Friday, April 27, 2012

Howdy Folks, Well be spinning a selection of records at The Lauriston tonight from our pick of ‘Record Store Day’ including: Moon Duo’s ‘Mazes Remixed’ 2012, Black Angels-‘Watch Out Boy’ 45, CW Stoneking-‘Maggie May’ 45, Kriedler and Tarwater split 12", Social Distortion's ‘Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes’ LP plus other acquisitions we’ve made along the way this week including: Husker Dü’s 'Wharehouse Songs from 1986, Psychic TV’s ‘Hell Is Invisible, Heaven Is Here' from 2007, The Fall’s ’This Nation’s Saving Grace’ from 1985’, The Stooges debut album ‘Alternative Takes’ from 1969, and last but not least The Best Of John Carpenter Original scores. As well as our not-so-usual selection of Psych’, Americana, Krautrock, Country and twisted Rock ’n’ Roll.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Howdy Folks, it’s time once again for Bonanza & Son’s Countrier Than Thou night at The Lock Tavern.
This month we have a superb line up with the very talented Ely Plains plus solo act Simon Stanley-Ward… See below for full write up.
We also wanna briefly mention that the Lock Tavern is ten years old in May and we have lined up a very special 'Boy Girl duo night’ but more about that nearer the time. If any of you are knocking about Hackney for a pint on Friday night Bonanza & Son will be djing from 8 til Midnight at The Lauriston, 162 Victoria Park Road, London, E9, If you haven’t been it’s a lovely pub just on the cusp of Victoria Park and they also serve the best pizza Bonanza & Son have tasted outside of Naples!
And finally, just a reminder that we now have a new time-slot for our radio show on ResonanceFM... Every Wednesday tea-time from 4pm and repeated Sundays at 1pm. This Sunday you’ll hear a repeat of a fantastic live session from Lou Rabouhi Kilcawley plus our pick of the best records from ‘Record Store Day’ plus our new feature 'Country-Celluloid‘ and next Wednesday we have a live session from Mr Russell Joslin. Peace, love and respect as always. Bonanza & Son.
Bonanza & Son Promotions Present:
'Countrier Than Thou'
‘Country • Bluegrass • Americana • Rock ’n 'Roll’
@ The Lock Tavern
Thursday 26th April 2012

Live acts
The Ely Plains:
Inspired by the music and imagery of the dustbowl and depression era North America the Ely Plains are a perfect back drop for our recession-ridden age. This 6 piece, Americana band play alternative Country Rock and have a fine armoury of original material that displays a great knowledge and love of good-time, Americana roots music but with there own strong, English twist. The Ely Plains weave three part harmonies around emotive narratives whilst melding fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar and harmonica with Country inflected Telecaster runs and a solid rythmn section. A great live band live band whose songs are equally at home in any honky tonk as well as at blissed-out summer festivals. Influences abound from the best of Neil Young, Creedence, Green On Red, The Band, Rolling Stones, Water Boys, Teenage Fanclub etc.

+ Simon Stanley-Ward:
A highly, authentic mixture of Country and Americana from this London lad. This is Country with soul, passion and honesty. Three chords and the truth for sure!

+ Bonanza & Son DJ set (ResonanceFM) Radio Presenters, DJ & Club night promoters playing old, dusty vinyl of the Country, Blues, Bluegrass & Americana variety plus a few oddities to twist your heads.

+ Bonanza & Son will also be screening rare cinematic, Americana curios all night including Philip Kaufman's 'The Great, Northfileld, Minnesota, Raid' from 1972, John Ford's 'The Grapes Of Wrath' from 1940 and most importantly Martin Scorsese’s 'The Last Waltz’ as a tribute to the late, great Levon Helm.

+ Guest DJ Bound For Glory Country, Alt Country & Country Rock.
@ The Lock Tavern,
35 Chalk Farm Road,
London, NW1
Thursday 26th April 2012... 8-Midnight FREE ENTRY

Bonanza & Son is now in its ninth year of showcasing the best in Country, Blues, Americana and Roots Music as well as djing quality music from Country to Krautrock, Psych’ and underground Rock ’n’ roll.
Countrier Than Thou has successfully moved into it’s fifth year at the Lock Tavern. (The Lock Tavern is ten years old next month, watch out for a ‘Countrier Than Thou SPECIAL' next month ) Way back in the days when Country was still a dirty word round these parts and Americana was thought by some to be simply a typo’ error, not only having consistently sourced excellence in traditional Country, Bonanza has also discovered the most forward thinking Avant-Country, Punk-Blues, Americana and Roots with zero irony just good, old, quality music and very good times.

Bonanza & Son On Resonance104.4FM Wednesday Tea-time 4-5pm
(repeated Sunday lunchtime at 1-2pm)

‘Tracing the roots and subsequent influence of the pioneers, innovators, outlaws, renegades and mavericks of Country Music and Americana’s past present and future' Tune in on 104.4FM in London or online at

All past Bonanza & Son, ResonanceFM radio shows are archived on our Mixcloud page and can be listened to at any time.
Each week after the Sunday repeat has been broadcast we upload the show to:

Winner of the Radio Academy Nations & Regions Award for London, three years running! Nominee, Sony Radio Academy Awards 2010 "Station Programmer of the Year" Runner-up, PRSF New Music Award 2008 As featured in the Independent on Sunday's Happy List The Guardian calls it 'The best radio station in London'; The Village Voice, 'The best radio station in the world’. The average monthly listener figures for ResonanceFM on the internet is somewhere in the region of 120,000 and FM listenership (which is most places in London within the M25) is considerably more than that.

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We also have a blog with lots more weird and wonderful music and facts that you might like to explore:

Bonanza & Son Promotions & club nights include:
Countrier Than Thou’ @ The Lock Tavern
’The Gaslight Club’ @ Filthy MacNasty's
'The Cosmic Film Club' @ The New Rose

Bonanza & Son regulary DJ at all of the above venues plus The Lauriston in Hackney, The Three Crowns in Stoke Newington and The Defectors Weld in Shepherds Bush.

Bonanza & Son Music & Promotions Promoters, Radio Presenters & DJs Bonanza & Son on Resonance104.4FM BRAND NEW SHOW TIMES Wednesdays 4-5pm (Sunday Afternoon repeats 1-2pm)