Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mike Nesmith Special

Howdy Folks,

It’s a very special week for Bonanza & Son as we have an unusual radio show lined up for tomorrow afternoon at 4pm in light of the upcoming Michael Nesmith solo UK gigs, his first in over 35 years in fact, we shall be broadcasting a unique tribute to the great man.

Bonanza & Son have decided to focus on one of his lesser known but criminally overlooked solo LPs and that is his ‘The Prison' LP from 1974.

A concept album which in 1974 came in a box with a large format book intended for the listener to read and contemplate the illustrations and that, my friends, is exactly what we shall be doing live on air… We shall be playing the LP in its entirety, with all the breaks, just as 'Papa Nez' intended whilst reading from the text. The original idea being that as one reads the book and looks at the illustrations whilst listening to the LP one frees oneself and the protagonist from the prison of the mind!!! FAR OUT MAN!

This is going to be a first for radio and a truly unique experience.

Wednesday 24th October 2012
Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM at 4pm. Michael Nesmith ’The Prison’ special.
Tune in on 104.4FM in London or
(Repeated Sunday 28th October 11am)

It is also the 5th birthday of our 'Countrier Than Thou' club night at The Lock Tavern on Thursday.
We have a fantastic free party lined up with three superb live acts; The Burning Condors with their fresh take on Contemporary Rock ’N’ Roll & Americana + all the way from the USA we have Hymn For Her with their Rocked-up, high-octane, Hill Billy Country + a welcome return of The Kilcawley Family’s Authentic Americana-Folk + we have a brand new Bonanza & Son mix CD to give away + surprise gig tickets and current release albums to be given away… Christmas has come early with Bonanza & son! Full details and listings below...

Thursday 25th October 2012

Countrier Than Thou 5th Birthday Party @ The Lock Tavern

Live acts:

The Burning Condors:
With a brand new single released only last week The Burning Condors have been very busy of late putting the finishing touches to their eagerly awaited debut album as well as radio appearances galore and key showcase gigs. The single 'Honey Trap’ is a sleazy, dirty piece of 'surefire hit’ Rock ’N’ Roll and Americana. If that wasn’t enough it also features a Bonanza & Son hero in the shape of ace harmonica player and frontman extraordinaire JD Wilkes of 'The Legendary Shack Shakers’ and ’The Dirt Daubers’. JD is a massive fan of The Condors and has taken them under his wing giving them support slots, American festival shows and production help, the stamp of approval indeed from our favourite ‘Kentucky Colonel’.

The Burning Condors have been developing their Rock 'n' Roll 'chops’ and are guaranteed to rip the roof off our 5th birthday party tonight and are the perfect Rock ’N’ Roll icing on the cake.

+ Hymn For Her:
Lucy Tight & Wayne Waxing are 'Hymn For Her', a band that hails from anywhere and everywhere in the good ol’ US of A or rather wherever they can feasibly park their Airstream trailer...

These guys are the 'real McCoy’ for sure, utilising traditional Country & Americana instruments, narrative themes and song structures whilst fusing it with a ferociously amplified and distorted electric sound that wouldn’t be out of place on a Butthole Surfers album as produced by 'Mellow Gold' era Beck on Johnny Cash's home porta-studio.

Their new release, ‘Lucy & Wayne and THE AM’AIR’ICAN STREAM’ was entirely recorded in their classic trailer on a coast to coast U.S tour. They stopped at various camp-grounds and friends driveways between shows, set up their gear in their Bambi/home recording studio, rolled ‘real’ reel tape and rocked out. Armed with a bullet mic, a three-stringed broom handle/cigar box, banjo, bass drum, hi-hat, and harp, this ‘lil duo causes massive earthquakes, tsunamis and twisters wherever they play. This is gonna rock and The Burning Condors will be lucky if there is still a roof left on the building for them to tear off!

+ The Kilcawley Family:
A welcome return from our favourite Brother & Sister duo and anachronistic, Americana aficionados, The Kilcawley Family. These simmering, siblings have also been incredibly busy travelling the length and breadth of the country busking, gigging, wowing everyone from 'Ballooned up’ posh kids at obscure, boutique festivals, families day-tripping in Morecombe to record company executives in London. They now have management and representation since they last graced the Countrier Than Thou stage, as well as having been busy, beavering away in various recording studios up and down the country. They’re on fire at the moment with a brand new batch of songs and are nothing less than an Avant-Garde-Hillbilly phenomena. Theirs is an authentic, pre-war, Country sound with a Gothic edge in the vein of The Carter Family or Jimmy Rogers on a Bonnie & Clyde collision course with Vampira and The Adams Family with the best dress sense in town… All of this with rockets from both the crypt and the tombs up their collective jacksies!
Simply put we have missed them dearly and can’t wait to see them jump out of our 5th birthday cake with autoharp and acoustic guitars in hand!

+Bonanza & Son (ResonanceFM) DJ Set
Radio Presenters, DJs and Club night promoters playing the best as well as the most obscure examples of Americana and Country with a few oddities to twist your heads and special selections from our up-coming compilation mix ‘Gonzo-Country’!

Bonanza & Son will also be screening rare, cinematic, Americana curios for your visual stimulation and pleasure including a screening of Jim White's ’Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus’ from 2003 plus many more visual obscurities, ephemera & memorabilia.

@ The Lock Tavern,
35 Chalk Farm Road,
Free Entry
Thursday 25th October 2012

The second of our 5th birthday party celebrations will take place on Thursday 29th November 2012 with acts already confirmed:
The Ely Plains
+ Garry Smith
+ More to be confirmed

Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM will be celebrating 5 years of its popular, monthly, club night 'Countrier Than Thou’ @ The Lock Tavern, Camden in both October and November. There will be two months of celebrations including online cd giveaways, a special Bonanza & Son Country & Americana Mix CD giveaway on the night, exclusive competitions on our ResonanceFM radio show, blog and Facebook page and most importantly two sterling line-ups of live Country and Americana action the like of which has ensured ‘Countrier Than Thou’ has had a continued appearance and been a driving force on the London, Americana stage for ten years.

Bonanza & Son’s 'Countrier Than Thou' club night (The last Thursday of every month) has built on its success by continually presenting the best in Country, Blues, Americana and Roots music for five years at the Lock Tavern from way back in the days when Country was a dirty word round these parts and Americana was thought by some to be a typo error!

Bonanza & Son have consistently sourced excellence in traditional Country as well as the most forward thinking Avant-Country, Punk-Blues, Americana and Roots music with zero irony just good old-fashioned quality music and very good times.

Bonanza & Son hosts a popular, weekly radio show on ResonanceFM which has simultaneously showcased the best in cutting edge, Avant-Country & Americana as well as regularly presenting numerous club nights and DJ sets in the capital for the past ten years.

Tune in to
Bonanza & Son On Resonance104.4FM
Every Wednesday tea-time at 4pm
(repeated Sunday mornings at 11am)

‘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

Tune in on 104.4FM in London
or online at

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’

Bonanza & Son have a Facebook ‘PAGE' for all events:

Bonanza & Son Promotions & club nights include:
Countrier Than Thou’ @ The Lock Tavern
’The Gaslight Club’ @ Filthy MacNasties
'The Cosmic Film Club' @ The New Rose
‘The Film Set’ @ The Defectors Weld.

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


Monday 29th October 2012,
Bonanza & Son is guest DJ at The Country Soul Sessions @ Nambucca, 596 Holloway Road 8-Midnight.
On the bill are Run Devil Run + The Snakes+ hosts and house band Darkwood.

Wednesday 31st October
Bonanza & Son Halloween DJ set @ Aces & Eights, Fortress Road, Tufnell Park. FREE ENTRY 9-1am.

For all future events please go to

Bonanza & Son Music & Promotions
Promoters, Radio Presenters & DJs
Bonanza & Son on Resonance104.4FM
Wednesdays 4pm (Sunday morning repeats 11am)


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