New West Records have released some of the finest Americana albums of the past 15 years, and they’ve just sent us a shipment of new works by New West artists performing at SXSW 2014. We get to share them with you this week on Americana World Headquarters; artists include:
Hamell On Trial - Ed Hamell is a folk-punk force of nature, armed with a battered 1937 Gibson and a machine gun wit and delivery, described by the Village Voice as “a one-man Tarantino flick: loud, vicious, luridly hilarious, gleefully and deeply offensive.” The one-time Austinite returns from New York with a powerful new album out this week, The Happiest Man in the World. He’ll open the Normaltown/New West showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Velveeta Room.
Robert Ellis - the 25 year-old native of Lake Jackson, TX, returns home with a new album, The Lights from the Chemical Plant, praised by Texas Monthly as “a record that heralds the arrival of Texas’s next great singer-songwriter. A bold statement, sure, but we’ll stand on Steve Earle’s coffee table and say it.” The album was recorded in Nashville with producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Dawes). Robert Ellis joins fellow New West artists at the Continental Club on Friday, March 14th.
Luther Dickinson - the prolific guitarist/producer and 4-time Grammy nominee has released solo albums and band recordings with the North Mississippi All Stars, and will perform in both settings at SXSW 2014. He’ll introduce songs from his forthcoming album, Rock ‘n Roll Blues, at the Friday night New West showcase at the Continental Club, and then join his brother Cody and the All Stars in the just-announced Take Me to the River celebration of Memphis Music at the Butler Park Outdoor Stage on Saturday afternoon.
We’ll hear a couple of tracks from each of these fine new albums as well as new songs from more New West artists, including Ruby the Rabbitfoot, the Ben Miller Band, and a few selections from the new album by Rodney Crowell, all this week on Americana World Headquarters on SXSWfm.
Hamell on Trial photo by Jim Herrington