Spring News

Happy spring folks, and hello from Athens! Lots of updates from the CAM front.

Athens Americana is almost here! This will be the 3rd annual event, organized by Cowboy Angel Music and Justin Evans. Check out the Athens Americana website for the line-up and info. This year’s event will include a closing party at the Jittery Joe’s Roaster on E. Broad St. (also the kickoff to their ‘Pickin’ on the Porch’ Concert series) w/ Redneck Greece & other guests on Sunday, April 18th @ 4pm, plus raffles featuring New West Records prize packages, studio time at AJ Adams’ Troubadour Den recording studio, gift certificates to Clocked and other local restaurants, and more. Join us Thursday April 15th- Sunday April 18th for the festivities and nearly twenty-five excellent local roots, acoustic, and Americana music acts.

Cowboy Angel is pleased to have three acts performing at this year’s Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park (April 17th and 18th). Don’t miss Little Country Giants (Saturday, April 17th, 6pm), The Granfalloons (Sunday, April 18th, 12pm), and Adam Klein & friends (Sunday, April 18th, 1pm).

Timber CDs are in! The beautiful digipak with artwork by CAM friend, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and artist Thayer Sarrano is available at CD Baby, AthensMusic.net, and record stores in Athens now.

Timber‘s hauntingly gorgeous song, “Sad & Scrawled”, will be featured on the 2010 AthFest CD (Athens Music festival) alongside tracks by The Whigs, Modern Skirts, Packway Handle Band, Hope for Agoldensummer, and more, on Ghostmeat Records.

Justin EvansThe Owls & The Hounds and Little Country GiantsFists of Foam & Fury have garnered critical acclaim and radio airplay worldwide! Both records have been featured on The Miller Tales Her Tale and AmericanaOK (Streaming Playlist, March 2010) in the UK, Freight Train Boogie podcast (CA), Folk & Roots (Australia), Roots Revival in Belgium (Playlist, March 2010), Hillbilly Rockhouse (Germany), and a number of Dutch Roots Radio stations!

Check out reviews for LCG at Twangville (“like a country dance under the Georgia moon”), Americana UK (“lofty guardians of the vernacular traditions of American music”), Kindamuzik (for you Dutch readers), Call it Folk, and Cosmic American!

Our favorite husky-voiced singer, Justin Evans, is receiving high praise from DJs and outlets in Europe, including 4* reviews on Ctrl.Alt.Country (Belgium) and Altcountry.nl (Netherlands). Stomp & Stammer writes: “Justin Evans does cowboy-hat-and-whiskey-glass country & western music, starkly and God fearin’, free of the sheen of modern-day Nashville and with an odd dash of Waits.” Gotta love a nice dash of Waits!

Check out an interview with Justin on Taproot Radio out of Chapel Hill, NC, featuring his ode to post-Katrina New Orleans, “The Heart of New Orleans”. Plus a fine review on The Basement Rug.

And Adam Klein‘s back from Mali, West Africa, with a Malian Mande album in tow and fantastic film footage compliments of Jason Miller of Eikon Productions which should become a documentary film in the next year or so (yeah, takes a while). Mixing and mastering will take place in the coming months for the Mande album, tentatively titled Dugu Wolo, for a fall release. Adam took the controls at University of Georgia’s WUOG 90.5FM for a one-hour interview/dj session on the weekly Afrika show in early March. Check it out and hear rough mixes of a few of the songs from Dugu Wolo here. (Thanks to William Kennedy and DJ Willenium.)