Posted in Country, rock

NYC’s, Dream Logic New Album – Free Single Download Available Now*

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New York trio The Dream Logic announce breakout sophomore album “My Black Arts’ Free Download of single “Drunken Monkey” here

Dynamic and unpredictable, The Dream Logic are a trio who deal in impactful funk rock music with several left-field twists. Experienced musicians with eclectic influences, they are a group who keep the audience guessing with some masterful bending of genre.

With added elements of rootsy modern soul, this band is happiest working across styles with influences ranging from country tropes to subtle jazz moments. What every track has in common though, is assured quality.

A ‘band’ of three friends who have gigged together over the years and only recently decided to record together, the trio are now celebrating the release of their rocking second album ‘My Black Arts’.

With songs written over a long period by primary songwriter Charles Compo (guitar, vocals, flute) and developed with long time partners Jerry Brooks (bass guitar) and Camille Gainer Jones (drums), this is their second LP – a follow up to last year’s self-titled debut. Both albums have been the result of organic music making between three skilled musicians who enjoy playing and writing together, but for the new LP the group were joined in the studio by additional guitarists Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) and Vernon Reid (Living Colour) – a classy pair of players who also laid down their own contribution.

This result second album of 14 genre splicing songs of top quality. For a taster of ‘My Black Arts’, check out funky album track ‘Drunken Monkey’:

https://soundcloud.com/the-dream-logic/drunken-monkey

The album as a whole is described by the band as ‘the story of the secret life around us’, those intangible moments in life when you know things are happening around you but you can’t put your finger on what, how or why. Recorded in New York’s prestigious ‘The Cutting Room’ studio, the new album echoes the raw talent on show for the band’s 2013 debut, developing the sound further and placing the experienced musicians on a more assured footing than ever.

Between the members of the band, there is a lot of stage and recording experience, having played and toured with the likes of D’Angelo, Joan Jett, Christina Aguilera, Les Nubians and many others. And, if there is anything approaching a ‘mission statement’ for the band, it’s that they want to distil all that experience down into songs that are simple, but effective. Perhaps the band put it best themselves:

“You know how you go someplace like a restaurant or someone’s house and they serve you food that is so simple, you had it a million times before, but somehow it’s just perfect.  That’s what we are going for.” – The Dream Logic

‘My Black Arts’ is out now through Chaos Music Company.

Links:

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Posted in Acoustic, Country

Derek Ryan collaborates with Accordian Superstar for New Single!

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Hold onto your hat for Derek Ryan’s new Single!

Derek Ryan has achieved great success both in a boy band (D-Side) and in his solo career with his previous album Country Soul and now looks set to relive past successes with the upcoming single for his new album, Hold onto your hat.

Following on from the success of Derek’s last award-winning album,“Country Soul”, he is now looking forward to moving on with his new single. Country Soul was released last October, which gave the hit singles “100 Numbers”, “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” and “Wake Me Up”, now it is time to progress further in his ever growing success, with the first new material from his next album.

On 16th May, Derek will be releasing his new single, “Hold Onto Your Hat”, which features Irish icon Sharon Shannon. The single is the first song which will be released from his forthcoming album, which is out later this year.   A video for the song was recently filmed in Co. Clare.
Sharon Shannon is well known for her many different musical collaborations ranging from Shane Mac Gowan of The Pogues to Imelda May, not to forget her number one hit “Galway Girl” with Steve Earle.

Speaking of his upcoming single, Sunday World’s “Performer of the Year” said: “I can’t believe I am releasing a song with the one and only Sharon Shannon!  I’ve always listened to her music. She’s worked with some fantastic artists over the years, and she is working with me – it’s unbelievable!

Hold Onto Your Hat” featuring Sharon Shannon, will be on release from Sharpe Music or available to download via iTunes from the 16thMay 2014.  Don’t forget to watch out for news of Derek’s new album being released later this year on www.derekryanmusic.com.

Derek Ryan appears in the Olympia Theatre Dublin on Thursday 17thJuly where he will be joined by Sharon Shannon. Sharon will also guest with Derek at an open air event at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on 31st May. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.ie andArmaghgaa.net.

Next weekend there will be a Derek Ryan Music Weekend taking place in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny when Derek will be joined by Declan Nerney and Gerry Guthrie with the Sunday afternoon dance being a family day, such is the interest amongst the youth for Derek’s brand of country.

Posted in Country

Blues Rock/Country band Cowboy Hat release debut album ‘A History of The American West and Other Stories’

Released 3rd June 2014

London based Americana enthusiast Cowboy Hat is set to release debut album in June.

Could it be the best Alt. Country debut album you’ll hear this year? Well, it has already been described as ‘Timeless’ and ‘Lyrically breath taking’. With some strong lyrics based around a historical theme, alongside the rich warm vocals from Nigel Barker, it is certainly an album worth listening to.

Check out track ‘Yeah I Love The South’ Here: http://youtu.be/hfrp-70bX5w

And ‘These Men Dreamed America’ Here: http://youtu.be/qJqhAbH6rZI

Singer songwriter Nigel Barker formed Cowboy Hat in 2012 in London which is surprising as the songs are heavily influenced by American music and history. With band members changing over time, he is the only official member of this innovative country rock band.

Nigel Barker’s musical life hasn’t always been an easy ride. When assistant engineering at Air Montserrat Recording Studios for the Elton John ‘Jump Up’ album, he encountered a terrible accident.

On one of his rare days off he crashed his car off a steep drop, the car was upside down and if it hadn’t been for an off duty cop, Nigel would have bled to death. Whilst he narrowly escaped death, he was left without the use of his left hand, which at the time came at a huge blow to his music career as he could not continue on with the record deal he had signed just months ago.

As at this stage Nigel could not continue his dream of music he used his creative energies to become film director, even though he saw some great success creating 3 feature films and winning awards for his work, it didn’t fill that hole that music had left in his life.

Nigel didn’t play his guitar for 30 years after the accident, however after 17 years he got a Harley Davison motorcycle and Nigel believes it was the heavy clutch that built the strength back into his left hand.

When he rediscovered music, he went out and bought the very same guitar he had all those years ago (A sunburst Gibson Les Paul). He spent 18 hours a day practicing until he learnt to play again.

Now back and stronger than ever Nigel is stepping into the spotlight with Cowboy Hat, the music is, raw, rich and full of power. The vocals and lyrical content really are the backbone of this fantastic release. There are big things to come for this innovative record and inspiring man.

Links:

http://www.cowboyhat.tv
https://www.facebook.com/cowboyhatmusic
http://www.reverbnation.com/cowboyhatandthatfuzzboxvoodoo
https://www.youtube.com/CowboyHatMusic
https://soundcloud.com/cowboyhatmusic

Posted in Country, rock

‘Frettening Behaviour’ album by the awesome Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes – out now, Heroic Records

Albert Lee LP 700Like a fine wine or Natalie Imbruglia’s smile, some things just get better with age. Albert Lee is just such an artist.

It’s hard to overstate the influence of this man – one of the foremost genre guitarists in the world – for his influence over those that have followed in the country music world. His speedy finger style has always marked him out, and the performances on this album are no different.

And with decent material to work with on this LP, Albert Lee is allowed to shine once more. With songwriters working on the project including Jim Lauderdale, Rodney Crowell, Gerry Goffin and Glen Campbell (a legend in his own right) the foundation for an excellent release were there from the start. Add to that a really good selection of cover songs added to the mix, and it all makes for an enjoyable country lilted album.

The energy is high throughout, with even the ballads given a shot in the arm in terms of their raw performance, making for an excellent listen.