It’s been an exciting month for the fans of Brian Fallon with the release of his remarkable new solo record Sleepwalkers and the anticipation to hear these songs performed live for the first time on his upcoming UK tour only grew stronger. Seeing all the fantastic responses from the first two shows at Kingston and Birmingham, I was buzzing as I jumped on a train to Manchester early Wednesday morning, ready to see Fallon doing his thing in one of my favourite music cities. I have seen the man perform on many occasions with The Gaslight Anthem as well as The Horrible Crowes, but what happened at The Ritz on Wednesday night was certainly one of the most memorable shows Brian has put on.
After one of the most respected punk-rock bands from New Jersey, The Gaslight Anthem, announced an indefinite hiatus back in 2015, their frontman Brian Fallon went on a mission to establish himself as a solo musician. Brian released his debut solo record Painkillers in March 2016, which became a success and received a lot of positive responses from his fans and music critics; and so he quickly took a solid place among his fellow Americana singer-songwriters. Almost two years have passed and not only we are now very close to the release of Brian’s new album Sleepwalkers (out on February 9th) but to amplify the buzz, The Gaslight Anthem have recently announced tour dates in the US, UK, Ireland and Europe to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of The ’59 Sound record. It ought to be a great year for the fans of Brian and TGA.
2017 has been an incredible year for new music and some outstanding tracks and records have been released throughout the year. A bunch of my favourite bands and singer-songwriters have once again outdone themselves and I have also made some great new music discoveries. Here I present all the tunes and albums I have listened to the most this year (in no particular order); ones that touched me, cheered me up, made me dance and overall made each day a lot brighter! It’s a great mix of genres and individual musical mastery that ought to be mentioned and appreciated. So I’d like to say thank you to all of these guys and all of you MGMB readers! Here’s to 2018! Happy New Year.
When I first spoke to AKA George four years ago and saw him perform live in Brighton, I was extremely impressed with his boundless talents as well as the undying passion and energy he puts into the creation of his music and performing. Such talent is rare and for that reason major labels wanted to sign him, but, at the time he wasn’t ready and declined the offers. Instead, he went for a wise move – keep on evolving as an artist and improve his songwriting and performing skills. So for the past few years AKA George has been working hard and putting out music for his dedicated fans; music that’s original, creative and brilliant. His latest single Stone Cold Classic, a tune as cool and catchy as it can get, has become a huge hit and proves that AKA George is now more than ready to get signed and show the rest of the world what he’s capable of.
Here is our interview about his musical journey, creative process, performing, fans and plans for next year.
London based group The Wandering Hearts have just been awarded with the emerging artist title for the Americana Music Association UK and they are quickly gaining recognition and praise for their stand out folk-americana infused sound. They’ve also just announced that they’ll be supporting Amy Macdonald on her two sold out shows in Glasgow next month. It seems that The Wandering Hearts have a lot more in store for us to be excited about including the release of their debut album due next year.
While on tour for the Coffee House Sessions, the group answered some Q’s about their music, selling out the Borderline venue as well as sharing the bill with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at BST Hyde Park. Read on…