Monday, October 28, 2013

Bonanza & son week ahead including Halloween party

Howdy Folks,
We hope this update finds you very well and fully storm resistant...

We have another packed Bonanza & Son week ahead with lots of goodies for you including our Halloween Countrier Than Thou Party on Thursday at The Lock Tavern which includes prizes for the best dressed, dead Country/Rock star (full details below).

•First up tonight, Monday 28th October, it is time once again to drink from The Country Well @ Nambucca.
We have a refreshing, freshly drawn line-up but unfortunately Boss Caine got caught up in the freak weather conditions and were unable to travel south today but we’ll be sure to rebook them soon...

The Icons Of Elegance:
Surreal David Lynchian Country & Americana from the furthest reaches of Scandinavia, The Baltics, The Nordics and the European mainland, France and beyond.

John E Vistic
Bristolian Rock ’n' Roller John E Vistic takes time out from the filth and the fury with a breathtaking album of Post-Modern Folk gems.

Fresh from supporting Tony Joe White, at the Jazz Cafe, Boss Caine is indeed a 'stunning talent', Bob Harris BBCR2, and we're proud to have him come and share some truths at the Well.

John E Vistic
Bristolian Rock ’n' Roller John E Vistic takes time out from the filth and the fury with a breathtaking album of Post-Modern Folk gems.

And as always a Bonanza & Son DJ Set from start to finish.
+ films and projections of Americana curios etc.

Monday 28th October 2013
596 Holloway Road,
London N7.
£3 entry

•On Wednesday at 4:30pm it is time for our weekly radio show Bonanza & Son ResonanceFM and we are very excited to have a live session from our favourite Southern Country-Rockers The Snakeoil Rattlers on the run up to their appearance at our Halloween Countrier Than Thou party at The Lock Tavern on Thursday.

Plus we’ll be playing the best of all the upcoming Country and Americana releases including brand new tracks from Howe Gelb, Basia Bulat, Jason Isbell, Jonathan Wilson, The Deep Dark Woods, Ricky Skaggs, Daniel Romano, The Tillers and many more….

Tune in on 104.4FM in London or

We also have a listen again facility with all our archived shows at
Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM
Wednesday 29th October at 4:30pm (UK Time)
Repeated Sunday mornings 11am

•On Thursday it’s Countrier Than Thou Halloween Party (full details below)

•Then on Friday Bonanza & Son will be spinning the best of all our recent vinyl acquisitions plus some vintage classics and off the radar gems for your dancing and drinking pleasure at The New Rose, 84-86 Essex Road, Angel, N1 London from 8pm til 2am… FREE ENTRY

•And finally on Sunday there is a repeat of our Radio show at 11am.

We hope to see you at one if not all of these events and be sure to tune in to our radio show either Wednesday, Sunday or anytime you like at

Have a great week folks; peace and love to all.
Bonanza & Son

Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM Present
'Countrier Than Thou’
Halloween Special

'Come to our Halloween Country party?'...
Prizes for best dressed dead rock star.

@ The Lock Tavern
Thursday 31st October 2013

Live acts:

The Snakeoil Rattlers:
Delight in the bourbon-swaggering Sexy, Southern Death Country-Rock of The Snakeoil Rattlers. Named after one of Steve Earle’s finest songs these good ol’ boys mix a perfect, three-finger whiskey blend of gifted musicianship with rock ’n’ Roll (bad) attitude. Be ready to rock-out... Southern Country Rock-out that is!

+Dana Immanuel:
A very welcome return to the high priestess of evil, Gothic Country Noir Dana Immanuel.
Bonanza & Son’s favourite banjo plucking, Gothic-Country Queen will hypnotise, seduce and beguile you with her twisted tales of Mother-loving creatures of the night that shoot from the hip in Murder Ballads and other such dark, tall stories from the crypt.

+Bonanza & Son DJ Set (ResonanceFM):
Radio Presenters, DJs and Club night promoters playing traditional Country as well as the most cutting edge examples of Americana and Avant-Country with a few oddities to twist your heads.

Bonanza & Son will be screening rare, cinematic, Americana curios for your visual stimulation and pleasure. Expect Acid Westerns, Revisionist Americana and Spaghetti Westerns.

+ Guest dj
Rob Morgan (If There Is Hell Below Podcast):
Obscure, Cosmic, Country-Rock of the highest order from the deepest-dug-crates by pod-caster, blogger, promoter and DJ extraordinaire Mr Rob Morgan… Be sure to tune in to his podcast every Friday evening.

@ The Lock Tavern,
35 Chalk Farm Road,
Free Entry
Thursday 31st October 2013

The Country Well @ Nambucca
Monday 28th October
Icons Of Elegance
Boss Cain
John E. Vistic

Countrier Than Thou
Thursday 31st October (Halloween Special)
Dana Immanuel
Snake Oil Rattlers
+Guest DJ Rob Morgan (If There’s Hell Below)
+Bonanza & Son DJ Set

'No Direction Home’
Friday 8th November
@ Mau Mau, Portobello.
The Blind Hearts
Harry Mundy
Dylan Walshe

Saturday 9th November
The Silver Tongued Devil presents
The Four Horsemen:
Dylan Walshe, Trent Miller, Robert James Selby ,George Frakes
@ Aces & Eights

Thursday 21st November
Laura Veirs @ Islington Assembly Hall
+Bonanza & Son DJ Set

Saturday 23rd November
Country Well Bonanza & Son ALLDAYER
@ Nambucca
1pm-Late £5

Wednesday 27th November
Godfathers @ Underworld, Camden
+Bonanza & Son DJ Set

Countrier Than Thou
Thursday 28th November
Drew Landry (USA)
James Low (USA)
John E Vistic
+Guest DJ tbc
+Bonanza & Son DJ Set

Friday 29th November
Elasticated Waste Band @ The Lion N16
+Bonanza & Son DJ Set

Countrier Than Thou
Thursday 19th December (Christmas Party)
The Ramshackle Union Band
The Delta Jacks
+Guest DJ tbc
+Bonanza & Son DJ Set

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Latest Bonanza & Son podcast...

Tune in to this weeks Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM. The show features an exclusive live session from Basia Bulat during her flying visit for just one UK/London date on a more extensive tour of mainland Europe.

All the way from Etobicoke, Ontario Canada, Basia has just released 'Tall Tall Shadow’ her third and most beautiful LP that is as brave as it is fragile and equally as intriguing with its seemingly contradictory elements of intricate Ukelele; floating, ethereal synths, jangling autoharp & boisterous, kaleidoscopic electronics.

Bulat can boast support slots with such luminaries as Neil Young & Nick Cave as well as the production skills of Mark Lawson (Akron/Family) & Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingbury on her current LP.

Bonanza & Son will as always be playing the best of all the upcoming Country and Americana releases including brand new tracks from Howe Gelb, Troubadour Rose, Daniel Romano, My Darling Clementine, Deep Dark Woods and Jonathan Wilson plus some dusty, old vinyl nuggets we’ve picked up along the way.

Just click the link below to listen at your leisure...

Bonanza & Son On ResonanceFM: Basia Bulat live session 23 October 2013 by Bonanza & Son on Mixcloud

Poster for James Low & Drew Landry European tour

Here’s a poster we have just made for James Low and Drew Landry’s upcoming European tour… Probably gonna fiddle around with it a bit more!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bonanza & Son On ResonanceFM

Here is this weeks Bonanza & Son podcast on ResonanceFM to listen again at your leisure click the link below.

Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM 16th October 2013 by Bonanza & Son on Mixcloud

Bonanza & Son as always playing the best of all the upcoming Country and Americana releases including brand new tracks from Jonathan Wilson, The Deep Dark Woods, Basia Bulat, The High Bar Gang, Israel Nash Gripka, The Tillers, Roy Harper plus retro nuggets from Link Wray, Vernon Wray, Nat Stuckey and Neil Young… We hope you enjoy it...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Jonathan Wilson ‘Fanfare’ on ResonanceFM...

This week Bonanza & Son preview tracks from the upcoming Jonathan Wilson album ‘Fanfare’ on the run up to release next week on Bella Union.

We really had a ball on the show with some truly great music… 2013 has been one of the best years for music in a long time…
We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did producing it...

Tracks include Jonathan Wilson, The Deep Dark Woods, John E Vistic, Chip Taylor, Tom T. Hall, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Austin Lucas, The Tillers, Benjamin Folke Thomas, Bob Dylan and more…

Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM 9th October 2013 Jonathan Wilson ‘Fanfare’ preview. by Bonanza & Son on Mixcloud

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Postman just arrived...

Expect to hear some of this lot tomorrow on our ResonanceFM radio show at 4:30pm (UK time)...
PLUS one of these albums is produced by Jonathan Wilson whose upcoming album ‘Fanfare’ we will be previewing. (see below)…

Tune in to Bonanza & Son at 4:30pm on Resonance 104.4FM or

Monday, October 07, 2013

Is this the best album of 2013?

Jonathan Wilson-‘Fanfare' LP 2013
Released Monday 14th October 2013 on Bella Union.

Is this the best album of 2013?
I’ve had Jonathan Wilson’s Sophomore LP ‘Fanfare' on heavy rotation all weekend and I slowly became aware of its reminiscence to the most perfect of twelve-hour, Lysergic acid diethylamide25 trips!.. Gripping and gruelling; exhausting even but at the same time euphoric, spiritually fulfilling and fundamentally necessary (once at least) if life is to be truly a journey…

This little piece of plastic called ‘Fanfare’ manages somehow to lift and carry one up on a trip around the musical universe; a cosmic, sparkling, glinting guided-tour of all that’s pleasurable about modern music and when I say modern I mean early Modernity to the present day.

There are not many men (or women) who can make a saxophone solo sound palatable in a rock setting but he’s done it three times on this LP... YES, Jazz inflected… YES unashamedly Funk driven in places; albeit with a Hippy, Laurel Canyon vibe, R&B inflected even (that’s real R&B) in fact all manner of genre similarities abound but this LP remains strictltly a rock album in the classic sense…

If it was a movie it would have to carry an ‘R' or an 18 rating because it’s certainly not for kids… or hipsters!

This is 'adult orientated rock' in the true sense ie you sit down and you LISTEN… End of story… Oh and then you marvel and pour over the cover for 78 minutes and 40 glorious, blissed-out seconds. You don’t do anything else, no washing-up, no hoovering, no cooking, no travelling on public transport, NOTHING...

The album also has an underground almost subversive feel and is, in that sense, a truly ‘Independent’ album.

Wilson’s and subsequently our Avant-acid trip through musical genres makes me think of The Byrds, not stylistically speaking but more along the lines of The Byrds original intention for ‘Sweetheart Of The Rodeo’ which was conceived as a documented, epic musical history of 20th Century, American music on one LP… Unfortunately never realised; you can blame Gram Parsons for that!

Wilson takes that ambitious idea ten, giant steps ‘farther along' with him firmly hoisted and seated on giants' shoulders, peering, even further than his peers, through a kaleidoscopic telescope and documenting the complete, plotted history of music… Oh as well as its relationship to Thermo-Nuclear Astrophysics and non-denomination spirituality no less!

If this isn’t the best LP of 2013 it is certainly the most ambitious!
Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM

Hear tracks this Wednesday 9th October 2013 on
Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM
4:30pm (UK Time) or listen again at
Click the link below…

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Latest DJ MIx

Here is a Bonanza & Son mix we put together and first broadcast live on ResonanceFM Wednesday 2nd October 2013.

The mix is entitled 'Church Of Convoy’ and is an extended version of the Bonanza & Son DJ set from Jim White's recent sold out shows at The Saint Pancras Old Church, London.

Tracks include Jim White, Jerry Jeff Walker, Aoife O'Donovan, Laura Veirs, Bob Dylan, Dylan Walshe (did you see what we did there?), Roy Harper, Terry Allen, Jon Wayne, The Meat Puppets, Jib Kidder, The Gourds plus many more...

Our original intention was to create a piece that simultaneously exploits the acoustics of the space and compliments the stunning architecture. We also wanted to deconstruct the specific and original utility of the church and so used audio from Sam Peckinpah's 1978 film ‘Convoy' thus juxtaposing the sacred and the profane, the secular and the spiritual.

‘Church Of Convoy’ Mix for Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM 2nd October 2013 by Bonanza & Son on Mixcloud

Friday, October 04, 2013

Latest Bonanza & Son Radio show uploaded...

Here is Bonanza & Son’s latest uploaded ResonanceFM radio show which includes a great live session from Mr Sean Taylor.

Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM 25th September 2013: Sean Taylor live session by Bonanza & Son on Mixcloud

Sean is one of the hottest new names on the European Blues and Americana scene. His passionate performances combine with songwriting of the highest calibre and are testament to his frequent comparisons to John Martyn, Neil Young and Tom Waits.

Sean is a firm favourite on Bob Harris' BBC Radio show including live sessions and numerous plays of his recent singles ‘London’ and ‘Kilburn’. As you may have guessed Taylor stamps his own, personal spin on Americana having been born and bred in London and singing about the streets on which he grew up.

Plus Bonanza & Son will be playing the best of all the upcoming Country and Americana releases including brand new tracks from Bill Callahan, Jib Kidder, Austin Lucas, Ricky Skaggs, The Tillers and many more….