Welcome to Red Guitar Music in 2019 and a Happy New Year to all our readers. 2018 was a banner year for RGM as we increased our readership by a little over 50% so we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to read, share or comment and to all the PR companies, labels and artists who’ve been in touch since we launched in 2014. RGM was established to shine a light on the music we liked and to, in some small way, help to promote both established artists and new acts looking to break through. A quick look at an RGM inbox overflowing with great music tells us this will continue, but who are the artists to look out for in the early months of 2019?
‘Everything Is Fine’ the stunning album from Amigo The Devil will get a very welcome UK CD release on January 11th via Regime Inc./Membran. ‘Everything’ is a really terrific record, not an easy listen if you dig deep into the lyrics but definitely a rewarding one. RGM reviewed the album late last year and you can check out the review here. So if you’re looking for something a little outside of the mainstream and like your folk and Americana pitch black in tone Amigo The Devil is the way to go
The Steel Woods burst onto the scene in 2017 with their debut release ‘Straw In The Wind’ and they’ll return on Jan 18th 2019 with ‘Old News’ via Thirty Tigers. ‘Old News’ is a monster of a record that is sure to appeal to all Southern Rock (Lynyrd Skynyrd / Allman Brothers) fans and those who like their country music to have a little edge. While their original material is top notch The Steel Woods are always willing to embrace the music that inspires them. The band will be looking to tour ‘Old News’ heavily and I have it on good authority that UK dates are on the cards for late 2019 but in the meantime check out their take on Tom Petty’s classic ‘Southern Accent’.
On February 1st Yep Roc will release the latest album by Mandolin Orange ‘Tides Of A Teardrop’ a record as poignant and beautifully performed as you’d expect from the duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. Recording with their touring band for the first time ‘Tides’ is one of those records that drags you in and will continue to reveal its secrets for quite some time to come I’m sure. Mandolin Orange will visit the UK in May of 2019 but in the meantime check out the first single from the album ‘Golden Embers’.
No strangers to RGM, Deer Tick will release ‘Mayonnaise’ via the Partisan label also on February 1st a companion piece to their recent Vol 1 and Vol 2 releases. ‘Mayonnaise’ is a mix of cover tunes, alternate versions of tracks you’ll know and a few new songs which should prove essential to fans of the band and doubles as a nice memento of the ‘Twice Is Nice’ tour. ‘Mayonnaise’ is typically eclectic but unmistakably Deer Tick and makes for a great listen. Check out ‘Hey! Yeah!’
35 years in the making March 8th will see the release of the first full album by Fiat Lux ‘Saved Symmetry’ on the Splid label via Proper which will be preceded by a single ‘Everyday In Heaven’ on February 1st. The edited story is Fiat Lux aka Steve Wright and David P Crickmore released a string of singles and a mini-LP on Polydor in the mid-80s before going their separate ways and reconvening in 2017. Fans of 80s synth pop will probably already be familiar with Fiat Lux but if not ‘Saved Symmetry’ is sure to appeal and the duo are already planning live shows in 2019 and the possible release of material that never saw the light of day back in the 80s.
Hopefully you’ll agree that 2019 is shaping up very nicely indeed. RGM will be looking to expand our coverage in 2019 with more reviews, news and features than ever before, so please check back often and if you’d like to follow/like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that’d be very much appreciated as it helps to spread the word.