July 24: HANS CHEW BAND plus special guests

Death gives meaning to life, suffering gives meaning to love.

This is the theme of Hans Chew’s story and an expression of the soul.

Hans Chew delivers powerful medicine, a resurrection of rock & roll as unique as it is traditional. A Tennessee native and self­-taught pianist, Chew’s style has been described in wide fashion, his name appearing in print alongside artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Meade Lux Lewis, John Prine, Albert Ammons, Nicky Hopkins, and The Band, to name a few. “My grandfather sang harmony in a Nashville gospel quartet and taught me that “high ­lonesome sound”. While my mother turned me on to Hendrix and the Stones, my father only listened to classical music: I knew Beethoven’s Fifth before Led Zeppelin’s fourth.”

In 2004, after many years adrift, Chew took up permanent residence at the decrepit Clermont Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Armed with little more than a piano, an old Royal typewriter, a handful of New Orleans LPs, and a stack of ragtime, blues, and boogie-­woogie sheet music, the stage was set, and Chew’s journey to master the elements of rock and roll piano had begun. He checked out two years later with a handful of songs and moved to New York City. These songs would become Chew’s 2010 debut album Tennessee & Other Stories…, which received four stars from Rolling Stone and was heralded by Uncut as one of the top 25 albums of the year.

Now Hans Chew returns with his second album, Life & Love.  The sonic snapshot of a live rock and roll band, Life & Love was recorded in the studio with limited overdubs to deliver the immediate, raw power of the kinetic and explosive group.  Led by Hans Chew on grand piano and vocals with support from Dave Cavallo (guitar), Ricardo Ortiz (bass), and Jesse Wallace (drums), the band conveys distinct influences of British and southern American rock while standing firmly on the tradition of blues, country, and soul.

Chew says, “If the inspiration for Tennessee & Other Stories… was rebirth from a death state, then Life & Love comes from the experience of negotiating life after birth.” Dealing with the reality of life and the role that love plays in it, conceptually Life & Love isn’t complex. Its imagery however, betrays another reality: through the course of the album the listener will encounter the creation and rise of civilization, temptation from across the railroad tracks, the cool hand of the goddess of mercy, a marriage between a nymph and the son of Zebedee, the ripping open of space and time, and last but not least, the Junco Partner himself.


July 6: An Evening With IAN MCLAGAN with special guest Antonio Lulic

An intimate show in the Attic from the legendary veteran of the Small Faces, The Faces, The Rolling Stones etc. Accompanied by Jon Notarthomas.

Ian McLagan is a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool rock’n’roller. In fact, his smiling visage — he was, after all, a member of the Small Faces and the Faces— would serve as an ideal illustration in the proverbial Dictionary of What Is Truly Cool.

The man known to his many mates and even more fans and admirers as ‘Mac’ is the sort who shrugs off such puffery. And then he just carries on creating splendid and genuine rock’n’roll with his Bump Band as well as musically aid and abet a marquee line-up of truly blue ribbon talent that he has toured and/or recorded with: The Rolling Stones, Bonnie RaittBob DylanRonnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Bruce SpringsteenTaj MahalJohn HiattDavid LindleyPaul WesterbergBilly Bragg and Patty Griffin, to name some of the notables that McLagan has worked with over his five decade career.

He has also etched his distinctive musical talents onto the playlist of rock’n’roll history co-writing such Faces hits as Cindy IncidentallyYou’re So Rude and Three Button Hand Me Down. His Wurlitzer electric piano is heard on everything from Stay With Me by the Faces to the smash hit Miss You by The Rolling Stones, and Mac’s trademark Hammond B-3 organ is featured on the Small Faces classic Itchycoo Park and Rod Stewart’s Maggie May and You Wear It Well.

McLagan entered the music game in Swinging London in the mid-1960s, and you can read all about it in his vivid and delightful memoir, All The Rage, a book that The Express hailed as “One of the best music books in years.” He ascended from the Top of the Pops with Small Faces to the pinnacle of rock with the Faces when Rod Stewart and Ron Wood joined the band. The rollicking Faces ruled 1970s album radio and sales charts as well as the stadiums, arenas and festivals around the world, leaving countless satisfied fans, many wild tales and more than a few quivering hotel managers in their wake. Whether McLagan is singing, writing and playing his own music or as the go-to guy for a session or tour, he has been and remains the quintessence of rock’n’roll.

Since he cut his debut solo album, Troublemaker, in 1979 — with two Rolling Stones (Keith Richards and Ron Wood) and a Beatle (Ringo Starr) among the players — McLagan has been making music in his own right that carries on the British rock tradition that he helped establish with the Small Faces and Faces on the albums Bump In The Night (1980), Best Of British (2000) andRise & Shine! (2004). “It’s all raw, up front, in your face, rollicking greasy good-time music done by a master,” says All Music Guide of Rise & Shine!

In 2006, he released a touching tribute to his old bandmate, Spiritual Boy: An Appreciation of Ronnie Lane, acclaimed by the Dallas Observer as “a warm and fitting salute to one of rock’s sadly unsung master songwriters and a must-have disc.” Spiritual Boy has garnered chart success in Mojoand leaves a trail of glowing reviews in Rolling StoneNo DepressionUncut, and Goldmine.

Since McLagan moved to Austin in 1994, the Bump Band has come to include some of the city’s best players: ‘Scrappy’ Jud Newcomb, one of Austin’s busiest and best guitarists (The Resentments, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Beaver Nelson), drummer Don Harvey, whose resume boasts putting the big beat behind Martha Davis, Joe Ely, and Charlie Sexton; and bassist Jon Notarthomas (Aimee Bobruk, Craig Marshall). Those not fortunate to catch McLagan & the Bump Band on tour or, when home, in their weekly residency at Austin’s Lucky Lounge can enjoy their magic on the CD Bump Live, which All Music Guide hailed as “the first real rock & roll record to be released in 2006.”

Awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award in 1996 for his outstanding contributions to British music and inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2004, McLagan is beloved by musicians and music lovers alike. He produced the Faces four CD boxed setFive guys walk into a bar for Rhino Records, and received a rare honor on April 6th, 2006, when it was proclaimed Ian MacMcLagan Day in Austin Texas. But rather than rest on his laurels, Ian McLagan continues to do what he has always done best: rock’n’roll.

Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan and Glyn Johns, his old pal from Small Faces and Faces days, met at Sphere Studios in London to mix and master Ian McLagan’s beautiful and emotionally raw CD, Never Say Never, which was released on the 2:59 Records label in 2008. The self produced and directed album features McLagan’s award winning Bump Band: Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Don Harvey and Mark Andes, and includes all original songs written by one of the best-loved musicians of our time. Patty Griffin graces Never Say Never with her soulful vocals and she and the Tosca Strings can be heard on the final track, the heart wrenching When The Crying Is Over. McLagan recorded and produced Never Say Never at The Doghouse Studio in Manor, Texas, and recorded Where Angels Hide on the Steinway in The Edythe Bates Old Chapel at The International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas.

2013 marked the release of Ian McLagan & the Bump Band’s Live at the Lucky LoungeThere are 14 tracks engineered by Darwin Smith and feature Ian McLagan, piano, organ & vocals; Scrappy Jud Newcomb, guitar & vocals; Jon Notarthomas, bass & vocals; and Conrad Choucroun, drums & vocals. If ever in Austin you should catch them live at the Lucky Lounge. They play from 6 – 8pm every Thursday they’re in town. Check the GIGS section above for dates. Until then give a listen to what you’re missing!

2014 will see the release of their studio album United States on Yep Roc Records. Mac produced and directed the album’s ten tracks. Engineered by Darwin Smith at The Doghouse, except for the Tosca Strings on the last track, Mac, Scrappy, Jon & Conrad are the only musicians and vocalists on the record.


THE DELINES, plus guests The Lost Brothers, June 11

New album: Colfax – out April 28 2014

The debut album from The Delines, Colfax is a stunning timeless collection of songs with the intimacy of a midnight confessional. Like a beat-up Dusty Springfield after too many long nights working a dreary after-hours bar, Colfax has the skid row heart of Tom Waits, the street-tough weariness of early Rickie Lee Jones, and the cool, laid back sound of Mazzy Star.  Released through Décor Records on April 28, Colfax will be preceded by a limited edition 7” single release for Record Store Day, and followed by a European tour in June.

The Delines are led by vocalist Amy Boone (The Damnations TX), alongside the keyboard work of Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists) as well as fellow Portlanders Sean Oldham and songwriter/novelist Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine) and on pedal steel, Tucker Jackson (Minus 5). Vlautin is no stranger to critical acclaim in the UK, enjoying cult success and stellar reviews from the like of Uncut, The Observer, The Times and Q Magazine as the frontman of Portland alt-country outfit Richmond Fontaine.

The seeds for Colfax were sown in 2012 when Vlautin, so beguiled by Boone’s heartbreakingly longing, yet resilient voice, wrote an album worth songs and built a band around her. Recorded at Flora Recording and produced with John Askew (Dodos, Alela Diane) in Portland, Oregon, Colfax tells haunting, modern stories through the musical lens of soul and roots music of decades past.

‘Amy’s voice has always stopped me in my tracks,’ says Vlautin. “It’s all heart, beat-up but tough, vulnerable and worn. I’ve always wanted to work with her, so when she gave me the chance I spent a year writing songs for her. I wanted to write songs like her voice: songs that might have a drink in the morning but they still make it to work.”Vlautin is currently promoting his 4th novel, The Free, for Faber and Faber, which has seen the best reactions yet from fellow authors (and musicians alike- Drive By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood is a huge fan and even named his newest track after one of Willy’s characters) and is out early February, 2014. His first novel, The Motel Life, will be hitting UK screens this April so 2014 looks like it could be Willy’s year.

April 26: DAN STUART plus special guests Kathleen Haskard and Antonio Gramentieri (Sacri Cuori)

PLEASE NOTE EARLY START – DOORS 7.30, first act 8pm

Dan Stuart is best known for being the leader of 80′s groundbreakers Green on Red featuring Chuck Prophet, and half of the duo Danny & Dusty with Steve Wynn.  His artistic efforts have been praised  in the pages of the LA/NY/London Times  as well as Rolling Stone, NME and countless others. His songs have been performed by artists as varied as Manic Street Preachers, Richmond Fontaine, Jon Dee Graham and Vivian Girls: strange bedfellows for sure.
In a page from B.Traven’s life, Mr. Stuart has been living under the name of Marlowe Billings in Southern Mexico. Rumors of an escape from a New York mental health facility have not been denied. What is certain, is that Mr. Stuart has been spotted playing gigs around the world, thoroughly surprising himself and others. Que un milagro!

Dan will be supported and backed by ANTONIO GRAMENTIERI of Railway Favourites Sacri Cuori from Italy. Special guest is KATHLEEN HASKARD, whose new album was produced by Chuck Prophet.

ZANDER out now!

Oliver Gray’s day job is writing school text books and non-fiction items, but his hobby is promoting live shows by visiting roots artists from the US and Canada. When contemplating his first foray into fiction, he was advised to “write about what you know about”. It’s therefore no surprise that “Zander” is set in the world of small-time music promotion.

When American roots musician Corey Zander sets out on his first UK tour, things start badly and rapidly get worse. Not even his drug-strewn rock and roll past could prepare him for the violence of his reception in provincial England.

We hope you will enjoy it.


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End of an era

It’s official. We are no longer sxsc, as it infringes the copyright of the South By South West Festival. We are now called SC4M – South Central For Music. Here’s to the future!

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