Blues Rock/Country band Cowboy Hat release debut album ‘A History of The American West and Other Stories’

Released 3rd June 2014

London based Americana enthusiast Cowboy Hat is set to release debut album in June.

Could it be the best Alt. Country debut album you’ll hear this year? Well, it has already been described as ‘Timeless’ and ‘Lyrically breath taking’. With some strong lyrics based around a historical theme, alongside the rich warm vocals from Nigel Barker, it is certainly an album worth listening to.

Check out track ‘Yeah I Love The South’ Here:

And ‘These Men Dreamed America’ Here:

Singer songwriter Nigel Barker formed Cowboy Hat in 2012 in London which is surprising as the songs are heavily influenced by American music and history. With band members changing over time, he is the only official member of this innovative country rock band.

Nigel Barker’s musical life hasn’t always been an easy ride. When assistant engineering at Air Montserrat Recording Studios for the Elton John ‘Jump Up’ album, he encountered a terrible accident.

On one of his rare days off he crashed his car off a steep drop, the car was upside down and if it hadn’t been for an off duty cop, Nigel would have bled to death. Whilst he narrowly escaped death, he was left without the use of his left hand, which at the time came at a huge blow to his music career as he could not continue on with the record deal he had signed just months ago.

As at this stage Nigel could not continue his dream of music he used his creative energies to become film director, even though he saw some great success creating 3 feature films and winning awards for his work, it didn’t fill that hole that music had left in his life.

Nigel didn’t play his guitar for 30 years after the accident, however after 17 years he got a Harley Davison motorcycle and Nigel believes it was the heavy clutch that built the strength back into his left hand.

When he rediscovered music, he went out and bought the very same guitar he had all those years ago (A sunburst Gibson Les Paul). He spent 18 hours a day practicing until he learnt to play again.

Now back and stronger than ever Nigel is stepping into the spotlight with Cowboy Hat, the music is, raw, rich and full of power. The vocals and lyrical content really are the backbone of this fantastic release. There are big things to come for this innovative record and inspiring man.


Eleanore & the Lost release Part I of highly anticipated album: ‘The Gift’!

New release available this month, the first section of a three part album

After winning many fans with the release of debut album ‘Parlour Game’, Eleanore & the Lost have recently announced the release of follow up “The Gift”, which will be released in three parts.

Formed in November 2010 after the release of ‘Parlour Game’,the band have enthralled audiences with stunning live performances which also showcase Eleanore’s spectacular four octave range. It really is no wonder that all the reviews they’ve received have showered them with compliments.

The Gift (Part I), out this month, doesn’t disappoint. In the studio as well as on the stage, Eleanore’s range is truly captivating, but it’s also apparent that her song writing has taken on a new dimension. With refreshing lyrics covering a range of subjects, the songs vary from the beautiful, mid-tempo ‘Leap of Faith’, to the emotionally powerful rock re-working of ‘My True Nature’ (2014).  Meanwhile, ‘Sorry, Child’ will send chills down your spine, and the band’s first cover song – a version of Gershwin classic ‘Summertime’ – leaves the predictable jazz renditions behind in an unexpected blend of Fleetwood Mac’s psychedelic rock style, haunting melodies and tight harmonies.

Clocking in at just four tracks, ‘The Gift (Part I)’ leaves you wanting more. Fortunately, Part II is planned for release later this year.

The Gift (Part I) will be available to stream and download March/April.

Track List:  “My True Nature (2014)”, “Leap of Faith”, “Sorry, Child”, “Summertime”

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New albums on the way from The Black Keys and The Vamps

The VampsThe Black Keys and The Vamps have both announced that they have new albums in the pipeline.

The Black Keys made their announcement, regarding what will be their eighth studio LP, via Mike Tyson’s twitter where a teaser video was posted alongside the words ‘Turn Blue’.

The release date for the new album was also revealed as May 13th, with the first single ‘Fever’ due next Monday.

It’s exciting news for fans of the band, who’ve really hit their groove after winning multiple Grammy awards plus the BRIT for International Band last year.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, brand new four piece The Vamps have announced their debut album ‘Meet The Vamps’ for April 14th.

The pop group are also set to begin their first full UK tour in Sheffield on 23rd September.

Interview: Kelly Oliver

Kelly Oliver PRHaving only started gigging in May last year, folk singer-songwriter Kelly Oliver has made quite an impact. Within months of starting she found herself invited to open Folkstock Festival before, incredibly, bagging herself a spot at the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival. It marks a mighty rise for someone who has been on the circuit for less than a year, and with single ‘He Walked on the Side of the Sea’ out March 17th, we took the chance to ask her a few questions.


Many of our readers won’t have heard of your music before, how would you describe your sound?

I would say it’s influenced by traditional folk music. Traditional Irish folk music definitely, but I do have country influences. I’m influenced a lot by Dolly Parton, and people like Kenny Rogers, singers like Alison Krauss and Cara Dillon. But I think the way I write songs is influenced a lot by Irish folk music, the traditional ways. Really I take influences from all sorts, so I’m not sure how I’d describe it but that’s probably the best way.


The upcoming single ‘He Walked on the Side of the Sea’ features BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year nominee Will Pound on Harmonica. How did that collaboration come about?

That was through Twitter! I followed him on Twitter – I was a fan of his a little bit before – and because I play harmonica I’d already had the song recorded [for EP ‘Far From Home – Ed]. But my manager just approached him to see if he wanted to do a collaboration, we sent him the song and he agreed. So it was quite quickly done actually, it was really good fun.


Your rise since starting out last year has been stratospheric – did you have any inkling you’d get the reaction you have when you started out?

Not at all. I went travelling basically, and once I went I decided while I was out there that I wanted to at least have a go at the music. I didn’t know anything, I never thought what could happen. At the beginning I just focussed on trying to do gigs, got myself a Facebook stage and started at the bottom really. Started with trying to promote myself online and approach people for gigs. I guess it’s the same way every musician starts, so I never thought I would even have the chance to record an EP let alone the things that have come from that so it was really shocking!


‘He Walked on the Side of the Sea’ was originally released, minus Will Pound, as part of your EP ‘Far From Home’, which has been a big part of your success so far. Do you have any plans for a follow up as yet?

Yeah, we do. There’s going to be an album that will be recorded and released this year. I have got some songs that I’m looking to put on there but then there might be some that I haven’t written yet, depending on finding the time to write and record.


Where is the best place to find your music online?

My website is, and from there there’re links to my Facebook page, my Twitter and Soundcloud.

You can listen to ‘He Walked in the Side of the Sea’ here:

And it can also be found on Amazon and iTunes.

‘Frettening Behaviour’ album by the awesome Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes – out now, Heroic Records

Albert Lee LP 700Like a fine wine or Natalie Imbruglia’s smile, some things just get better with age. Albert Lee is just such an artist.

It’s hard to overstate the influence of this man – one of the foremost genre guitarists in the world – for his influence over those that have followed in the country music world. His speedy finger style has always marked him out, and the performances on this album are no different.

And with decent material to work with on this LP, Albert Lee is allowed to shine once more. With songwriters working on the project including Jim Lauderdale, Rodney Crowell, Gerry Goffin and Glen Campbell (a legend in his own right) the foundation for an excellent release were there from the start. Add to that a really good selection of cover songs added to the mix, and it all makes for an enjoyable country lilted album.

The energy is high throughout, with even the ballads given a shot in the arm in terms of their raw performance, making for an excellent listen.

A Plastic Rose – ‘Someone’s Daughter’

The new single from A Plastic Rose, ‘Someone’s Daughter’, will be released on March 10th, the band have also announced a small UK tour for April .

On top of all this, A Plastic Rose have announced that they will release a new album following the tour.

The band come from Belfast, and are probably closest to the likes of Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Frank Turner and Everything Everything. They have in fact played with most of these giants, including the Stones.a+plastic+rose+graham

Kerrang have described their music as being ‘stunning’ and said that they ‘deserve whole heartedly to be your new favorite band’. Radio 1’s Huw Stephens has also praised them, calling one their songs ‘mesmerising’.

Their most recent single ‘This Side Of Winter’ gained radio play from Fearne Cotton, Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe and Phil & Alice on BBC Radio 1, as well as getting airplay on XFM, Amazing, Kerrang! and Absolute Radio.

They have announced some new tour dates, below:

Mon 14 – Edinburgh, Electric Circus / Tue 15 – Glasgow, Oran Mor

Wed 16 – London, Upstairs @ The Garage

Fri 18 – Manchester, The Castle


All OTHER confirmed and announced UK dates:

19th April – UK, Bristol, Hit The Deck Festival

20th April – UK, Nottingham, Hit The Deck Festival

3rd May – Leeds, Live At Leeds Festival (TBC)

8/9/10th May – (Final dates TBC) UK, The Great Escape,

26th July – Surrey, Redfest