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The Tillers – Revolution Row

Revolution Row by The Tillers is my Track of the Day.

It’s a track taken from their forthcoming self-titled album being released on March 23rd.

The Tillers were the first band I saw live when I moved to Cincinnati three and a half years ago, to say they blew me away was a bit of an understatement. I’ve seen them numerous times since at venues around the area, including my local record store, Plaid Room Records, at their Sayler Park Sustains Festival and on Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time tour. Each time I’ve seen them, they’ve played an excellent set and have had a great rapport with the crowd.

Being a Brit, I’m not always sure about some of the places and people The Tillers sing about, but I’ve probably found out more about real Cincinnati/Ohio River history from their lyrics than any history textbook.

I’ve always been a fan of what I call “peoples’ bands”, bands that have a devoted loyal following with their feet well and truly on the ground that sing songs about real people and real situations, and bands that toured and played live relentlessly to hone their craft Back in the UK, I was a big fan of Lindisfarne, then the Saw Doctors, from Ireland, and more locally from my home county, The Band From County Hell.

When I came to Cincinnati I wondered whether I would find a similar such band, and in The Tillers I did. I’ve bought three of their albums so far, By The Signs, Live at the Southgate House Revival and most recently Hand on the Plow.

There’s a neat piece in No Depression about The Tillers and I can’t wait to hear their new album, but in the meantime, take a listen to this:

How good was that?

Pretty damned good if you ask, and that’s why  Revolution Row by The Tillers is being added to my Track of the Day 2018 playlist

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New West/Normaltown Records 2015 Spring Sampler

I downloaded New West/Normaltown Records 2015 Spring Sampler on Wednesday and I have to say it’s excellent. Every single track is well worth a listen. Usually I’ll listen to a sampler album once all the way through and then start skipping tracks, but I’ve played this sampler three times already.

NewWestNormaltown Records - 2015 Spring Sampler

 

 

 

 

 

It opens with a Steve Earle and the Dukes track, Go Go Boots are Back, from his new album, Terraplane. I’ve not listened to any Steve Earle for quite a while, I have a greatest hits CD in my collection, but that’s quite a few years old. If Go Go Boots are Back is typical of his new stuff, I think I may need to listen to the new album, Terraplane. By the way, there’s a great review of Terraplane, by Terry Rowland, on the No Depression website.

The second track on the album is by Nikki Lane. It’s called All or Nothing, from the album of the same name,and I love it! I’ve just been on Nikki Lane’s website and found out that All or Nothing was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Have I ever told you I’ve seen him live? That’s a story for another post…

Miss Catalania 1992 by Buxton is the third track on the album and has got some wicked guitar on it. I’ve never heard of Buxton before this album. The only Buxton I know is a small town in Derbyshire, England, which has a great old theatre, where I’ve seen a few bands. The track is taken from their forthcoming album Half a Native, due out at the start of March.

The next track is Far Away by Lilly HiattCheck this out…

Another favourite on the album is Spinning like a Top by The Devil Makes Three. It’s a very catchy song and I’m sure I’ve heard it before, but I can’t think where or when! And here is Spinning Like a Top

Talking of hearing things before, No Surprise There by Floating Action sounds very similar to early Kings of Leon, no bad thing in my eyes, I hasten to add!

A couple of other tracks to mention before I sign off, firstly Forest Gum by New MadridI’m loving the chorus on this. There’s a review of their new album, Manners, on the Pitchfork website. I’m Sorry Baby (That’s Just the way it Goes) by Ronnie Fauss finishes the album, and in my humble opinion, they’ve saved the best till last! You can find a review of Ronnie Fauss’s latest album Built to Break, on American Songwriter

 

 

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