Brighton Americana Favourites

Here is a list and some links to some of the best Americana, Bluegrass and Country music around - according to me@brightonamericana.com

Artists

Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers - Simply the most beautiful singer around at the moment. She's so not famous yet she doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry. She will be though. Captivating voice, heartfelt songs, great band. She played in Brighton for the first time in January 2012 and I was spellbound. She may return later this year, DO NOT MISS HER!

Slaid Cleaves - "is known as a "songwriter's songwriter," which is usually a polite way of saying "he can't sing." But there's no need for decorum with the Maine-born, Texas-based troubadour: For all of his command of song craft, Cleaves would still be working as a pharmaceutical guinea pig were it not for his warm, gently burred tenor." according to the blurb from The Green Note in London where he played in recently. You should read his stories in the Extras section of his website too.

Elephant Micah - one of my favourite gigs of the last year, I looked him up because Drifter Promotions were putting him on and I was blown away. His often haunting songs cover painting monkeys (monkeys that paint) and a response to a response to a Waylon Jennings song. Do listen.

Eilen Jewell -  Where to begin? Eilen (rhymes with feelin') and her band are some of the best people I've met in the world of Country. I went to Maverick Festival in Ipswich a few years ago just because she was playing (it was a really good festival).  Her first record (Boundary County) is my favourite but they're all amazing and her live shows are spellbinding.

Songs / Videos

Most of these songs are by bands I love generally but these songs sparkle and gleam and need highlighting I think.

Richmond Fontaine - Post to Wire check out The Boyfriends off their latest record too, I can't find a descent version of it on the interweb, myspace seems pretty much defunct now...

Frank Fairfield - Nine Pound Hammer Drifter put Frank on a early in 2011 and I was blown away. The gig was a bit difficult because he was sat down on the stage so only the people in the first few rows could see him. I was one of those luck few. Frank did things with his banjo, guitar AND fiddle that I'd never seen before. Shy and modest and breathtaking. It's a beautifully shot video too.

Austin Lucas - Run Around - He didn't look like what I expected...He looked like a metaller - rotund, tattoo covered, Metallica t-shirt. But man cas be sing (and play)!

Dave Dudley - Six Days On The Road - This isn't the best version of the song but check out that collar! This song was on a Truckers Greats K-Tel compilation that I listened to on repeat when I was about 12 years old and then again when I was a student. If I could find a copy of that tape I'd be a very happy man.

Bonnie Prince Billy - Horses - I saw Bonnie Prince Billy play at All Tomorrows Parties in 2001 I think. That day was the bass player in his band's birthday so he let him chose a song to play. They played Six Days on The Road! I was excited.

Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel - One of my favourite songs in the world.

to be continued...

 

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