To celebrate the forthcoming release of the 'Ciao My Shining Star' compilation album, we have made Mark Mulcahy's critically acclaimed solo album "In Pursuit of your Happiness" available in the Loose shop for the first time.
For a limited time you can buy the album for only £8.00 direct from Loose HQ.
The count down is on, in ten days (25th & 26th July) Truck will be celebrating it's twelfth birthday with a cracking line up.
Loose will be there in full force to support our good friends Danny & The Champs and Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou who both play the Market stage on Sunday.
More Mark Twain-related stuff, from the former Felice brother
Drummer and sometime singer Simone Felice always seemed the least predictable of The Felice Brothers. It was Simone, for instance you’d most likely find dangling from a speaker monitor, or launching a ninja attack on a bass drum halfway through a show. Then there’s his shadow career as novelist/short story writer. Now, having taken permanent leave from the Catskills-based band comes his new project, The Duke & The King, a collaborative effort with Robert ‘Chicken’ Burke. It’s as far removed from the combustible racket of his siblings as is possible to imagine, Felice instead heading for the sweet spot between ’70s FM radio and the boom years of Topanga Canyon.
"The Duke and the King seem driven by a heavy-heartedness - a sadness that nothing can be as pure or simple as when we were young"
It's something heavy-hearted that drives Nothing Gold Can Stay, the debut record by the Duke and the King, and one of my favourite albums of the year. These are songs of memory and regret, of reminiscence and desire, songs that reflect upon love and childhood and Americanness and, more than anything, upon time passing. It's a mood perhaps best summed up by a line from Still Remember Love: "There's been times in my life, looking back," it runs, "just like a mirror in a smoky Cadillac."
The Felice Brothers have seen a period of rapid ascendancy and virtual universal praise heaped upon them by those in the know, in the music press. Currently on a sell out US tour, the band will play to packed houses wherever they appear, such is the fever they imbue. It comes as some surprise therefore, to find that one of their key song writers and band members should pick this time to pursue a personal project and take a hiatus from touring with the band. Americana UK’s Alan Taylor spoke to Simone Felice - poet, author, drummer, wild-eyed guitarist and now front man for the newly formed The Duke & The King. Quietly sipping tea in true rock n’ roll style, with band members Rob ‘Chicken’ Burke and Nowell Haskins in a café in Shepherds Bush, Felice elaborated on his sabbatical from the Brothers and his plans for the near future.
While the Felice Brothers have been enjoying the recent success of Yonder is the Clock, eldest brother Simone Felice has kept himself busy with his new duo, The Duke & The King. Felice (The Duke) enlisted the help of former George Clinton collaborator Robert “Chicken” Burke (The King) this winter, when the two sequestered themselves in a one-room shack in New York’s Catskill Mountains. The recording process, evocative of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago, involved wintry isolation and a two-inch tape machine. Once the snow finally melted, the pair had effectively captured what a press release calls the “bucolic calm” of Nothing Gold Can Stay.
As a part of Drowned in Sounds' Alt Country Week, Rennie picked out The Handsome Family's favorite Honeymoon songs
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Paradise can been found in a book store, on the highway, anywhere the wind blows and the music plays. Here are five songs to lead you away from fluorescent lights and computer screens and back to the shady grove...
The Duke and the King are no longer just the pair of wayfaring bon vivants in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; thanks to Simone Felice and Robert “Chicken” Burke, the Duke and the King are also an intriguing new partnership between two musicians based in the Hudson Valley, but with histories that stretch across oceans. Felice is best known as a founding member of Americana group the Felice Brothers, who over the past few years have risen in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic, playing big ticket festivals like Bonnaroo and All Points West.