The Dirty Dozen 2014

The Dirty Dozen 2014

Girls Guns and Glory

Girls Guns and Glory
They like Hank, Sturgill and free beer; my kind of band really. Girls Guns and Glory reveal all in twellve dirty answers.
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Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer

Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
Just before the release of their second album and the start of a three week UK tour Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer reveal all in twelve dirty answers.
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Lynne Hanson

Lynne Hanson
"Porch music with a little red dirt" is how Canadian singer songwriter Lynne Hanson describes her music. With her forth album just released and a UK tour about to start Lynne reveals all in twelve dirty answers.
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Lauren Shera

Lauren Shera
Once of California, now of Tennessee Lauren Shera has just released her new album on Nashville label DigSin. Lauren reveals all in twelve dirty answers.
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Sarah Borges

Sarah Borges
Now parted from The Broken Singles after seven years and four albums, Sarah Borges releases her new album Radio Sweetheart next month. Sarah reveals all in twelve dirty answers.
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Daniel Romano

Daniel Romano
Daniel Romano is a singer, songwriter, producer, designer and leather worker. Daniel reveals all in twelve dirty answers.
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Amanda Rheaume

Amanda Rheaume
Amanda Rheaume is a Métis singer songwriter whose current album Keep A Fire was nominated for a Juno for Aboriginal Album of the Year. Amanda reveals all for us in twelve dirty answers.
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Dan Michaelson & the Coastguards

Dan Michaelson & the Coastguards
Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards will release their new album Distance through State 51 on 18th August. Produced and mixed by Ash Workman (Metronomy, Big Deal, Summer Camp), the album was written in Montauk, Long Island NY (the setting for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), recorded in Hackney, London and is the follow-up to last year’s much-lauded Blindspot (9/10 on AUK).It’s an album featuring some of the best musicians around, alongside Michaelson (vocal and…
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JP Hoe

JP Hoe
Award winning Canadian singer-songwriter JP Hoe is the possesor of: "sharp lyrics, a smooth voice and a casual demeanor". JP reveals all in twelve dirty answers.
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Ags Connolly

Ags Connolly
From West Oxfordshire, Ags Connolly is a country music fan who's gone from listener to performer in one mighty leap (well, perhaps more than one). From workshops with Darrell Scott to appearances with Dale Watson in Austin he's developed his own distinctive voice with his debut album, How About Now receiving 4 star reviews from Saving Country Music, Record Collector and Country Music People Magazine. Recorded in Scotland with Dean Owens producing, the album celebrates…
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The New Madrids

The New Madrids
"Soaring pedal steel, telecaster guts and gristle, blinding harmonies, great songs all tied together by a choogling rhythm section", which begs the question: "what's a choogle?" When my predecessor laid down the dirty dozen questions he didn't think to put that one in so it will have to wait for another day. Until then here's the lowdown from not one, but two New Madrids in (two) dozen dirty answers.
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Chastity Brown

Chastity Brown
"Chastity’s style is a beautiful mix of Gospel, Roots & Soul, Jazz, Blues & Country", here's the low down on the singer who "channels songs that are born deep in the American bone" in twelve dirty answers.
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Mr Plow

Mr Plow
When the aUk forums go in a couple of weeks time there will be things that I miss; the constant stream of Neil Young updates won't be one of them, but the posts from Mr Plow will. Here's the lowdown on the man who "make people all smiley and happy at wherever the misery is" in twelve dirty answers.
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Jeb Lipson

Jeb Lipson
Growing up on the outskirts of a dying auto industry, Jeb listened to the pop, rock and R&B sounds filtering across the Detroit river on Windsor, Ontario’s CKLW-AM. The inevitable quest for fame, or at least the opportunity to find the garage door opener, led Jeb and his rock band to Los Angeles where they landed several industry deals that never quite saw the light of day. While all this was going on, Jeb began…
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Eoin Glackin

Eoin Glackin
Growing up on Dublin’s Northside, the young Eoin became infatuated with the art of passing on stories through music; a passion that led him to the songbooks of Dylan, Springsteen, The Beatles and many more of folk and rock’s great ones. Self-taught on the piano and later the guitar, he began song writing and busking at the age of 15, dipping in and out of various school bands. Eoin left Ireland at 21 and moved…
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Katie Nicholas

Katie Nicholas
Katie Nicholas is a singer-songwriter born and bred in Liverpool and now seeking her fortune, ‘Dick Whittington’ style in London, as a designer. She writes witty and intricately detailed lyrics, and described as "a striking new talent", Katie is a soon to be established artist who not only writes and performs, but also films, animates and designs all her own music videos, check them out. Katie picked up an LMA '13 Music Award in recognition…
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Ward Thomas

Ward Thomas
Ward Thomas are twins Catherine and Lizzy and here's the lowdown on the country singing sisters in twelve dirty answers.
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April Verch

April Verch
April Verch is a Canadian singer, songwriter, fiddler and step dancer who has been touring for over ten years. Here's the lowdown on April and har band in a dozen dirty answers.
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The Sea The Sea

The Sea The Sea
Borrowed from Xenophon's Anabasis - the ancient Greek soldiers’ cry of joy when returning home from battle., The Sea The Sea, are promoting their excellent new album, Love We Are We Love. They accompany each other with electric/acoustic guitars, the occasional banjo, piano, and percussion, but it is Chuck and Mira’s rich harmonies that provide the depth to their song-writing. Their perfectly matched voices sometimes share the back-and-forth conversations of the song’s characters and other…
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Don Gallardo

Don Gallardo
"Nashville-based singer/songwriter Don Gallardo unites introspective lyrics, southern charm, and honey-warm vocals, producing a sound that exists between the boundaries of Americana, Folk and 70's classic Singer-Songwriters" everything else you need to know is contained within these twelve dirty answers.
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Jacko Hooper

Jacko Hooper
Jacko Hooper is a Brighton based singer songwriter who has his debut EP For You out on the last day of this month. Here's everything you need to know about Jacko in twelve dirty answers.
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Tim Grimm

Jan Lucas
Tim Grimm is an award winning songwriter, an actor and has EMMY nominated documentaries filmed about his concept album Wilderness Plots. Here is every thing you need to know about Tim in twelve dirty answers.
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Matthew Szlachetka

Matthew Szlachetka
Sometimes playing in a band is like a love affair, and for Matthew Szlachetka, the magic was gone. After nearly seven years fronting the Northstar Session, the Los Angeles singer and songwriter is stepping out with his solo debut, Waits for a Storm to Find.A New England native, Szlachetka grew up immersed in his parents’ record collection. He first picked up a guitar in middle school, inspired by electric players including Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page,…
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Sassparilla

Sassparilla
Some DD's are concise, some are expansive. I like the expansive ones. I also like bands who release double albums, especially when one disc is from the studio and one is live: I think this should be mandatory. Front man Kevin Blackwell tells us everything we need to know about Sassparilla in twelve dirty answers.
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Mama Kin

Mama Kin
It ain't easy, livin' like a gypsy ... oops sorry I saw Mama Kin and immediately thought of the Toxic Twins. This Mama Kin is not an American classic rock song but an award winning Australian folk/roots/blues/soul singer songwriter. She has just released her first Uk album and played her first UK show last month. Here's everything you need to know about Mama Kin in a dozen dirty answers.
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Rachel Ries

Rachel Ries
Favourite of the site and seemingly over here on tour all the time Daughter of Mennonite missionaries, Rachel Ries hails from the inspiring, vast expanses of South Dakota, by way of Zaire. Her formative years were filled with Mennonite hymns, Suzuki violin and The Carpenters. Currently splitting her time between rural Vermont and New York City, she crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked hearted. With a clear voice and steady hand, she pulls…
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Kate Young

Kate Young
We've done scores of Dirty Dozens over the past few years and there is generally some overlap in the type of venues that artists want to play. Kate Young wants to play in an underground ice palace - now that's a first.
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Robby Hecht

Robby Hecht
Robby Hecht kindly took a little time before his 'New American Troubadours' tour (along with David Berekely and Peter Bradley Adams) to answer aUK's Dirty Dozen.
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David Berkeley

David Berkeley
We do like muscian/authors here at aUK and we can now add David Berkeley to a list that includes Willy Vlautin, Steve Earle and Simone Felice. He has a UK tour this summer with Robby Hecht and Peter Bradley Adams including a couple of appearances at this years Maverick Festival.
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Hannah Aldridge

Hannah Aldridge
Let's cut to the chase on this one: Hannah Aldridge plays 'Dark Country', covers Isbell's Try (and gets the 400 Unit to play on it) and has a saw player. This puts her front and centre of what aUK is all about. Razor Wire see it's UK release on 16th June and a tour to support it. Go buy it, go see her, you'll not be disappointed.
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LA Salami

LA Salami
Some artists have a tendancy to ramble some are concise. That's the beauty of the Dirty Dozen - the twelve questions can be answered however you wish.
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The Henry Girls

The Henry Girls
So, The Henry Girls sing, play wonderful musical instruments (and the ukelele) and are 'partial to the odd night out'. The sound like just the sort of folks who should be answering aUK's Dirty Dozen; and they have.
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The Bills

The Bills
“Classico-splendido-folk-roots-rock-super-funk-upright-bass-fiddle-mando-driven-catchy-crossover-universal-domination!” I can add nothing to that except please read on to find out everything you need to know about The Bills.
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Rebecca Pronsky

Rebecca Pronsky
The general rule for accompanying videos is 1) if the subject wants a particular clip I'll play it, 2) if they don't I'll play something from their website, 3) if there's nothing on their website I'll pick something. There's now a 4th option - if you put a marmite related link in with your replies then that trumps anything else!
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Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra
The answer to the first question explains what I like so much about Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra; take something old, fuse it with something new and see what happens. Most every thing you need to know about this North Eastern Band is answed below, apart from their name. You'll have to look that one up (just like me).
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Owen Tromans

 Owen Tromans
Owen Tromans new disc, Golden Margins (Sacred Geometry Records), is indeed gold, Maverick acclaimed it as ““A real breath of fresh air”. Owen Tromans grew up in The Black Country and led John Peel favourites San Lorenzo before pursuing a solo career, supporting the likes of Best Coast, Idlewild and Plush. Owen has also appeared on collections alongside Devendra Banhart, Mercury Rev, as well as members of Sonic Youth, and shared split singles with the…
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Waiting For Wednesday

Waiting For Wednesday
Waiting for Wednesday are a that rare thing, UK country without the side salad of pastiche or a thick unpalatable layer of cheese, ok so they are more 'big hat' country than you would usually find on AUK but we take our hats of to them for ploughing what is a pretty lonely furrow out there in UK country land. A great opening act and not your standard pub duo they offer a bit more…
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Jimmy Islip

Jimmy Islip
That Fucking Tank drummer, real ale connoisseur and film projectionist Jimmy Islip is one of the best acts in the North, with his twang driven band The Ghosts. Having banged around the local Leeds scene Jimmy is finally getting the recognition he deserves with his pun titled album Wild Wild West Riding. AUK caught up with the man just after a recent support to Austin Lucas in Leeds.
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Dennis Ellsworth

Dennis Ellsworth
About this time last year I spoke to Paul Spencer (organiser of the Maverick Festival) and asked him who he was most wanted to see. I was expecting a standard "everyone's great" type of answer but no, "Dennis Ellsworth" he said. Dennis is not playing this years festival but he has a nine date UK tour next month (including aUK's Acoustic Dustbowl) and has taken the time to answer our Dirty Dozen questions.
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Nels Andrews

Nels Andrews
We've had some perfunctory answers, some funny answers and even a couple of answers short of a full dozen on the DD before but this is the first one with surfing otters, fighting the NYPD and Banana Slugs. We like being the kind of folk who'll print an interview with the kind of answers the Nels Andrews gives.
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Butchers Blind

Butchers Blind
When I went to NeYC last month I didn't have extensive wish list. I wanted to eat good food (did that everyday), drink in goods bars (ditto), see a Mets games (they lost 0-3 - and it rained), walk over the Brooklyn Bridge (failed but did get driven over it, sailed under it and saw it from the metro everyday) and see an local band in a good club. I had to wait until the…
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Madison Violet

Madison Violet
Serendipity, snow and sexy tour buses are all in this Dirty Dozen from the artists formerly known as Madviolet
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Crooked Brothers

Crooked Brothers
So, they're not really brothers, prefer snail mail to email and, after seven years, have written a "happy" song. Want to know more? Read on ...
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Tumbling Bones

Tumbling Bones
They're in Ireland at the moment, over here in May, will be in a, as yet unknown, developing nation some time in the future and yet still have time to answer our Dirty Dozen - good lads these Tumbling Bones.
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Malcolm Holcombe

Malcolm Holcombe
At first I thought that Malcom Holcombe didn't 'get' our Dirty Dozen; then I realised he got it better than anyone. There have been a couple of really good DD's recently but this is in a class of its own.
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Green Rock River Band

Green Rock River Band
We've not one, but two of the Green Rock River Band answering the Dirty Dozen. I'm just glad that the whole band didn't get involved - I could be still typing this up in the middle of next month.
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PJ Bond

PJ Bond
P J Bond doesn't do things the conventional way, and is all the better for it, his latest album, split half and half with his brother Brian, his latest album - Brother Bones/Baby Bones is a aural treat. Originally from Brunswick New Jersey, PJ is over here backing up AUK favourite Austin Lucas. This is far from your standard American singer and songwriter stuff: he has released a full-length solo albu;, You Didn't Know I…
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The Sweet Lowdown

The Sweet Lowdown
Three part harmonies with banjo, fiddle and guitar - does it get any better than that? Thought not. I'll skip the blurb about The Sweet Lowdown because everything you need to know has been answered in these twelve questions. I will add one thing though; two out of the last three Dirty Dozeners have mentioned Holy Coming of the Storm. This proves what exceptional taste they have.
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Kimmie Rhodes

Kimmie Rhodes
When you count Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell as fans you know you must be doing something right, and Kimmie Rhodes has been doing that something since 1981 and has been a visitor to our shores for over twenty years. She's not grown tired of us yet and has another half a dozen dates booked for the end of March / begining of April - miss them at your peril!
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Rita Hosking

Rita Hosking
Rita Hosking has got a lot of love from around these parts. Jeremy Searle called Little Boat a "Small but perfectly formed set of songs" before gaving it 8/10 and Paul Kerr, writing on his own excellent blog Blabber 'n' Smoke said that Hosking "has a poet’s way with words". I give her 10/10 just for answering all twelve of the Dirty Dozen - something that not everyone has been able to do recently.
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Dar Williams

Dar Williams
Dar Williams has been performing her own brand of americana-tinged folk for the best part of two decades now, releasing her first album The Honesty Room back in 1995 to huge acclaim. She arrives in the UK this week for a series of dates.
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Peter Mulvey

Peter Mulvey
The original idea for aUK's Dirty Dozen was to give exposure to new, up andcoming artists. I was told that it could work with established acts but I didn't think so. After reading Peter Mulvey's answers I know I got that wrong. This is one of the best we've done.
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The Black Feathers

The Black Feathers
The Black Feathers are Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, they have just releaed their debut EP, have date booked throughout 2014 (including a few in the US in the summer) and have kindly answered aUK's Dirty Dozen.
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Jarrod Dickenson

Jarrod Dickenson
Songs From Willow Street was written in Brooklyn, recorded in Texas and is to be released a couple of days before Jarrod Dickenson embarks on an eighteen date tour of the UK and Ireland next week. Before he started packing his bags Jarrod took a little time to answer aUK's Dirty Dozen.
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Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson
Kentuckian Sturgill Simpson is the latest signing to Loose Music's impressive roster with his debut album High Top Mountain to be released next month. He has just completed his first UK dates and is back for a few more next month. Stugill took a little time out to answer aUK's Dirty Dozen.
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Doug Tielli

Doug Tielli
Full time Canadian and part time Coventrian Doug Tielli takes a little time to answer aUK's Dirty Dozen before a short UK tour supporting Trembling Bells.
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King Courgette

King Courgette
If its picking you want then these are the boys for you, its old time bluegrass, much loved in these parts, but this isn’t a homage or hold it up as some art form to be reverential to, this is as it was, fun, dancing music for kickin’ up some dust to. There serious as cancer when it comes to playing, it’s all good from washboard to harmonies, but they specialise in the good time.…
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Chains

Chains
Ben Parker is the man, suave, sophisticated, handsome and a voice that makes girls go mushy. Every inch the erudite craftsman that music is crying out for, but what’s even better than that is with his new band it’s just got double. Kate Aumonier is the second piece of without a doubt the best two piece jigsaw on the market, witty, charming and also pretty dam gorgeous they make the most sensational racket around. Bluesy,…
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