Bill Ryder-Jones' beautiful debut EP 'A Leave Taking Soundtrack' is now available as a free downloadhere. Herein,Jones made a leap into the field of orchestral music and landed firmly with an exquisite work that gives some indication of his forthcoming album.
Bill Ryder-Jones: ‘When I left the band I wasn't playing much music at all but in 2009 a friend got in touch asking if I would write something for this short he was making, which I did. It's pretty much the only thing I wrote that year but the process opened another world up to me. We thought it'd be nice to give it away to the people who have been interested in what I've been doing on my own and also to hint at the future a little bit. My album, which is a soundtrack inspired by a novel, is pretty much a progression from the things learnt when writing for Leave Taking.
Caitlin Cantydelivers her fine-edged songs with a 1930′s Recording King guitar and a dusky alto, painting the line between joy and pathos with uncanny precision and power. Raised in small-town Vermont, the daughter of a school teacher and a house painter, she spent a decade in New York City cutting her teeth on both sides of the microphone – as a performer and as the first employee of the successful Artists Den series. In 2014 she will releaseRECKLESS SKYLINE, a new collection of original songs produced by acclaimed songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, and featuring an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk.
A constant collaborator, Canty writes and performs with several bands, including Down Like Silver – her ongoing duo project with Nashville’s Peter Bradley Adams – and the Massachusetts-based indie-folk quartet Darlingside. She has released two full-length albums under her own name, most recently GOLDEN HOUR, a gently produced and Western-tinged album tracked live in Maine in the winter of 2012. Meanwhile, Canty spends much of her year on the road, or dividing her time between Nashville, Idaho, and New England.
Both on the road and on her unreleased new album, Caitlin Canty teams with some of the finest musicians in the world – including members of Morphine, Booker T, Cold Satellite, and Ray LaMontagne’s Pariah Dogs – to create a sound that harnesses the grit and spark at the very heart of American music, and tempers it with a voice at once so haunting and distinct that it’s instantly memorable, instantly classic.
Watch Caitlin Canty perform “Southern Man”with Jeffrey Foucault and Billy Conway at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Missouri above. The video was shot and directed by Randy LeMieux.
'Blood Test' is Kris Delmhorst’s first album of original material since 2008’s 'Shotgun Singer'. The intervening years witnessed the birth of her daughter with husband and fellow songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, and an accompanying shift in perspective.
Watch Kris perform the title track off the new album with Anders Parker above.
This is the official short film of the recording of James Yorkston's new album The Cellardyke Recording & Wassailing Society.
James Yorkston, an artist not unfamiliar with the notion of collaboration, has opened the studio doors to a broad and brilliant selection of players on this his eighth studio album.
Produced by Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor in London's Livingston studio, it features KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail, Rob Smoughton, Fimber Bravo, and his long-term collaborators Jon Thorne and Emma Smith. The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society' finds James at his most personal and reflective following 2012's I Was A Cat From A Book.
Nautic is the coming together of three distinctive London music scene figures. Tic Zogson plays bass and guitar, lead vocals and keys belong to Domino Publishing's Laura Groves, while Nathan Jenkins (Bullion) produces.
Beyond the studio is an ever growing live band. Fabiana Palladino on drums, Ben Reed on bass and Laura Coulson who takes centre stage on Lay Back from the brand new Navy Blue EP.
Formed in 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, The Strumbellas consists of songwriter Simon Ward on vocals and guitar, David Ritter on vocals and keys, Jon Hembrey on lead guitar, Isabel Ritchie on violin, Darryl James on bass guitar, and Jeremy Drury on drums.
Six Shooter Records, released their second album, We Still Move on Dance Floors, in June 2013. The album was produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Foo Fighters, Blonde Redhead) and won a 2014 Juno Award in the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.
You can watch the video for "Sailing" the lead single from the album above.
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