracks and continue to perform over 150 live shows a year.

The Complaints have shared the stage with many national acts including Sugar Ray, Young The Giant, Train, Collective Soul, 3 Doors Down, Nickleback, Guster and have won numerous awards including ‘Album Of The Year’ for "Fear" in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll, ‘Best Male Vocalist’ and ‘Band Of The Year’ awards in New England’s Motif Magazine.

The Complaints continue to be one of the most successful independent artists on the national scene.

www.thecomplaints.com

 



Connie Smith

Dolly Parton once famously said, "There are only three female singers in the world; Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt and Connie Smith. The rest of us are only pretending". That's perhaps one reason new music from longtime Grand Ole Opry member Connie Smith can be celebrated as an "event." Of course, the other reason might just be that the last album Connie released came nearly 13 years ago - and its predecessor arrived in 1978.

'Long Line of Heartaches,' Connie's 54th album, is set for release on Sugar Hill Records on August 23. The collection promises to be business as usual for the country singer whose most memorable hits include 'Cincinnati, Ohio,' 'Just One Time' and the record-setting 'Once A Day.' That 1964 smash, written by Bill Anderson, spent eight weeks at No. 1, becoming the first debut hit by a female artist to ever top the chart. The new album, she declares, will continue in the traditional vein.

"I've had people ask me what this album was going to be like", says Connie, "since it's been a long time since they've heard me on record. But my musical tastes have remained the same. I wanted this to be traditional country, and it is. I have such a deep love for traditional country music. We can talk about the music slipping away, or we can do something about it. The only way I know to do something about it is to keep singing what I've always loved".

Recorded at Nashville's legendary RCA Studio B, where most of Connie's best-known hits were also cut, the upcoming album will include five new songs co-written by Connie and her husband Marty Stuart, who also produced the collection. The remainder of the songs on the album come from iconic songwriters such as Harlan Howard, Johnny Russell and Kostas. Of special note is 'A Heart Like You,' penned by Dallas Frazier, writer of such classics as the Oak Ridge Boys smash, 'Elvira'. 'A Heart Like You' is the 69th Dallas Frazier tune that Connie has recorded. It's also the first new tune from Frazier in 30 years.

In another first, Connie and her three daughters, Julie, Jeanne and Jodi, harmonize on the contemporary hymn, 'Take My Hand'.

'Long Line of Heartaches' is due in stores from Sugar Hill Records August 23rd, 2011.

http://publicity.sugarhillrecords.com

 


Courtney Yasmineh

Courtney Yasmineh reaches new levels of inspiration with her 2018 release, the full album “High Priestess And The Renegade”. With a decade of writing, recording, and touring as an independent singer songwriter to inform the project, we hear in her words and in her voice, a culmination of evolution and determination. Working again with producer, multi instrumentalist and vocalist Rob Genadek proves to be fruitful as the album shows them both at the height of their abilities. Themes of falling from grace and of rebirth carry the album and give a true concept album feel. There are elements of folk, gospel, r'n'b, pop, and punk in these arrangements and Courtney’s own signature Guyatone guitar keeps the vibe more D.I.Y. than polished throughout. The touring duo of Courtney and Rob Genadek will be in the US and Europe playing the entire album at shows. Courtney’s first in a series of novels about “A Girl Called Sidney”, published by Gibson House Press, is available worldwide through Amazon.com, as well as all independent bookstores.

www.courtneyyasmineh.com




Craig Bickhardt

Craig Bickhardt’s new CD "Brother To The Wind" contains some of the best work he has done in a long career dedicated to ennobling the art of song. One listen and you'll be reminded of the days when artists like James Taylor, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot were pioneering the singer-songwriter genre.

"Music used to change people,” Bickhardt notes. “Records used to be made for careful listeners who read the lyrics and talked about the songs, interpreted their meanings. That’s the kind of music I relate to.” Craig is following in the footsteps of his admired predecessors.

For this project, Bickhardt dug deep into his 800-tune catalog. The record contains songs that have already proven their strength, having been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Tony Rice, Charlie Louvin and others.

But Craig is not merely a tunesmith capitalizing on his thoroughbred discography. These songs are highly artistic, and throughout his extraordinary career he has picked up many believers among the better artists of his generation. You can hear them “sitting in” on nearly every cut of the new CD; Janis Ian, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, John Mock, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Maura O'Connell, Rusty Young, Jack Sundrud and a host of others.

"I wanted to include some of the artists and friends I've known and respected on this CD. You get to a point where you realize you don't have forever in this world. It's time to do the things I've put off, and one of those things is to sing and pick with these great people I've met and admired,” Craig says.

The Native Pennsylvanian’s big break came in 1982 when he was chosen to write and sing two songs for Robert Duvall's Academy Award winning film "Tender Mercies". In the wake of that film’s success, Craig made his move to Nashville where his songs found their way onto platinum and Grammy winning CDs by legends such as Ray Charles, B. B. King, Martina McBride, The Judds, and Dianne Schuur. Along with his friends and collaborators Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch and Don Schlitz, Craig was one of the original Writers In The Round at The Bluebird Café. He went on to have three hits as an artist when he joined Schuyler and Knobloch to make their SKB CD 'No Easy Horses' for MTM Records, which yielded Craig's chart topper "Givers And Takers".

In 2006 Bickhardt made the bold move to leave Nashville and return to the concert stage and to his roots in eastern Pennsylvania. Since his move he has shared the stage with Kathy Mattea, Judy Collins, Billy Joe Shaver, Livingston Taylor, and Janis Ian among others. His performance at the 2008 Philadelphia Folk Festival prompted the concert’s promoter Jesse Lundy to say, “Craig Bickhardt stands among the giants of songwriting. His main stage show at this year's Philly Folk Festival was absolutely outstanding.”

www.craigbickhardt.com

www.myspace.com/craigbickhardt

 


Cris Cuddy

The new album “Dear Elvis” by Vanishing Castle artist Cris Cuddy marks a jubilant return to his rock'n'roll roots and this collection harkens back to his several recordings with trail-blazing roots rockers Max Mouse and the Gorillas, who answered that age old question “Can A Gorilla Sing The Blues” with a mighty howl which former Spin Magazine Editor Glenn O'Brien labelled “tortured-with-a-twist-honkey-soul-twang”.

Cuddy's previous 3 mellower acoustic CD's have seen his songs recorded by artists as diverse as americana and bluegrass artists Jim Hurst (ex-Claire Lynch sidekick) who ripped it up with his firey version of “Long And Lonesome Old Freight Train”, The Spinney Bros who chose the moving “Sally’s Waltz”, in addition to Prairie Oyster who aced “Tom Cat” and “Long and Lonesome”, and songwriting great and mentor Mickey Newbury who used Cris’s “What If Frankie Doesn’t Like It” (and yes, it's about "Old Blue Eyes") as a segue on his masterful “Long Road Home”. And there are more in the works...

“As Usual The Unusual” this CD veers from the summer dance fun of “Here Comes Summer” and the exuberant ode to a rockabilly queen “Starlene”, on through the bluesy “Tom Cat” featuring the great Gene Taylor on the keys, to the brooding sensuality of “I'm A Cadillac”, the rollicking “Rock'n'Roll History” with Gene and guitar whiz Albert Lee, the trance-like Stonesy 12 string beauty of “Magic Girl”, with a few more stops in between, including the deep bayou vibe of “Friday Night”, featuring Roly Platt's wailing harp, all leading up to the dreamy, heart-breaking ballad “Dear Elvis”.

This collection features a dazzling cast of musicians including East Nashville's George “Tonechap” Bradfute (Webb Wilder, Paul Burch), the non pareil piano of Gene Taylor (Fabulous Thunderbirds), multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin (touring with Jack White), Andrew Hardin, Roly Platt, Steve Briggs, Rusty McCarthy and many more.

As with his previous recordings Cuddy’s ace harmonica pal Roly Platt has used his graphic artist skills to produce another stunning cover from a striking image by videographer and musician Sherine Cisco, as well as blowing the top off “Friday Night”.

www.criscuddy.com

 



The Crows

After a 20-year hiatus, Nashville-based string band, The Crows, are back together making music. The Crows are Sue Braswell, Jack Sundrud and Keith Miles, with assistance from a host of pickers from around the country. The band garnered a loyal following around Nashville and beyond in the late 80's and early 90's with their unique brand of tongue-in-cheek acoustic music.

The group has remastered and re-released their 1991 album, “One Flew Over The Cornfield”, and are working on a new album with a Christmas, 2011 release planned. The 1991 album was recorded live in Burns, Tennessee.

“We gathered up some of our good friends, hung a few microphones around the room and hit the Record button”, said Miles. “No overdubs, no sweetening. Just music straight out of the box. Then we apparently went on a 20-year vacation”.

Not that the performance break meant all musical endeavors were shelved. Sundrud, who was part of the country group Great Plains in the early 90's, continued to work on his own music career, releasing two solo albums, co-writing hit songs and performing as a member of Poco.

The three penned the song, “Iola”, which was recorded by Great Plains, as was “Homeland,” which was written by Sundrud and Miles. Country legend Kenny Rogers also recorded “Homeland” on his album, “There You Go Again”.

Miles released two solo albums, with Sundrud as producer and co-writer. His 2008 release, “Beyond The Headlights”, made several best-of Americana lists in Europe. Miles also contributed to a compilation album – “I Like It Better Here – Music From Home,” released by Hemifran in Sweden in 2010, and he and Sundrud offered another song for the anticipated 2011 release, “That Thing That’s a Whole Lot Bigger Than This – Hymns From Home”.

The Crows are currently booking shows to re-introduce their music to the world.

www.thecrowsreturn.com

www.jacksundrud.com

www.keithmiles.com

www.poconut.org

 



Crosby Stills Nash & Young

There's been tributes to The Byrds, The Buffalo Springfield and The Hollies. There's been several tributes to Neil Young. There's even been a tribute to Graham Nash's album "Songs For Beginners". But there has never been a tribute to the collective body of work of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Until now!

On October 16th, 2012, Sweden's Hemifrån and Italy's Route 61 Music releases "Music Is Love - A Singer-Songwriters' Tribute To The Music Of Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

The album features, not only several musicians from the inner circle of CSN&Y (Stephen Stills' former girlfriend Judy Collins and daughter Jennifer Stills, Anthony Crawford and Rick Rosas from Neil Young's Electric Band, Sonny Mone from Crazy Horse, David Crosby's guitarist Marcus Eaton and vocal favorites Venice), but also some cool names from the 70's (Karla Bonoff, Elliott Murphy, Willie Nile, Wendy Waldman), some interesting names from the 80's (Sid Griffin from Long Ryders, Ian McNabb from Icicle Works, Liam O'Maonlai from Hothouse Flowers, Steve Wynn from Dream Syndicate), as well as some new-up-and-coming names from the alt country scene in the U.S. (Clarence Bucaro, Neal Casal, Carrie Rodriguez).

The liner notes are penned by Dave Zimmer (author of two official books on CSN and CSNY), and CSN&Y's official photographer Henry Diltz offers some unpublished photos from his vast archives.

www.musicislovetribute.com

 


Curse Of Lono

Acclaimed London 5 piece Curse Of Lono will release their 2nd album "As I Fell" on August 17th, 2018. Produced by Oli Bayston at Rancho V, a remote desert studio in Joshua Tree, and Flesh & Bone Studios in Hackney, the album is accompanied by a documentary 'Somewhere In Their Heads' by Gregg Houston.

The 1st single from "As I Fell" is 'Valentine', available to stream now. 'Valentine is about the kind of murderous jealousy that twists you up until you don’t recognise yourself anymore”, says frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer. “The sort of dejection that will make you do things you know you will regret. I think the vocal harmonies floating over the tribal beat, distorted bass and filthy baritone guitar going through a tiny 1950’s Selmer practice amp, really capture that feeling”.

Joining Felix in Curse Of Lono, who formed in London in 2015, are Joe Hazell, lead guitar and vocals, Dani Ruiz Hernandez, keyboards and vocals, Charis Anderson, bass and vocals and Neil Findlay, drums.

"As I Fell" is the follow up to "Severed", one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of 2017, and builds on Curse Of Lono’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony laden americana and driving, gothic alt rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like Doors and Velvet Underground as it does to more modern practitioners of the form such as War On Drugs and Wilco.

Although some of the songs on "As I Fell" revisit familiar themes like murderous jealousy and the death of loved ones, much of the album covers new ground. 

'Leuven', with its sumptuous string arrangement, recalls the stories Felix’s grandfather told him about growing up as a half Jew in Nazi Germany and a devastating train crash he survived in 1954 after the 1st football international between England and West Germany after World War II.

“It was one of the worst train crashes in Belgian history”, says Felix. “My grandfather and his brother were on their way home from Wembley, when their train derailed outside Leuven in Belgium. He told me that he was never able to shake the image of their coats soaked in blood as he and his brother dragged the bodies from the wreck”.

Despite a conscious attempt to close the door on the heroin related material that has inspired much of Felix’s previous work, "As I Fell" does include a couple of old songs that have patiently waited their turn. The most notable is 'And It Shows', the 1st song Felix wrote after he gave up heroin and methadone.

“I was only a couple of weeks out of detox, living in a halfway house in Delray Beach. My best friend had passed away a few months earlier, my girlfriend of 5 years was gone and I was climbing the walls. It was a very dark time and the only thing I had to cling to were the songs that kept pouring out. I thought that I had exhausted that well when we started working on this album but despite my desperate attempts not to go back there, this song wouldn’t leave me alone. Eventually I backed down and gave it another chance. I’m glad I did. It’s a time capsule”.

Having spent much of 2017 on tour in Europe and the UK, Curse Of Lono will be embarking on their first UK headline tour this summer. They have also been invited to open for Steve Earle and for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes in Europe in July and in the UK in October.

www.curseoflonoband.com

 

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