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Passport to Pimlico Road

Taxi driving musician Keith
Anderson is hoping for big
things this year for his folk
and country influenced band,
Pimlico Road.The quintet, a family
Affair featuring Keith’s wife Liz and
daughter Holly on vocal harmonies,
are about to play one
of their biggest shows yet and
have the recording of their first
album firmly in their sights.
Keith hopes fellow cabbies will
support the band when they take
to the stage at the Troubadour in
Brompton Road on February 20, as
they attempt capitalise on growing
interest at home and abroad.

The name was picked by the
cabbie of 10 years while he was at
work because he wanted
something that sounded catchy
and did not pigeonhole the music.
The group, which is rounded out by
double bass player Gary Holder and
drummer Steve Cass, takes in a range
of influences, from Bob Dylan and
Neil Young to Fleetwood Mac and
the Creedence Clearwater Revival.
He said: “We have loads of good
tunes. It’s real music with real
instruments which crosses all the genres.
It’s Americana, country and folk with
some rock and pop thrown in. Luckily, it
seems to appeal to all ages.”

The band formed by accident in
December 2010, after a support act
dropped out of a gig and Keith and
Liz were asked to step in. Despite having quit
playing live music 10 years earlier, Keith agreed
and after some frantic rehearsals a set
was worked out. Keith, who is originally from
Putney, said: “We went down well and
it gave me a real buzz so I started
wondering where we could go with it.”

Pimlico Road have since built up a
following in the US, along with
interest in Japan and even Saudi
Arabia and Israel.They recorded and
released an EP called The Harmony Tree
last year, which is available on Spotify,
iTunes and Amazon, and have two
albums worth of unrecorded songs
ready to go. Keith said: “One of the good things
about taxi driving is that you are your
own boss and it allows you to do things
like this. We have just done a live
YouTube performance and have been on
Meridian radio. All we need now is to
invest in some studio time and find a
really good producer who understands
what we're trying to achieve and can
turn that into a recorded reality.”


Pimlico Road are at the
Troubadour, Earl’s Court, on
Wednesday, February 20. For other
dates and more information visit the
website www.pimlicoroad.

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Honest Reviews Corner by Evan Morgan

Having left London for the Country lifestyle, Folk family band Pimlico Road showcase a plethora of influences on their debut. Staying true to its namesake, ‘The Harmony Tree’ has rich, lively vocal harmony in abundance, which (when combined with soothing acoustics and earthy, minimalistic instrumentation ), creates an ideal environment for the tranquil, laid-back listening experience that ‘The Harmony Tree’ offers.

 

‘Losing Carolina’ is a feel-good track that instantly sets the tone as soon as the acoustics ring out. With its subtle instrumentation and less-is-more approach, it shines through in its simplicity. It’s the kind of track that could easily lift any mood and clear even the most troubled of minds. If Pimlico Road have lost Carolina, they have certainly found something else – a standout track and solid opener.

‘Those Days’ is a walk down memory lane set to the tune of bright acoustics and minimal percussion. It’s a mix of the Beatles with the Modern-day musings of Ray Lamontagne and Amos Lee. A track like this brings to mind wide open plains and country roads (with neither the hum drum nor the elbow-to-elbow congestion of city life). ‘Those Days’ is a walk down Pimlico Road, a road that is vibrant, full of life, and simplistic in a way that makes it a true art form – proving that one doesn’t need a wall of sound to break through walls and touch lives.

‘The Harmony Tree’ is a back to basics journey that embraces the true nature and essence of Folk and Americana. With melodies and arrangements as organic and natural as the harmony tree itself, Pimlico Road have crafted a true gem, and though they may have come together by accident, this wrong turn in life is certainly taking them in the right direction.

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Music to be Boomers By: The Songbirds Say “Tweet”

Woodstock tweet4By Henry Lipput

“Support indie artists. If you like the music you hear, buy a track and help to support and keep these bands going.”

That’s a tweet sent by Dale Goodridge, from Melbourne, Australia, one of the musicians I’ve been following on Twitter.

With the meltdown and consolidation of the major record companies, musicians are finding new ways to get their music out to listeners.  One of these new streams is social media — Twitter, Facebook, websites, and Youtube videos.  Although they don’t have the numbers that songs on iTunes can generate, talented musicians can have thousands of people listening to a song they’ve written, performed, and recorded in a home studio that sounds as good as anything on the radio.

I’ve been following a number of musicians on Twitter since I started doing the tweet thing about a year ago — and I hope this will be the first in a series of columns on musicians that I think you’ll like and want to follow as well.

Dale Goodridge 

Dale Goodridge, a native of England now living in Australia, is, like the rest of the folks in this column, a singer/songwriter/musician.  Like Paul McCartney he’s put together his own (but much more advanced) studio.  And also like Paul McCartney on McCartney and McCartney II, he plays all of the instruments on each of his songs.  This process, which in the ‘70’s was a novelty, is now a given for people like Dale.

He’s performed around Australia and toured in Los Angeles as well. In addition, two of his songs have been mastered at Abbey Road studio, home — as if I have to tell you — of George Martin (in my opinion the real 5th Beatle) and the Fab Four.  How cool is that? On Dale’s website you can watch his performances and the videos he’s made for his songs.  You can also stream his songs.

Dale’s songs look back to the great stuff produced by musicians and bands in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.  For example, his newest track, “Change,“ is a terrific song reminiscent of John Lennon’s solo work.

You can listen to Dale’s songs streaming on his website (dalegoodridge.com) or buy a special package of a CD/vinyl/download combination that includes select singles as well as a 12-song download of an entire album.

Scott Krokoff 

Scott Krokoff, too, loves the music of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.  In addition to being a musician, he’s also a New York City-based lawyer influenced by The Beatles (his favorite), Bruce Springsteen Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Lindsay Buckingham, Neil Young, and Tom Petty.

In an email, Scott wrote that lately he’s become much more active with his social media efforts: “I’ve made some great connections on Twitter and now prefer Twitter over Facebook.”

And while social media is important for musicians to connect with fans and market their work, he continued, “… it’s still critical to meet and connect with people face to face, either at your own performances or by networking with other local musicians.”

Scott is currently recording material for his next EP (Realizations & Declarations, Vol. 2), which he hopes to  release sometime during the winter of 2014.   His previous EP, Realizations & Declarations, Vol. 1, is available to stream and purchase on his website.  The song “Don’t” (from that EP) is terrific and a certifiable dancing-around-the-living-room song with rocking rhythm guitars (not to mention a clean, melodic lead guitar break) and tasty organ fills.

On his website (scottkrokoff.com) you can stream all six songs from his EP and by signing up for his email list you’ll receive a download of four songs.

Rob Crawford 

Rob Crawford is a singer-songwriter, musician, and producer from Grimsby in the UK, where his website tells us “he cranks out his brand of energetic rock songs, pop ballads, acoustic gems, and full-blown masterpieces” from his studio, Hermit Rock.

And again from his website, “he’s a one-man rock band on a mission.”

Songs like “Shoulda Known Betta (Than To Forget About Greta)”,”Bright Young Things Of Wonder,” and “The Brink” — all from Rob’s second album Cross Fingers – recall the melodic sounds of the late ‘60’s as well as the British New Wave of the mid-to-late ‘70’s (“Shoulda Known Betta” seems influenced by the work of Nick Lowe, especially his Pure Pop For Now People {the title given to his 1978 release in the U.S]).  You can download these tracks on his website (robcrawford.co.uk). 

Pimlico Road 

England’s Pimlico Road is a family affair.  Keif and Liz , joined by their eldest daughter Holly, use folk, country, and Americana influences — along with some rock and pop thrown in for good measure — in an acoustic setting for a strong, self-penned vocal harmony sound.

The Pimlico’s songs, written by Keif, include a whole host of influences from the Beatles and the Stones to Led Zeppelin, Alison Krauss, Stevie Wonder, and Simon & Garfunkel.

On their website (pimlicoroad.co.uk) you can watch them perform “Washed Stones” and “Keeping Me Waiting” from their “Live In The Living Room” series.  You can also get a free download of the lovely “Losing Carolina” by signing up for the Pimlico mailing list, listen to their “The Harmony Tree”EP, and purchase the EP as well.

In a Twitter exchange, Pimlico Road explained: “We’re  on lots of social networks including Facebook, LinkedIn, and ReverbNation, but Twitter has been by far the most successful for us.” And this social media traffic leads followers to their website and “a growing mailing list, more radio exposure, more downloads, more features on blogs.”  Pimlico Road  is also using social media efforts such as the PledgeMusic site to raise funds from fans for the recording of their new Washed Stones EP.

Henry Lipput is a writer living in the Pittsburgh, PA, area. He has written for a telefundraising company, defense contractors, and engineering companies. He has also written freelance articles on specialty advertising, health care, small businesses, and general interest topics for both national and local publications, including CD reviews for the late, lamented Pittsburgh Boomers..  

You can send questions, comments, or complaints to Henry at h_lipput@hotmail.com or on Twitter at @HLipput.