LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Trouble’ - Hollie Rogers
Our featured track today is a great live version of a Ray LaMontagne classic from the very fast rising Hollie Rogers. It’s taken from a recent live ‘Under The Apple Tree’ session at the home of legendary broadcaster Bob Harris. She is joined on the track by the very talented Maya McCourt on cello and Thomas Holder on double bass
Producer/sound engineer/editor: Miles Myerscough-Harris
If you are in London you can catch Hollie and her band at an intimate performance at The Camden Chapel on March 28th hosted by our friends at Talentbanq..
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Restless Wind’ - Passenger
Our featured track today is Mike’s wonderful latest single ‘Restless Wind’ taken from his ‘Runaway’ album released in August last year. We love the sentiments in the lyrics, Let us know what you think?
“Well hello there restless wind Its been a long time since you’ve blown through these streets, I really don’t mind If you pick me up off my feet just one last time and take me where you’ve gotta go. See I’ve been tied to a mast. Anchored to a shore. Buried in the earth and rooted to the floor. As long as you’re willing then I’ll be sure to go with you where you’ve gotta go…and I don’t mind where it is we go”
Photo credit: Jarrad Seng
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Rocket Man’ - Mile Twelve
After playing their first London date at the much loved Green Note last night, our next LCM featured artists are the excellent Boston based multi award winning Bluegrass band Mile Twelve. Their wonderful encore song was the iconic Elton classic ‘Rocket Man’. Mile Twelve’s highly anticipated latest album ‘City On A Hill’ is set for release on the 29th March and we have added a link below for you to pre-order..
If you missed them yesterday in London, they have promised to return soon. They also still have four further dates on their UK tour if you would like to catch them in Lowestoft, Spalding, Selby and Saltaire.
Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, ‘City on a Hill’. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and relevant. Produced by Bryan Sutton and engineered by Ben Surratt, ‘City on a Hill’ follows significant recognition from the bluegrass community, including three IBMA Momentum Awards. With members based in Boston and Nashville, the lineup includes David Benedict (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Evan Murphy (acoustic guitar, lead vocals), and Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals).
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Love Is The Reason’ - Darrell Scott.
If you haven’t discovered Bob Harris’ ‘Under The Apple Tree’ live sessions then they come very highly recommended by all of us at LCM, Our featured song today is an acoustic live performance by Nashville based mutli award winning singer-songwriter Darrell Scott. The session was produced and edited by Bob’s son Miles Myerscough-Harris.
Scott has collaborated with Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, John Cowan, Verlon Thompson, Guy Clark, Tim O'Brien, Kate Rusby, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Mary Gauthier, Dan Tyminski, and many others. His music has attracted a growing fanbase, and he tours regularly with his own band. His album, Crooked Road, was released May 25, 2010. In early 2005, Scott's Theatre Of The Unheard won in The 4th Annual Independent Music Awards for Album of the Year.
He won the 2007 Song of the Year award from the Americana Music Association for his song "Hank William's Ghost" which appears on his album The Invisible Man released in 2006.
In 2010, he was announced as part of the Band of Joy, alongside Robert Plant, credited as performing vocals, mandolin, guitar, accordion, pedal, lap steel and banjo.
In 2010, Brad Paisley's cover of the song "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" was the closing song played on the TV drama ‘Justified’ during the final scene of the final episode of the first season. It was used again in the final episode of the second season. In January 2011, his album ‘A Crooked Road’ won the award for the Country Album category from The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards.
For all Dixie Chicks fans Darrell also wrote ‘Long Time Gone’ and ‘Heartbreak Town’.
Photo credit: Rodney Bursiel Photography
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Too Far Gone’ - Matt Owens
Matt Owens is a British singer-songwriter and musician, who came to prominence as one of the founder members of indie-folk band Noah and the Whale, and for fronting Rock’n’Roll band Little Mammoths. Our featured track is taken from his debut solo album ‘Whiskey and Orchids’ released on January 11th
If you would like to see Matt live in London he will be supporting Thea Gilmore at The Union Chapel on the 21st May.
The album was recorded by Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore/Joan Baez/ Waterboys). Matt's is joined on the record by Michael Blair (Tom Waits/ Elvis Costello), Thea Gilmore, Carleigh Aikins (Bahamas), Adrian Gautrey, Boss Caine and Robert Vincent.
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Lady Like’ - Ingrid Andress
Now signed to Warner Nashville/Atlantic Records but originally hailing from Denver, Colorado, Ingrid Andress has been working very hard to create music and her signature sound since a young age. She recently starred at C2C and is part of a group of excellent fast rising young singer-songwriters. The very popular ‘Lady Like’ is Ingrid’s first professionally made video release and we think that it should bring her to a wider audience..
As good at sports as she was writing songs, Ingrid was born into a large family and homes schooled in her youth, growing up outside of the traditional definitions that apply to most kids - of what little girls are “supposed” to do, or how she was supposed to interact with the world around her. Rolling Stone has applauded her “honest and heartbreaking” lyrics that she pairs with a vocal delivery described by The New York Times as “steady, calm, alive.”
Having written with heavy hitters in the music community such as Sam Hunt and Alicia Keys, Andress
has co-writer credits on hits like “Steady 1234” and Charli XCX’s “Boys.” She was named to Sounds Like
Nashville’s “19 New Country Artists to Watch in 2019” list and touted as one of CMT’s “Listen Up 2019” artists as well as one of their “Next Women of Country.” It all has led to new music for 2019 that will prove her to be one of the most unique and moving voices in the country space and beyond; one that is thrillingly honest, raw and refreshing in a way rarely seen emanating from Music City.
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LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Desperado’ - The Cactus Blossoms
We head to Minneapolis today to meet Jack Torrey and Page Burkum better know as The Cactus Blossoms. With Everly Brothers-style harmonies and vintage country influenced rock’n’roll ballads, what’s not to love! Our featured track is a live version of the retro sounding ‘Desperado’ recorded at a Current radio session. It’s taken from their self-produced third studio album ‘Easy Way’ released on March 1st through Walkie Talkie Records.
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LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Fire’ - Sarah Darling
Our next featured artist Sarah Darling is always a big favourite here at LCM. It’s exciting times ahead as Sarah has a fantastic new album called ‘Wonderland’ set for release on June 7th. We were lucky to catch Sarah and her band at Bush Hall in London last night and we can honestly say that you are going to love the new tracks. As a preview our LCM featured track today is the first single ‘Fire’, which really reminds us of Stevie Nicks.
Sarah and the band are currently on a UK and mainland Europe tour (Germany and Austria) and we highly recommend going along to see them. You can pre-save and pre-order the new album below or directly from Sarah’s website. Sarah has been caught up in all the problems with Pledge Music in funding her new album, so any support would be very much appreciated.
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘No Saint’ - Lauren Jenkins
Signed to Big Machine Records and with a wonderful debut album ‘No Saint’ set for release this Friday, our LCM featured artist today is fast-rising Texan singer-songwriter Lauren Jenkins. As a perfect introduction for this new C2C star, the heartfelt and reflective title track ‘No Saint’ highlights Lauren’s future promise.
Music has always been her constant road companion for Lauren. By 15, she was hitting the clubs up and down the East Coast, playing each night for just one new fan. By 17, she was making regular trips to New York City, before making the move official. While there studying acting, music was never an afterthought, but the goal. Burning the late night oil, Lauren would showcase her new music at the legendary New York clubs, The Bitter End, The Living Room and anywhere that gave her a mic to sing. During this time, some of her songs made their way into the hands of Scott Borchetta and his Big Machine Label Group (Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw). With a call, a flight and dinner, Big Machine knew they wanted to be to be a rider on her musical voyage and offered her a record deal on Big Machine.
Released in late 2016, Lauren’s debut EP ‘The Nashville Sessions’ is a testament to the ability to further break down those genre barriers in cool, exciting new ways. Penning four of the six tracks, Lauren showcases unfiltered lyrics through alluring vocals, creating a fusion of soulful vibrancy. The glamorous songstress blends her traditional Country roots with Americana influences to seamlessly transition between cheerful melodies one moment and expressions of raw emotion the next.
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LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Dreamcatcher’ - Lainey Wilson
Another fast-rising star at C2C this year was Louisiana born but now Nashville based singer-songwriter Lainey Wilson. Signed to BBR Music Group’s flagship imprint, ‘Broken Bow Records, Lainey has spent years honing her song craft and developing her own “bell bottom country” sound, which is unapologetic, gritty, free-spirited, and exemplary of both her personality and her preferred fashion aesthetic. We love this live version of ‘Dreamcatcher’ taken from her self titled EP released last April.
We rate Lainey very highly and we are pleased to announce that she is one of LCM ‘One to Watch’ in 2019.
Hailing from the rural farming community of Baskin, Louisiana (pop. 300), where her family has tilled the land for five generations, Lainey cultivated her tenacious work ethic just as her family cultivated corn, wheat, soybeans, oats, and more. She learned that daily chores on the farm were a family affair and every member had to do their part.
Music was also a family affair. Lainey’s father played guitar, her mother loved to dance, and her grandparents often took her to bluegrass festivals. She wrote her first song at age nine, and her dad taught her how to play guitar at age 11. Wilson’s love for writing and performing continued to grow as she booked herself gigs throughout high school, even working for a stint as a Hannah Montana impersonator performing at children’s birthday parties and events – with Lainey Wilson the artist opening for Montana, of course.
It wasn’t long until Lainey moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of making music, with little more to her name than that dream and a Flagstaff bumper-pull travel trailer. She lived in that camper outside of a longtime family friend’s recording studio for three years. It was during this time that Lainey began to make inroads with Nashville’s tight-knit songwriting community, forging invaluable creative relationships with other up-and-coming songwriters in town and steadily developing her own voice as both a writer and an artist.
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘California’ - Fairground Saints
This week we will be showcasing a few of the very impressive fast-rising new stars of the recent C2C festival in London. First up is California born but now Nashville based trio Fairground Saints. Their unique Californian ‘Laurel Canyon’ country sound, layered three-part harmonies and solid musicianship are impressive beyond their years. As a perfect introduction our featured track today is a wonderful ode to their home state, which taken from their very recently released five track ‘Magic’ EP.
With each member sharing songwriting duties, Mason Van Valin and Elijah Edwards impart a starkly literate, sometimes-gritty sense of introspection informed by artists like Bob Dylan and Jim Messina, while their fellow vocalist Megan McAllister lends a soulful vulnerability and gutsy intimacy inspired by everyone from Shania Twain to Stevie Nicks. “We each bring in our own different elements, but what connects us is the level of honesty that we go for in our songs,” comments Megan. And in achieving that honesty, Fairground Saints infuse their music with intense emotional power. “All of us in the band believe in being as real as possible with our music, and not shying away from wherever a song is trying to take us,” Mason adds.
Fairground Saints’ easy chemistry and a shared sensibility feels beamed in from the golden era of singer-songwriters.
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Seasons’ - Cerian
Our featured track today is the beautiful and new ethereal single from London based singer-songwriter Cerian. Inspired by three lines of poetry by Lewis Carroll: "In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the Summers die."
With Lewis Carroll's ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a starting point, and using the seasons as a metaphor for love and the passage of time, this video was mainly filmed on location in Poland, where the amazing verdant greens echoed the vivid colour references in the song. The video was directed and produced by Bartek Podkowa (Seven Hills Films).
If you would like to see Cerian live in London, she will be joining the HEARD collective on Thursday (March 7th) at The Slaughtered Lamb for the released of their new single to celebrate International Women’s Day. Also Heard will be at the Green Note on April 17th and Cerian’s final gig of the spring will be at St. John’s Church, Hoxton on May 18th.
Photo credit: Camille Beglin
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘You Mean The World To Me’ - Freya Ridings
We love this emotionally charged latest single from London based singer-songwriter and one of the UK latest breakout artists, Freya Ridings. It’s a song about struggling to show the one closest to you just how much you love them and taken from her self titled debut album set for release on May 31st. The video stars Maisie Williams and was directed by Lena Hedley who both star in the HBO hit series ‘Games Of Thrones’
If you would like to see Freya live in London, she is headlining at The Roundhouse on the 11th March.
Lena comments “I had such an emotional response to Freya’s voice and the song. We had a few versions of this video, some were considered too dark, I think we achieved a version that allows us to see Freya in a raw emotional performance. And the family element is what the song is all about.”
Produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele / Sia / Liam Gallagher / Pink) and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele / Amy Winehouse), the stunning new ballad ‘You Mean The World To Me’ was originally written by Freya in her front room about a time when her mum was unwell.
Freya explains “When I heard that Lena Headey and Maisie Williams wanted to work on the music video for the new single I was beyond humbled. This is a hugely personal and emotional song for me – I’m just in awe of the emotionally intelligent strong women that worked on it, which also reflects the woman it was originally written about – my mum”.
Freya has just embarked on her biggest sold-out headline tour to date with over 14,000 tickets sold – it kicked off in Cork last night and includes a date at London’s Roundhouse on 11th March 2019. Plus, Freya has been confirmed to play at all the big festivals this Summer, including Isle Of Wight, Latitude and Wilderness.
Freya’s talents have already been recognised by a variety of influential fans; a collaboration with British fashion designer Richard Quinn at London Fashion Week this month; a performance in the US on The Late Late Show with James Corden at the beginning of the year; TV appearances in the UK on Sports Personality of the Year, Stand Up To Cancer and Top of the Pops; and an invitation to feature on the MJ Cole track ‘Waking Up’. Freya’s single ‘Lost Without You’ was added to BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and Capital FM playlist, played by Heart, Smooth FM and Bauer network and she was the No.1 artist in the Independent singles chart in 2018.
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Pins & Needles’ - Alesund
We head to Bristol today to meet dreamscape pioneers Ålesund. The band have recently released their debut EP ‘Shift & Flux’ on 15th Feb 2019. The EP is a collection of beautifully crafted songs with a sparse, Nordic undercurrent. Immersive sound; rolling drums; intricate guitar work; and soaring vocals, Our featured track today is the fourth single from their new EP ‘Pins & Needles’. We love the atmospheric vocals full of reverb accompanied by piano. It slowly builds throughout the track to a fitting climax. We think there are shades of Kate Bush.
Thanks to Shay Rowan for the recommendation.
Alesund are an atmospheric force from the trip hop heartland that create expansive, emotive and exhilarating sound worlds.It is available to download, purchase and stream on all major platforms. Their singles have been greatly received by fans and critics over the past few months and they are excited to finally share the full EP. After a busy year of studio work, a summer of festivals, a string of sell out shows and a plays on BBC Bristol, BBC Introducing and a stream of regional radio shows they are already busying themselves on the follow up record.
“Comprising of Bristol scene stalwarts Alba Torriset (Toyface); Lloyd Starr (Madilan); Paul Hopkins (Little Thief, Sam Green and the Midnight Heist); and Carlos Coronado (Loralie). Ålesund’s name was inspired by front woman Alba’s Norwegian heritage and is the name of the beautiful west coast town her father grew up in. The scenery of the fjords and mountains seemed to reflect the atmospheric music the band were making (pronounced ‘Aww-le-sund’)”
Photo credit: Antonio Petronzio
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Set Me Free’ - Jaywalkers
We head to the North West today to meet the wonderful and fast rising young Americana, Bluegrass and Folk trio the Jaywalkers. The band features Jay Bradberry (fiddle, vocals, guitar), Michael Giverin (mandolin, guitar, harmony vocals) and Lucille (bass, harmony vocals). We really like this catchy live version of ‘Set Me Free’ filmed in Chester last year. It’s taken from their latest album ‘Time to Save the World’ released in November.
If you would like to see the Jaywalkers live in London they will be performing at the Green Note on July 20th.
Over the last few years, Jaywalkers have cemented their place as one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands working on the British Acoustic Music scene. Effortlessly creating a unique sound based on their collective and individual musical backgrounds, the band takes influence from Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three part harmony and impressive slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face…. The music Jaywalkers create is innovative, rooted deeply in tradition, and exhilarating.
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘I’m Alive’ - Buffalo Blood
Our featured artists today are an exciting new transatlantic collective. The band includes AMA-UK Award winner Dean Owens (UK), Grammy nominee and multiple award winner Neilson Hubbard, Joshua Britt and Audrey Spillman (all USA). This video for ‘I’m Alive’ was recorded on location, in Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA.
Buffalo Blood released their self titled debut album on February 15th via Eel Pie Records. It is well worth checking out.
Special thanks to Chris Farlie of W21 for the recommendation.
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Crazy World (Judgement Day) - Jamestown Revival
Our featured artists today are one of our favourite US duos, Austin Texas based Jamestown Revival. ‘Crazy World’ is the first song from their upcoming third album ‘San Isabel’ set for release later this year.
Jon and Zach comment “Crazy World’ is a song meant for contemplation. At its core, the song is about feeling a bit helpless; feeling like there’s nothing we can do to stop the news from just repeating itself. It’s the bar stool conversation you might have with a stranger as another dismal headline makes its way across the TV screen. Yeah man, it’s still a crazy world… It’s not finger-pointing in any one direction, but a call to action for everyone one of us to reflect and consider our role in this current state of affairs.”
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Pictures’ - Elizabeth & Jameson
Perfect for a sunny Sunday is ‘Pictures’ the latest song from Hannah and Griff. We love the use of the new bi-directional condenser mic which creates a lovely rich and 3D sound, The live video is taken from a recent Myrtle session. It is the first in a three video series.
'Picture' is a new song written for our Whitby Project, inspired by the work of photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe who lived and worked in Whitby during the late 19th century. Sutcliffe became renowned for his ability to capture images which illustrated 'real life' in Whitby.
Hannah and Griff are currently touring the UK and their London date is at the Green Note on May 1st. Also watch out for new music coming very soon.
Please check their website for all other tour dates.
LCM Song Of The Day: ‘Shallow’ - Jimmie Allen and Abby Anderson
We love this new cover of ‘Shallow’ by two very fast rising US Country music stars Jimmie Allen and Abby Anderson released yesterday. The song was written by Lady Gaga with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomondo and Andrew Wyatt. Both Jimmie and Abby will be at C2C in London in March….catch them if you can.
Big thanks to Luke Roberts at Lime Tree PR for sending us the song and video.
On the heels of the release of his second single “Make Me Want To,” now in its fourth week at Country radio, and a first-time nomination this week for New Male Artist of the Year at the upcoming ACM Awards, country music breakout Jimmie Allen and fellow country newcomer Abby Anderson have released their own cover of the hit song “Shallow.” The GRAMMY and Golden Globe winning smash performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated film “A Star is Born” is up for “Best Original Song” at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony airing this Sunday, February 24.
The accompanying video shows a split screen of Allen and Anderson going about their daily lives before uniting in the studio to deliver the passionately soulful chorus together in perfect harmony. Watch the video here.
“‘A Star is Born’ was one of my favorites from last year, and the performance of this song in the film really moved me as an artist,” shares Allen. “I had chills! Getting to cover ‘Shallow’ with my good friend Abby was such a cool experience. She’s an incredible vocalist, and I’m excited for fans to hear our take on the song.”
“I think I speak for everyone when I say that I bawled like a baby during ‘A Star Is Born.’ The song ‘Shallow’ immediately stood out to me,” says Anderson. “When Jimmie called and asked if I would sing on this song with him, I was honored. I mean I’m no Lady Gaga, but working on this with Jimmie, who pours his whole heart into a song vocally, was an absolute joy.”
Allen burst onto the country music scene with his breakout three-week No. 1 debut single, “Best Shot,” described by Rolling Stone as a “rare honest love song, with a catchy, melodic chorus that flirts with pop-rock power balladry,” and enabled the Delaware native to etch his name in history as the first black artist to launch their career with a No. 1 at Country radio.
The pop-infused follow up single, “Make Me Want To,” is the second from Allen’s Stoney Creek Records / BBR Music Group debut album Mercury Lane, which The New York Times asserts is one of 2018’s strongest and describes it as “a conventional country album, filled with songs about the small details.” Allen is currently supporting Kane Brown on his Live Forever Tour where he continues to break new ground for African-American country artists. He will also be hitting the road this summer as support on Chris Young’s Raised on Country Tour and Rascal Flatts’ Summer Playlist Tour.
Named one of The Bobby Bones Show’s “Class of 2019,” Abby Anderson is also one of MusicRow’s “Next Big Thing for 2019,” and is included in Sounds Like Nashville’s “19 New Country Artists to Watch in 2019,” NYCountry Swag’s “2019 Artists to Watch” and Country Music Tattle Tale’s “Artists to Watch in 2019.” Armed with that support, Anderson is set to take the stage at several music festivals this year including Stagecoach, Tortuga Music Festival, Country Thunder, and Off the Rails Country Music Fest. Making her first international appearance, Anderson is due to perform at C2C in London, UK on March 8. Finishing up in the recording studio now, Anderson is set to release new music on Black River Entertainment this spring.
Photo credit: Austin Peckham