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Welcome to the first At The Helm Records newsletter of 2016!
The year has got off to an amazing start with releases from John Moreland and Austin Lucas! We've also been busy putting together an amazing roster of releases, including new albums from Tim Easton, Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules and StevieRay Latham.
All our albums are distributed through Proper Music and available in all good record shops with the exception of the limited run of Adam Faucett stock.
As well as all the hard work we also got to hang out and make new friends at the Americana Music Association UK awards show - where we got chat with Billy Bragg, Ricky Ross and others, as well as hearing great music from The Dreaming Spires, Gretchen Peters and many more.
Please do read on and for more information on our current and upcoming releases
In the UK Austin Lucas released his latest album 'Between The Moon & The Midwest' through Last Chance / At The Helm Records on the 19th February. The album has received some amazing reviews, with Q Magazine awarding it 4 stars.
"Between The Moon & The Midwest may slot in what looks to outsiders like a narrow gap between Sturgill Simpson's cosmic choogle and the harder rock of Jason Isbell, but in country terms that's a canyon - and it belongs to Austin Lucas”
You can order the Album via our shop and catch Austin live on his current European tour.
*Now Available *
'Blind Water Finds Blind Water'
***Limited stock through our shop only with this one***
Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, and possessing a voice that the Onion A.V. Club warns “knocks your brain into the back of your skull”, Adam Faucett has drawn comparisons from Tim Buckley to Otis Redding.
'In The Throes'
"Moreland sings in the gritty, emotive style of the new greats and with the wit and force of the old veterans" - AMERICAN SONGWRITER
Fresh from his European tour supporting Jason Isbell and his U.S. Network TV debut, Moreland's 'In The Throes' is now available in the UK for the first time.
We would like to welcome two amazing artists to the At The Helm Records family.
Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules will be releasing their new LP 'Let Me Off At The Bottom' on 27th May.
'American Fork' by Tim Easton will receive a UK release via At The Helm on July 15th. We are also please to announce that our U.S. partners Last Chance Recordswill release 'American Fork' in the U.S.A.
A REVIEW OF 2015
As we come the end of a year we tend to start focussing on what is coming up in 2016 – and here at AT THE HELM we have many, many exciting projects in development. However, before we look forward let’s make sure we celebrate the many great things from 2015.
On the business side of things our continued relationship with distributers Proper, continued to flourish and very importantly we agreed an exclusive deal with Last Chance Records in the U.S. The first output of this release was Brent Best’s ‘Your Dog, Champ’ and 2016 already promises records from John Moreland and Austin Lucas!
Brent Best’s ‘Your Dog, Champ’ made some serious waves in the year-end polls, placing him in the Album of the Year poll at American Roots, Gilded Palace Radio Show, Bonanza and Son. In addition to these, American Songwriter rated the track ‘Queen Bee’ as one of the 50 Songs of 2015!
The Delta Bell had a great year as well, releasing debut record ‘Bow Out Of The Fading Light’. The record was a long-time labour of love for songwriter Kate Gerrard, but the pay-off must have been the numerous great reviews the album received! The Delta Bell made it onto the Album of the Year list at Three Chords & The Truth UK and ‘Best of….’ for Proper. Kate’s year was nicely rounded off with a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year at Fatea! Good luck Kate!
The Raving Beauties came out of cryogenic hibernation to unleash their self-titled debut LP. Highlights for them included some great reviews, their first ever live show and an interview with huge Americana publication, No Depression!
We also worked with our friends at Hidden Trail Records to release M. Lockwood Porter’s 2nd LP, ‘27’. Max also received some great reviews and placed in many a year end list – Meridian FM, Beat Surrender & Proper.
In July we had our own stage again at Truck Festival with Porchlight Smoker, StevieRay Latham and previous label friends such as Small Town Jones performing. 2016 should see the return of this as well as a presence at other festivals, with more of our US acts joining the party.
These are just some of the things that have made our 2015 such a great year. Behind the scenes we’ve had a change of personnel with Ian moving on to pastures new and Jeremy picking up the reins and we feel that we are in a great position for our best year yet. Within the first three months of 2016 we plan to bring you John Moreland’s re-issue of ‘In The Throes’, Austin Lucas’s new one, ‘Between the Moon and The Midwest’, a brand new Tim Easton record and tour and the second album from rising UK talent StevieRay Latham….and that is just for starters as we have other releases scheduled!
Be sure to visit our shop with releases by other exceptional acts such as Hans Chew, Oddfellows Casino, Michael Meeking and Jack Harris (Hopefully a new release in 2016) among others.
Thank You for the support, it means a great deal to us and the artists! Happy New Year!
Jim & Jeremy
BRENT BEST - YOUR DOG, CHAMP - OUT 13TH NOVEMBER
'Your Dog, Champ’ is the highly anticipated debut solo album from Texas-based singer/songwriter Brent Best, who is most recognized as the engaging front-man of Slobberbone and The Drams. This is the first co-release of our partnership with Last Chance Records in the USA.
Best is recognized as a literary-influenced, Southern Gothic songwriter, shaped more by Southern authors such as Larry Brown, Harry Crews, William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor than his music contemporaries.
"The record is like a good book (a long one) that you cannot put down.” - No Depression
“Brent Best’s solo album is for sitting back with whiskey on ice and soaking in the nuances of a life lived” - Glide Magazine
“The solo debut, finds him in storytelling mode worthy of the comparisons he's drawn to Southern storytellers like Larrys Brown and McMurtry.” - Austin Chronicle
You can purchase the album here.
THE RAVING BEAUTIES DEBUT ALBUM, OUT NOW!
The wonderful debut album from The Raving Beauties is out today! Available on CD from all good record shops and and digital sites. It's a breezy, summery record, which has been described by Resident Brighton as...
"Delirious west-coast jangle-pop from Brighton-based duo, inspired by Northern Irish writer/musician and adopted Brightonian Brian Bell's short story about an ill-fated band from the early 90’s whose music was heavily influenced by the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Moby Grape.
Recruiting acclaimed Scottish singer / songwriter Gordon Grahame (Lucky Jim / Lost Soul Band) to collaborate on an imaginary soundtrack, the pair soon realised that they had written enough great retro tunes to transcend their influences and outgrow their modest fictional beginnings. This beautifully-crafted debut boasts sleevenotes from Martin Newell (Cleaners From Venus) and a whole bunch of tracks that sound like lost '60s classics, but aren't."
NEW ALBUM FROM THE DELTA BELL
We're delighted to announce a brand new co-release coming your way this July...
The Delta Bell - 'Bow Out Of The Fading Light'
Released 31st July (in association with Ginsoaked Records)
“Kate Gerrard a.k.a. The Delta Bell is currently breaking hearts on the south coast with her gorgeous vocals and odes to love, loss and redemption” – Beat Surrender
“If gospel music had been invented in England and was traditionally sung around a campfire on a lazy summer evening, then I imagine it might have sounded a bit like that” – Kathryn Tickell (Amazing Radio)
Watch the video for the lead album track 'Carry Us Home' below....
STEVIERAY LATHAM 'MODERN ATTITUDES' PRE-ORDER
This Monday (16th March) see's the release of StevieRay Latham's debut album 'Modern Attitudes'.
**** PRE-ORDER ****
Pre-order the album now from our online shop: http://atthehelmrecords.bigcartel.com/product/stevieray-latham-modern-attitudes-cd and it will be posted out 1st class tomorrow. He's what some fine press folk have been saying about the album so far....
“Add in The Shires, StevieRay Latham and Simon Stanley Ward and you nearly have a Transatlantic hipster country movement” – Q Magazine
“Performed by this bright young, rising star the music has a spark and freshness to it. Be sure to check out this emerging talent” 8/10 – Americana UK
“His material has a certain Dylan-esque feel to it - think of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album and you'll get the picture. StevieRay's singing is distinctive and clear and for what it's worth I think he sings better than Dylan or Cohen” – Fatea
“Unbelievably talented young mastermind of 60's folk whose clever lyrics entwined with an effortless range of vocals….like a young Bob Dylan, complete with harmonica and wonderful guitar playing” – Alt Sounds
“An exceptional talent, revealing a maturity far exceeding his young years. These songs are no three minute throwaways and this album is one to look out for” – Three Chords and the Truth
“StevieRay Latham is surely destined for stardom" - AmericanRoots UK
“The way he sings suggests a maturity beyond his years and the way he plays isnothing short of outstanding. If you're still wondering what he sounds like imagine Bob Dylan crossed with Leonard Cohen" - erb.fourfour.com
STEVIERAY LATHAM 'MODERN ATTITUDES' RELEASE DATE
The hotly tipped StevieRay Latham releases his long awaited debut album 'Modern Attitudes' on Monday 16th March on At The Helm.
London based folk singer and BBC Young Folk Award nominee StevieRay Latham grew up in Devon singing self-penned folk songs. His writing has often been described as 'beyond his years' and has earned comparisons to the likes of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and more currently Jake Bugg.
UK Americana stalwart Peter Bruntnell recorded StevieRay singing in his basement one night and eleven of these tracks became his debut album 'Modern Attitudes' which is due to be released in March 2015.
He has won many new fans playing alongside the likes of Willard Grant Conspiracy, My Darling Clementine, Peter Bruntnell and Brother and Bones; at venues such as Green Note, Notting Hill Arts Club, Dingwalls, Green Door Store, The Louisiana as well as festivals such as Truck, Oceanfest, Boardmasters and Palmfest.
2014 saw him play at the Brighton premier of the acclaimed Cohen Brothers movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ as well as other high profile slots with folk guitar legend Michael Chapman, Malcolm Holcombe and Ben Ottewell (Gomez).
While you wait for the release, you can watch the exclusive video for the album title track below which was premiered at Folk Radio UK in January. If you want to pre-order the album then it's available now on our At The Helm online shop with guaranteed delivery before it hits the shops:
GOOD LUCK MOUNTAIN 'TOO' UK TOUR - FEBRUARY / MARCH 2015
Lots of people have been asking us when Good Luck Mountain will be returning to the UK for some shows. Well, Happy Christmas, as we're delighted to announce that Mike Ferrio will be back for a solo tour in February / March 2015 in support of the acclaimed album 'Too'. It'll be his first shows here since 2011.
Since it's release last month 'Too' has been getting some great reviews from across the board with more to follow in the New Year. Here's what a few folks have been saying about it...
"A record of delicacy and poise...songwriting ths measured, refined and expert in its composition...'Too' doesn’t so much grab the attention as seduce it"– Songwriting Magazine
"Seems to have taken a leap - structures are looser, instrumentation broader, there’s nothing here that seems boxed in and constrained, it is relaxed, playful and inventive. Ferrio has taken a step up" – Americana UK
“Tugs on the same sentimental heartstrings that the likes of REM and Talk Talk have done before" – Supajam
For all these tour dates Mike will be joined on the road by fellow At The Helm artist Jack Harris. For a full list of current dates take a look at the poster below, with a couple more shows likely to be announced after the festive period.
Here's to a wonderfully Happy Christmas and a music filled 2015!
Ian & Jim
TWO NEW RELEASES COMING THIS NOVEMBER
We're really excited to be releasing two new albums this November from our two newest signings.
First up on 17th November is the wonderful new album from Brighton based Oddfellow's Casino 'The Water Between Us'. This is the bands 4th studio album, and recalls the likes of Robert Wyatt, Elbow and Sufjan Stevens. There will be a belated Brighton album launch in the new year, so watch this space for details.
Then the 24th November finally sees the arrival of the stunning 'Too' by Good Luck Mountain, which has already been receiving much love from press and radio. The follow up to 2011's self titled debut, fans of the likes of Califone, Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks', Sparklehorse and Talk Talk are sure to find plenty to love here. Plans are afoot for a UK tour in February / March next year which will be announced shortly.
You can buy both releases from all good independent record shops, online, or direct from out At The Helm online store.
ODDFELLOW'S CASINO SIGN TO AT THE HELM!
We're delighted to announce that we'll be releasing the brand new studio album by Brighton's wonderful Oddfellow's Casino on 17th November.
'The Water Between Us' is the follow up to 2011's acclaimed 'The Raven's Empire', and is an album loosely based on the theme of water - paying tribute to the faded glory of UK coastal towns, waterways, drowned villages and surreal landscapes, which musically recalls the likes of Talk Talk, Robert Wyatt and Elbow.
You can pre-order the album now from our online shop on the following link: http://atthehelmrecords.bigcartel.com/product/oddfellow-s-casino-the-water-between-us-cd
Watch the video for the album opener 'Wild Waters' below...
NEW SINGLE FROM FLASH BANG BAND
Flash Bang Band release their new single 'Art History' on Monday 11th August.
'Art History' is the neatest insight yet into Flash Bang Band’s sound – it presents both the high-octane energy for which they are so known live, and perfectly showcases their enlightened songwriting and arrangements. The track was recorded at the band’s home practice studio by the band themselves and mixed by ex-Crooked Mountain Crooked Sea guitarist Andrew Brothwell.
Their self-produced promo video features their usual co-conspirators – the band’s second home is Northern Lights and the cast of the video is made up from staff members, and there’s a special appearance from Tomo Ishii, the artist who painted the original artwork for Bite Your Tongue. The video was filmed and produced by bassist Rob, and contains the usual whacky content typical of all the band’s videos which are all self-made. Expect rice, Japan, painting and a neat and tidy story line.
Recently, the band have been on tour to Europe twice and played two shows at The Great Escape 2014 that were mentioned on MTV and Amazing Radio. They also performed on request at John Kennedy’s Remedy night, where John mentioned that Art History was his favourite song (by the band). There is a short tour of Kent coming up this month, a number of shows planned in London and Brighton, as well as appearances at DIY festivals over the summer.
GOOD LUCK MOUNTAIN SIGNS TO AT THE HELM
We're absolutely delighted to announce a brand new signing to the At The Helm roster, from New York City we welcome the wonderful Good Luck Mountain!
We'll be releasing their new album 'Too' this Autumn in the UK & Europe, but in the meantime below is an exclusive track to stream from the record, the epic 'The Seawall'.
If you're a fan of the likes of Califone, REM, 'Astral Weeks' by Van Morrison and Talk Tallk then you'll find plenty to love with this record. More news to follow soon.
SOCIETY 'A CROOKED MILE' OUT NOW!
Available on CD nationwide today for the very first time 'A Crooked Mile' by Society. One of the UK's finest Country Rock bands, the trio's sound has echoes of the likes of The Jayhawks, The Band, Wilco and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The album is getting some great reviews, a few of which can be read below as well a stream of the track 'Roll Home Sweetheart'.
"Absolutely excellent..a really gorgeous album" - Bob Harris
“Drifts up the West Coast from sun drenched LA bliss to foggy Haight
Ashbury pop psychedelia” – Acoustic Magazine
“Should definitely be heading for the big time. If your musical passions include The Band, Gram Parsons,
Deadstring Brothers and Band of Heathens then you must give these guys a listen” – Maverick Magazine
Available now from all good record shops or direct from our online shop here:
AT THE HELM TO HOST SALOON STAGE AT TRUCK FESTIVAL
We're chuffed to announce that we'll be hosting the Great Western Saloon bar stage at this years Truck Festival on the Saturday.
Headlining will be Hans Chew and his band along with My Darling Clementine, Society, Jack Harris, StevieRay Latham and more. Plus to finish the night off in style The Impellers will be hosting a late night funk party.
Our friends at Clubhouse Records will be hosting the same stage on the Friday, so it promises to be a great weekend of music!
HANS CHEW 'LIFE & LOVE' UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
Hans Chew will be bringing his dixie fried rock n roll to the UK with his full bandfor the very first time this July in support of his new album 'Life & Love', kicking off with a headline set at Truck Festival in Oxford. See the poster below for all confirmed dates so far with more to be announced very soon.
HANS CHEW 'LIFE & LOVE' RELEASED ON MONDAY!
The epic new Hans Chew album 'Life & Love' is finally unleashed on the world this coming Monday. The album will be available on CD, LP and as a digital download and you can order direct from our online shop at the following link:
In the meantime, here's what some people have been saying about the album so far....
“Shitkicking action on the inspired piano man's second solo LP; like James Booker inducted into an NYC rocker gang" – Uncut Magazine
“Chew’s 2010 debut album, Tennessee & Other Stories received four stars from Rolling Stone & was heralded by Uncut as one of the top 25 albums of the year. Love & Life is even better, & should introduce a new and exciting name to many British rock fans” – Glasswerk Magazine
“Incredible as in, "Did someone really do this?!" As I write this, there's a picture of Jeff Tweedy at the top of my timeline, and I'm thinking, "Not even Wilco" Off the flippin' scale" – Gilded Palace Of Sin
NEW HANS CHEW VIDEO PREMIERED AT CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
'Junker's Blues', the first video to be taken from the forthcoming new Hans Chew album 'Life & Love' was premiered yesterday over at Classic Rock Magazine. Check out the piece HERE and have a watch of the video below...
'Life & Love' is released on 31st March on CD and LP. Pre-orders available now from our online shop.
Delighted to see that Hans Chew's 'Life & Love' is a featured release of 2014 in the new issue of Uncut magazine alongside the likes of Robert Plant, Elbow and Beck. The album is out on At The Helm on 31st March.
CD and LP pre-orders are available now at our online shop.
We're delighted to announce that Flash Bang Band won not one, but TWO awards in the Brighton Noise End of Year Readers Poll! They came out on top in the categories of 'Best Band' and 'Best Act', as well as being the runners in the 'Album of the Year' category with their At The Helm release 'Bite Your Tongue'. The full poll results can be seen here: www.brightonnoise.co.uk/news
To help celebrate the At The Helm re-release of Jack Harris' wonderful 'The Flame & The Pelican' album, the closing track 'Donegal' is now available as a digital single from all good download sites (Amazon, Itunes etc). The single has beautiful artwork painted by local artist Emile Warnes. You can check out more of his work here: Emile Warnes Artist.
You can buy 'The Flame & The Pelican' direct from our online shop: At The Helm Records Shop or from
all good record stores.
HANS CHEW SIGNS TO AT THE HELM RECORDS
We're delighted to announce the signing of New York City's Hans Chew and will be releasing his new studio album
'Life & Love' on At The Helm on 31st March 2014!
The album is available now to pre-order though our online shop at the following link: