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  • Saturday


    Americana Cavalcade 2015

    When we rolled up last year to play the inaugeral day long festival of americana & country music outside our own hometown of Perth little did we know we'd be asked back to headline the next year!!. Read more.



    See you at Belladrum 2015!!

    Roll up roll up friends, family, waifs & strays!! 2015 already looks like it’s gonna kick serious ass as we are delighted beyond the pale to announce that we’ve been asked back to The Tartan Heart Festival this Summer at Belladrum!!!. Read more.

  • Monday


    Inchyra Arts Club

    We're delighted to be returning to The Inchyra Arts Club for what's gonna be an insane night of whisky fuelled, foot stomping, head banging, heart pounding and smile inducing roots revival.... Read more.

  • Wednesday


    The International Americana Music Show

    We've discovered a great ally in the U.S. Fellow scot Michael Park presents his International Americana Music Show featuring great artists from all over the world. Read more.



    New dates, music legends and a wedding!

    We’re looking forward to the rest of the year which kicks off on September 27th when we play at Perth Concert Hall with The Springsteen Sessions Band! Then on October 4th we’ll be kicking down the doors at Dukes Corner in Dundee! Read more.

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  • Monday


    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.

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  • Monday



    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.

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  • Monday


    Paul Kerr

    It was a sad day for Scots music when Perth based Southpaw called it a day a few years back. Their take on classic Americana was of the finest order with their album Buffalo Mansions one of the better UK country rock albums of recent years. So it was welcome news indeed that the nucleus of the band had regrouped under the moniker The New Madrids with a new singer/guitarist Ian Hutchison fronting the solid rhythm section of Calum Keith and Maurice McPherson while Donny McElligott and Owen Nicholson man the guitars with Hutchison and McElligott sharing lead vocal duties. With the new name comes a tougher sound and while at heart they remain a country rock band there’s a sinewy swagger to some of the songs here recalling the peacock strut of the Stones in the early seventies with hints of Free and Little Feat. Indeed on one song, Shake, they import horns and deliver a classic blue eyed soul song that drips with passion as it builds to its climax. McElligott rivals Frankie Miller in the vocal department, the guitar solo is an exemplar of understated Southern cool and the pedal steel swathes all in honeyed regret as the towering horns (by Bruce Michie) burst with a Stax like majesty. Very impressive. Read More

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