Thursday, December 01, 2016

One of our songs of the year:

David Crosby - 'By The Light Of Common Day'

Taken from Crosby's recently released 'Lighthouse' LP...
The song features jazz vocalist and frequent Snarky Puppy collaborator Becca Stevens whose vocal affects the song dramatically... Stevens also wrote the music. The song also features the vocal talents of Michelle Willis and Michael League.
I reckon this album hasn't gotten the acclaim or attention it deserves - It's a record that needs to be lived with and eventually yields its splendour and beauty to the attentive and loyal listener...

Another masterpiece from the master.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Latest Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM

Special Cosmic-Country & Space-Gospel US Presidential Election Mix
featuring Waylon Jennings, David Crosby, Bob Weir, Paul Cauthen, Henry Senior Jr, Jonny Fritz, Johnny Dowd, Drive-By Truckers, James McMurtry and many more... Just click the MIXCLOUD LINK BELOW

Is this the best album of 2016?

Paul Cauthen - ‘My Gospel’

This is a pounding, stomping, twanging genuinely outlaw masterpiece of an album - But for every ounce of twang, spit, grit, mud, blood and beer there are equal, three-finger-whiskey measures of heartfelt Country Soul, blissed-out Space Gospel and truly cosmic American music - none of that cringeworthy cod Country Psych’ or tagged on rubberized Soul here just rousing, punch-the-air choruses, inspired instrumentation and exquisite arrangements.

Paul cut his teeth, tonsils and chops with his more than worthy predecessors Sons Of Fathers but he’s truly found his voice on his debut solo and that voice is one hell of a hefty baritone reminiscent of some of the greats such as Waylon, The Big O and even Elvis comes to mind at times but Cauthen is always his own man.

To go with this incredible voice there’s some truly great songwriting with the spirit of Mickey Newbury and Steve Young approvingly watching over proceedings but again always with Cauthen’s own take and feel - Plenty of variety here too and yet paradoxically without veering or steering too far from the straight and narrow - Call it Gospel, call it Country, call it Americana & Roots if you have to but be in no doubt this is the real deal.

If there’s a better album released in 2016 Bonanza & Son are yet to hear it.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mickey Newbury - 'An American Trilogy'

Although arguably one of the greatest songwriters to have walked the planet Mickey Newbury is probably best known for a song he arranged but didn't actually write.

As the 60's approached the 70's in the U.S. and with a backdrop of great upheaval and national anxiety over war and race issues Newbury performed one night in Los Angeles - Whilst on stage he spontaneously pieced together a southern anthem 'Dixie', a minstrel song that became the unofficial anthem of the Confederacy during the Civil War and written by Northerner Daniel Emmett...

Plus a northern anthem 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic', the marching song of the Union Army during the Civil War written by Southerner William Steffe...

And a third song 'All My Trials' which was originally a Jamaican slave song and Bahamian lullaby derived itself from African-American spirituals.

In the audience that night were numerous notaries including Odetta, Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand and this combined trio of songs brought tears to Odetta's eyes. It came to be called 'An American Trilogy' and it's fair to say was later made most famous by Elvis Presley of course becoming the centerpiece of his subsequent live extravaganzas.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Peter Bruntnelll with full band - Friday 16th December 2016 - Shacklewell Arms London E8.

Bonanza & Son on Resonance 104.4fm Proudly Presents:
Peter Bruntnelll with full band
+ Robert Vincent
+ Bonanza & Son DJs
at The Shacklewell Arms
London E8.

Friday 16th December 2016

Following the critical success of Peter Bruntnell's recent album 'Nos Da Comrade' Peter will play an end of year London show with his full band at The Shacklewell Arms.

BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris recently described Pete as the 'corner-stone of UK Americana' not surprising when you consider Pete was the first truly Americana artist in the UK before the sub-genre even had a name - Peter perfectly counterpoints American Roots influenced music and Alt-Country with classic, erudite songwriting, dreamy Psychedelia and a truly cosmic vibe.

The NME said in no uncertain terms 'Peter Bruntnell's records should be taught in schools'
whilst Rolling Stone Magazine described him as 'England's best kept musical secret'.

We are also very pleased to announce that support comes from Robert Vincent who was the toast of the recent Americana Muisc Association Awards in Nashville as well as recently winning the Emerging Talent award at The UK Americana Association Awards. Robert's critically lauded new album “I’ll Make The Most of My Sins” was released on At the Helm Records.

ResonanceFM's Bonanza & Son will provide the records throughout the night.

£10 Advance tickets available from

Tickets on the door will be £15.

Come along and help Pete celebrate Christmas early.

'Bruntnell has a remarkable knack for turning out big, dreamy, melodic songs.' - (Americana Album of The Month) Mojo

'If we lived in a just world Peter Bruntnell would be in the middle of his third or fourth global arena tour' - The Guardian

'Pete's songs are warm and beautufully radiant' - Uncut

'Peter Bruntnell's songs should be taught in schools'. -NME

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Special Richmond Fontaine mix...

Special Richmond Fontaine mix + their last ever radio interview and live session today at 4:30pm... Be sure to pack a box of tissues!

Richmond Fontaine have decided to call it a day after almost 25 years of playing together... Bonanza & Son ask them why between the tears as well as a live session backstage at The Electric Ballroom.

The guys played their last ever UK gig at The Electric Ballroom, Camden London on Friday as part of their farewell tour and in light of their disbanding Bonanza & Son have put together a special Richmond Fontaine mix which centres around a live session and interview + songs from all points in their 22 year career and a few surprises as part of this special Bonanza & Son mix...

Tune in every Wednesday at 4:30pm (UK time) on 104.4fm in London or anywhere on
Bonanza & Son On Resonance 104.4fm
‘Tracing the roots and subsequent influence of the pioneers, innovators, outlaws, renegades and mavericks of Country Music and Americana’s past present and future'
Wednesdays at 4:30pm (repeated Thursdays at Midnight)

UPCOMING Sessions:
Sarah Jarosz- 16th November (TBC)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Chris Brown curated Canadian special with Suzanne Jarvie and Kate Fenner:

Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM
Wednesday 21 September 2016... 4:30pm (UK Time)

Chris Brown curated Canadian special with Suzanne Jarvie and Kate Fenner.

Genius Canadian, New York-based producer and songwriter responsible for David Corley's 'Available Light' will perform solo and alongside emotive and critically acclaimed Toronto songwriters Suzanne Jarvie & Kate Fenner on the run up to their Canadian Showcase at Aces & Eights Tufnell Park on Wednesday 5th October 2016.

Since he was a kid, Chris has been writing songs. While still in high school he began earning his living as a musician with The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir. His considerable discography includes CDs and tours with Kate Fenner, The Openhearted Society, The Citizens’ Band, DJ Logic, The Tragically Hip, Joan As Police Woman, as well as his solo work. Chris recent productions for David Corley and Suzanne Jarvie have garnered much critical attention; currently Chris is in studio finishing his own double album entitled “Pacem” due out later this year.

Suzanne Jarvie:
Born in colonial Hong Kong to British parents and raised in Toronto, Canada Suzanne was steeped in and drew inspiration from the likes of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris to Dolly Parton, the Stanley Brothers and Lucinda Williams....

A recent article in Huffington Post described Chris Brown in no uncertain terms as a prodcucer and songwriter of genius proportions:
'In addition to being an accomplished musician what drew me to Chris Brown was his social activism. Most recently, Chris founded the Pros and Cons Music Mentoring Program at Pittsburgh Institution in Kingston, Ontario, where Chris continues to run music workshops. These workshops led to Chris to produce and record - what Exclaim! Magazine calls an “inescapably honest and sincere” recording - with some prisoners entitled Postcards from the County. Chris’ ongoing work with inmates has been lauded throughout North America and his program was recently honored with a generous grant from the David Rockefeller Fund to help expand it to other correctional facilities.'
From an article in The Huffington Post
by Ira Israel Psychotherapist.

As always Bonanza & Son showcases the best of all the new and upcoming Americana, Country & Roots releases from Neil Young, Drive-By Truckers, Jonny Fritz, John Murry, Chip Taylor...Woven Hand, The Handsome Family, Sarah Jarosz, Freakwater, Henry Senior Jnr, Al Scorch + lots more

And of course it wouldn't be Bonanza & Son without plenty of vintage vinyl blasts from the past and overlooked originators of Country, Americana and roots music...

Tune in every Wednesday at 4:30pm (UK time) on 104.4fm in London or anywhere on

Bonanza & Son On Resonance 104.4fm
‘Tracing the roots and subsequent influence of the pioneers, innovators, outlaws, renegades and mavericks of Country Music and Americana’s past present and future'

Wednesdays at 4:30pm (repeated Thursdays at Midnight)


UPCOMING Sessions:
Karl Blau - Wednesday 7th September
John Murry - 14th September
Hugh Christopher Brown + Suzanne Jarvie - 21st September
Sarah Jarosz- 16th November (TBC)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Bonanza & Son DJ set at The Defectors Weld.

Today, Sunday 18th September in Shepherds Bush, London...
Bonanza & Son DJ set

Spinning the perfectly pleasant Sunday soundtrack of
Laid back mellowness from pretty much the past 100 years.