Monday, 11 August 2008

Case Hardin - Some Tunes For Charlie Spencer

Here's a review of Some Tunes For Charlie Spencer the new Case Hardin record.

"On first hearing Charlie Spencer registers undeniably as a superior Americana album. Case Hardin, based around the pairing of Del Skinner and singer-songwriter Pete Gow and augmented by former Cotton Mather drummer Dana Myzer, deliver a batch of well-crafted songs very much in the lineage of Steve Earle and Jay Farrar. There’s a deal of twang, of steel, and on one track, some very nice fiddle. For these reasons alone it’s worth seeking out.

On closer examination it proves more; a finely-wrought writer’s album. Gow is a journalist who has spent a lot of time recently in Iraq, and he clearly has both the writer’s eye for detail and an assured capacity to juggle words and meanings. Knowing titles like ‘Three For The Road’, ‘Sweethearts Of The Radio’, and ‘Dead Lines’, plus a host of lyrics referencing the creative process, demonstrate his acuity.

This is in no way pretentious. It’s not trumpeted, it’s just waiting there to be found. The songs, especially the ‘Tune For Charlie Spencer’ with a gorgeous vocal contribution from Sophia Marshall, in themselves provide more than ample reward, but Gow here has certainly given notice of a singular talent, and there must be more to come."

Released on Ugly Nephew

Bucketfull Show at The Worlds End this Sunday

Bucketfull of Brains in association with Turning Worm presents:

At The Worlds End, Camden Town

Sunday 17th AUGUST - 4.00 onwards, first band at 5.15

Legendary magazine Bucketfull Of Brains and top promoters Turning Worm bring
great bands to the afternoon thing at the World End.

Another in the series of Bucketfull afternoons on the third Sunday of each



Eileen Rose has just released her fourth album At Our Tables through Evangeline Records. Opening a new chapter in her already impressive career, she has now taken her music to Detroit, tracking down the city's deep-rooted musical Soul and making it all her own. Aided by seasoned producers Al Sutton (Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Detroit Cobras, Electric Six), and Eric Hoegemeyer (Charm Farm, Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker), plus members of Sponge, Detroit Cobras, and her own band the Holy Wreck, Eileen has recorded her most accomplished record, yet. A joyous celebration of the accidents of Life, Love, and Human Nature.

She currently tours with her new line-up of the Holy Wreck, featuring guitar virtuoso Rich Gilbert (Frank Black, Throwing Muses, Tanya Donelly) and bassist, Nicholas Giadone Ward.

"Dirty, drawling interpretations of the country she loves. It’s Nashville with attitude for the 21st century. Not Sheryl Crow, in other words." – NME


Reading band, Case Hardin skilfully draw elements from rock, americana, country and folk. The core band of songwriter Pete Gow, also a member of Southern Tenant Folk Union, (guitar, harmonica) and Del Skinner (guitars, bass, mandolin, pedal steel), are joined by ex- Cotton Mather drummer Dana Myzer. Formed back in 1999, Case Hardin take their name from the female lead in Boston Teran's noir thriller God Is A Bullet .

Their new album Some Tunes For Charlie Spencer is just out on Ugly Nephew.