Darrin Bradbury announces new album

Darrin Bradbury

Known for blending dark humor with obvious-once-you-hear-them observations on everyday life, Darrin Bradbury’s songs are both funny and thought-provoking. Today, Bradbury is proud to share his anticipated new album Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs, his first for ANTI- Records.

Produced by Kenneth Pattengale (The Milk Carton Kids), Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs is a collection of contemplative songs that were shaped by Bradbury’s own struggles with depression. Using his unique wit, Bradbury paints a lighthearted perspective on the pressures of life in America. He released two tracks from the album this week, including ‘The Trouble With Time’, a stunning duet featuring Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and fellow Nashvillian Margo Price, and ‘This Too Shall Pass’ via Billboard. Bradbury also announced new U.S. tour dates this week supporting Cory Branan, following October dates with John Moreland; in late November, he will embark on his first European/UK tour in support of Jarrod Dickenson.

In addition to Billboard, Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs has garnered national praise from a multitude of outlets that include NPR, Rolling Stone Country, No Depression, Wide Open Country, American Songwriter, Americana UK and The Bluegrass Situation.

A self-described folk satirist, Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs highlights Bradbury’s natural gift for storytelling; Bradbury enlisted the help of only one other writer for the entire album—ANTI- label-mate, friend, and fellow esteemed Nashville musician, Jeremy Ivey. The tracking of Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs was completed in a similarly simple way; using the same combo of musicians for every song on the record. Aside from producer Pattengale’s mellotron and vocal contributions and the aforementioned Ivey’s bass and piano playing, only two extra musicians were called to round out the band; Alex Muñoz on additional guitars and Dillon Napier on drums.

The only exception is the lone guest vocalist on the album, modern outlaw country queen and longtime supporter of Bradbury, Margo Price, who adds a somber harmony to ‘The Trouble With Time.’ A country ballad tinged with elements of indie rock, Price’s crystalline vocals compliment Bradbury’s signature sound and plainspoken lyrics. Written with his parents in mind, Bradbury wanted his family to have a ‘go-to’ song to share with their friends – a track that represented his unique songwriting style that, in his own words, “wouldn’t weird them out”.

Price commented, “The first time I heard ‘The Trouble With Time’, I was sitting at my kitchen table. Darrin played it for me and I immediately started to cry. It’s just a great song… who doesn’t want to go back to another time and find somebody they lost. I know I do.”

“When I write, there are things that I want to get away with”, Bradbury says. “I want to get away with the line, ‘I woke up this morning and I got out of bed / Tripped on my pants and fell on my head.’”

Overall, Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs is a beautifully refined version of Darrin Bradbury’s writing; going for broke, connecting the dots, and doing it with blunt honesty that brings it all home.

“If I can get you to take that seriously, and not skip a beat when you listen to it, that’s what I want.”

Darrin Bradbury will be supporting Jarrod Dickenson on his U.K. tour later this year.

Artist’s website: https://darrinbradbury.com/

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The Grahams – new album

The Grahams

Dynamic Nashville-based Americana duo The Grahams announce the release of The Grahams and Friends (Live in Studio), a combined collection of songs from Rattle The Hocks (the soundtrack from the film), and the deluxe edition of their 2015 album Glory Bound, none of which have previously been released in the UK or Ireland.

Their friends include Cody & Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Sara & Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek, Watkins Family), John C. Stubblefield & Rick Steff (Lucero), Kenneth Pattengale (Milk Carton Kids), John Fullbright, Davíd Garza, Alvin Youngblood Hart and many more.

The original Glory Bound album, produced by Wes Sharon and largely co-written with childhood friend Bryan McCann, was inspired by the Grahams’ rail-riding expedition into the heart of American roots music. At the time, Doug Graham explained, “The dream is to play with as many great people as we can, and share the music as much as we can.” They certainly achieve the first goal with these songs, which feature some of the finest talents in folk/Americana.

“It was pretty much a free-for-all in the studio for five days,” Alyssa says. “People were popping in hourly and picking up all kinds of instruments.” They’re not even sure exactly who did what in some cases, but there’s no mistaking the voices of John Fullbright, Sara and Sean Watkins, the Milk Carton Kids, Susannah Choffel and Garza, who trade leads and harmonies as featured artists.

Rattle The Hocks, directed and produced by Cody Dickinson (son of late auteur, legendary James Dickinson and founding member of the North Mississippi Allstars) is a musical documentary that captures The Grahams relentless journey to explore the relationship between railroads and American roots music-though what’s inadvertently captured is a husband and wife obtaining their American dream.

“There is a special connection between American folk music and the railroad that has no parallel elsewhere in the world. Rail lines stitch together the sprawling fabric of American song. As writers of Americana music, our goal is to draw on the deep, recurring sources of American folk culture, giving them new shape.” The Grahams

Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who’ve married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Their first song-crafting expedition, along the Mississippi’s Great River Road, became their 2013 debut, Riverman’s Daughter. For its follow-up, Glory Bound, they rode the rails – and wound up recording not only a studio album, but Rattle The Hocks, a documentary and live album recorded on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak’s famed City of New Orleans train.

Artists’ website: http://thegrahamsmusic.net/

“Doug’s mastery of the resonator guitar is matched by Alyssa’s spectacularly dexterous vocal chords ensuring their blend is beautifully matched to the breadth and scope of their music” American Roots UK

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The Milk Carton Kids – new album

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Grammy-nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids – the two guitar/two voice singularity of Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale – have released their new album Monterey.  It joins their two previous albums in receiving great early acclaim, building on the understated acoustic artistry and virtuosic harmonies that define The Milk Carton Kids. Those looking for Monterey to be the album where the duo expand their arrangements or soften the mood will find instead the duo fingering the rough edges of their sound, seeking to reproduce the raw directness of live performance by recording on stages across America.

“It definitely did not feel time for us creatively to say we had done everything we could do with two voices and two guitars,” Ryan says. “I think we felt that there were still ever smaller spaces to climb into, we were still finding more nooks and crannies within the framework.”

In addition, The Milk Carton Kids have released a haunting video for their song ‘Poison Tree’. The Mike Venezia directed clip, which premiers via the LA Times, pairs the melancholy defiance of the song’s everyman story to the time-shifting musings of an aging security guard as he wanders an empty mall after hours. The duo make their first ever appearance in a video in suitably dissonant fashion, performing to no one in front of an empty escalator.

In the two years since the release of their last album, the critical heralded The Ash & Clay, The Milk Carton Kids have earned a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album, won Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards, were standout performers in T Bone Burnett & the Coen Brothers’ concert documentary, Another Day/Another Time, and reached their widest audience to date with a sold out 55-city North American tour.

This past year, The Milk Carton Kids were invited to pay tribute to Johnny Cash & Emmylou Harris — Cash on the Joe Henry-produced remake of ‘Bitter Tears’, and Harris with their standing ovation earning performance at the tribute concert The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris, alongside luminaries including Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Alison Kraus, Iron & Wine, and Harris herself.

Artists’ website: www.themilkcartonkids.com