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We aim to help music fans connect and discover great new music and help indie musicians promote their music and help them build relationships with supporters and industry professionals.

Starfire - Caitlyn Smith (19/01/18)

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  • Artist: Caitlyn Smith
  • Release Date: 19th January, 2018
  • Genre: Country
  • Record Label: Columbia Records/Sony
  • Tracks: TBA
  • Website: http://www.caitlynsmith.com/

The twelve songs on Starfire illustrate the range of Caitlyn's storytelling and the striking impact of her voice. "Don't Give Up On My Love," which she wrote by herself in a cabin in North Dakota, is almost painful in its intimacy, while "East Side Restaurant" is more cinematic in its detail and dramatic in its delivery ("That's about a past relationship that was quite toxic," she says, "so I know it's a song people can connect with").

From small-town Minnesota to the stages of Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits festival, Caitlyn Smith is now living a dream she's had from a very young age—and with the release of the mature, masterful Starfire, there's no telling what happens from here.

"The path sure wasn't what I thought it would be," she says, "but it took all those 'no's and this whole journey to find what I needed, after trying too hard to do what other I thought other people wanted me to do. I needed to ask myself, 'What do I love, what can I do that no one else can?' And now I know that I'm not going to give up...This is what I was made to do."

 

 

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Solo Duo Trio - Luke Jackson (09/02/18)

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  • Artist: Luke Jackson
  • Release Date: 9th February, 2018
  • Genre: Americana, Blues, Folk
  • Record Label: First Take Records
  • Tracks: 15
  • Website: http://www.lukepauljackson.com

Luke Jackson organised a show in his hometown of Canterbury and decided he would record the whole thing and release these recordings as a CD. The night included a solo, duo & trio sets showing the different sounds and contrasts of Luke's music and live performances. He took tracks from all his previous albums, breathing new life into old songs, others he has been performing every night for the last few years. It also includes a few tracks, that although may have been performed, never made it onto any records.

Southern Wind - Dean Owens (16/02/18)

  • Artist: Dean Owens
  • Release Date: 16th February
  • Genre: Americana, Celticana, Singer-Songwriter
  • Record Label: At The Helm Records
  • Tracks: 12
  • Website: http://www.deanowens.com/

Southern Wind was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, with the same team responsible for his acclaimed Into the Sea – producer Neilson Hubbard, award winning guitarist (and long time collaborator) Will Kimbrough and some great US musicians.

Dean’s music has been described as Celtic Americana with a rocky pop edge, and draws as much from his Scottish roots, especially his home town of Leith (referenced and loved by the Proclaimers) as from his US heroes. The emotional honesty in his songs shines through as he sings about people and places, love and regrets, drawing favourable comparisons with the likes of Springsteen. A gritty yet lyrical Scottish sensibility, delivered with a searingly soulful voice.

Dean’s solo career has seen him tour far and wide, including in Europe, USA and Australia. Dean is also highly regarded among other musicians and has played shows and toured
with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Joan As Policewoman, Eddi Reader, John Hiatt and Nanci Griffith, to name but a few.

In his early career Dean was the front-man of the much loved and lauded Americana band
The Felsons. Since launching his solo career he has produced 5 albums, including the highly regarded Whisky Hearts (also recorded in Nashville), New York Hummingbird (recorded in the Big Apple with some exceptional New York-based musicians) and Cash Back (Songs I Learned From Johnny) album, inspired by one of his lifelong idols, Johnny Cash.

See You Around - I'm With Her (16/02/18)

  • Artist: I'm With Her
  • Release Date: 16th February, 2018
  • Genre: Folk
  • Record Label: DECCA (UMG)
  • Tracks: 12
  • Website: https://imwithherband.com/

I'm With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, have announced the release of their full-length debut, 'See You Around', out February 16, 2018. 'See You Around', the title track from the album, is available everywhere today. Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, England, 'See You Around' is a 12 track LP filled with finespun narratives and breathtaking harmonies – full track listing is below. Additionally, I’m With Her has announced an international headlining tour that will kick off in March 2018 and bring the band to major cities across the world including Los Angeles, Paris, London, and more. 

'See You Around' presents a warmly textured, yet stripped-down sound layered with lush guitar tones and crystalline harmonies. The album is comprised of 11 originals, penned by the band in Los Angeles and Vermont, plus the never before released Gillian Welch-penned 'Hundred Miles'. With each member playing guitar and handling various aspects of the instrumentation— including fiddle and ukulele for Watkins, mandolin and banjo for Jarosz, piano and synth for O’Donovan—the band cut most of the album live, performing just a few feet away from each other in the tracking room. All through 'See You Around', I’m With Her exhibits a refined musicality that reflects their deep musical roots. 

After years of crossing paths in their intersecting scenes, I’m With Her came together by happenstance for an off-the-cuff performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during the summer of 2014.The multi-Grammy-Award-winners have individually released nine solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. The band has garnered tremendous acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay and indelible harmonies. 

"We all feel immensely fortunate to be in this band together,” says I’m With Her. “As longtime friends and fans of each other’s music, it’s been wonderful to realise that writing and collaborating together fits so seamlessly into our lives. And now, we’re so excited to get to tour and share the work we’ve done as a band with our debut album, 'See You Around'."

Undersong - Salt House (02/02/18)

'Undersong' is the new album from Scottish folk trio Salt House. Produced by folk scene heavyweight Andy Bell (Martin Simpson, Songs of Separation, Furrow Collective), the album instills a special sense of place, recorded in a restored Telford Church on the island of Berneray, Outer Hebrides.

Whether its setting old words to new melodies, re-working ancient ballads or writing their own - Salt House marry all their musical strands with a deep understanding for the British song tradition and an empathy for a story. Recent recruit, singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon joins multi-instrumentalist and songsmith Ewan MacPherson and violist and fiddler Lauren MacColl to weave stories of landscape, place and time.

Accomplice One - Tommy Emmanuel (19/01/18)

  • Artist: Tommy Emmanuel
  • Release date: 19th January, 2018
  • Genre: Acoustic, Blues, Americana
  • Record Label: Mascot Records
  • Tracks: 16
  • Website: http://tommyemmanuel.com

 

 

A wonderful duet album two years in the making from Tommy Emmanuel, one of the best guitar players in the world. Accomplice One sees Tommy join a host of special guests for one of the most innovative and interesting albums so far in 2018.

 

  •   1. Deep River Blues (feat. Jason Isbell)
  •   2. Song And Dance Man (feat. Ricky Skaggs)
  •   3. Saturday Night Shuffle (feat. Jorma Kaukonen & Pat Bergeson)
  •   4. Wheelin' & Dealin (feat. J.D. Simo & Charlie Cushman)
  •   5. C-Jam Blues (feat. David Grisman & Bryan Sutton)
  •   6. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay (feat. J.D. Simo)
  •   7. Borderline (feat. Amanda Shires)
  •   8. You Don't Want To Get You One Of Those (feat. Mark Knopfler)
  •   9. Keepin' It Reel (feat. Clive Carroll)
  •   10. Looking Forward To The Past (feat. Rodney Crowell)
  •   11. Purple Haze (feat. Jerry Douglas)
  •   12. Rachel's Lullaby (feat. Jake Shimabukuro)
  •   13. Djangology (feat. Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo)
  •   14. Watson Blues (feat. David Grisman & Bryan Sutton)
  •   15. Tittle Tattle (feat. Jack Pearson)
  •   16. The Duke's Message (feat. Suzy Bogguss)

Whistle Down The Wind - Joan Baez (02/03/18)

  • Artist: Joan Baez
  • Release Date: 2nd March, 2018
  • Genre: Folk
  • Record Label: Proper Records
  • Tracks: 10
  • Website: http://www.joanbaez.com/

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez' brand new album Whistle Down The Wind . Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, Whistle Down The Wind gathers material by some of Baez's favourite composers.

Whistle Down The Wind is Joan's first new studio album in a decade, since 2008's critically acclaimed, Grammy®-nominated Day After Tomorrow, which was produced by Steve Earle. Its release ignited an extraordinary decade of achievement by Joan, including: the PBS American Masters series premiere of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound (2009), which underscored the 50th anniversary of Joan's debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. Joan's seminal debut album of 1960 was honoured by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in 2011, which inducted it into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame; and subsequently by the Library of Congress in 2015, which selected it to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. That same year, Amnesty International bestowed its highest honour on Joan, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights and she was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2017.

Joan Baez remains a musical force of nature of incalculable influence. She marched on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, inspired Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war, and stood with old friend Nelson Mandela in London's Hyde Park as the world celebrated his 90th birthday. Joan's earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963. Thus began a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues on Whistle Down The Wind, and which will reverberate long into the future across Joan's lifetime of recordings.

Hallelujah Nights - LANCO (19/01/18)

  • Artist: LANCO
  • Release Date: 19th January, 2018
  • Genre: Country
  • Record Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • Tracks: 11
  • Website: http://www.lancomusic.com/

 

Rooted in the southern storytelling of Country music with the modern punch of rock & roll, 'Hallelujah Nights' serves as LANCO's coming-of-age debut album, confirmed for release worldwide on 19th January 2018, including CD & digital formats in the UK, and is available to pre-order now. Equal parts nostalgic and forward-thinking, lead singer Brandon Lancaster wrote all eleven songs and found success breathing new life into universal themes. Simultaneously, LANCO’s first-ever #1 'Greatest Love Story' - certified Gold in the US - reigned at the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart for the last two weeks of November, and remains in the top five on that chart, as well as on Hot Country Songs (which blends radio play, sales and streaming data).

Wild Silence - The Wandering Hearts (09/02/18)

There’s no doubt that 2017 has been a whirlwind year for folk-Americana group The Wandering Hearts. Having released their first EP Burning Bridges in November, and with a string of high profile performances under their belt, The Wandering Hearts are now kicking off 2018 with their debut album Wild Silence, out on Decca Records on 9 February 2018.

Wild Silence promises to be a thrilling debut album from the quartet. With their seamless vocal harmonies, The Wandering Hearts are reminiscent of First Aid Kit and Of Monsters and Men, whilst channelling Fleetwood Mac’s pop sensibility and the storytelling of Chris Stapleton, all the while keeping their British roots at their heart. Band members AJ, Chess, Tim and Tara are all grafters – working hard to hone their skills as musicians and songwriters, and the standard is there to be seen. Their debut album showcases the band’s knack for telling heartfelt stories through their lyrics, and is a perfect balance of catchy, up-tempo numbers, such as ‘Fire & Water’ and ’Rattle’, and flawless harmony-led ballads, such as ‘If I Fall’ and ‘Laid In The Ground’, for which the band have become renowned. The album features previous releases ‘Wish I Could’, ‘Devil’ and ‘Burning Bridges’ which have become rapturously received favourites during the band’s live shows this year.

Tracks
1    Rattle     
2    Wish I Could     
3    Fire and Water     
4    If I Fall     
5    Change For The Good     
6    Devil     
7    Biting Through The Wires     
8    Wild Silence     
9    Laid In The Ground     
10    Burning Bridges     
11    Heartbreak Hotel     
12    Iona

Headlong - John Smith (29/06/17)

  • Artist: John Smith
  • Release date: 29th June, 2017
  • Genre: Folk, Americana, Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic
  • Record Label: Barp Ltd
  • Tracks: 11
  • Website: http://www.johnsmithjohnsmith.com

It’s all for the love of the guitar. John plays a rumbling fingerstyle and sometimes uses a slide, sometimes plays the guitar on his lap, sometimes he detunes mid-song. His guitar work and honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause.

Not by chance is it that John’s new record 'Headlong' comes bearing a title implying impulsive, breakneck motion - written as it was, during various touring stints in North America - with a view ahead, to new horizons and new songs, to new opportunities and new audiences. The album also bears the indelible loss of John’s friend and guitar hero John Renbourn, who called John “the future of folk music” and to whose memory 'Headlong' is dedicated.

John currently has five self-released records out; 'The Fox and the Monk' (2006), 'Map Or Direction' (2009), 'Eavesdropping' (2011) 'Great Lakes' (2013), and 'Headlong' (2017).

Cold Rooms EP - Ben Morgan Brown (04/12/17)

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  • Release Date: 4th December, 2017
  • Artist: Ben Morgan-Brown
  • Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic, Contemporary Folk
  • Record Label: Ben Morgan-Brown
  • Tracks: 5
  • Website:

Exeter based singer-songwriter & guitarist Ben Morgan-Brown writes intimate & reflective songs heavily informed by the folk-baroque guitarists & singer-songwriters of the late ‘60s & early ‘70s. As a taster of Ben's music we have chosen as our LCM #SongOfTheDay 'No More Fooling' taken from his recently released 'Cold Rooms EP'.

Inspired to pick up the acoustic guitar ten years ago when he first heard Bert Jansch’s seminal debut album, his open-tuned guitar, ethereal vocals & highly personal lyrics tip the hat to Nick Drake, John Martyn, Michael Chapman et al whilst still maintaining a unique musical style & identity.

Having self-recorded his previous two releases (both of which received airplay on BBC Introducing) his new E.P. ‘Cold Rooms’ was recorded by Josh Clark (Kate Rusby, Mike Dawes, Miranda Sykes) and features five songs (with a bonus sixth track only available through Bandcamp) written in the last 18 months, a time during which Ben has reflected upon the past few years of his life, turbulent years that have seen him lose both his grandparents, get married & divorced within two years, spend a month in hospital after catching salmonella in Morocco & which culminated with the death of his father in November 2016.

These events led Ben to reevaluate many aspects of his life & in October 2017 he left his job managing a guitar shop deciding it was time to dedicate himself to music. After five years of life-changing events beyond his control, the release of ‘Cold Rooms’ marks yet another significant moment in his life - the moment at which he begins to give his music & talent the attention it deserves.

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