Sun King Rising has just released an 11-minute teaser video for their upcoming debut album, Delta Tales, slated for an early October release. The video samples the album’s ten tasty Americana tracks, infused with plenty of southern rock and blues and the perfect touch of Gospel seasoning to soothe the soul.
The recording, mixing, and mastering for Delta Tales is complete and out of post-production. The artwork is being designed now at the label and manufacturing is just around the corner.
The album features 25 top musicians and vocalists from across the USA: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, Mississippi, and Tennessee further infusing this album with a gritty Americana rock sensibility. Sun King Rising is the solo project of singer-songwriter John Blangero who hails from the great state of Texas. John enlisted legendary Ohio producer Ace Acker for the project and the result is stunning.
Asked how he would describe his musical palette as a painter might describe it, Blangero replied, “Like cane fields in a Deep South Delta. I paint my music as an impressionist paints the sun. You can almost smell the heat and humidity and the soil of the wetlands. My musical landscapes are human textures of toil, honor, hospitality, and grace, steeped in the religious symbolism of southern culture.”
Nine of the album’s tracks are original compositions, with one surprising southern soul band cover thrown in to rock the house. Blangero cites the Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Humble Pie, and Dan Penn as his principal inspirations for Delta Tales.
This will be a challenge but one I am very much looking forward to. I will be posting updates whenever I can about it on Facebook, during the month of July. There may even be some live videos of me drawing!
“Remembering The Future” is slated for a mid to late summer release featuring eight tracks. What makes this album unique is that the songs were originally written and demos were recorded between 1988 and 1992 for a future release, Blake felt that the time had come to revisit these gems, more on that below. Blake has spent 100’s of hours refining the details of each track, recording mixing and mastering the final product.
“Remembering The Future” will be released as a Limited Edition Cassette Tape the album features the singles Color Blind and The Downfall
Vocals, Keyboards, and Programming – Blake Recorded at Retromatic Studios in Florence, Alabama
About “Remembering The Future” There are many questions we ask ourselves as we get older. Have things changed? Have we made for ourselves the future we wanted when we were young? Is the world a better place? Did we make a difference? The answers, for some, are rarely what we want them to be but we continue on, hopefully still striving for that future we wanted when we were kids.
The hard part is not letting it get you down. I use music to keep the sadness at bay but it doesn’t always work and I fall into deep holes of blackness for a while and give up only to hear the right song at the right time and get pulled back out again to strive some more.
“Remembering The Future” is essentially a trip back in time, remembering my thoughts about the future. Where I wanted to be ten, fifteen, even twenty years from then. Remembering the wants and needs of every passing day from loves to come and loves had and lost, what will become of everyone’s future, and fighting for what you believe in, the divides that we have in the world, and the future of the planet. What would all this look like in the future?
Described by Shindig Magazine as, ‘lyrically astute and melodically inventive,’ Elfin Bow’s pastoral pysch-folk holds imagery that that blends her twin passions of music and art.
A strict 1970’s church upbringing that frowned upon any kind of pop music, was the catalyst for her ‘quiet rebellion,’ and she saved her pocket money to buy her own radios to listen to covertly under the covers. The discovery of trailblazers like PJ Harvey, Tori Amos and Bjork flung the door wide open for her to find her own voice.
Two successful crowdfunding campaigns enabled the release of her debut album, launched with a live session on BBC Radio Wales and a single with the Fruits de Mer Record label, recorded with the Scottish Session Symphony Orchestra. After signing to Peacock Sunrise Records, and prior to starting work on her follow up album, Elfin released her EP, Rainbows & Gallows.
In stage outfits that interpret her lyrics, Elfin invites moments of musical magic in venues big and small; a tin shed, living rooms, art galleries and bookshops have been no less memorable than Theatr Clwyd, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Epstein Theatre and the Bridgewater Hall.
She has performed alongside folk legends, Bonnie Dobson, Robin Williamson and Chris Wood and had airplay on BBC 6 Music (Gideon Coe) and BBC Radio Wales (Wynne Evans, Adam Walton.)
This Friday, Elfin will perform a ‘lockdown’ live performance for the Tin Shed Facebook group. A ‘tip-jar’ gig, where you can donate what you can, she will be donating half of the proceeds to a new project to create a CD compilation of music from all musicians who have performed at the Tin Shed since it began. The profits from the sales of this CD will go towards CARE UK – RENEW, a charity that supports refugees living in the camps of Greece.
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