Nickel & Dime – a slice of feminasty vid

March 6th, 2014

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. xxxxx

Snake Rattle & Roll @The 12 Bar with The Snakes & Snakeoil Rattlers 4 Mardi Gras

March 4th, 2014





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

twitter: @snakeoilrattler




The Snakes

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!

twitter: @snakesmusic



Marianne Hyatt

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