This CD is the fourth in the series ‘Bob Harris Presents…’ and, like its predecessors, features a collection of tracks I play regularly on my radio programmes. All are by artists who record relatively low-budget albums, mostly for small independent labels, mainly sold through the internet or from merchandising tables at the back of gigs…organic music for the future.
Sincere thanks to the artists and their labels and management teams for their fantastic co-operation.
Album compiled by Bob Harris.
All clearances (in record time) by Trudie Myerscough-Harris, for Myerscough-Harris PR.
Thank you to Nigel Reveller at Independent Distribution, Lesley Douglas at BBC Radio 2, Alan Taylor at BBC Worldwide, J. J., Bob Paterson and Ian Brown.
Reto Burrell - Hey You
Swiss based son of an Englishman, Reto’s passion is American music. He credits the influence of the Wallflowers, Sheryl Crow and Tom Petty. ‘Shaking Off Monkeys’ was recorded in New York, produced by Adam Steinberg (Todd Thibaud) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Oasis).
From: ‘Shaking Off Monkeys’. Blue Rose
Produced by Adam Steinberg.
Laura Cantrell - Vaguest Idea
‘When the Roses Bloom Again’ is Laura’s second album, following ‘Not the Tremblin’ Kind’, from which I included ‘Do You Ever Think Of Me’ on ‘Bob Harris Presents…Volume 2’. Laura is also an award winning broadcaster, hosting the weekly ‘Radio Thrift Shop’ on 91.1 WFMU in Jersey City. Her husband runs the Diesel Only record label, specialising in the re-release of vintage Truck Driver’s songs.
(Dan Prater. Dan Prater Music/BMI)
CD: ‘When the Roses Bloom Again’. Spit & Polish
Produced by Jay Sherman-Godfrey
Kathleen Edwards - Six O’Clock News
‘Six O’Clock News’ opens Kathleen’s debut release ‘Failer’, already compared to the best of Kasey Chambers, Shawn Colvin and Lucinda Williams. Guitarist Jim Bryson heads studio band of top Canadian musicians, including Peter von Althen on drums, also featured on Bryson’s ‘One Cigarette’.
CD: ‘Failer’. Zoe/Rounder Records.
Produced by Kathleen Edwards.
Jim Bryson - One Cigarette
Recorded in Jim’s home town of Ottawa, ‘The Occasionals’ features a loose association of local musicians and long-time friends, including guitarist Ian Le Feuvre (Lynn Miles Band), Darren Hore on bass (Punchbuggy) and pedal steel guitarist Tom Thompson from the Kathleen Edwards Band.
(Jim Bryson. SOCAN)
CD: ‘The Occasionals’. East Central One SQDOG 001
Produced by Bill Stunt.
Rosie Thomas - Wedding Day
Rosie first found fame on the Seattle club circuit as a stand up comic, before following her parent’s path into music. It was her work with Damien Jurado that bought her to the attention of Sub Pop, the label that discovered Nirvana. She recently toured the UK with Bryan Ferry. ‘Wedding Day’ is my favourite song of 2002.
(Rosie Thomas. Bug Music).
CD: ‘When We Were Small’. Sub Pop
(Also appears on ‘Paper Airplane’ EP. Sub Pop SP586).
Produced by Martin Feveyear.
The Guthries - We Know What We’re Doing
More Canadian music, from five-piece band who claim to ‘have a unique sound most commonly compared to the noise a wild goat makes when eating tin cans’. Not true. It’s more McCartney than ‘Ram’.
(Dale Murray. Haysale).
CD: ‘The Guthries’. Circa65 CIRC65 CD002
Produced by Five Lines & the Guthries.
Peter Bruntnell - Here Come The Swells
‘Bruntnell’s aim is true’ said NME. ‘His honesty is admirable’.
‘Mojo’ magazine calls him ‘Jackson Browne for your children’.
‘Ends of the Earth’ is the follow-up to ‘Normal For Bridgwater’ (featuring Son Volt) and was recorded with his road band in Shepherds Bush, London.
(Peter Bruntnell. Cop Con).
CD: ‘Ends Of The Earth’. Loose
Produced by Pete Smith.
Caitlin Cary - Please Don’t Hurry Your Heart
‘While You Weren’t Looking’ is the second solo release from Caitlin Cary, following her ‘Waltzie’ EP from 2000. She was previously founder member of Whiskeytown with Ryan Adams. Producer Chris Stamey also has a fantastic pedigree, having worked with Hazeldine (‘Doubleback’), Greg Hawks (‘Fools Paradise’), Alejandro Escovedo (‘The Man Under the Influence’) and Thad Cockrell.
(Adams, Cary, Daly. Barland Music/Caitlin-Breanne Music/BMI. Admin by Bug Music)
CD: ‘While You Weren’t Looking’. Yep Roc
Produced by Chris Stamey.
Thad Cockrell & the Starlite Country Band - Why?
‘Thad Cockrell’s voice is a wonder’, wrote ‘No Depression’ magazine. ‘High, dry and lonesome, it cuts right through you’.
Recorded in just one day, at Chris Stamey’s Chapel Hill studio, ‘Stack of Dreams’ features former members of Two Dollar Pistols, Whiskeytown, Chickenwire Gang and Hooverville, with Caitlin Cary and Tift Merritt on vocals. The twang of hurt.
(Thad Cockrell. Little Hoss Publishing)
CD: ‘Stack of Dreams’. Lil’ Hoss MOM
Produced by Chris Stamey.
The Kickbacks - Banged Up, Black and Blue
‘Blindside View’ is the third CD from Boston five-piece the Kickbacks, following ‘Longitude’ (1998) and ‘Blue Man’s Collar’ (2000).
The band has toured with Slobberbone and the Drive By Truckers and supported the Mike Plume Band (featured on ‘Bob Harris Presents…Volume 3’).
(Tad Overbaugh. Peg Man Music/SESAC)
CD: ‘Blindside View’. SodaPop Records
Produced by Tom Waltz & The Kickbacks.
Kris Delmhorst - Broken White Line
Kris Delmhorst is a Boston Music Award nominee and winner of the 2001 Telluride Troubador Competition. She records with Mary Gauthier and Lori McKenna (both featured on previous ‘Bob Harris Presents...’ albums), Catie Curtis, Jess Klein and Peter Mulvey, with whom she performed a session for ‘Bob Harris Country’ during ‘The Chautauqua Tour’ of the UK early in 2003. ‘Five Stories’ is her second release.
(Kris Delmhorst. Big Bean Music/ASCAP)
CD: ‘Five Stories’. Acoustic Roots
Produced by Billy Conway & Kris Delmhorst.
Ashtray Hearts - Still Shaking
Formed at the end of 2000 in Minneapolis, the Ashtray Hearts first coined the term ‘apartment music’ to describe their sombre, reflective sound. The band have released one 7” single (‘County Bar’/’New York’) and appear on the Free Election ‘Apartment Music’ compilation. ‘Still Shaking’ is from their debut album, released May 2002.
(The Ashtray Hearts. Free Election (ASCAP)
CD: ‘Old Numbers’. Free Election
Produced by Jon Tranberry & Quillian Roe.
Rod Picott - Torn In Two
Rod was first introduced to me by Chelle Rose and he accompanied her on a live session for my Saturday night show on Radio 2. ‘Music Row’ magazine in Nashville announced the release of ‘Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues’ as ‘the birth of a major, major artist’. The follow-up ‘Stray Dogs’ features Alison Krauss and long time friend and collaborator Slaid Cleaves. Welding Rod is his own label. His father was a welder.
(Rod Picott/Gurf Morlix. Welding Rod Music/Googol Music/BMI)
CD: ‘Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues’. Welding Rod Records 7 83707 34832 2
Produced by Rod Ricott & David Henry.
Jon Dee Graham - One Moment
Named ‘songwriter of the year’ at the SXSW Austin Music Awards 2000, Jon Dee Graham first came to prominence in local band The Skunks in the late 1970’s. From there he joined the True Believers (with Alejandro Escovedo, 1984) and the Jon Doe Band (1987), before hooking up with Calvin Russell in the early 90’s, then the Kelly Willis road band in 1995. ‘Hooray For The Moon’ is his third solo release, following ‘Escape From Monster Island (1997) and ‘Summerland’ (1999).
(Jon Dee Graham. Lucky Moon Music/BMI)
CD: ‘Hooray For The Moon’. New West
Produced by Don Smith for Moondog Productions.
Evinrudes - Little Red Stars
Sherry Cothran and Brian Reed formed the Evinrudes in the summer of 1995, since when their music has been likened to ‘an unholy union between William Faulkner and Keith Richards’. ‘Little Red Stars’ comes from a 2001 sampler EP, which also includes the USA top 3 radio track ‘Drive Me Home’ from the album ‘Someone Has To Be Pat Boone’.
(Reed. Mean King Music/Reynsong/BMI)
CD: ‘Drive Me Home’. Flying Sparks TDBEP0057
Produced by Brian Reed.