Couldn’t help it – had to just …. ya know, get it out there. Thought it might clarify a few issues. Gee I hope I didn’t offend anybody.
I was particularly inspired to make this happen by the slideshow put together by… a fan? Well, sort of. A friend operating under a pseudonym. Don’t mind at all, but I do wonder what my pals won’t do to help me weave out a network. It’s a sweet video, Mr *errrm* Sharpe. I’m not worthy. Many thanks. xxxxxFiled under general | Comment (0)
For ten years burning down the road, both The Snakeoil Rattlers and The Snakes have been peddling their wares. This special event at the 12 Bar will feature headline sets from both acts to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. Expect snake, rattle and roll with support from Marianne Hyatt.
First act on at 8pm. Tickets are £6 on the door - 12 Bar Club, 26 Denmark Street, WC2H 8NL London
The Snakeoil Rattlers
The first thing that strikes you about The Snakeoil Rattlers is not only their unique fusion of country, rock, bluegrass, and the outlaw sounds of the South, but also their uncompromising mature encapsulation of how these elements can be formed into a timeless rootsy core.
Unlike many London based bands performing what can be termed traditionally as an American music genre, The Snakeoil Rattlers play it with an authenticity that has brought them fans on both sides of the Atlantic from the small towns to the larger costal cities. Walking on the dark side of the street however, their sound, is distinctly their own.
Even after the release of their first EP “Road Tales” which spoke of the quiet desperation of the road, the band has earned it’s reputation as a live act continuing past the songs of this sophomore effort touching on topics such as backwoods gambling (“The Devil’s in My Rearview”), less than simple tales of revenge (“Lazarus”), inner family turmoil (“Blood’s No Thicker Than Backwater”) and unafraid to tackle the subjects of faith, religion, and the undeniable duality of the South (“Plastic Jesus” and “Dixieland”).
“Quite possibly the greatest country, bluegrass and rock fusion the South never had”
— Paul Chamberlain, New Songs From The South, ARFM Radio
“Delight in the bourbon-swaggering Sexy, Southern Death Country-Rock of The Snakeoil Rattlers. Named after one of Steve Earle’s finest songs these good ol’ boys mix a perfect, three-finger whiskey blend of gifted musicianship with rock ’n’ Roll (bad) attitude.”
— Countrier Than Thou
“Slow Train To Georgia and Nothin’ To Confess showed just what a tight unit the Rattlers are, and was that Made In The Shade, the ol’ Skynyrd classic? Hell, yeah. I will be checking this lot out again.”
— Classic Rock Magazine
Over the last ten years, The Snakes have become known as the bad boys of Alt-Country, with their guitar fuelled rock & roll, Uncut Magazine describing them as “Muswell Hill’s own Whiskeytown” following their appearance on Clubhouse Records’ compilation CD, Divided By A Common Language – A Collection Of UK Americana. Their debut album, Songs From The Satellites (2006), brought them to the attention of legendary BBC Radio 2 broadcasters Bob Harris and Mark Lamarr, who both declared themselves fans of the band, with Mark Lamarr inviting them into the studio for a live session, having been particularly impressed by the dark, twang laden delights of ‘I’ll Be Around’.
The second album, SOMETIME SOON…(2010), brought further rave reviews including 4 stars in Uncut Magazine, along with repeated weekly airplay on Mark Lamaar’s BBC Radio 2 show, as well as other National and International airplay, notably on Ireland’s RTE1 Radio.
With a reputation on the rise, the songs to back it up and a Chinese calendar to hand, one thing is certain : 2013 will not be THE LAST DAYS OF ROCK & ROLL for the Snakes!
Deep Southern Songstress from Austin Texas. If you blinked you’ll have missed her as Richard Linklater’s ‘Late Night Pickup’ during his cult film ‘Slacker’. She has fronted Dragstripper, Temple of Sound, Anarchistwood and Country Dirt, which was once London’s hottest new grabass bluegrass C&W outfit since Gary P. Nunn came to town. She’s equal parts Patsy Cline, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, and has sung with The Frogs at ATP, as well as with Bill Callahan during Meltdown Festival. She writes and plays platonic lovesongs to sexworkers, country reggae odes to schizophrenic madames and protest tunes to natural disasters… a walking triumph of lost causes & no-longer living legends.
“Country Dirt is London’s premier country+bluegrass band, fronted by Texas’s very own and very striking Marianne Hyatt” – Gary Crowley, BBC London
“….adding aural shooting stars and neon fire to the roadhouse vibe – Gavin Martin, The Mirror Think Burrito Brothers’ dirty sister” – Tim Perry, The Windmill
“Patsy Kline stealing from Finlay Quaye” – The Fly
“a star in the making” – Max Bell, Evening Standard
“She’s bloody good” – SleazeNation
“The sound of melodrama and mystery” – Kerrang!
“audacious tales of sleaze and danger” – Melody Maker
“Marianne Hyatt proves compelling viewing” – Music Week
“she is triumphant live; the men love her because they are Pavlovian, the women love her because she makes them feel like Calamity Jane” – Harpers and Queen
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Walkin on sunshine in the bleak midwinter as Culture Kiddo has seen fit to cover Zelda Rhianda’s superb Brixton Book Jam Monday night. Tessa Ditner, accredited enabler to Skin II’s 3rd coming, also expertly read her stunning piece from up & comin comedy novel ‘Charlie and the Latex Factory’ on the night. charlieandthelatexfactory.com
Stellar in her bespoke Am Statik’s rubber dress, which was only possibly upstaged by the piece itself. It’s available on Amazon, but I’m ready for the musical. Enough about me, she gave me a glowing review for my narrative triptych of various militarised types. I’ll let her do the talkin …..
“I was glad not to be reading straight after the brilliant Marianne Hyatt who really knows how to perform and make her writing live. Harpers and Queen described her as “she is triumphant live; the men love her because they are Pavlovian, the women love her because she makes them feel like Calamity Jane” I really loved her performance of the fun yet political ‘AirCon’.”
‘Brixton Bookjam’s Hootananny Garden’ – December 2013
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Woohoo! Twas an awesome event and I was completely mesmerised by the range of spoken word talents. Keep on truckin Zelda! Here’s some of her lovely audio footageFiled under general | Comment (0)
Join rock band I Love Thunder and special guests for a night to remember at Waterman’s Theatre. I Love Thunder are a band with a difference; most of them have some form of learning disability.
Over the past 6 months they have been using their BBC Performing Arts Funding to jam with a series of performers from a variety of different genres. This show will be a celebration of these encounters and some of the magic they all experienced along the way.
The evening’s line up will feature the following acts performing on their own and then joining I Love Thunder to showcase some of the highlights from their work together.
Marianne Hyatt and Bob Collum with Phil Martin
Two shining stars on the London country scene, both hailing from Texas. Expect sweet harmonies and authentic country tunes. Joined today by multi-instrumentalist Phil Martin on the fiddle and whatever else he feels like playing!
“…she is triumphant live; the men love her because they are Pavlovian, the women love her because she makes them feel like Calamity Jane” – Harpers and Queen
“..Collum’s Anglophile Americana reaps subtle yet sustaining dividends” – Daily Mirror
Philip Wells and Sirish Kumar
Philip and Sirish explore the relationship between rhythm and speech. Sirish is an internationally renowned tabla player and Philip a champion of performance poetry under the moniker ‘The Fire Poet’. Together they form an unusual combination, often resulting in the most unexpected sonic journeys.
“Wells is superb – poetry for the people at last!” THE TIMES
Andrea Black with Winston Blissett
Andrea has recorded 5 albums of her own featuring her distinctive jazzy percussive guitar work and amazing voice. Tonight Andrea will be supported by Winston, who has played bass with many artists during his career, including Massive Attack, Rod Stewart, Boy George – the list goes on!
“Andrea’s music feels timeless and honest, with a beautiful and highly intimate quality that’s not easily forgotten” – Gennaro Castaldo, Head of Marketing @ HMV
The Alix Anthony Band
Alix is one of the most amazing guitarists on the London scene. He wields his midi guitar to create extraordinary sounds in a classic 3-piece power trio format. Expect a sprinkling of Jimi, some major funk and plenty of blues.
“Alix has got it all, a brilliant guitarist, the voice of a god and an explosive presence that had the crowd on their feet” – Village Voice
Waterman’s Arts Centre, 40 High Street, TW8 0DS London,
For more information about I Love Thunder:
Some lovely footage for ya from THE COUNTRY SOUL SESSIONS’s kick off at THE SPICE OF LIFE – SOHO on 6th October. The juke was jumpin on a Sunday night – says it all really.
Big thanks to Steven tagg-Randall for this vid. Here he is pictured with me back stage, c/o CSS
Also backstage with me is the proprietor of COUNTRY SOUL SESSIONS himself: Drew Morrison
Bob & I were thrilled to kick off the launch…. here’s proofFiled under general | Comment (0)
The Devout Sceptics will be playing songs from their forthcoming debut long player ‘Losers’ Quarter’ (Shade Factor Records) at the 6th of Oct Country Soul Sessions.
Augmenting the night will be the very wonderful Marianne Hyatt & Bob Collum who will be performing in duet mode.
The SPICE OF LIFE 6 Moor Street, W1D 5NA London, United Kingdom
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COUNTRY DIRT are so damn psyched to play the
International Journal of Motorcycle Studies Conference on America’s birthday 4th July! Check it out : KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ADVENTURE TRAVEL WRITER LOIS PRYCE:
‘Red Tape & White Knuckles: London to Cape Town on a 250′
Not the 1st time we shared a bill with Ms Pryce. the ‘DIRT supported THE JOLENES over at the Windmill a coupla years’ back. She was mean on a banjo – and I’d wager she’ll get some motors runnin here….. but 10.30 on a picnic party day. I’ll be petitioning for footage. We’re on at 7.30pm. Hope she remembers us!