Essential Listening

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Essential Listening : #31 Pistola Kicks

Previously acclaimed as “The most exciting and promising band in Sheffield”, Pistola Kicks certainly offer something a little different. Not least when they perform their stripped down acoustic ‘Los Pepe Sessions’. Almost two bands for the price of one. Lazy Baby Hurricane is from their 2011 EP Proceed Advance/Lazy Baby Hurricane. Advertisements

Essential Listening : #30 Novella

It’s always a pleasure stumbling across bands that are completely new to you quite by accident. Just such a thing happened with London based four piece Novella. Eat Yourself is taken from their self titled EP on Italian Beach Babes records.

Essential Listening : #29 Andrew Tregoning

Another random stumbled across while going to see somebody else at a gig. Based in Sheffield and from one live snapshot and two songs available on Bandcamp (both downloadable for free too) all we can say about Andrew Tregoning is that’s he sounds really rather good. He’s supporting Carrie Rodriguez at Sheffield’s Greystones in June. … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #28 Royal Wood

A Good Enough Day was a 2007 offering from another fine Canadian singer/songwriter, Royal Wood. Our choice cut Juliet is featured below. Compared to the likes of Ron Sexsmith and Rufus Wainwright, A Good Enough Day found a number of its tracks making their way onto film and TV soundtracks and led to Royal being … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #27 Twilight Hotel

Twilight Hotel hail from Canada but are now based in Austin, Texas. They just finished a European tour and we caught the last show in Nottingham at The Maze (sharing a bill with Amanda Shires). Sounding a little like a gothic take on Whitehorse, the multi-instrumented duo proved to be darkly entertaining. When The Wolves … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #26 Cam Penner

Last night we were introduced to the wonderful music of Canada’s Cam Penner. In the UK promoting latest album Gypsy Summer he certainly won himself at least one new fan here. Completely uninitiated until catching a stunning performance from Cam on acoustic guitar and harminica, with sideman Jon Wood trading between electric guitar and lap … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #25 Otis Gibbs

Ok, so we previously featured Otis Gibbs in our festive Essential Listening selections, but the good news for fans of the favourite son of Wanamaker, Indiana is that he has a new regular season album on the way. Harder Than Hammered Hell is officially released in the UK in May (though you can buy direct … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #24 Rachel Harrington & The Knock Outs

The sweet voiced country soul sounds of Rachel Harrington have caused quite a stir in the UK over the last few years. Building an ever growing audience and with three studio albums behind her, Harrington’s fourth offering has seen a punchy (!) new change of direction. Cranking up the volume and forming all girl band … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #23 The Deadly Gentlemen

Starting out as an experimental spoken word bluegrass band, The Deadly Gentlemen developed to play what they call “epic folk and grasscore”, a punk mentality applied to bluegrass. Featuring Greg Liszt (of Crooked Still and Bruce Springsteen’s Seegar Sessions band) on banjo and vocals; Stash Wyslouch, guitar and vocals; Mike Barnett, fiddle and vocals; Dominick … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #22 Mat Wale

Wether it be as part of semi-legendary band Mat Wale & The Rackets, Mat Wale & Friends, or various other bands and side projects, Mat Wale has been writing and recording for almost ten years (though he barely seems old enough for it to be that long). The one constant through many guises is the … Continue reading

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