Multi-platinum-selling country singer Josh Turner’sI Serve A Savior will release on October 26th, adding a new dimension to the GRAMMY® nominee’s already acclaimed career. The faith-based collection includes hand-picked hymns, alongside brand-new originals and live recordings of some of Turner’s most memorable hits including “Me and God” and “Long Black Train.”
Tony Wright (Terrorvision) & Ryan Hamilton (The Traitors) have shared the music video for the lead single from their forthcoming collaborative album ‘Grand Ole Otley’ – out June 8th – their version of the Don Gibson classic later recorded by Johnny Cash among others, ‘Oh, Lonesome Me’, which has also received airplay at Americana radio and been highlighted as one of Classic Rock / Louder’s Tracks of the Week, among other early coverage for the release.
After being introduced by producer Dave Draper, Wright & Hamilton’s shared love of ‘good music’ led to talk of an album re-imagining country standards and more obscure songs from way back in the archives. The resulting album, ‘Grand Old Otley’, is a heady mix of country, Americana and folk and is likely to prove much darker at times that could be expected from a pair notorious for their wise-cracking.
The pair take the album on the road for a short string of intimate shows in June (a few tickets remaining for each date) – celebrating the official release at London’s beautiful St Pancras Old Church on Friday June 8th. The album is available to pre-order on iTunes now (here) and physical copies of the album will be available at each date:
6th June – Parish, Huddersfield 7th June – Gullivers, Manchester 8th June – St Pancras Old Church, London 9th June – Bodega, Nottingham 10th June – Prohibition Caberet Bar, Gateshead
ABOUT RYAN HAMILTON:
Born and bred in Texas, Ryan Hamilton was raised on a staple diet of the music of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Dwight Yoakam. Ryan’s former band Smile Smile achieved success in North America and Canada largely through the song/album Truth on Tape, touring with the likes of Ryan Adams and Loretta Lynn.
The band People On Vacation followed, which introduced Ryan to the UK for the first time, his UK touring band mates on that project then joining him to ultimately form the rock/Americana combo – Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors, who have received the seal of approval from none other than Little Steven Van Zandt. Ryan is preparing to record a second album with the Traitors after the critical success of debut, The Devil’s In The Detail.
ABOUT TONY WRIGHT:
Tony Wright hails from deepest Yorkshire and has fronted Terrorvision since the 1990s. Well known for his quick-witted appearances on TV’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Tony is currently back on the road with Terrorvision for the Britrock Must Be Destroyed tour joint headlining with the Wildhearts and Reef.
Having released two solo albums under his own name and a brace as Laika Dog (named after the first animal to orbit the Earth), Tony has also turned his hand to screenprinting and building dry stone walls.
‘Grand Ole Otley’ is out 8th June 2018 & available to pre-order now.
Tony Wright: https://twitter.com/LaikaTone
Ryan Hamilton: https://twitter.com/TraitorRyan
Northern Ireland music fans were spoiled for choice this past weekend with a trio of Nashville artists hitting Belfast stages. Whilst Kendell Marvel and Brothers Osborne were rocking the Limelight, fellow Nashville resident Jenn Bostic brought her “Revival”, UK album release tour to a specular close with a Sold Out show at the nearby Crescent Arts Centre.
Keith Urban’s GRAFFITI U, his ninth studio album release and first in nearly two years, debuted this past week to new personal sales and chart milestones in the United States, Canada and Australia. A #1 Billboard Country Album Chart debut (#2 on Billboards Top 200 behind Post Malone), marks his 5th #1 album (his third in a row) and his highest first week sales figure in nearly 8 years (2010s Get Closer).
A Special interview and catch up ahead of the Brothers Osborne hitting Irish soil this weekend as they take to the stage in the Academy in Dublin on Friday (4th May) and then head north to Belfast for a Limelight performance on Saturday (5th May). We’re extremely excited by this and had the privilege of catching up with them before they left the states. Have a listen to Podcast 46 featuring some of their best music and a two part interview. We chat about growing up as brothers in Maryland, selecting the name, moving to Nashville, the new album and their concert on Saturday night!
Bucking convention hasn’t always been the popular path, but for Eric Church there is no question about where he prioritizes his relationship with his fans. He showed this when he sent his 2015 album, Mr. Misunderstood, to members of his fan club, dubbed the Church Choir, before surprise announcing it at the 2015 CMA Awards and putting it on sale to the public. It is a model that, although traditional, has developed a steadfast audience of devoted Choir members earning RIAA Platinum certification for Mr. Misunderstood, allowing the fourth single from the album, ‘Round Here Buzz’ to reach No. 1 on the Country Airplay Charts and making way for Church to perform at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards.
After the success of ‘Jekyll and Hyde‘ in 2015, which featured the recently departed Chris Cornell as well as other genre-bending anthems, Zac Brown Band launched their 5th studio album, “Welcome Home” last month. Since then, it has crowned Country chart albums on both sides of the Atlantic and is the current number 1 album on the UK Official Country Album Charts. We take a look at the album and its highlights…