Exciting times indeed folks, we're itching to get on the road again, kicking off with a trip down to the heart of the glorious English countryside to play the 2016 Maverick Festival. Maverick is all about the americana with fantastic acts from all over the world, here's what the folks at americanaUK had to say about it.
"Maverick is THE festival in the UK for the lover of Americana...... a really really great festival, brilliant set up, brilliant venues, terrific line-up, and safe for the kids, great beer and food. The details are spot on, and the atmosphere is how I wish my everyday was."
Then we are beyond delighted to be making our way out west for a boat trip to Tiree for this years Tiree Music Festival! Otherwise known as the Hawaii of the North, this beautiful little jewel of an island packs a big musical punch and this year promises to be another hair raising foot stomping escapade with the Mighty Levellers bringing down the house on the happy crowd! One satisfied customer wrote.
"Tiree was a real happiness booster, great music, the friendliest of people and scenery like no other"
Following our trip back home from the islands we'll be taking part in what surely has to be one of the finest showcases of all things americana, southern rock, blues, roots, folk, funk & soul, Southern Fried 2016! Our show is at one of Perth's premier live music venues The Green Room.
We're delighted to be joined for this show by the fantastic Colin Clyne Colin is one of the finest songwriting talents around which you can and definitely should check out on his latest release, the acclaimed Never Ending Pageant. Hell if Bob Harris is a fan then you know it makes sense!
Hot on the heels of one musical nirvana we take the road North again for a main stage appearance at this years' Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival then we'll be heading back down for a return to the beautiful Inchyra Arts Club, both of these shows are gonna be a wee bit different from your average New Madrids show, here's why.
Last year we played the Americana Cavalcade outside Perth and were fortunate to meet & perform alongside the gorgeous & hugely talented Stephanie Urbina Jones. Following her recent success across the water in the US. she has made plans for some European dates including some shows right here in Scotland. Both Stephanie and ourselves were quick to suggest that we be her band for the shows over here, needless to say we are very excited by the prospect of these dates.
For those who don't know her, over the last few years, this Latin Country/Americana troubadouress has been winning international acclaim while shattering traditional music industry boundaries and genres. The Austin American-Statesman said;
“Stephanie has what most people would regard as the right tools for her chosen life’s work: an agile songwriter’s pen; a smoky supple voice; devastating good looks; and a refreshing lack of music orthodoxy. But Jones real gifts are an adamant determination, a healthy skepticism about fast buck payoffs, and a work ethic that would put John Henry and his hammer to shame.”
Following a 5 week stint at No1 on the Texas Music Chart and winning NBC's The Voice, Stephanie has enjoyed success as a noted songwriter as well as an accomplished performer, her latest album Fiery Angel is fantastic and we can't recommend it highly enough!
So folks, why not get your tent looked out, pack your suncream, craziest hats & cheap sunglasses. It's gonna be a riotous summer and we won't be turning anything down!
Adios for now!
Island music fans may remember The New Madrids from Loopallu in September, but if you didn’t catch them, don’t miss their Stornoway gig. American roots and soul are at the heart of this bands’ sound with a hefty slice of rock n roll and blues on the side. This Perthshire hailing five-piece includes vocalists Donny McElligott and Ian Hutchison, drummer Maurice ‘Mo’ McPherson, Owen ‘Scaryophonic’ Nicholson on strings and Callum Keith, bass player extraordinaire.
Drawing from the irresistible Stones countrified swagger and such catholic roots influences as The Band, Byrds and later bands like Whiskeytown and Drive-by Truckers gives the New Madrids their musical seasoning. This five piece have a bedrock rhythm section topped with guitars, keyboards, mandolin and pedal steel before adding additional guest textures that include brass, violin and guest vocals; one of which, recorded in Austin, is Brennen Leigh.
With The New Madrids’ debut CD Through The Heart Of Town already causing critics and reviewers to sit up, take note and even tap a tastefully-tooled cowboy boot, it was with some anticipation that Aberdeen punters turned out for the Blue Lamp show. Although numbers could and should have been higher, those who did attend were treated to nearly two hours of stunning Americana, filtered through the consciousness of five wonderfully-talented men of Perth and Perthshire.
With dual vocalists Donny McElligott and Ian Hutchison alternating at the main vocal mic and a scorching virtuoso performance on Telecaster, lap steel and pedal steel by Owen Nicholson, this was as good a performance as the Lampie audience has witnessed for as long as I can remember.
Basing their set around the album, playing all ten tracks, the Madrids mixed up country, rock, soul and blues, tearing down, as the late Michael Marra said, “those foolish walls” in defiance of the genre cops and proving that where these forms meet and meld is a glorious sonic crossroads.