Louie & The Wolf Gang - Jess Knights - Kacy & Clayton

Louie & The Wolf Gang have kicked the new year off with 'The Race' where the Neo Rockabillies are on splendid form with this tightly performed and vibrant song. === Calgary singer-songwriter Jess Knights has just released 'Leave Me For The Last Time' a soulful song with all the essential passion and emotion to make it stand out. === We featured Kacy & Clayton three times last year and were very impressed so the live video for 'That Sweet Orchestra Sound' is a pleasure to share just ahead of their European tour.

Louie & The Wolf Gang - The Race.

Louie & The Wolf Gang welcome the new year with a thrilling and fast single: 'The Race' reflects their current state. Last year started running fast for the new rockabilly heroes from Baden/Switzerland: Their debut EP earned enthusiastic reviews, was heard on various international radios-show and brought the band their first concerts, full house.

In 2020, it's time to speed up the tempo: A club tour through Switzerland is going on until summer, including a performance at the legendary «Tiki Bash»-festival in Erlinsbach AG, the hippest Swiss rockabilly-festival on the scene.

'The Race' is a cool introduction to the gigs, with reminiscences of the legendary Stray Cats, the celebrated Neo-Rockabillies Restless and a bow to country legend Johnny Cash.


Jess Knights - Leave Me For The Last Time.

For all of love's agonies, Calgary soul-roots singer-songwriter Jess Knights isn't sulking over old wounds. On her debut full-length, Best Kind of Light, due out on May 20, 2020, Knights comes out on the other side of love and loss without all the bitterness, but rather a sense of self-assuredness knowing that she'll be just fine on her own.

It's this triumphant reclamation that frames the albums title track, about a graceful end to a relationship. When you get older your priorities change, and what was once catastrophic is no longer a big deal, Knights says. "You choose where to put your energy and how to spend your time. 'Best Kind of Light' is about choosing to move on with grace and integrity, and not feeling the need to burn your ex's clothes on the front lawn anymore."

Of the 11 songs contained on Best Kind of Light, there are traces of the blues that have always informed her sound. Case in point: the gloriously sultry 'Try a Little Harder', where she offers the best clapback to lazy courtship. "I know your kind/You come around here saying Damn girl, you're fine But I ain't the type to fall flat and cold to a man with a line/You gotta try a little harder, she sings to an eruption of scorching blues licks."

All the while, some lap steel and country strains find their way into a few songs. The most welcome surprise, though, is the sparkling dub beats heard on Halfway.

To achieve the revivalist vibe she was after, Knights headed to Toronto in 2019 and assembled the crème de la crème of song-smiths and sidemen, including award-winning producer Joshua Van Tassel, Donovan Woods, Joey Landreth, and others. The lineup adds dimension to Knights songs while bringing into focus the moody, dimly-lit spectrum of her classically-trained voice, which has drawn comparisons to U.K. luminaries Amy Winehouse and Eliza Doolittle.


Kacy & Clayton - That Sweet Orchestra Sound (Live Video).

Canadian psych-folk second-cousins Kacy & Clayton head to the UK for tour dates in Jan/Feb, including a slot at the prestigeous Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow and a headline show at London's The Victoria courtesey of Shindig Magazine. Their recent Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) produced album Carrying On came out in October via New West to critical acclaim, with Mojo saying,"The duo shine as a beacon of warm and quirky outsiderdom in a rising tide of cookie-cutter Nashville Americana" and Uncut calling it; "a warm, beguiling set that tips its hat to roots music interpreters as disperate as Hoyt Axton, Fairport Convention, Dolly Parton, The Byrds and Bobby Gentry, while also tapping Cajun fiddle music."

They also share a live video for "That Sweet Orchestra Sound". The session was recorded at Trinity St. Paul's United Church in Toronto and captured by Southern Souls, who has been creating top-notch videos of mostly Canadian artists for more than ten years. It was filmed in September just as Kacy & Clayton performed on presitgeous Canadian TV programme CBC's Q then headed to Nashville for Americanafest.

The band also shared other videos from the album, including “High Holiday”, "Carrying On" and "The Forty-Ninth Parallel".

Kacy & Clayton's sound is equal parts homespun, coming from a family and community where playing music is an ever present part of social gatherings, and the rare country, blues, and English folk rock they obsess over and collect.  It’s an arresting amalgamation of psychedelic folk, English folk revival and the ancestral music of Southern Appalachia. For Carrying On, Clayton cites as influences: Bobbie Gentry’s Delta Sweete, Hoyt Axton’s My Griffin Is Gone, Cajun fiddle music, and the steel guitar of Ralph Mooney, who played on many of the records that defined the Bakersfield country music scene of the 1950s. Sixties psych has also woven its way into these new songs; Kacy enjoys telling people that they live 250km from the mental hospital that coined the term “psychedelic.”

Of Carrying On, Jeff Tweedy said "When I first heard Kacy and Clayton, I was struck by how much detail and nuance they had absorbed from what sounded like a large swath of my record collection. When I told them that they were as good as the artists they were drawing from, I’m not sure they believed me. On this record I don’t hear those influences as much as I hear them taking the things they love so intimately and telling their own story. I think they’re a truly great band.”

Having toured almost nonstop for the last two years, Carrying On was conceived and honed on the road and recorded immediately after a jaunt across Western Canada, mostly as live takes with the minimum of overdubs.  The songs having been tried and tested before audiences each night with Kacy & Clayton offering, “This album has, by far, the most intense and confident performances we’ve ever done on record and I hope that intensity will be felt by the listener.”

They have just returned from the road supporting Ray LaMontagne in North America in the Autumn with an appearance at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in September alongside Foo Fighters, The Killers, and more.

Carrying On was released 4 October 2019 on compact disc, across digital retailers, Standard Black Vinyl, Pink Marbled Vinyl exclusively available at Independent Retailers, and hand-poured colored vinyl with every copy unique available now for order directly from New West Records.

EU/UK Tour Dates:
January 23 - Trondheim, NO - Bar Moskus
January 24 - Oslo, NO - Vulkan Arena for Interstate 20 - Oslo Americana Weekend
Jan 25 Falkenberg, SWE - Tryckhallen
Jan 26 Stockholm, SWE - Twang
February 2 - Forest Row - Hop Yard Brewing Co.
February 13 - Recklinghausen, DE - Creative Outlaws Club
January 30 - Glasgow, CCA - Celtic Connections
January 31- Low Mill, UK - The Band Room
February 1- Gateshead, UK - The Sage
February 4 - Winchester, UK - The Railway Inn
February 5 - Bristol, UK - The Mother's Ruin
February 6 - Witney, UK - Fat Lil's
February 7 - St. Davids, UK - City Hall
February 8 - Coventry, UK - The Tin Music and Arts
February 9 - Whitstable, UK - Whitstable Sessions Music Club
February 10 - London, UK - The Victoria
February 12 - Eindhoven, NL - Rozenknopje
February 14 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn
February 15 - Groningen, NL - Lutherse Kerk
February 16 - Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg
February 20 - Barcelona, ESP - Sala Rocksound
February 21 - Madrid, ESP - Cafe Berlin
February 22 - San Sebastian, ESP - Altxerri Jazz Bar
February 23 - Santander, ESP - Little Bobby