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“9/10 Americana-UK Album Review “Fans of Petty and Springsteen, this is for you”
“Dispose of the anodyne, this Viagra for the rock n’roll heart, an awaking. ” Rudie Humphrey, Americana-UK”
Experimentation is the lifeblood of any artist. But occasionally they experience moments when everything comes into focus, and suddenly they have opened a door to a limitless creative future.
The album’s brilliance is its seamless blend of the past and present. The bridge between them is Martin’s voice, an instrument both haunting and immediate, traits that could also best describe ‘It’ll Be Alright’’s lyrical content. To say the album is Martin’s most accomplished effort to date is stating the obvious; what is remarkable is how her maturity has translated into her most accessible album to date as well.
Working closely with her husband Dale Murray (Cuff The Duke, The Guthries), Martin made a conscious effort not to be bound by the expectations of those who have categorized her in the past as an alt-country artist. Although she will never shed those influences, ‘It’ll Be Alright’ utilizes far more sonic textures, allowing Martin to explore the many sides of her musical personality.
Born in Florida and raised in Canada’s Maritimes, Martin’s musical journey since her first release in 2002 has led to extended stays in Austin, Texas, as well as Germany, from where she has cultivated a substantial following across mainland Europe. Along the way, she has earned multiple East Coast, and Music Nova Scotia Award nominations, had songs placed in television programs, and even performed for Queen Elizabeth II in Ottawa.
It’s all set the stage for ‘It’ll Be Alright,’ and an ambitious live show that will take Martin and her band around the world throughout 2015. “I’ve wanted to develop the live production for a long time” she says, “with an aim to create special events that build a strong connection between the audience and the music. We also want to represent this album live as accurately as possible, and that means having an incredible band and team involved. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone in doing all of this, but that’s the exhilarating part of it.”
Since signing to Wild Sound Recordings in 2013, Harry Harris has been building a reputation as one of the UK’s most original and formidable singer/songwriters. A ruthless guitar player with a voice that moves from the explosive to the intimate, he writes songs that grab you by the scruff of the neck and refuse to let go, with influences ranging from the great American songwriter Warren Zevon to bar-rock band The Hold Steady to Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart.
2015 sees the release of Songs About Other People, the follow up to the self-titled debut recorded at the tender age of 17, produced by Polly Paulusma. Songs About Other People is a more intimate affair, recorded with analogue equipment and vintage instruments at Soup Studios in London and featuring a sparse smattering of musicians, including sibling folk-singer Jack Harris, Treetop Flyers’ guitarist Sam Beer and Nizlopi bass player John Parker. Across the album’s 10 tracks Harry takes you from football matches on suburban streets to tragic love stories in the Deep South to gulchy courtroom dramas of the Wild West. Partly funded through Indiegogo, the record is a testament to Harry’s storytelling ability and the considerable impact he has already made on the scene.
In the past Harry has been championed by the likes of Tom Robinson, The Telegraph and fellow songwriters including Eric Taylor, Anais Mitchell and John Smith. 2014 also saw him hit the festival circuit for the first time, which included a memorable unplugged set to an enraptured crowd at the beautiful Festival No. 6 in North Wales.