MIKE AND THE MOONPIES (USA) --> VERLEGT VOM 27.04.22!
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with help from the London Symphony Orchestra,Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold is Mike and the Moonpies' most adventurous record to date — an album that diversifies the band's honky-tonk roots by adding lush strings, cinematic arrangements, and collaborative songwriting to the mix. Inspired in part by the classic "countrypolitan" music of the 1960s and early '70s, these songs find frontman Mike Harmeierchanneling the smooth delivery of crooners like Glen Campbell and Frank Sinatra, backed by a band of road warriors who all played a major role in the songs' construction. The result is a modern record steeped in everything that made the old stuff so compelling: sharp storytelling; honest, dynamic performances; and a willingness to step far outside the box.
Once celebrated as Austin's premiere dancehall band — with popular residencies at local institutions like The Hole In the Wall, Broken Spoke and the White Horse to match — the Moonpies have spent years expanding their reach far beyond the Lone Star State. Geographically, they'll always be a Texas band. Musically, they've grown into much more than that, having traded the two-steppin' twang of their earlier years for a diverse sound that's both fresh and familiar. That sound has earned the group an international following, and it was during a European tour that the bulk of Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold was created — in the same world-renowned, London-area recording studio where the Beatles recorded Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Bandand Pink Floyd tracked Dark Side of the Moon, no less.
"Every time we've taken a step forward, it's a result of us refusing to become stagnant," says Harmeier, who's joined by his longtime band — pedal steel player Zach Moulton, guitarist Catlin Rutherford, bassistOmar Oyoque, keyboardist John Carbone, drummer Kyle Ponder, and producer/collaborator Adam Odor — on Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold's eight tracks. "We left our dancehall residencies years ago because we wanted to expand our touring beyond Texas. We updated our approach withMockingbird, then went back to a more traditional sound — in a 1970s, Johnny Paycheck-inspired way — with [2018’s break-out album] Steak Night at the Prairie Rose. 10 years into our career, we're still finding our voice… and we're realizing that maybe it's not onevoice, but a collection of voices."
A collection of voices, indeed. The album's lead single, "You Look Good in Neon," is a nostalgic toe-tapper that evokes Ronnie Milsap's golden years, while "Fast as Lightning" is a raucous road song that's every bit as electrifying as its title. On the nostalgic "Cheap Silver," Harmeiertakes stock of his band's progress as an eight-piece string section swoons in the background, while on "Danger" — a hard-charging epic that's fit for a Hollywood western, with a cameo by Shooter Jennings to boot — he sings directly to his son. Also making guest appearances on the album are modern-day outlaw Nikki Lane, who contributes harmony vocals to "Miss Fortune," and fellow Texas native Season Ammons, who shows up during the album's elegant cover of Gary P. Nunn's "London Homesick Blues."
Although largely recorded in London, Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold still owes its inception to Texas, where the bandmates spent a week co-writing and arranging songs at renowned yellow DOG Studios in Wimberley, TX. "Everyone had a hand in the creation process, from start to finish," says Harmeier, who shares co-writing credits with multiple Moonpies throughout the album. "I usually come to the table with all the songs already written, but this album is entirely different. We worked on everything together. It was the most collaborative thing we've ever done. It was truly the work of a band."
It's been more than a decade since Mike and the Moonpies launched their career, initially paying their dues as a versatile cover band with a catalog of 300 songs. Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold nods to those woodshedding days — not only in the album's title track, where Harmeierraises a drink and sings, "Here's to another night of paying our dues," but also in the album's handful of cover songs. The boys resurrect the twangy spirit of their dancehall days with "If You Want A Fool Around," written by Billy Troy and BennieBoling, and also put their own stamp on Aaron Sinclair's "Young in Love." Those covers serve as a tip-of-the-hat to the band's roots, while also demonstrating that the Moonpies' own songs pack just as much punch as the songs of their heroes. Harmeier and company haven't forgotten about their bar-band beginnings, but these days, they're more interested in creating their own gold.
Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold rewrites the definition of Mike and the Moonpies' music, turning vintage influences into a contemporary that's dark, reflective, and refined.
Honky-Tonk, Americana, Indie-Country
Beginn: 20:30 Uhr | Einlass: 19:30 Uhr | Eintritt: VVK € 16 zzgl. Geb. | BEREITS GEKAUFTE TICKETS FÜR DEN 27.04.22 BEHALTEN IHRE GÜLTIGKEIT!
HONKY TONK HARBOUR #3 --> VERLEGT VOM 18.04.20
Präsentiert von Nochtspeicher, YEEHAW Hamburg, kulturnews & SZENE Hamburg.
Glenn Doran & The Prairie Echoes (UK)
Holy Cow! Was sind wir stolz, diese Band zum ersten Mal in Deutschland zu präsentieren! Da könnte man meinen, man wäre geradewegs mit der Zeitmaschine in einem amerikanischen Honky Tonk in den 40er oder 50er Jahren gelandet. So authentisch spielen Glenn Doran & The Prairie Echoes den Hillbilly Bop, dass gleich alle Hanks, Jimmy & Johnny, einschließlich George gerne mit dieser Band spielen würden. Holt kaltes Bier und Bourbonfässer! Denn Glenn Doran & The Prairie Echoes spielen zum Barndance auf! Yeehaw !!!
Fia Sco & The Majestics (AUT)
Hillbilly Tunes & Western Swing sind vielleicht nicht das Erste, was einem einfällt, wenn man an Österreich denkt. Aber das wird sich bald ändern! Denn wenn Ihr erst seht, was Fia Sco & The Majestics auf der Bühne für ein musikalisches Feuerwerk abbrennen, kommt Ihr aus dem Staunen nicht mehr raus! Kein Wunder, dass die fünfköpfige Kapelle um Frontfrau Fia Sco schon ganz gut rumgekommen ist und 2017 sogar für die AMERIPOLITAN Music Awards nominiert war. Hut ab! Und Tanzschuhe angezogen!
Mary Lee Family Band (BRA/IRL)
Der Vergleich mit der Country-Legende Loretta Lynn liegt bei Mary Lee nahe. Bereits 2016 hatten die brasilianischen Honky-Tonk Pioniere ihr zweites Album „Fighting Demons“ via Muddy Roots Records veröffentlicht. Mit einer Reihe neuer Songs und mit frischer Kraft tourt die Band derzeit durch Europa. Eine Show von Brasilien nach Berlin, mit Stop in New York, in der church of Punkrock, und für ein Glas Whiskey am Tresen.
Eingerahmt wird der Abend von unseren fantastischen DJs: Glencheck (Freiburg) Cousin ChooChoo (Kassel) Hank McFly (Hamburg) Lefty Right (Hamburg) die Euch mit Hillbilly Bop, Honky Tonk & Western Swing etc. all night long zum Tanzen einladen!
Zum Auftakt der Veranstaltung wird Euch wieder Marie von Bloody Hot Swing eine kurze Einführung in das Two-Step-Tanzen geben. Seid dabei! Two-Step ist kinderleicht zu erlernen und so könnt Ihr die ganze Nacht nach Honky-Tonk-Art das Tanzbein schwingen!
Beginn: 20:00 Uhr | Einlass: 19:00 Uhr | Eintritt: VVK € 25 zzgl. Geb. | ACHTUNG: DIE VERANSTALTUNG WURDE VOM 18.04.20 VERLEGT. BEREITS GEKAUFTE TICKETS BEHALTEN IHRE GÜLTIGKEIT!
Hamburg's 3rd Indie-Country & Western-Swing Allnighter
GIUFÀ (ITA) --> VERLEGT VOM 13.05.22!
When a band of Sicilian rockers, adepts of Mediterranean and Balkan music, decided to recreate it to their own recipe, the result was quite simply stunning. With a Gypsy-Punk energy that would get village grandmothers off the bench and dancing, the six rascals of Giufà take us tumbling under the hot sun of the Balkans, the Maghreb or Syracuse with melodies inspired by both the Sicilian Tarantella and by Spanish or Afro-Cuban rumba.
A wildly playful music with lyrics full of imagery that deal with politics and more personal themes, but always with the same bandit humor. On January, 17th the new album “ It’s Everything Alright“ is produced released by Escudero Records / Disques Office.
Beginn: 20:30 Uhr | Einlass: 19:30 Uhr | Eintritt: VVK € 16 zzgl. Geb. | BEREITS GEKAUFTE TICKETS FÜR DEN 13.05.22 BEHALTEN IHRE GÜLTIGKEIT FÜR DEN 12.05.23!
Gypsy-Punk, Balkan Beats