Rumahoy – The Triumph Of Piracy

Hello me mateys! Gather around and grab an ale, for today we parley about the new swashbucklers walking the plank, Rumahoy!

Rumahoy, (“hell yeah, we found alcohol guys!”, for those of you who don’t speak the pirate tongue), is one of the debut bands coming into existence right at the fresh beginning of 2018, and it’s not a direction, I assume everybody was aware of.

 

The band is a 4 piece, pirate themed fusion between power and thrash metal, who take upon the high seas and sing their tales loud enough to reach the furthest of lands. The line up consists of a very solid crew going by the names of Captain Yarrface as frontman, Bootsman Walktheplank riffing the guitars, Cabin Boy Treasurequest on bass and Swashbuckling Pete on the drum kit.

 

As for the treasure they bring forward, their debut album is promptly titled ‘The Triumph of Piracy’, is a perfectly organized nine track record packed with riffing, folk instrumentation and melodic choruses much along the lines of KorpiklaaniEquilibriumFintroll, and fellow sealubbers Alestorm, whom they tour with this year.

The album starts off with the opening “AHOY!”, a fairly jivey introduction of the crew on deck by the Captain himself. “Quest for Heritage” has guitars on the spotlight being the most melodic track in the record, and tracks like “Forest Party” and “Huffman the Pirate King” have sea shanty- styled choruses, which have fun easy hooks, perfect for sing alongs like ones in the pirate’s fantasies of being shipwrecked on an island of mermaids.

While the songs are lively and upbeat, I feel the lyrics could do a lot more better, especially much better than the repetitive use of the word ‘Yarr’, to an extent where a few usages make no sense, and the repeated mentions of finishing the rum across every song. (Or is this all a part of the Pirate avatar?)

“Netflix and Yarr” (again, Yarr usage as mentioned) takes all the cake for being the most random, yet catchiest song the album has to offer, with no correlation to the rest of the pirate tales involved. The album bids farewell with the title track which after 5 minutes, fades back into a headbanging rhythm while the Bootsman shreds over the guitar only to be kicked back into the chorus, “War in the sea, War in the sand, this is the triumph of piracy!”

 

Overall, Rumahoy has dropped a fairly fine anchor for its debut record, with lots of space to improve as more tales of the sea come along. The choruses surely will keep the party grooving, and will serve as the perfect comrade in making every road trip sound a little extra adventurous.

‘The Triumph of Piracy’ is a headbanging record flowing with treasure, battles at sea, and lots of rum! Apart from it being a metal album, it’ll surely be appreciated by people in pirate-based fandoms. Works best alongside a huge group of drunk people

Buffalo Rose – The Soil & The Seed

Folk and Soul-grass with soaring vocal harmonies.

 

 

 

The Soil and The Seed by Buffalo Rose is a well-produced, cozy folk record with soulful harmonies. Vocalists Mariko Reid, Lucy Clabby and Shane McLaughlin join together to create a wall of sound, with the gently plucked guitar (McLaughlin), dobro (Malcolm Inglis), bass (Jason Rafalak) and mandolin (Bryce Rabideau). In 12 tracks, Buffalo Rose energetically tackles a variety of  Americana-ish songs, ranging from boisterously upbeat (ripe for singalongs) to gently sweet and tenderly sad.

The album-opener, “God Willing,” is a fun stomp- and clap-heavy number, but the band shines brightest on tracks like “Poison Oak.” It’s a bittersweet number about learning from heartbreak, and finding light and a home after the hurt. The beautiful female vocals softly sing: “I opened up the blinds and let the sun in,” an affirmation about inviting happiness back into your life.

Morrison Kincannon – Beneath The Redwoods

Spacetalk is proud to reveal its most exciting release to date: a collection of long-lost recordings from forgotten Californian duo Morrison Kincannon, rescued from the dusty tape archives of the pair’s lead songwriter, Norman Morrison…

With only a handful of sought-after private press 7” singles to their name, Morrison Kincannon are all but unknown outside record collecting circles. Yet Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon wrote and recorded some superb songs during the 1970s and early ‘80s, desperately hoping for the break that would see them released on vinyl. Now, at last, their time has finally come. Morrison and Kincannon first started working together as teenagers almost 50 years ago. Every Saturday, they would get together to jam and write songs. This led to recording sessions at a friendly studio in San Francisco and a management and publishing deal with Manny Greenhill, a man who had previously nurtured the careers of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Sadly, their hoped-for-success never came, and by the early 1980s both members had re-focused on work and family. As the years rolled by, their original multi-track recordings lay idle in Morrison’s loft, seemingly never to be released.

All that changed when Morrison received an email from Spacetalk Records two years ago, asking about the possibility of reissuing “To See One Eagle Fly”, the B-side to one of their 7” singles that has long been a favourite of label co-founder Danny McLewin. Once a deal had been done, Morrison mentioned that he had hours of unissued recordings in his loft; a treasure trove of ultra-rare multi-track master tapes that could be freshly mixed and mastered for release. When the Spacetalk Records’ team finally got a chance to listen, they were astonished by the timeless quality of the songs. Put simply, they just had to be released.

The resultant album is a stunning set: an intoxicating glimpse into the world of two previously unheralded master songwriters whose musical vision encapsulates all that was good about Californian music during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Rooted in the American folk revival and folk-rock movement of the late ‘60s, the album’s 15 thoughtful, heartfelt songs are laden with sly nods to the likes of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Ned Doheny, Michael Deacon, Cy Timmons, Gene Clark and Buffalo Springfield. The tracks were recorded at various times between 1970 and ’82 and gives a small glimpse of the duo’s total body of unissued work. The release comes with extensive liner notes telling the remarkable story of two lifelong friends and musical collaborators who thought their moment had passed.

Richelle Sigrist – Eyes Of A Stranger

Much anticipated debut album from one of Oklahoma’s top up and coming female artists.

Album Notes
Influenced by James Taylor, Ray Charles, and Bonnie Raitt, Richelle’s original music is lyrically driven with various blends of classic rock, soul, blues and pop.

Sara Morgan – Average Jane

Biography

Sara Morgan is a performing singer/songwriter quickly making her name known throughout the Midwest and beyond. Sara’s sound is refreshingly different with a slight soulful hint of blues mingled with an undeniable, yet very identifiable country twang. Her voice has been called “a blend of Norah Jones, Jewel, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Reba McIntyre, and Patty Lovelace” – all of whom are musical influences.

Sara truly enjoys performing for audiences, but she is most content and “at home” when she is writing and composing her own original material; her songwriting catalog reaches across multiple genres. Sara writes and composes an eclectic mix of songs ranging from folk, Americana, bluegrass, and country, to rock, pop, R&B, Broadway, and contemporary Christian. Her versatility as a songwriter is as undeniable as her unique vocal sound.

Sara sells out listening rooms, is a crowd favorite at song swaps and songwriter showcases, and is often asked to assist other songwriters with their work.

Sara has opened for multi-Grammy and Dove award winner BJ Thomas, country superstar John Michael Montgomery, singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, Sex and the City heart throb John Corbett, alternative folk singer-songwriter Sean Rowe, and singer-songwriter Ben Taylor. She was also the preshow act at the Industry Bar inside the Uptown Theater in Kansas City before her idol, Loretta Lynn, took the main stage.

Sara has appeared on WDAF Fox TV, KCTV 5, KTHB, KCTP, and she has performed the National Anthem for the Missouri Mavericks, Sporting KC, and the Kansas City Royals; her songs get radio play on community radio station KKFI 90.1 FM, and 90.9 The Bridge in Kansas City, and KMXN 92.9 “The Bull” in Lawrence, KS; she has been featured in the Kansas City Star, Deli Magazine, Ink Magazine, and The Pitch news publications, and she records at Chapman Studios in Lenexa, Kansas. Sara resides in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Craig Duncan & The Appalachian Orchestra – Smoky Mountain Fifties

Pop hits of the 1950’s featuring Hammered Dulcimer.

Performed on authentic mountain instruments. Includes bluegrass inflected renditions of “Sixteen Candles,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Bye Bye Love,” and more.

Craig Duncan is no stranger to the Nashville music community. His talents on violin, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, guitar, bass, and viola can be heard on numerous Nashville recordings. A graduate of Appalachian State University and Tennessee State University, Craig is a member of the North American Fiddler’s Hall of Fame and Who’s Who in Music and Musicians.

Abi Wade – Beautifully Astray

Abi Wade’s ‘A Bit Like Love’ helped cast off our daily duties, and for a moment, took our hand and navigated together through the virtual forest – mysterious, looming, pyramid-like. Abi’s music is a wonderful continuity of sound, mixed with haunting but demure beckoning of solitary serenades. It’s a delight.

“She cast aside the thunderous tangs, which upon she scattered her vocal complaints. Why does it come to this maladie of tragedies? She silently cast off, into that void. Lonely, and forever hazed.” -CHF-

“Why can’t our relationship be better than this?” she asked.

 

“Don’t know. I really don’t.”

“I really wish..”

Then before he could finish his excuse, she put her index finger near his lips, silently shouting at him to stop. She was crying. She hated when he groveled like this. She hated the situation they were in.

Again. And again.

Was there a end? Was her patience, as deep as space?

It was eating her alive.

She crumbled, continuing her silent sorrow, on that cold un-feeling kitchen floor.

 

Abi’s rendition is a vivid account, of things could or should have been, in this life or in another dimension. It’s a fascinating tale, without many words, but it ensures so much with calculated weight within the arrangement and impactful emotions of its emissions. Her natural vocal uniqueness and talents, bounce off of her external instrumental notes, accurately and empathetically.

We were taken by the production.

Kudos, Abi. Kudos.

We’re fans.

She’s a talent and we’re captivated by her vocals. Looking forward to many great things.

Frank Lee & Allie Burbrink – Roll On, Clouds

Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink (Bryson City, NC) are a vocal-driven old time duo. Their April 2018 release, Roll On, Clouds, showcases their favorite songs from over two years of performing together. These pieces range from blues tradition (“Somebody On Your Bond,” “Roll and Tumble”) to bluegrass classics (“Standing on a Mountain,” “Cabin on a Hill”), yet remain rooted in the old time aesthetic. Frank’s nylon string fretless banjo is the dominant instrument, with guitar, slide guitar, and Allie’s banjo and harmonica adding to the musical texture. Recording engineer Bruce Lang supplies upright bass on several tracks.

Frank and Allie, core duo of longstanding string band The Freight Hoppers, have traveled extensively as touring musicians. Frank, a founding member of The Freight Hoppers, has impressed audiences all over the United States, Canada, and northern Europe with his signature clawhammer sound. Allie is a founding member of The Whipstitch Sallies, a band from Indiana that toured in the Midwest, North Carolina, Colorado, and Hawaii. Together, the pair is a powerhouse duo with appearances planned across the country and in France.

1. Little Sadie
(Traditional)
Frank Lee: Vocals & Steel string banjo – aDGBD
Allie Burbrink: Harmony vocals & guitar
Bruce Lang: Upright bass
A classic murder ballad with long and deep roots in North Carolina popular in old time and bluegrass circles. Our version is loosely based on Clarence “Tom” Ashley’s.

2. Somebody on Your Bond
(Willie Johnson, © Alpha Music, Inc.)
Frank Lee: Vocals & National Duolian resonator guitar
Allie Burbrink: Vocals & guitar
A spiritual piece learned from Blind Willie Johnson.

3. Turn Your Radio On
(Albert E. Brumley, © Stamps-Baxter Music)
Frank Lee: Vocals & guitar
Allie Burbrink: Harmony vocals & guitar
Bruce Lang: Upright bass
Written by Albert E. Brumley, this catchy spiritual song was popularized by John Hartford. We learned our arrangement from the Blue Sky Boys.

4. Travelin’ Down This Lonesome Road
(Bill Monroe, © Unichappell Music Inc. And Bill Monroe Music)
Allie Burbrink: Vocals & harmonica
Frank Lee: Harmony vocals & nylon string fretless banjo f#BF#BC#
Credited to Bill Monroe, this heartbreak song is one from bluegrass repertoire that makes a great blues piece.

5. Standing on a Mountain
(Alton Delmore, © Vidor Publications, Inc.)
Frank Lee: Vocals & steel string banjo aDGBD out of F position
Allie Burbrink: Harmony vocals & guitar
Bruce Lang: Upright bass
A sweet song written by the Delmore Brothers. We learned our version from Jim and Jesse McReynolds.

6. Cabin on a Hill
(Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, © Peer International Corp)
Allie Burbrink: Vocals & guitar
Frank Lee: Vocals & guitar
A Flatt and Scruggs classic! We have fun trading the lead vocals on this one.

7. Gallows Pole
(Traditional)
Allie Burbrink: Vocals & guitar
Frank Lee: Vocals & nylon string fretless banjo c#BG#C#
Possibly the oldest song we perform, this piece is from the singing of Lead Belly. It’s been in Frank’s repertoire for many years. Find Frank’s tabs on our website under “Funky Frailing with Frank,” episode 1.

8. Sandy Boys
(Traditional)
Frank Lee: Nylon string fretless banjo dBEAB
Allie Burbrink: Steel string banjo f#DGCD capo 4
Modal tune commonly played on the fiddle and popularized by West Virginia fiddler Edden Hammons.

9. Arkansas Sheik
(Traditional)
Frank Lee: Vocals & guitar
Allie Burbrink: Harmony vocals & guitar
Bruce Lang: Upright bass
A cautionary song recorded in Atlanta by Riley Puckett and Clayton McMitcheon in 1928, warning Missouri girls not to get involved with boys from Arkansas.

10. Stagger Lee
(Traditional)
Frank Lee: Vocals & steel string banjo gDGBD
Allie Burbrink: Harmony vocals & guitar
Bruce Lang: Upright bass
This murder ballad describes the altercation between “Stag” Lee and Billy Lyons in St. Louis, MO in 1895. First recorded by Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians in 1924 under the title “Stack O’ Lee Blues”. We print t-shirts of the Black Patti label version by Long Cleve Reed and Little Harvey Hull. Our version is based on the Pine Ridge Boys’ from southwest Virginia.

11. Reuben’s Train
(Traditional)
Frank Lee: Vocals & nylon string fretless banjo d#BD#F#B Allie Burbrink: Harmony vocals & harmonica
Another popular piece in both bluegrass and old time circles, this melody is also called “Train 45”.

12. Can’t Nobody Hide From God
(Willie Johnson & Angeline Johnson, © Alpha Music, Inc.)
Allie Burbrink: Vocals & guitar
Frank Lee: Harmony vocals & National Duolian resonator guitar (open D)
Bruce Lang: Upright bass
Blind Willie Johnson’s 1930 recording is the source for this spiritual song. One of the first songs we started singing together.

13. Roll and Tumble
(Willie Newbern, © Music Sales Corp. Obo St. James Music)
Allie Burbrink: Vocals & harmonica
Frank Lee: Harmony vocals & nylon string fretless banjo d#BD#F#B
Learned from Rosa Lee Hill, this piece comes from the northern Mississippi blues tradition. Find Frank’s tabs on our website under “Funky Frailing with Frank”, episode 6.

14. Sugar Babe
(Traditional)
Frank Lee: Nylon string banjo eBEAB
Allie Burbrink: Steel string banjo eDGBD capo 7
Learned from the playing of Joe Birchfield and adapted to the banjo. Find Frank’s tabs on our website under “Funky Frailing with Frank”, episode 2.

15. Let the Sun Shine Down on Me
(Jean Ritchie, © Jonathan B. Pickow Trust)
Allie Burbrink: Vocals & steel string banjo f#DGCD capo 4
Frank Lee: Nylon string banjo eBEAB
Bruce Lang: Upright bass
Recorded by Jean Ritchie in 1965, this piece appears on the album “Mountain Hearth and Home: Jean Ritchie Sings the Songs of her Kentucky Mountain Family.”

All songs arranged by Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink © 2018
www.frankleeandallieburbrink.com
Recorded at Big Creek Studios in Barnardsville, NC
Mixed and mastered by Bruce Lang
Photographs by Terri Clark Photography
Design by Karl Eggers Design

Thanks to all who preordered this album to fund the recording process, especially Connie Burbrink and Dorothy Kendall.
Thanks to Bruce for his patience, good humor, and skill.
Thanks to all who have stood by us through the sunshine and through the clouds.
Thanks to Sam, Little Kitty, Eensteen, and Sadie for entertaining us.

For Willow

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Vocal harmonies, banjo harmonies. Blues harmonica, blues banjo. Reso guitar, fingerpicked guitar. Old favorites, a few surprises. Sweet, spirited, soulful. Recorded in North Carolina, ROLL ON, CLOUDS is a collection of the swath of music Frank & Allie love to share in their live shows.

Roll On, Clouds might be tucked under the bluegrass umbrella, but you won’t hear any banjo rolls or any fiddles. The banjos are hit, not picked, in a style called clawhammer that predates the rolls so commonly heard in bluegrass music. Frank and Allie both have bluegrass music in their musical backgrounds, but their banjo approach here, attention to source recordings, and placement of the beat would cause a more attuned listener to stow this CD on the Contemporary Old Time shelf alongside releases from their band The Freight Hoppers. But at the same time, the blues is a heavy influence on this record, with slide banjo, slide guitar, and Allie’s vocals packing a bluesy punch on those tracks. Though the influences are wide, this collection of songs has a coherent feel – confidence from years of playing together, yet freshness of trying some new things in the safety of the studio. This isn’t a record that’s been worked over with all the tools of modern studios, though. You’ll hear rawness, imperfections, and the feeling you’re watching the music be made in front of you. With its natural feel and its lyrics of heartbreak and hope, ROLL ON, CLOUDS is for anyone waiting for hard times to pass and for the sun to shine down again.

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Pony League – A Picture of Your Family

This album is a peek into the space between the moments that have shaped us, both as people and a band. It’s a spring cleaning of emotional baggage, dusting off neglected cracks and corners only to find a comforting beauty in the accidental symmetry of what’s been left behind. A Picture of Your Family. Please enjoy!

Love,

Pony League

I love a good cinematic songwriter. I want to be completely transported into the world that you’re creating with your music– include all the minutia of your daily life if that means that you can paint a picture so crystalline that I can’t help but see myself lost in it. I’ve talked ad nauseam about the way I think Jake Ewald has perfected the craft– but where would he be if it weren’t for acts like Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen? Those two men spared no detail and made sure to include whatever necessary to help the world they were creating come to life. That’s a quality that I’ve come to cherish as I’m getting older, and it’s one that I’m happy to report I’ve found in a band called Pony League.

The band recently announced their new record, A Picture Of Your Family, will be released on March 23rd through hometown-hero record label Break Kids Recordings and I couldn’t be more excited to share the title track with y’all! There’s something about this track that just draws you in– I don’t know if it’s the vulnerable nature of the vocals and piano or if it’s the drawl that helps make the story-telling feel authentic and serene. It’s one of those songs you can’t stop listening to because you love the fact that you feel something when you’re listening to it. You’re taken out of your own head, the negativity of real life slips away, and in a true Walking In Memphis kind of way– you can’t help but feel a little somber but somehow full of joy.

When asked about the song, vocalist Gus Fernandez said: “‘A Picture Of Your Family’ is an attempt to capture the fleeting emotions that come rushing during unexpected moments of quiet or “in-between moments”. You know when you’re at home at a time where you’re usually at work or school, and the light peeks through the window in ways you’ve never noticed? Or if you’ve ever booked a really early flight and found yourself in a cab before the sunrise looking out the window while the world still sleeps. This song is about the buried treasures that pop into your mind (or at least my mind) in that unexpected state of rest. In my case, it started with a glance at an old family photo that I walk by every day. On this particularly quiet day, the photo sent a rush of nostalgia through me and I found myself wondering how I’d gotten here.”

Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway – Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway

Singer-songwriter Charlie Jackson emerges with his debut album featuring his band The Heartland Railway.

Singer-songwriter Charlie Jackson is backed by his band The Heartland Railway. Alternative country inspired by Jason Isbell, Dwight Yoakam, and Ryan Adams among others.