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“It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses.”
Nathaniel Parker Willis
Allison Russell Interview
Tim interviewed his former band mate and musical partner Allison Russell for the marvellous folks at rootsmusic.ca. You can check out Alli’s debut solo album Outside Child on all the usual streaming platforms and there’s videos on YouTube. You can read the whole interview here.
Here’s a brief extract:
I ask her, when she looks back at the time we met in 1998 in East Vancouver when she was 18 and we played together, toured and released a live CD, if all that feels to her now like a different planet, a totally different world.
“No, it doesn’t. It feels like that was the beginning of my agency, of my stepping into my calling as an artist. I was still pretty much in the closet as a musician and certainly as a writer when I moved to Vancouver. When we first started working together and playing in Fear of Drinking that began to change and those were my first forays into writing a little bit.”
Alli responded to the interview on Twitter @outsidechild13 May 17 – Ah well now I’m crying again – many thanks to my dear old friend and former bandmate @TimReadman1 for this lovely piece in @rootsmusicanada
It’s really exciting for all of us at Big City to see the buzz building with Alli’s appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, Grand Ole Opry, CBC’s Q and articles in the New York Times and Rolling Stone and we all wish her all the very best! You can hear Alli singing with Fear of Drinking here.
NEW EVENTUALLY BROTHERS ALBUM UPDATE
Airplay The Ancient Art of Weaving, the third Eventually Brothers album has hit the airwaves. We’ve been picking up airplay all over the map including such far flung outposts as Little Rock, Arkansas; Newcastle upon Tyne; Vancouver BC; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Montclair, NJ; Toormina, NSW, Australia and Kitchener, Ontario. DJs who would like a download or CD for airplay can contact us and we’ll oblige.
The Ancient Art of Weaving– The Vancouver Sun Review
Thanks to Stuart Derdyn for a really nice review for The Eventually Brothers album The Ancient Art of Weaving in The Vancouver Sun.
The Eventually Brothers The Ancient Art of Weaving | Big City Genre: Roots Key track: Perfect Day On its third release, this band, fronted by venerable singer/songwriter Tim Readman of Fear of Drinking renown, Andy Cooke and Alan Millen, get their pub-rock groove on in 12 new tunes. From the Stones-y harmonica break in the opener 20/20 vision — the title of the album actually is credited to a quote by Keith Richards — to the swinging ’60s feel of the excellent Valentine’s Day, the album is quite varied. Wartime Memory is like some long-lost British Invasion psychedelic gem that has recently been rediscovered. It’s refreshing to hear songwriting this unencumbered by genre and able to go all over the place.
The link is here – scroll down past the first few reviews and there we are! It’s one for the scrapbook. “Venerable singer/songwriter Tim Readman” – we certainly liked that one!
PERFECT DAY VIDEO
There’s a video for the song Perfect Day from The Ancient Art of Weaving here. Lyricist Alan Millen says:
“The narrator in this song recalls England’s 1966 World Cup victory and the role it played in matching him with the young woman who would become his wife and lifelong companion. The song is from the CD The Ancient Art of Weaving by The Eventually Brothers, released in 2021.”
Artist Sandra Ford provided the paintings and did a brilliant job of capturing the spirit and look of the times. It’s great to have her on board.
SONG AND DANCE MAN – BOB DYLAN’S 80TH BIRTHDAY SONG
Alan Millen reports from Zurich:
“Song and Dance Man is a playful, light-hearted tribute to Bob Dylan, who turned 80 on May 24th. It’s an updated version of the recording included on the Eventually Brothers 2008 CD – All Over The Map. I revised the lyrics, which provide an overview of his career, slightly to bring the storyline up to date and Tim Readman in Vancouver took over from there. Song and Dance Man starts out pretty calmly, but it goes positively-rolling-stone-subterranean-electric half way through. Please share it with other ‘Bobcats’ in your world. Check out the video here!
The song was featured on ExpectingRain.com, which is one of the best loved Bob Dylan sites on the Web featuring all things Dylan including Dylan’s influences, lyrics, records and the latest concert reviews.
LOLLY ON THE RADIO
Such a nice surprise to hear Universal Mother’s Heart being played on Liz Franklin’s Folk Garden show on www.bluesandrootsradio.com. It’s archived but goes out live on Tuesdays 6-8 pm UK time. It’s great to know the songs of the much missed Lolly Lawton are being kept alive on the airwaves. Thanks Liz! Check out her show – it’s great. You can listen to Universal Mother’s Heart here.