Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tonight @ Filthy MacNasty's

TONIGHT Bonanza & Son will be playing exclusive tracks from The Jim Jones Review's yet to be released third LP ’The Savage Heart' (released 15th October 2012) and Cowbell’s upcoming 'Beat Stampede’ LP released 8th October 2012.

We’re gonna rock-out all night seeing as it’s Saturday night… Bonanza & Son DJ Set of Maximum Rock ’N’ Roll… @ Filthymacnastys Whiskeycafe 68 Amwell St, EC1R 1UU (Off Pentonville Road, nearest tube Angel) 7-11pm... FREE ENTRY Saturday 29th September 2012 PS Don’t forget the repeat of our radio show tomorrow Sunday at 1pm… with more exclusives including news of our upcoming Link Wray/Vernon Wray special + lots of unreleased gems.

Friday, September 28, 2012

'Today is Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Day!’

Bonanza & Son announcement:
'Today is Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Day!’

Expect to hear plenty tonight at The Lauriston 9pm-12:30am

Bonanza & Son DJ Set
The Lauriston,
162 Victoria Park Rd,
Hackney, E9.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Latest info on Uncle Link Wray, Vernon & Doug...

I’ve just spoken to Sherry Wray again, niece of Link Wray, daughter of Vernon Wray and owner of his music.

She’s gonna be giving Bonanza & Son some exclusive booty so expect an extra special Vernon Wray special on Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM in the not-too-distant future…

Sherry is also writing a book about the family; Uncle Link (as they called him!) Brothers Vernon and Doug and we’ll be reading extracts in the coming weeks so stay tuned...

Oh and expect to hear some of this amazing shit on Thursday at Countrier Than Thou @ The Lock Tavern...

Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM
listen on 104.4FM in London
or online
or on Mixcloud at

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Latest radio broadcast archived at Mixcloud

We’ve just uploaded last weeks radio show Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM.

The show includes a superb live session from Mad Staring Eyes + loads of new and unreleased Country & Americana plus some dusty, old, vinyl gems & nuggets from the archives… We hope you enjoy it.

Vernon Wray Brother of Link!..

I’ve just spoken to Sherry Wray, niece of Link Wray, daughter of Vernon Wray and owner of his music.

Expect A Vernon Wray special on Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM in the not-too-distant future.

Todays radio repeat...

TODAY at 1pm
Bonanza & Son on Resonance 104.4FM
tune in on 104.4FM in London
or online

Live session from Mad Staring Eyes on the run up to their gig at Countrier Than Thou this Thursday @ The Lock Tavern.

+ featurettes 'Country Birthdays’ and ‘Celluloid-Country’ where we discuss Americana movie soundtracks
+ Competitions, album and gig ticket giveaways.
Repeated from Wednesday 19th September

‘Tracing the roots and subsequent influence of the pioneers, innovators, outlaws, renegades and mavericks of Country Music and Americana’s past present and future’

Mad Staring Eyes have been very busy recently including rave reviews of their latest album in all the major music mags as well as inclusion on cover mounted cds.

The album, 'Talking to the Operator' on Commercial Arts/Proper Music, has been taken by the band on a heavy, UK touring schedule as well as taking in all the top festivals including the upcoming Bestival.

The band hail from North London and have been playing together since they were 15 years old. If you are not familiar with the band imagine a kind of Avant-Country family band akin to The Carter Family but with London accents and a contemporary edge.

After releasing their self-titled, debut album they were invited to play the John Peel stage at Glastonbury and they have since played all over the UK as well as in the US of A, Canada, Germany and even Russia! They have played acclaimed international festivals such asSouth By South West in Austin, Texas and North By North East in Toronto.

Their latest album was recorded live onto tape using only vintage equipment and draws on influences from The Band to Ryan Adams, The Byrds to Bruce Springsteen to Van Morrison.

Their wistfull tunes will tug at your heartstrings and the whirling upbeat numbers will lift your boot-heels onto the dancefloor in your living-room. The next day you’ll be humming their tunes in the shower as you realise you’re now a fully, paid-up member of their fan-club!

'Music that makes you want to cry, laugh, dance and sing...all at once’...
Transparent Magazine.

All past Bonanza & Son ResonanceFM radio shows are archived on our Mixcloud page and can be listened to at any time.
Each week after the Sunday repeat has been broadcast we upload the show to:

Winner of the Radio Academy Nations & Regions Award for London, three years running!
Nominee, Sony Radio Academy Awards 2010 'Station Programmer of the Year'

The Guardian calls it 'The best radio station in London';
The Village Voice, 'The best radio station in the world’.

The average, monthly, listener figures for Resonance on FM is in the region of 120,000 & online listenership is considerably more than that

Bonanza & Son are also working djs and Promoters now in their tenth year of showcasing the best in Country, Blues, Americana and Roots Music as well as djing quality records from Country to Krautrock, Psych’ and underground Rock ’n’ Roll.

Our club night ‘Countrier Than Thou’ has successfully moved into its fifth year at the famous Lock Tavern in Camden.

Way back in the days when Country was still a dirty word round these parts and Americana was thought by some to be simply a typo’ error, not only having consistently sourced excellence in traditional Country, Bonanza has also discovered the most forward thinking Avant-Country, Punk-Blues, Americana and Roots with zero irony just good, old, quality music and very good times.

Bonanza & Son Promotions & club nights include:
Countrier Than Thou’ @ The Lock Tavern
’The Gaslight Club’ @ Filthy MacNasty's
'The Cosmic Film Club' @ The New Rose

Bonanza & Son regulary DJ at all of the above venues plus The Lauriston in Hackney,
The Three Crowns in Stoke Newington and The Defectors Weld in Shepherds Bush.

We also have a blog with lots more weird and wonderful music, films and facts that you might like to explore:

Bonanza & Son have a Facebook ‘PAGE' for all events that you might like to ‘like':

Bonanza & Son Music & Promotions
Promoters, Radio Presenters & DJs
Bonanza & Son on Resonance104.4FM
Every Wednesday 4-5pm
(Sunday Afternoon repeats 1-2pm)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM Archive

We’ve just uploaded last weeks Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM
first broadcast live on Wednesday 12th September 2012 on 104.4FM and online

The show features a live session from Gothic-Country Queen & banjo player extraordinaire Dana Immanuel.

+ Competitions, album & gig ticket giveaways.
+ featurettes 'Country Birthdays’ and ‘Celluloid-Country’ where we discuss the soundtrack to the film The Border from 1982.

We also played tracks by George Jones, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Malcolm Holcombe, John Hiatt and Brenda Patterson and Denny Tedesco… Enjoy.

Bonanza & Son on Resonance 104.4FM

‘Tracing the roots and subsequent influence of the pioneers, innovators, outlaws, renegades and mavericks of Country Music and Americana’s past present and future’

Every Wednesday afternoon at 4pm
(Repeated Sunday afternoons at 1pm)

Bonanza & Son ‘First Song Of The Day’

I’ve got no one to play with!..

Bonanza Son is in an Oxfam warehouse in Yorkshire,
Rebecca Kingdom is in a swimming pool in Brighton,
Robert Rubbish is filming in Jersey,
Line Agnes Louise Ebbesen is in Denmark
Drew Morrison is walking in the South Of France
Rabouhi Kilcawley is writing songs in Morecombe,
and Andy Norton is buying books in a Kensington library…

I guess I’ll just have to make do with ‘The Gonzo Country trio of James Luther Dickinson, Jerry Jeff Walker and Ray Wylie Hubbard’…

This track comes from Ray Wylie Hubbard and The Cowboy Twinkies' quirky and eponymous twisted Country album from 1975 on Reprise… This album is one of three that I call ‘The Gonzo Country Trilogy’ and I will be posting an article I’m writing on this subject imminently.

Bonanza & Son ‘First Song Of The Day’

Ray Wylie Hubbard and The Cowboy Twinkies- 'West Texas Country Western Dance Band’ 1975

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bonanza & Son ‘First Song Of The Day’

The Byrds- Mr. Tambourine Man

See an interesting TV version of it here from 5th November 1965 and only The Byrds second ever TV appearance …

Not much I can say about this song that hasn’t already been said really is there?..


The Byrds didn’t actually play on the studio version just added vocals and Roger McGuinn’s guitar parts… Everything else was put down by session musicians ‘The Wrecking Crew’ … For more on the subject listen to our interview with Denny Tedesco, Son of Wrecking Crew Member Denny on Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM at the following link…

Denny Tedesco is Director of the documentary about The Wrecking Crew and it’s a mind-blowing insight into 60’s, Californian, recording studios and many famous songs you always thought were recorded by someone else!

What is also interesting about this footage from the Frankie Avalon hosted TV show ’Shivaree' is it is only The Byrds second ever TV appearance, Gene Clark oddly enough sports a twelve string Fender instead of his usual tambourine; odd inasmuch as they are miming to a backing track and conceptually surely it would have been more appropriate bearing in mind it's 'Mr Tambourine Man’? On this occasion the vocals however are completely live although David Crosby and Gene's vocal mics are not in the mix until the second chorus.

There’s also a spine-tingling moment when Gene Clark’s enigmatic baritone kicks in on the second chorus with 'In the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you'.

It’s of further interest to note that Gene’s vocal part was NOT on the actual record as he was on the same track as Wrecking Crew musician Leon Russell's electric piano, which was eventually left out of the final mix.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Tonight and the weekend...

Saturday 15th September 2012

Bonanza & Son DJ Set @ Filthy MacNasty's,
68 Amwell St, EC1R 1UU.

Spinning Rock ’N’ Roll and it’s immediate family plus all the friendly in-laws:

From Americana to Krautrock, Country to Psychedelia + oddities, film soundtracks etc.

Sunday 16th September

Bonanza on Son on Resonance 104.4FM 1-2pm

(repeat from Wednesday 12th September)

‘Tracing the roots and subsequent influence of the pioneers, innovators, outlaws, renegades and mavericks of Country Music and Americana’s past present and future’

+ Live sessions.
+ Competitions, album and gig ticket giveaways.
+ featurettes 'Country Birthdays’ and ‘Celluloid-Country’ where we discuss Americana movie soundtracks

+ Live session
Dana immanuel:
I had a discussion with Dana Immanuel recently just prior to a Jim White gig in Wetherspoons. ‘We were in Wetherspoons, not the Jim White gig I should hasten to add... That was at the more salubrious Union Chapel.

Anyhow, Dana turned to me and asked 'how would you describe my music'. ‘Well', I said, 'Gothic-Country comes to mind but in the true sense of Gothic, so more Edgar Allen Poe than Marilyn Manson'… I also said that a journalist friend of mine described it as 'Country-Noir'.

I think that whole conversation says more about what you can expect from today’s session than the paragraph of pretentious, music jouranalist blurb I initially intended to write.

So, there we have it then, a female Jim White, half pissed on Bourbon in Wetherspoon’s with a Banjo and a dirty attitude, praying at the altar of primal Rock ’N’ Roll in its infancy. Sounds good dunnit?

Sunday 16th September

The Bonanza & Son Film Set @ The Defectors Weld,
Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush W12. 4-11pm

Bonanza & Son DJ/VJ Set:
Laid-back, spaced out Sunday Session of film soundtracks, TV themes, Musicals, Westerns, Sci-Fi with films screened all day and into the night…

Plus other oddities and underground, under-achiever hits and wonky near misses!

Plus Films screened all day whilst you eat the best Sunday roasts in Shepherds Bush.

@ The Defectors Weld,
Shepherds Bush W12.

Expect anything from John Carpenter Film soundtracks to Henry Purcell, Americana to Krautrock, Country & Folk to Psychedelia.
FREE ENTRY 4pm-11pm

Friday 14th September 2012

Bonanza & Son DJ Set @ The Three Crowns,
Stoke Newington N16.

Spinning Rock ’N’ Roll and it’s immediate family plus all the friendly in-laws:

From Americana to Krautrock, Country to Psychedelia + oddities, film soundtracks etc.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Bonanza & Son 'First Song Of The Day':

Kevin Lamb-Last Farewell…

Taken from Lamb’s debut album from 1973 on Birth Records.

Lamb hailed from Lancashire and was known as ‘Oldham's Bob Dylan' around Northern Folk clubs and Rock venues of the early 70’s. He even went on to record a captivating version of Dylan’s ‘It’s All Over Now (Baby Blue) for his 1973 debut album ‘Who Is The Hero'.

Following the release of the album the title track was covered by London band Rare Bird, which led to Kevin eventually becoming a member of the band. I nearly fainted when I found a vinyl copy in a junk shop recently as you’d be lucky to get a vinyl copy for under 50 quid but the album has been re-released on CD with extra tracks.

Saturday 8th September 2012

Bonanza & Son 'First Song Of The Day’:

Eleventh Dream Day-‘Bagdad’s Last Ride’

Better than the hair of the dog, Wooooooooooooh!

Taken from their second full length album but first for major label Atlantic from 1989.

Bagdad's Last Ride
Eleventh Dream Day

Friday 7th Sept' at the New Rose
Bonanza & Son DJ Set
Spinning Rock ’N’ Roll and it’s immediate family plus the friendly in-laws:

From Americana to Krautrock, Country to Psychedelia + oddities, film soundtracks etc.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Joe South RIP

Joe South RIP
Joseph Alfred Souter born February 28, 1940 and sadly passed away September 5, 2012

He worked with them all; Dylan, Elvis, Aretha Franklin, Simon & Garfunkel and wrote many hit songs for many people including a massive hit himself with ‘Games People Play’ and ‘Hush’ for Deep Purple… Be sure to check out Deep Purple’s original vocalist, Rod Evans, spangly, gold, skin-tight knickerbockers, Rock ’n’ Roll!

Apologies for the Hugh Hefner section but at least it serves to highlight that he was always a wizened-up, old, sexist pervert even when he was young.

Bonanza & Son

Wednesday, September 05, 2012


Just want to announce a show taking place tomorrow night (Thursday 6th) in the form of our new favourite One Man Band 'Lonesome Dave Ferguson @ Filthymacnastys Whiskeycafe … It’s not one of our promotions but we love Dave so much we just had to jump on board…

SERIOUSLY you do not want to miss this… Lonesome Dave will be playing two sets throughout the night from 7 til 11pm and Bonanza & Son will be spinning some choice tunes including plenty of other one man bands…. And if that wasn’t enough it’s all completely free entry, Rockin’!

Lonesome Dave Ferguson:
Although only utilising harmonica, human beat-box vocals, live loops and then layering and building those loops to construct a song you’ll actually think you’re hearing some kind of crazed, full Mariachi, Dub Orchestra! Not your typical singer-songwriter type show this one so expect more in-your-face dance-style grooves served up in a dirty, swampy, Deep-Southern fried style...Nothing is pre-recorded so once a song is played it's gone; as in LIVE ya dig?.

South African born, Italian resident and currently world-traversing touring, Dave has recently played alongside Son of Dave, The Arlenes and Counting Crows to name but three.

Expect both originals and some off-kilter Blues/American classics + lots of other unnexpected gems and nuggets. Genre classification is futile but perhaps it could be 'Trance-Blues & Country-Dub for an imaginary Western set somewhere between the Rio Grande and Alpha Centauri’. Dig!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Bonanza & Son recommends:

Bonanza & Son recommends:
Robert Ellis playing live tonight at The Slaughtered Lamb,
Gt. Sutton St,

See ya there.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I had an idea, semi-pissed, on the bus on the way home and it’s frustrating the hell out of me because Bonanza & Son ain’t DJing til next Thursday at the gig of the best one man band in the worlds at Filthy MacNasty’s…

'Who's the best one man band in the world?' you ask,

well it’s Lonesome Dave Ferguson

and ‘What’s this idea you had?’

Well, I want to play Neil Young’s ‘Hurricane’ back to back with Bob Dylan’s ‘Hurricane’.. Ya dig?.. Or perhaps vice versa!

BobDylan-Hurricane by manon42

Song Of The Day

Bonanza & Son ‘Song Of The Day’

‘Wheel’ by Jerry Jeff Walker from 1973…

It’s hard to believe that this piece of 'Trancendental Americana' was recorded live in a Texas Honky-Tonk back in 1973 and forms part of his 'Viva Terlingua’ LP…

Jerry Jeff, who wrote 'Mr. Bojangles’, is a something of a Progressive Country Music Genius and is to music what Hunter S Thompson was to literature with his Gonzo-Country antics!