AMERICANA/ROOTS-ROCK ALBUM NEWS: They've been coming to Indianapolis for more than 20 years. Look for a return trip this spring or summer, as the BoDeans have record coming April 6, called "Mr. Sad Clown". They started work about a year ago and recorded 23 songs in a 8-month stretch, and got it down to 15 tracks for the release. Kurt Nuemann and Sam Llanas, the two behind the BoDeans, cut it themselves in Austin, with Sam commuting from Milwaukee. Billboard Magazine notes they brought in horns for two of the songs.
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HOT AMERICANA BAND YOU SHOULD KNOW: Somebody's Darling's debut LP was recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Dan Baird from the Georgia Satellites. The one girl, three guys band features a blistering guitar sound, and the whiskey and cigarette vocals of Amber Farris. Think Black Crowes and Cross Canadian Ragweed, with some female twang. Or Joplin fronting the Stones. You got it. Anything produced by Baird gets me to take notice. The record has cracked the Americana Top 40, and was at #31 last week.
Here's a taste:
YOU KNOW MARAH? - Philly's old school-type rockers Marah new album will be called "Life Is A Problem", due on June 1st. They have a deal on their website that if you tell five people about the music, you can have some cuts that didn't make the record.
From their website:
"We are making these unreleased recordings available to you because you deserve 'em. As music fans you've displayed the rare quality of really giving a shit about our music through the years and that means a lot to us."
Watch nice little film they made on the road....
LIVE WEBCAST PLUS BRIAN HENNEMAN INTERVIEW - The Bottle Rockets will play a show that will be webcast live on Wednesday night - LISTEN HERE - ....they played an acoustic set on Knoxville, TN radio station WDVX Tuesday, and featured cuts from their recent album "Lean Forward". After the performance, front man Brian Henneman talked about the history of the band, his involvement in the glory days of the alt-country movement, and the band's new record. Hear the interview