COUNTRY DIRT press release

April 26th, 2013
COUNTRY DIRT - photo by Klarke Caplin

COUNTRY DIRT – photo by Klarke Caplin

Look alive, City Slickers! 5 great Country swingers & Western slingers are back in the saddle, hot on the trail and kickin up some COUNTRY DIRT….. for your listenin pleasure

That’s right, COUNTRY DIRT proudly shake some stardust off that ol C&W collection and put a spitshine on your boots made for dancin. You might just call it grab-ass bluegrass, you might just say it’s Countronica, but you darn tootin well KNOW it’s only Rock-n-Roll from a different branch of the same root: a li’l Gram, some ol Hank and a whole lotta Wanda.

COUNTRY DIRT formed in Nov 2009, and hasn’t stopped giggin since. By New Year’s Eve of the new decade they were invited to play Johny Brown’s Mining For Gold show on Resonance FM and now in 2013 they’ve become darlings of BBC London’s Gary Crowley, who touted them “London’s premier country+bluegrass band”.

Frontin up the posse is Texan twirler Marianne Hyatt (Dragstripper, Temple of Sound,, Anarchistwood). Singin from the same hymn sheet and playin some Big Guitar to boot is the electric Patmo Sheeran (Big Self, Stone Rangers). Frank Brown (Clitoris Allsorts, The Hangin Ropes) put his soul on layaway to play the Devil’s banjo, but switch hits to harp & resonator guitar if the flames get too high. George Blacklock (Blacklock & Brown, Dog’s Module) cuts a rug on the mighty mandolin, but also moonlights on vocals, harp & guitar when duty calls. Billy Bob Staunch (Jegsy Dodd & the Original Sinners) shoots from the root with some lo-down dirty bass your mother may have warned you about. Bryn Morrow keeps em all in line with badass beats that are not afraid to cross the border

“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

Think Burrito Brothers & their dirty sister – Tim Perry, The Windmill

Countrified bluegrass, banjos, sunshine…. with great titles, titles like Pussy Whip …. Country Dirt are fun, they have their tongues stuck firmly in cheek as they bring a collective smile to the face of the venue. They have some seriously good bluegrass country rock there. -The Organ

Sounding somewhere between cult favourites Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Cowboy in Sweden-era Lee Hazelwood lays another outfit from London’s Deep South. Country Dirt is an alt. Country band of the highest order – Hackney Hive


April 15th, 2013
starring Bob Collum & me!

starring Bob Collum & me!


Following on the now legendary first Country Soul Bonanza & Son Revue. We are delighted to announce the second All-Dayer. Some great acts have already been confirmed with more to follow in due course. Keep watching this space for further up dates and line-up announcements.

Country Soul Bonanza & Son Revue ‘All-Dayer’ 2 @ Nambucca.

‘An ALL-DAY Celebration of Americana & Country.’
Saturday 20th April 2013 2pm til late.

Following last years All-Dayer Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM and The Country Soul Sessions are yet again collaborating on an all-day event of live Country & Americana.

Last years event was on a cold wintery Sunday but following on from the success we have moved it to a Saturday night for your weekend, pleasure.

Both Bonanza & Son and The Country Soul Sessions (organised by the band Darkwood) have consistently sourced excellence in traditional Country as well as the most forward thinking Americana, Blues and Western Roots music.

Darkwood have been presenting the successful monthly night ‘Country Soul Sessions’ at Nambucca in Holloway for well over a year on the last Monday of every month. They showcase the best in Country, Blues and Americana live acts and djs as well as being the house band supporting the other acts on the bill.

Bonanza & Son hosts a popular, weekly radio show on ResonanceFM which has simultaneously showcased the best in both traditional Country alongside more cutting edge, Avant-Country, Americana and Western Music. Bonanza & Son have also been regularly presenting numerous club nights and DJ sets in the capital for the past ten years including the ever popular ‘Countrier Than Thou’ @ The Lock Tavern in Camden.

By the way it’s only FIVE quid if you buy an advance ticket (click the link above) or six quid on the door, it’s live music ALL DAY from 2pm til 11pm and then djs into the honky-tonking dancing early hours… Oh and we’ll even throw in a bit of free food (vegetarians catered for). Recession-crunchingly good!

Confirmed acts:

Al Scorch & The Country Soul Ensemble (Chicago)
Marianne Hyatt & Bob Collum (Duet)
Green Rock River Band
Dylan Walshe
Scowlin Owl
The Cedars
Black Starr
Jo Kerr
The Snakes
The Darkwood
Miraculous Mule
Mad Staring Eyes
Spring Park Motel
Bonanza & Son DJ Set
Spooky Lady’s Sideshow guest DJ set