A Crooked Mile – by Society

Following on from their hugely successful release SONGS FROM THE BRICKHOUSE, Society are back in 2011 with A CROOKED MILE. This stunning new release is guaranteed to bring the trio even more praise from media and audiences alike. For those that don’t know Society are a three piece country rock band from West Sussex who specialise in gorgeous three part harmonies that set them apart from the current crop of Americana or country rock wanabees in the UK. The band comprise guitarist Matt Wise, bassist Ben Lancaster and holding down the beat, F.Scott Kenny on drums. Their recorded and live sound has echoes of C.S.N.Y, The BandThe Heartbreakers, The Jayhawks and the late great Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance. Matt Wise composes most if not all of their material and when all three sing in harmony the result is simply stunning, this shown perfectly at the 2011 Maverick Festival where they had the audience spellbound listening to their live performance.

Since forming in 2004 Society have supported many great artistes including Eve Selis, Deadstring Brothers, Corb Lund, Luke Doucet and The Wailin’ Jennys. Apart from their own UK headline shows, Society have completed two tours of Canada along with a string of dates in the American mid-west gaining a whole new legion of fans in the USA.

This constant touring has honed both their musical and vocal chops and in the summer of 2011 Society returned to the studio to produce A CROOKED MILE, recorded both at the Brickhouse Studios near Brighton and the bands own Downland Studios located near Gatwick. Matt Wise was in the producers’ chair, ably assisted by engineer James Gasson.

The album is once again a collection of eleven original songs from the pen of Matt Wise and arranged by all three band members. Guest musicians featured on the album include Spencer Cullum who is one of the foremost young pedal steel players around today, Ben Davies and James Batchelar on keyboards, Pat Kenneally on melodica/piano and added pedal steel is supplied by Chris Pritchard.

The songs on A CROOKED MILE once again echo their love and passion for all things West Coast USA, Laurel Canyon and the great country rock music produced in the late 1960s/early 70s, yet their sound is brought into the 21st century with a distinctly indie feel. Stand out tracks include 40 Days, a stunning and anthemic crowd pleaser, Blues Flag, reminiscent of The Band at their finest, the bluegrass influenced Davey and the perfect opening track Wheels A’ Turning, country rock at its very best.

2011/2012 will see Society touring the UK to support the release of A CROOKED MILE and already the band are confirmed for several festival appearances in 2012.

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Des Horsfall’s Kuschty Rye – THE GOOD GENTLEMAN’S TONIC

Honouring the legend of the late great Ronnie Lane, in the only way he knew how, roots-rocker Des Horsfall and his band Kuschty Rye embarked on a journey. It was a journey which resulted in the superbly packaged album you have in your hands today, entitled THE GOOD GENTLEMAN’S TONIC.

Recorded at Valve Studios with producer Andy Bell at the helm, the release takes in folk, country, blues, rock and pop influences, reminiscent of Ronnie Lane’s own post Faces work with the legendary Slim Chance. To create a truly fitting tribute to the legend, Des enlisted the help of many of Ronnie’s contemporaries to fully evoke the feel of the Travelling Show that Slim Chance was famously known for. The album has a laid back 1970s feel to it, evident in Lane’s output from his Slim Chance period and the release is given a seal of authenticity by including guest appearances from original Slim Chance members Benny Gallagher, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson.

This forward looking, though at times nostalgic record is further enhanced by contributions from Spiral Earth Awards nominee Katriona Gilmore, renowned folk accordionist Hannah James and noted pedal steel player PJ Wright.

As a nod to the material on the debut Slim Chance record ANYMORE FOR ANYMORE, Des has covered and kept faithful to Ronnie’s version of Careless Love while totally reworking hit single The Poacher to poignantly end the record. Of the songs penned by Des, prime cuts include the Cajun swing of Nothing New, the anthemic Little Girl and live favourite Long Long Time, a track that cries out to be a hit single.

A very special feature of the release is the ‘Unwinese Mix,’ the story of the album’s inception narrated by John Unwin, son of the late great Professor Stanley Unwin who invented the Unwinese language used to great effect in the Small Faces recording OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE album. The ‘Unwinese Mix’ tells the story of how Des was inspired by Ronnie Lane and, as if by magic, hit up on the idea to create his own travelling show. I can well remember during the 1970s when Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance toured all over the UK travelling in a convoy of circus vehicles setting up their big top and performing shows in parks and on public land when the authorities would allow, indeed the famed Viv Stanshall of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band acted as ringmaster on several of the shows. THE GOOD GENTLEMAN’S TONIC is the first in a trilogy of Kuschty Rye albums mirroring Ronnie Lane’s three Slim Chance releases.

A contribution of £1 from the sale of each album sold at live shows will be donated to The Multiple Sclerosis Trust in memory of Ronnie Lane.

For more information and the latest tour news, please visit www.kuschtyrye.net

“First pass through ‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic’ made me grin like a fool, put a tear in my eye and even made the hair stand up on my arms. Nothing has touched my heart like this album. What was needed wasn’t someone who did a good imitation of Ronnie Lane, or was handy with a resonator- it’s the soul, the vibe, the spirit of the little bugger… and Des Horsfall has nailed it completely in this bunch of songs”. Brian Robbins (Relix Magazine USA).

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