The new album ‘Nothin’ Unexpected’ has today (3rd February) been released on At The Helm Records.
You can buy it on CD and digitally wherever you would normally buy your music. If you buy it from www.atthehelmrecords.com you get a free 18 track label sampler while stocks last! And if you’re someone who still likes a record shop, you’ll find it in branches of HMV and all good independent record shops. For Oxfordshire folks, be sure to pop into Truck Store or Blackwell in Oxford, or Rapture in Witney.
Here’s what some reviewers have had to say about the album already:
“Dare I suggest that Ags Connolly might be the best singer-songwriter in the country field that this country has ever turned out? Yes, I think I do, and I think he is…and this is a fabulous record.”
– Country Music People
“For those who repeatedly throw up their arms as if looking for divine intervention in their quest for real country music, in Ags Connolly they have found their saviour.”
– Flyin’ Shoes Review
“The deeper you dig, the more gems you unearth.”
Early reviews for the album have been unequivocally favourable:
“Ags’ second album…has seen his writing not just mature but move forward leaps and bounds away from any pigeon-hole” – Rocking Magpie
“Occasionally…someone comes along that produces a body of work that gets noticed beyond our local circuit. Someone with the talent that equals or surpasses the huge pool that exists in the US. Someone like Ags Connolly.” – Your Life In A Song
CDs will ship in the week of release so should reach you on or before the release date of 3rd February.
On following 2014’s ‘How About Now’, Ags said: “It was great to have producer Dean Owens and the same superb musicians on board again, not to mention contributions from The Mavericks’ Michael Guerra on accordion and Grand Ole Opry staff member Eamon McLoughlin on fiddle. I believe in the strength of the songs and I’m excited about how these guys helped bring them to life. I hope you will be too.”
At The Helm Records are an independent record label based in Brighton, England.
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Ags’ song ‘When Country Was Proud’ has been named among the Top 50 country songs of the last 30 years by Country Music People magazine.
The October issue features a list of great songs released in the genre since 1986, a list that includes the likes of George Jones, Randy Travis, George Strait, Dale Watson and many more, not least Ags’ good friend Jeremy Pinnell.
The inclusion marks yet more recognition for the music from ‘How About Now’, the debut album soon to be followed up in early 2017.
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Hey folks, while I’m working on getting my second album out later this year, I thought you might like some new music to keep you going. Or maybe old music! I recently went into the studio to record a number of old-school cowboy songs and have now put them together in an album called ‘Traditional’. For the time being, this CD is only being released in limited numbers.
I was originally drawn to these songs by the field recordings, collections and interpretations of men like John and Alan Lomax, Ed McCurdy, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Woody Guthrie, among others. I love their honesty and directness. Most of these songs are ‘traditional’ or, in other words, have no known writer. Countless versions of each probably exist, but these are my favourite versions.
The tracks are as follows:
1. Goodbye, Old Paint 2. Fair Lady of the Plains 3. St James Infirmary 4. Strawberry Roan 5. Rambling Gambler 6. The Buffalo Skinners 7. Roving Gambler 8. Diamond Joe 9. Red River Valley 10. South Coast 11. Mole in the Ground 12. Shenandoah
This album will only be available on CD and is purely being self-released. The only place to get it is direct from me.
The CD costs £10.00 (includes postage) and there are three ways to buy it:
1. BY PAYPAL – you can use the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org to make payment over Paypal. Be sure to specify what the payment is for and include your address.
2. BY POST – Send cash or a cheque to 29 High Street, Finstock, Oxon, OX7 3DA.
3. LIVE! – Once I receive stock I will have copies of the CD at all my live shows until they sell out.
NON-UK orders – please e-mail email@example.com to confirm postage costs.
The CDs are now being manufactured so orders will be dispatched as soon as I receive them.
It’s been a long-held ambition of mine to record this CD, so I hope you like it. I think it’s important to keep this stuff alive.
Ags’ US tour with singer-songwriters Jack Grelle and Ryan Koenig came to a fitting conclusion on Sunday 28th February as they played Off Broadway in St, Louis MO – Jack and Ryan’s hometown.
It was the 16th date of a hugely successful tour which encompassed 7 states and 12 cities. Matt Meyer, drummer for Pokey LaFarge, and Jack’s regular bass player Brice Barecevic made up the rhythm section while Ryan chipped in on mandolin, harmonica, fiddle and backing vocals (when not performing his own songs on guitar). Jack also made his debut on lead guitar.
Talks are already underway for a follow-up next year but in the meantime, here’s a few shots from this go round:
The first night of tour. Café Berlin, Columbia, MO.
The band onstage at The Buzz Mill, Austin TX.
The last night at Off Broadway. St Louis, MO.
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You can now buy official Ags Connolly t-shirts and caps online! Ags has hooked up with the people at dizzyjam.com to present a new ‘Ameripolitan’ range.
There are men’s and women’s t-shirts in a variety of colours, plus two colours of trucker cap available. You can link directly to purchase these on the Shop page of this website, or go to agsconnolly.dizzyjam.com.
Please note that these items will not be available at shows for the time being, they are online only.
This November Ags will be travelling to the Shetland Islands to perform at the Thomas Fraser Memorial festival, which takes place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th.
Ags will appear at Burra Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, alternating headliner duties with Canadian bluegrass fiddle player April Verch and Nashville honky-tonker Scott Icenogle (with his band A11). The festival has been held semi-regularly since 2002 in memory of Shetland fisherman and hillbilly singer Thomas Fraser, whose recordings have posthumously been released after his death in 1978.
Ags will then play four dates on mainland Scotland. Details as follows:
Mon 16th – Inverness, Market Bar
Tue 17th – Nairn, Links Studio
Thu 19th – Perth, The Tavern
Fri 20th – Edinburgh, The Bluebird Café
For more information on the festival please see the official website. For information on all Ags’ performances please see the ‘Shows’ page on this site.
This October Ags will be opening two shows for Jeremy Pinnell and Max Fender on their OH/KY European tour! Jeremy is a Kentucky native who released his incredible hardcore country debut ‘OH/KY’ in 2014, while Max is the frontman of Ohio alt.rock stalwarts Alone at 3am.
Ags will be opening the shows for Jeremy and Max at Aces and Eights Saloon Bar, London on 20th October and Fat Lil’s, Witney on 21st October. See below for Jeremy and Max’s full schedule and check out the ‘Shows’ page for full details of the London and Witney shows.
October 14 Eindhoven, NL @ Stage Music Cafe
October 15 Den Haag, NL Haags Pop Centrum
October 16 Amsterdam, NL Checkpoint Charlie
October 18 Freiburg, Germany @ @ The White Rabbit
October 20 London, UK @ Aces and Eights
October 21 Witney, UK @ Fat Lil’s
October 22 Sheffield, UK @ ROTA / Audacious Art Experiment
October 23 Newcastle, UK @ Ampersand Inventions
October 24 Aberdeen, UK The Blue Lamp