Laurel Canyon Music

For fans and musicians of Folk, Americana, Country, Blues, Singer-Songwriter, Rock, Roots & Acoustic and music from the Laurel Canyon late 60’s/early 70’s era.

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Firesong - Carousel

LCM #SongOfTheDay: Firesong - Carousel

Our featured track today is the latest single from one of the finest young indie Americana Rock bands in UK. Based in Southend in Essex Carousel produce spellbinding live performances full of high quality songwriting, musicianship and super tight harmonies. Comparisons are now being made to another excellent fast rising group The Wandering Hearts. We love this latest classy and reflective track, which we think has the feel of Glen Hansard’s ‘Falling Slowly’.

It’s a very special day for the band as tonight it is the homecoming gig of their headline UK tour at Chinnery’s. Special guests include the LCM favourite the wonderful Lisa Wright. Don’t miss it :)

Photo credit: Jon Stone

Don't Let It Die - Carousel

One of the fast rising young bands in UK Americana and our LCM 'Favourite New Artist 2017' are the great Southend based band Carousel. We are thrilled that they are headlining our next LCM gig at the Green Note in Camden on the 26th September as part of their UK tour. Our LCM #SongOfTheDay is their latest single the very catchy and rockin' 'Don't Let It Die' recently released on the 27th July via Longcroft Recording. Catch them if you can.

Carousel are a 4-piece Indie Americana music collective, based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Fusing influences from the worlds of americana, country, folk, rock’n’roll and roots music, their influences range from Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Johnny Cash to the modern day Americana stylings of Nathaniel Rateliff, Phoebe Bridgers and The Lone Bellow.

Talking about the new single, the band explain "‘Don’t Let It Die’ was written as an open letter to creative minds. Within the lyrics, we wanted to encapsulate the feeling of being inspired but misunderstood, as many of us artists are. Equally, we felt the need to reiterate how important art is to society. It is so crucial that art plays its part in people’s lives in times of political and social struggle, that they welcome it in and find some respite within.”

Following appearances this summer at Cambridge Folk Festival, Beautiful Days Festival and Black Deer Festival, Carousel will be playing their heartfelt, engaging music on an 8 date headline UK tour in September / October:

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The Deal - The Mulligan Brothers

We head to America's deep south in Mobile, Alabama to meet our next LCM featured artists Americana and Folk Rock band 'The Mulligan Brothers'. The band's name means second chances, but they took the biggest chance of their career and produced this album on their own, creating songs that are truest to them, so far. Converting the upstairs of Ross Newell's home in the heart of Mobile, Alabama into a recording studio allowed them the freedom to get to the honesty of who they are. Our LCM #SongOfTheDay is the excellent 'The Deal' taken from their latest third album 'Songs For The Living And Otherwise' recently released on the 1st June. The new album is great and definitely worth exploring further. A huge thank you to Laurel Canyon Radio for the introduction.

The album brings joy and pleasure from dark songs about life, loneliness, death and spirituality. Lead singer/songwriter Ross Newell's warm, sincere voice brings out every emotion between pleasure and pain and makes you want to feel them over and over again.

"Recording and producing this album ourselves gave us the luxury of seeing the vision all the way through to the end without outside influences making us second guess ourselves," says Ross. "There is a new confidence in this album and we are thankful for the great people who support us and gave us the courage to try something new. It is freeing to let go and create an album that we will enjoy playing on the road every night."

The broader arrangements are driven by the band’s signature harmonies and dramatic transitions from drummer Greg DeLuca with Ben Leininger adding electric and upright bass and Melody Duncan on fiddle and piano. The band is evolving but the songs are still built around Ross's tight lyrics that stab you in the heart or define life in new ways. Songs of abuse and knowing a man like "the back of his hand" or coming home to a woman who makes him feel that "If you told me that heaven was just like tonight, then maybe I would start acting right."

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