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Leigh Brennen - Obsessed With The West (Feat. ASleep At the Wheel) (CD)€20,00
’I’ve been obsessed with western swing since I was a kid, and it’s always been an influence, but my records in the past have ranged from bluegrass to hard country to folk, So I’ve never fully explored it.’ So says genre-busting Fargo-born, Austin- incubated, Nashville resident Brennen Leigh, whose new collaboration with the kings of modern-day western swing, Asleep at the Wheel, Obsessed With The West, is a showcase not just for the Bob Wills fans, but for anyone who’s ever curled up with Loretta Lynn, Hank Sr., Cindy Walker, Billie Holiday, or Willie Nelson. On twelve all original songs, Leigh’s supple winking voice and multi-instrument fluency, her interplay with Ray Benson, and the undeniable chops of the Wheel serve up a treat on Leigh’s seventh album. With cameos from Emily Gimble and Katie Shore, and all the players getting their moments in the sun, Leigh – a two-time winner of the Texas Music Awards Best Female Vocalist award – demonstrates on the terrific jump 40’s rhythm and blues, ’Comin’ in Hot’ and the lonesome cowboy musing of ’Riding Off Onto Sunset Boulevard’ why Rodney Crowell and Lee Ann Womack have recorded her songs. Obsessed With The West is a celebration of music for music’s sake in 2022, not just an exercise in looking back on times gone by.
Coffinshakers - The Curse of the Coffinshakers 1996-2016 (3CD Boxset) (CD)€36,00
Ilmestyy myös CD boxina (19.08.2022)
CD box set, thick booklet
Formed in 1995 in Karlstad, Sweden by Rob Coffinshaker, these graveyard country pioneers have been steadily putting out records, most of which have now become highly sought-after collector items. The Coffinshakers successfully merged the imagery of German expressionist cinema with traditional country sounds of Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, occasionally flirting with Ennio Morricone -style melodies and the 60’s surf-garage sounds of The Ventures. Topped with full-bodied lyrics and Rob Coffinshaker’s haunting, low register voice, this combination gained them a cult following in the late 90’s and 2000’s, and they even creeped up to the Finnish top 40 with their self-titled album in 2007.
Svart Records are proud to announce the official Coffinshakers reissues, which have been in the works for a couple of years now. These reissues include the full length albums We Are The Undead (1998) and The Coffinshakers (2007). This deluxe CD box includes both albums, a bonus disc (From the Crypt – Rare and Unreleased) and a thick booklet with a lengthy interview and archive material. The bonus disc is only available in the box set and includes rare compilation tracks, EP releases and a handful of unreleased tunes from Rob Coffinshaker’s personal vaults.
Midland - The Last Resort: Greetings From (CD)€20,00
Midland – ”The Last Resort: Greetings From” – Midland likes their music straight-up. Hardcore country, the kind you find in forgotten bars in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, wherever the neon’s buzzing, but not quite dead. The Grammy-nominated trio plots a resurgence of their thick harmonies, tart lyrics and steel guitar with The Last Resort: Greetings From. Unfiltered, they want their country 120 proof. Whether it’s a cheating song, a heartbreak ballad or a shoot-out-the-lights romper, they savor the emotions with a gusto unseen for decades.
Old Crow Medicine Show - Paint This Town (CD)€20,00
On Paint This Town, Old Crow Medicine Show offers a riveting glimpse into American mythology and the wildly colorful characters who populate it. Co-produced by OCMS and Matt Ross-Spang, the album pays homage to everyone from Elvis Presley to Eudora Welty while shedding a bright light on the darker aspects of the country’s legacy. Fueled by Old Crow’s freewheeling collision of Americana, old-time music, folk and rock & roll, Paint This Town turns razor-sharp commentary into rapturous sing-alongs.
Wayne Dallas - Coldwater, Tennessee (CD)€18,00
Dallas Wayne is a singer, songwriter, radio DJ, voice actor, actor and music producer. He considers himself lucky to be able to make a living doing things he loves. Some would say that has more to do with talent than luck.
He has performed throughout North America and Europe and has released 12 albums of his own, and appeared on various compilations and band recordings, including the TwangBangers, Heybale! and a Grammy-nominated bluegrass album with Special Consensus.
Dallas released his album Coldwater, Tennessee through the BFD/Audium Nashville label in April 2022. Produced by Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney), this album of original compositions includes several co-writes with longtime collaborator Robbie Fulks and one track co-written with Buddy Cannon and Country Music Hall Of Famer Whisperin’ Bill Anderson – two of Dallas’ songwriting heroes.
Quinn David - Country Fresh (CD)€18,00
nspired by an old ashtray he found in a Nashville emporium, inscribed with a label that read “Country Fresh”, David Quinn found the impetus to sum up his feelings about the grandeur of America’s vast heartland.
Having left his Midwestern environs to live in the country and isolate himself at the peak of the pandemic, he allowed nostalgia to take hold and reconnect him with the muse he was motivated by initially. A purveyor of a sound fondly referred to as “Black Dirt country music”, he created songs seeped in everyday circumstance, shared from the perspective of those who experience life’s highs and lows through both discovery and desire.
Country Fresh reaffirms Quinn’s uncompromising everyman attitude. While some tend to compare him to John Prine — after all, both were born in Chicago and each tends to take the same approach to humor and happenstance — Quinn tends to fall prey to disappointment and despair more frequently.
He surveys the path forward with dire circumspect on the aching ballad ‘Long Road’ and shares his search for satisfaction with ‘I Just Want to Feel Alright’, shading the songs with a vulnerability that often verges on despair. Indeed, honesty is essential here, giving Quinn a well-rounded appeal that makes any challenge as pertinent as his triumphs.
That said, Quinn is mostly a celebratory sort. The rousing refrains that soar through the title track, the double time tempo of ‘Low Down’ and the effusive enthusiasm he shares in both ‘Boy From Illinois’ and ‘Heartland’ — two obvious odes to his original environs — make his contentment clear.
Likewise, the upbeat appeal of ‘Cornbread and Chili’ and the steady stomp of ‘Grassy Trails’ assert a certain satisfaction in the life he’s been destined to lead. That’s never more evident than in the ebullient strains of ‘Easy Life the Breeze,’ a song flush with the joys of a life spurred by desire and determination. So too, when he shares a story about his grandfather, the man that inspired him to follow his dreams, with the album’s final entry, ‘Hummingbird’s Song’, the listener is left with a clear understanding of Quinn’s essential early inspiration.
Quinn enlists an exceptional group of musicians to complete his task, among them Nashville veteran Fats Kaplan, a player who takes the lead in several of these songs. Kaplan’s versatility on fiddle, banjo and dobro adds extra illumination to many of these melodies, and in so doing, underscores the ebullience and exuberance shared throughout. Quinn himself is a decidedly understated singer, his matter-of-fact delivery ensuring that the scenarios he sings about state a case, sans posturing or pretense.
Ultimately, that makes Country Fresh a more nuanced narrative, one that’s both revelatory and revealing in its tone and temperament. So, while the comparisons to certain rugged forebears may seem inevitable, it’s a pretty good bet that Mr. Prine would be proud.
Franklin County Trucking Company - The Latest Adventures of the (CD)€19,00
Loistava uutukainen!!! HELL YEAH! Truck drivin’ rock’n’roll!
Recorded and mixed in 2021 by Preston Joshu at Sawhorse Studios, St. Louis Missouri.
Mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jim Rotramel – electric guitar
Sean Hopkins – acoustic guitar/vocals
Taylor Sprehe – drums
Eddie Spaghetti – bass/vocals
and featuring: J.D. Wilkes on harmonica and Ben Schreiber on fiddle
Watson Dale - Jukebox Fury (Digipak) (CD)€20,00
Country legend and rockabilly icon Dale Watson cuts loose on a set of divebar jukebox classics for this brand new studio album!
Hear Watson’s unmistakable voice outgrit Bob Seger on ”Turn The Page,” outshine Willie Nelson on ”Always On My Mind,” and outplay Kenny Rogers on ”The Gambler” plus many more favorites! Includes special guest performances country diva Lorrie Morgan, Stax legend Steve Cropper, Swiss rockabilly shakers The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, and more! Produced by rockabilly superstar Danny B. Harvey!
RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2022
Crockett Charlie - Lil G.L. Presents: Jukebox Charley (CD)€18,00
Release date: April 22, 2022.
This is the 4th installment in Charley Crockett’s ‘Lil G.L. Presents’ series of releases, which focus on heartfelt renditions of songs from some of Charley’s biggest musical influences such as Tom T. Hall, Willie Nelson, and more.
Eddie Lane’s Railroad - Same (CD)€10,00
Eddie Lane’s Railroad Revue perustettiin Helsingissä 2019 tavoitteenaan julistaa countryn viskin tuoksuista ja maanläheistä ilosanomaa omin sanoin ja sävelin. Ensimmäiset keikat soitettiin vielä lainakappalein, mutta nykyisin orkesterin ohjelmisto koostuu hyvin pitkälti omasta materiaalista. Railroad Revuen meininki yhdistelee bluegrassia, modernia monisointukantria, outlaw- ja Johnny Cash-kantria.
Tässä levyssä kuuluu entisajan lämpöä ja patinaa. Olemme kuitenkin yhtämielisesti sitä mieltä, että se on inhimillisesti musikaalisempaa kuin elektroninen ja epäluonnollinen kliininen hiljaisuus. Solisti Eetu Laine on säveltänyt ja sanoittanut debyyttilevyn kaikki kappaleet, yhtä lukuunottamatta. Old Cars & Bikes on basisti Joni Roligin käsialaa, kuten myös muutamat muut keikkasetissä olevat, tälle julkaisulle vielä ehtimättömät kappaleet. Levyn on äänittänyt ja miksannut Jari Pätsikkö, joka hoitaa levyllä myös kitaraosioita. Levy on äänitetty perinteisin menetelmin 8-raitanauhurilla Helsingissä vuosien 2020-2021 aikana.
Levyllä soittavat artistit:
Eetu Laine: Laulu, Kitara, Mandoliini & Lap Steel
Jari Pätsikkö: Kitara & Banjo
Janne Sampo: Laulu & Kitara
Joni Rolig: Laulu & Basso
Päde Ketola: Laulu & Rummut
Whitters Hailey - Raised (CD)€18,00
Following up her critically acclaimed album, The Dream, Hailey Whitters returns with her new 17-track-record, Raised. Showcasing the heart and soul of small town America with Whitters’ eventual journey to Nashville, Raised is the roots behind the wings of The Dream.
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway - Crooked Tree (CD)€18,00
Recorded live at Nashville’s Oceanway Studios, Crooked Tree was produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas and features collaborations with Sierra Hall, Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, Billy Strings, Dan Tyminski, and Gillian Welch. The album explores Tuttle’s lifelong love of bluegrass-a genre she first discovered though her father, a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist, and her grandfather, a banjo player. Across these thirteen original tracks, all written or co-written by Tuttle, she simultaneously honors the bluegrass tradition while also pushing the genre in new directions. Tuttle says, ”I always knew I wanted to make a bluegrass record someday. Once I started writing, everything flowed so easily: sometimesI’ve felt an internal pressure to come up with a sound no one’s heard before, but this time my intention was just to make an album that reflected the music that’s been passed down through generations in my family. I found a way to do that while writing songs that feel true to who I am, and it really helped me to grow as a songwriter.”
Po' Ramblin Boys - Never Slow Down (CD)€20,00
Like seekers finally hitting the open road after a year without it’s exhilarating freedom, deep-rooted bluegrass troupe The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys kick it into high gear on Never Slow Down, their newest collection of classic songs and soon-to-be-classic originals. The GRAMMY-nominated group pours every ounce of passion they have into these recordings as they always have, this time with even more fervor and zeal with the addition new band member Laura Orshaw. Taking on material by their heroes the Stanley Brothers, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, George Jones and more, the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys bridge the gap between the past and present, proving the eternal importance of bluegrass and making it accessible to all.
Hedley Joshua - Neon Blue (CD)€18,00
Vuoden odotetuin kantri albumi. Eka levy oli vuoden 2018 paras kantri albumi.
Release Date: April 22, 2022 / 22.Huhtikuu 2022.
Joshua Hedley is “a singing professor of country & western,” he declares on his raucous and witty new album, Neon Blue. It might sound like a punchline, but it’s not. An ace fiddle player, a sharp guitarist, and a singer with a granite twang, he’s devoted his entire life to the study of this genre. Ask him about it and he’ll explain: “When all my friends went off to college, I went to Nashville. I was 19 years old playing honkytonks and getting an education.” His 2018 debut, Mr. Jukebox, showcased his deep knowledge of country’s history, in particular the beery ballads of the 1950s and ‘60s. His mentors were George Jones, Ray Price, and Glen Campbell, but his most remarkable accomplishment was putting his own spin on their style.
Neon Blue, on the other hand, examines a very different, often forsaken era: the early 1990s. “The last bastion of country music,” says the professor, “was the early 1990s, roughly 1989 and 1996. You could turn on the radio and immediately know you’re hearing a country song. You could still hear steel guitar and fiddle. But there was a hard fork around 1996 or ’97, when country veered off into pop territory. Neon Blue asks, What if that fork had never happened? What if country kept on sounding like country?”
That era may have been dismissed by traditionalists at the time as slick or overproduced, but Hedley finds something exciting in that old hat-act sound, and Neon Blue plays up the excitement of bigger-than-life choruses, the relatable emotions of those sad-eyed ballads, and the inventiveness of the lively production. “The sound is modern,” he says, “but it’s still discernibly country.”
Cauthen Paul - Country Coming Down (CD)€18,00
2022 release. Cauthen first earned his reputation as a fire-breathing truth-teller with the acclaimed roots rock band Sons of Fathers, but it wasn’t until the 2016 release of his solo debut, My Gospel, that he truly tapped into the full depth of his prodigious talents. Vice Noisey dubbed it ”a somber reminder of how lucky we are to be alive,” while Texas Monthly raved that Cauthen ”sound[s] like the Highwaymen all rolled into one: he’s got Willie’s phrasing, Johnny’s haggard quiver, Kristofferson’s knack for storytelling, and Waylon’s baritone.” Two albums and 6 years down the road, Paul will be releasing the highly anticipated new studio album titled ’Country Coming Down’, due for release on April 1st, 2022 via Paul’s own Velvet Rose Records in collaboration with Thirty Tigers. Produced by Paul, Jason Burt and Beau Bedford, this new collection of tracks is packed with attitude and attention to detail, and will surely reinforce Paul’s staying power as a musician and songwriter.
Dead South - Easy Listening For Jerks Pt. 2€15,00
Part 2 of 2 EPs. Carter Family meets Addams Family in Easy Listening for Jerks, two new covers EPs by gold-certified prairie pickers The Dead South. Rich with quality finger picking and replete with harmonies, Easy Listening for Jerks offers many new moods of songs we think we know so well. Under a title that recalls the songwriting humour of Roger Miller and Steve Martin’s comedy stylings alike, the EPs offer a surprising and compelling mix of gravity and levity. Foggy Mountain Boys, but make it Beetlejuice.
Dead South - Easy Listening For Jerks Pt. 1 (CD)€15,00
Part 1 of 2 EPs. Carter Family meets Addams Family in Easy Listening for Jerks, two new covers EPs by gold-certified prairie pickers The Dead South. Rich with quality finger picking and replete with harmonies, Easy Listening for Jerks offers many new moods of songs we think we know so well. Under a title that recalls the songwriting humour of Roger Miller and Steve Martin’s comedy stylings alike, the EPs offer a surprising and compelling mix of gravity and levity. Foggy Mountain Boys, but make it Beetlejuice.
Cactus Blossoms - One Day (CD)€18,00
One Day is the third album from the Cactus Blossoms – featuring eleven songs written, produced, and harmonized by brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum. Recorded and mixed by longtime collaborator Alex Hall using a mobile rig in Page’s Minneapolis basement, the album continues the evolution of the band’s signature blend of country, soul, and 60″s rock sounds, all anchored by the brothers’ core sibling harmony vocal style.
Lund Corb - Songs My Friends Wrote (CD)€18,00
Ilmestyy Kesäkuun 17.
Songs My Friends Wrote is an album I’ve been threatening to make for years. It’s a bunch of tracks that are my versions of a bunch of…songs my friends wrote. I’m fortunate to count a lot of world class songwriters as good pals and I wanted to shine a little light on some of my favorite examples of their work. In most cases I’ve picked relatively obscure songs that have always spoken to me, even though many of them won’t be so familiar to people. The best part about recording all these tunes was that they reminded me of all the people who I haven’t been able to hang out with for the past two years because of the plague we’ve all been dealing with. All of these tunes bring a smile to my face and I hope they do the same for you.”
– Corb Lund