Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Nightjar - 'Wardrobe'.

On this past week's radio show we played the new single 'Wardrobe' from The Nightjar, progressive lo-fi Post-Folkers from Bristol.

They now have a gorgeously intriguing video to go with the song filmed by band member Pete Thomas on a CCTV camera no less - Really lovely stuff!



'Originally conceived as a close-harmony vocal trio, a collaboration with South London producer Kams brought them to the attention of Boiler Room’s Joe Muggs. The ensuing Boiler Room debut went viral, and brought their 2015 ‘The Nightjar’ EP plaudits from nearly 70,000 underground music fans, as well as the accolade of airplay on Radio 3’s Late Junction.

A successful crowd-funding campaign convinced them of the existence of an audience for their dream-like, ethereal songs of hope, loss and disaster and, in the autumn of 2015, The Nightjar relocated to a farmhouse in rural Portugal to begin their first full-length offering.

Drawing influence from the lo-fi wooze of Grouper, the stark and poignant balladry of Diane Cluck and the deft compositions of Colleen, The Nightjar use close-harmonies, tight-interlocking guitars, deep bass and an intense lead vocal to paint fragile, haunting landscapes.'



We hope to get the band in for a live session very soon and can't wait for the release of their upcoming long player 'Objects'.

In the meantime you can catch them at The Jazz Cafe this coming Tuesday 24th Jan 2017...

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bonanza & Son DJ set - Aces & Eights London

TONIGHT
Bonanza & Son DJ set
upstairs at Aces & Eights - NW5

'Playing a myriad of music
from the dustiest red dirt reality
right out into the most spaced-out Cosmos'...
Hard rock soft rock mor aor country rock garage rock punk rock post rock rock n roll

10pm-2:30am - £3

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Levi Cuss - 'Night Thief'.

Here at Bonanza & Son HQ we are very much enjoying the upcoming long player from Levi Cuss - A real rootsy groover with exquisite vintage tones but always with a contemporary pertinence from a man whom the term 'real deal' may well have been invented - No stranger to drink, drugs, crime and even doing time!



'Night Thief' is an album that picks you up off of the dusty red dirt and less than an hour later drops you off somewhere far far away in the cosmos!

A 'Hen House' Nashville recorded album beautifully produced by Steve Dawson.

Expect to hear it on Bonanza & Son on Resonance 104.4fm next Wednesday 18 January at 4:30pm (UK time)

'Night Thief' is released 10 March 2017.

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.
Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM





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...




https://youtu.be/U4j0EjgApCo

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.
Bonanza & Son on Resonance 104.4FM

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.
http://robertvincentmusic.com/



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



£10 Advance tickets available from www.wegottickets.com/event/378780

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