Check out the 13 artists to be featured on this month’s covermount CD, Acoustic Presents… Vol. 8
In the acoustic guitar world today, Jacques Stotzem is one of the fingerstyle guitarists with the most diversified style. Born in 1959 in Verviers, the Belgian guitarist has recorded 13 CDs and is high up on the list for fans of the acoustic guitar. Readers of the influential German acoustic guitar magazine Akustik Gitarre have likened Stotzem to artists such as Leo Kottke, Paco De Lucia, Neil Young and Keb’ Mo’.
‘Between Forever and Goodbye’
The UK’s Danni Nicholls is a classic songwriter. Rooted in Americana, she “slips effortlessly between smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country” (Q magazine) all in a rich voice which has been described as ‘one in a million’ (Maverick Music Magazine). Her second full-length album Mockingbird Lane – recorded in Nashville with some of America’s finest musicians – is due for release 23 October.
Polonia, Katy Carr’s fifth album, is inspired by an under-developed area of Western historical research: World War II’s Eastern Front and the mighty military force of the freedom fighters of Poland. Carr’s songs on Polonia explore those very people who during World War II fought not only for an independent Poland but also for the freedom of the west, especially Great Britain. Katy Carr’s music and songs on Polonia open us up to a world that largely has been forgotten and she is definitively a leader for the renaissance in Poland.
‘All Is Beauty’
Jamie Lawson is the first signing on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Men record label. Propelled by the success of hit single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’, Jamie is rapidly ascending the acoustic ranks. He has opened up on Ed’s European sojourn, supported One Direction, and toured Australia – playing to 175,000 people over 17 dates. If you’re looking for comparisons, think early, Moondance-era Van Morrison meeting the poppy accessibility of James Morrison, with perhaps a tip of the hat to Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne.
Folly & The Hunter
Folly & The Hunter are a Canadian four-piece crafting atmospheric folk-pop. Their name originates from the subject mater of their songs: the absurdity and foolishness of searching for elusive satisfaction and happiness in the wrong places.
‘Awake’ is taken from their forthcoming 2016 album and blends cinematic swells and beautiful harmonies with an enthralling simplicity. Produced by Howie Beck (Feist), ‘Awake’ was written while the band toured North America supporting fellow Montreal act Half Moon Run
‘Love Must Be Tough’
Throughout her career, McEvoy has earned accolades and picked up various awards – not just for her work but also for the super high-end audio approach she has taken on various albums. Her music has evolved and developed over her career and this album is a confident statement. This is Eleanor’s homage to Americana, including songs written by Eleanor with Johnny Rivers, Rodney Crowell, Brad Parker and Dave Rotheray, and featuring songs by Terry Allen, Priscilla Bowman and the Rolling Stones and Sly Stone.
‘Sheila On The Segway’
For some time, Paul Meehan has been considered a musician’s musician. Supporting others with his driving yet understated, inventive and pulsing playing, creating a platform for Ireland’s leading lights to shine. Finally, he has emerged from the shadows to release his eagerly awaited debut album The Lower Road. This immensely talented multi-instrumentalist takes centre stage, playing banjo and guitar on this beautifully crafted, fresh and energetic, yet solidly traditional album.
‘Your Second Line’
Mark Harrison is establishing a growing reputation for making a unique kind of all-original music, based on the style of the early blues and folk/blues artists, with a modern twist. His highly individual music, with its memorable tunes, striking lyrics and strong and compelling rhythms, has been going down very well with audiences of all kinds.
‘Cold Blows The Wind’
The traditions of the troubadour and bard resonate through Alex Roberts’ craft. With their roots in the songs and settings of European folk and blues music, Alex’s songs traverse the branches between them. They are the fruition of a continuing exploration of traditional and contemporary folk culture, and an off-grid lifestyle. They ride on the back of his highly acclaimed finger-style guitar and bouzouki, and award winning lap-slide playing. Alex is an artist who represents the finest aspects of the songwriter’s craft. This artistry is perfectly captured on his latest album: The Daemon & The Eidolon.
The East Pointers
Secret Victory is the new album from PEI, Canada’s the East Pointers. The East Pointers (Tim Chaisson – fiddle, Koady Chaisson – banjo, and Jake Charron – guitar) will be touring the UK in November 2015 and February 2016. With Secret Victory, The East Pointers unwrap new possibilities in a musical style that dates back centuries yet is still relevant on multiple, divergent continents. Almost without even trying, the trio makes original traditional music seem ridiculously hip. Also the most fun thing on the planet to dance (and raise a pint) to.
‘Hold My Tongue’
Although Coates may be recognised as a fully fledged band due to the live sound and full scale studio productions, singer/songwriter Oliver Coates is responsible for the song craft and group’s overall direction. With a mainstay line-up of producer Toby Pilcher on drums and mix engineer Alex Hatcher on bass, these incredibly creative musicians help encapsulate the sound of Coates. After touring the UK, dedicated early 2015 to recording their debut EP – Volume.1.
Leva // Na Balou // Jivaa
Fourteen musicians, seven countries, three continents, one band. Världens Band performs a mix of folk and roots music from their native countries in a collision of cultures and a style that they have self-branded ‘Transglobal Roots Fusion’. Swedish melodies meet Scottish reels, English guitar accompanies Indian classical song, Galician pipes play Balkan melodies and the Senegalese kora blends with Mediterranean rhythms. The result is a unique and exciting blend of culture, personality and style.
This Train Rolls By
This is gonzo folk music, the kind of raise-the-rafters, boot-shakin’ jump blues that used to be banging out of juke joints all over the South in the late 1940s, but now it’s burning into the earholes of a younger generation of Nashville kids, all looking for music with deep roots and something to hang on to. This is serious roots music that’s as much a way of life as an aesthetic choice. This music isn’t for dabblers; you gotta feel it in your bones.