January 27, 2013 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: January 27, 2013

TOAll songs written, recorded, performed and produced by Tony Gwynne, with the exception of ‘Rain Down on Me’ co-written with Sadie Fleming and ‘The Arrival of the Season’ co-written with Miles Biddulph and Iain Archer (Snow Patrol) Produced by Miles Biddulph. ‘Mystery to Me’ co-written with Mark Chappell.

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Vocals – Tony Gwynne
Backing Vocals – Tony Gwynne/Heidi Berry/Miles Biddulph
Strings – Tony Gwynne/Sadie Fleming/Craig Thomas
Drums – Josh Clark

mp3 VBR-220 kbps |60 MB | UL

jimboNew album from the singer/songwriter (best known for his work with Squirrel Nut Zippers). The late Memphis producer Jim Dickinson once called Jimbo Mathus ”the singing voice of Huck Finn.” Outside the South, Mathus is likely known as the ringleader of the hyper-ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers. In his native Mississippi and throughout the South, however, Mathus is the prolific songwriter of born-in-the-bone Southern music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture. Think Delta highways, bowling-pin Budweisers and ‘innerplanetary honky-tonk’ for the masses.

mp3 160 kbps | 40 MB | UL

REDRed Stick Ramblers deliver an eclectic mix of Zydeco, Country, Bluegrass and Swing. They also deliver a shindig that is a festive Jamboree whether it is in Cajun country or anywhere else in the country for that matter. Their new album My Suitcase is Always Packed was releasedon Sugar Hill Records, and it is a perfect example of the diversity of influences that dwell in the collective soul of this band.The album is aptly named as it takes the listener on a road trip of Honky Tonks, Cajun dances and Southern countryside. Along the way they find love and lose it and they get happy and get the blues. The Ramblers are accomplished musicians. In fact, Linzay Young, better known for his smooth vocal styling, has been nominated for fiddler of the year by Offbeat Magazine and he may not be the best fiddler in the band. In the end on the final song of the journey, “The Barnyard Bachelor” the Ramblers give us the moral of the story, “There is only room in the barnyard for just one rooster and that means no chicks for you.”

mp3 320 kbps | 105 MB | UL

jenny Alberta Rose, to be released by Randale Records in 2011, is Jenny’s first full-length album. True to Jenny’s original vision, it blends traditional Canadian folk music with the strength and power of good old fashioned oi!. While the album is definitely influenced by bands in both genres, it is truly unlike any album that has been cut before. As a result, Alberta Rose undoubtedly carves out a new sub-genre of oi! and hails the new dawn for distinctive and expressive skinhead music.

mp3 256 kbps | 69 MB | UL

FIVEThe blues means many things to many people. To some, the purists, it is the scratchy honesty of Robert Johnson with his devil-fueled fretwork. To others, it is the rock n roll that he influenced, be it Cream, The Stones, or early Fleetwood Mac. When Five Horse Johnson formed back in 1995, referring to itself as a blues band, a few brows might well have been furrowed. However, this is a band that has always understood that the blues isn t a formula, but a way of looking at the world; their take on the blues is a dirty, sensual thing enhanced with a healthy dose of humor. FHJ is now 17 years and six albums into its career, with a seventh about to drop. The band has dug a niche of its own, combining a love and respect for traditional blues and classic rock to become one of the most loved and respected bands in the stoner rock community.Released in January 2013, The Taking of Black Heart literally sees retro-rock survivors Five Horse Johnson “galloping” back into action — or at least that’s the rhythmic feel of the album’s opening number, “The Job,” the image gracing its cover art, etc. Given all they’ve been through (none of it more traumatizing than frontman Eric Oblander suffering a stroke!), few would expect the group to come riding in to rescue classic rock from a fate worse than death (irrelevance), especially some six years removed from their last long-player’s release. But as song after song rolls by, oftentimes driven by bluesier and rootsier songwriting ethics than 5HJ’s ever displayed before, hope does spring eternal — amen, bruvvers and sistahs, alright. Wailing harmonica and slippery slide guitars wrap themselves round and round laid-back groovers (“Keep on Diggin’,” “Smash & Grab,” “Die in the River”) and foot-stomping bruisers alike (“Black Heart Baby,” “Shoot My Way Out”), thereby luring patrons left and right into 5HJ’s juke joint — and the first shot of canned heat is on them. Heck, and if any additional credibility were needed, get a load of Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander taking over the mike stand for the album’s funkiest, most euphoric moment in “You’re My Girl” — Otis Redding surely would approve. Perhaps more than any other track, the latter also highlights Five Horse Johnson’s enduring faith and pure joy in playing rock & roll, regardless of how many paying customers show up on any given night. They’re a band’s band, at the end of the day: playing to play — and The Taking of Black Heart is therefore a welcome return, bringing good news to the rock & roll faithful everywhere.

mp3 160 kbps | 54 MB | UL

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