Monday, October 31, 2016


01. It's Only Halloween

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01. Children Of The Cauldron
02. Come Black Magic
03. The Legend Of Squid And Moon
04. Behave
05. Where’s Your Ghost
06. Odd Stories
07. Hollow Points
08. Old Skin
09. Dull Boy
10. Army Of Me
11. Whole Way Down
12. Hexlings

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Uncle Ben’s Remedy is a hometown band that doesn’t fit into a single musical slot. Their unique sound is rooted in the tiny hamlet of Versailles where community still matters and music is a part of every event. Three of the five band members learned to play and sing in this small town atmosphere, giving their music the honest, back porch feel of the country music they love.

Uncle Ben’s Remedy is Ben Westlund, singer and guitarist; Harmony Griffin, guitar, banjo and mandolin; Shawn Huestis, piano, accordion, fife, vocals and more; Brendan O’Connor, upright bass; and Jimmy Royce, drums and vocals.

Ben, Harmony and Jimmy grew up hanging out at family band practices, soaking in the sounds of the Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Merle Haggard. Even today, every family party ends in a big traditional sing along, often with Ben and Harmony’s grandmother taking the lead.

 “We sort of took the long way home” laughs Westlund when talking about UBR. “We all paid our dues in rock bands while coming up”, he adds. This rock and roll background is quite evident in Uncle Ben’s live show and the audience reaction. “It’s sort of like the old time country, says Jimmy; “that rock and roll energy kind of gets in your blood and it ain’t easy getting out.”

“We knew what we needed to put some honky tonk and get this band moving”, says Harmony. “We knew Shawn was the best piano player around. The fact that he played 27 other instruments was a nice surprise. There was no way we could do this without an upright bass player. I knew Brendan from a punk band we used to play in and I knew he could sort of hold his liquor.” Shawn later admits “to be honest, after one practice, we knew he was the guy and basically kidnapped him”

They released their debut record, “Yesterday’s Clothes,” in 2014 featuring music written by Ben and recorded at Robbie Goo’s GRC Studios. The first single; Little Devils has been featured on 107.7 Alternative Buffalo and gained airplay on several other Western New York radio stations. “Yesterday’s Clothes” themes include leaving home (with a nod to Dr. Seuss), the evils of moonshine and the refrain, “the grass is always greener where you fertilize.”

UBR won the summer 2014 Battle of the Bands at the Canalside Concert Series in Buffalo that earned them an opening slot for Lake Street Dive. The guys also opened for Artimus Pyle and have played at Nietzsche’s and the Sportsman Tavern in Buffalo, and Mickey Rat’s on Lake Erie.

For UBR, the magic happens when their blend of original songs and cover tunes bring audiences to their feet to dance and clap their hands. So join them, and bet you can’t resist stomping your feet and singing along. The band’s enthusiasm is contagious and at some point, you’ll realize you’ve stayed way too long!

Roots grow deep in fertile soil. This theme runs through all ten songs of Uncle Ben's Remedy's newest release "Not Far From The Tree."

Hailing from the upper fringes of Appalachia in Western New York, Uncle Ben's Remedy holds tight to the outlaw tradition of classic country while foot stomping through all the greatness that is Americana. 

In this latest effort, these WNY hillbillies explore the delicious ills of moonshining, dive into the water holes of the mighty Cattaraugus Creek, and pull up stumps to warm themselves by the fire in the field. New listeners as well as fans of the band's first EP release "Yesterday's Clothes will surely find comfort in the back woods storytelling and instrumentation, while "Not Far From The Tree" expands on the band's formula with refreshing and unexpected space and depth.

For more information on the band, their music, and their upcoming antics, visit their website, like them on Facebook, or raise your glasses with them at a Honky Tonk near you!

1. [2014] Yesterday's Clothes

01 - Pedal To The Metal
02 - Okay With Fighting
03 - Trouble In Getting Home
04 - 'shine Is Delicious
05 - Little Devils
06 - Squirrel
07 - Drinking Man
08 - Here's To You

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2. [2016] Not Far From The Tree

01 - Fire In The Field
02 - Money
03 - Cut My Losses
04 - These Beds (feat. Katie Clark)
05 - The Old Apple Tree (feat. Ruth Westlund)
06 - Bootlegger
07 - Black Rock
08 - Nothing To Wait For
09 - Too Dumb
10 - Zoar Valley
11 - Cats

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Saturday, October 29, 2016


Roland Kay-Smith is a Sydney-based songwriter and musician. He has performed with bands Smitty & B. Goode, Roland K Smith & the Sinners, and Walrus, with whom he won triple j’s Unearthed. As a solo artist, Roland has released two EPs, one album and one single, and has performed at venues across Australia, as well as in London and New York.

1. [2008] Roland K Smith

01 Someone Else
02 The Routine Blues
03 Ya Go On
04 I'll Write You In The Morning
05 Too Many Times

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2. [2012] Blue And Green

01 Dirt Farmer Blues
02 I'm Leaving Town
03 A Song To You
04 Blue Collar Blues

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3. [2015] Sailing By The Stars

01 Lay Me Down
02 I Lost Her To The Ocean
03 Marylou, I See You Too
04 Morning Light
05 Fire On The Mountain
06 Sydney Harbour Bridge
07 There Goes The Sun
08 I've Learned To Live Without You Now
09 Bring My Body Home
10 Come In Spinner

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4. [2015] Oxazepam

01 Oxazepam

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Mark Fairhurst: Drums, Matt McQuade: Bass, Roland K Smith: Vocals/Guitar/Mandolin, Damon Quinn: Guitar/Vocals, Jeff Pope: Dobro/Guitar/Banjo/Pedal Steel/Lap Steel/Vocals, Photo: Steve Turner Photography

Roland K Smith & The Sinners are an Australian band that mixes together rock ‘n’ roll, country, bluegrass, and punk with dense layers and multi-instrumentation to create their own unique blend of roots rock.

Roland K Smith is Australia’s answer to Ryan Adams. He has the potential to go that far too. He’s got the talent, he’s got the will and he’s got the way. Watch him as he soars." THE BRAG MAGAZINE

There is a clear fragility to the delivery, and one could easily be reminded of the similarly haunting godfather of such songwriting, Townes Van Zandt."

…a performer whose ability as a songwriter is matched by the performances he offers." RAVE MAGAZINE

With a twang sounding more Nashville than Sydney, Roland uses simple heartfelt lyrics with an understated

1. [2009] Straight To Hell

01 Straight To Hell
02 Captain Radio
03 Fool For Sedation
04 Away From You
05 A Better Life Or Another Name

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2. [2012] Breaking Hearts And Saving Souls

01 Saddest Eyes
02 Stuck On You
03 Cold Winter
04 Three Day Pass
05 This Could Be The End (Merry Christmas)
06 Wait All Night
07 Brightest Star
08 Two Men
09 I'll Write You In The Morning
10 The Train Song
11 Aileen
12 Dorothy

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OLD 97's & WAYLON JENNINGS - Iron Road (2013)

Waylon Jennings attended an Old 97’s gig in 1996, and later that year joined Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond, Rhett Miller and Philip Peeples in a studio in Nashville to cut two tracks "Iron Road" and "The Other Shoe". The youthful energy of Old 97’s with the classic delivery of Waylon Jennings. Sadly, Waylon passed away and these recordings—some of Jennings’ last—never saw the light of day.

“Iron Road” would eventually arrive as a live version on 2005’s Alive & Wired along with “The Other Shoe” (which first appeared on Old 97’s second album, 1995’s Wreck Your Life.) To make it even more special, this release has two more previously unissued demos: “Visiting Hours” (a live version appeared on 2011’s The Grand Theater Vol. 2) and “Fireflies” (re-recorded by Rhett Miller for his acclaimed 2006 solo album The Believer.)

01 - OLD 97's & WAYLON JENNINGS - Iron Road
02 - OLD 97's & WAYLON JENNINGS - The Other Shoe
03 - OLD 97's - Visiting Hours (1996 Demo)
04 - OLD 97's - Fireflies (Take 2, 1996 Demo)

All four tracks previously unissued

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Elmo Karjalainen Has Entered "Guitar Idol 2016"

Elmo has entered Guitar Idol 2016. It's probably the biggest guitar competition in the world and he'd be really happy if you'd go and have a listen to his song and maybe even vote. You can do so here:

The song he used as his entry is called "The Grassy Gnoll", and is a song from the upcoming album, which will have the title "The Age Of Heroes". He has a story behind the title, but he'll share that at a later date. Again, he'd really appreciate it if you could vote for his entry (but only if you like it):

Here's the take of "The Grassy Gnoll" he didn't use for Guitar Idol. He thought it was quite good, but not quite as good as the other one. He hopes you enjoy it:

And here's Elmo jamming along to what is basically the backing of Yngwie Malmsteen's "Marching Out". He's always liked the song, and thought it would be fun to play over those changes, so now he did. You can find it here:

Elmo is not sure if you are aware of it, but he's always had a guestbook on his site. He's never really encouraged people to use it, since he hated the fact that the platform wouldn't allow him to respond to comments. He likes responding to stuff, so that bothered him. Well he finally got around to doing something about that. It's nothing fancy, just something where you can post comments, and he can reply. You can find it here if you want to post something (that would be cool):

He also recently wrote a bit of a rant on the subject of making money from music, versus making music for the love of it. You can find his take on the whole thing here: