On The Stereo #50

12 September, 2019 in Music

James McArthur

James McArthur and his band: someone who can reinvigorate the British folk scene

We’ve been getting excited by new music from James McArthur, Jason Tyler Burton, Andy Brown, Forty Elephant Gang and Chase Rice


JAMES MCARTHUR AND THE HEAD GARDENERS
PLANE SAILORS
Moorland Records

It feels like the time is right for the British folk scene to find a new torchbearer, someone who can reinvigorate the genre and attract a new generation of fans. Based on this track, which brings elements of The Beta Band and early Pink Floyd, McArthur might be the person for the job. DH


JASON TYLER BURTON
FIRES OF ‘88
Self-release

This bluegrass ditty has an old-school flavour to it which gives the impression that it belongs in a different time, that is until you learn it was inspired by a bartender Burton was eavesdropping on in a bar in Cody, Wyoming. Then it all falls into place, this is rural music for communities who still need representation in our cultural landscape. DH


ANDY BROWN
JOHN TRAVOLTA
LTLA LTD

Sweet, luscious guitars lead this stripped back acoustic ballad from Brown. He lets his rich vocals do the talking on this gentle country love song about being unable to dance when everyone is watching, but when he’s alone with his sweetheart he turns into John Travolta as the love and music take over. LK


FORTY ELEPHANT GANG
STRANGE THINGS HAPPENING
Stampede Records

Taken from the East London band’s debut album, this track charms with it’s George Harrison-style slide guitar and rousing vocals from frontman Andrew White. Some well-placed backing vocals and mandolin only add to the feeling that these guys know their way around a song. DH


CHASE RICE
LONELY IF YOU ARE
Broken Bow Records

This anthemic track from the Nashville-based artist has a funky beat, catchy lyrics and a modern country vibe that makes it ideal for radio. This is one for those long nights and even longer drives. LK


Words: Duncan Haskell, Laura Klonowski

Listen to these songs and other On The Stereo selections via the Songwriting Magazine Spotify ‘Music Reviewed’ playlist.



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