Neil McLarty | Roseville Grand

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Roseville Grand

by Neil McLarty

With his debut album ‘Roseville Grand’, Neil McLarty has created the perfect escape to a time when Neil Young was worshipped like a God, country tinged rock ruled the airwaves and long haired idealists lay back on the grass and soaked up songs like the sun.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. At The Lake
6:09 $0.99
2. The Highway
4:21 $0.99
3. Mountains
4:55 $0.99
4. Blackpool
4:24 $0.99
5. Ballad of JJ
3:31 $0.99
6. First Day
4:12 $0.99
7. Movies of Old
7:41 $0.99
8. Who's Gonna Meet You Tonight
5:34 $0.99
9. Friday Night Heartbreak
3:54 $0.99
10. Any Port in a Storm
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Listen to “Roseville Grand” and pedal steel guitars and creaky organs will wash over you. Whilst the loose rhythms and lazy guitar breaks recall Neil Young and classic seventies FM radio, this record also bears the influence of contemporary American indie bands like Wilco and Calexico. The evocative and outstanding sonic qualities of this album are thanks in no small part to producer Richard Formby (Spacemen 3, Herman Dune, Dakota Suite). Using antique equipment and recording in analogue onto 2” inch tape, Formby has created a warm and atmospheric record.

Strong themes emerge from the songwriting. Being rootless and longing for home are common threads, perhaps not surprising given singer and songwriter Neil McLarty is an exiled Scot living in Leeds. A sense of loss and regret also pervades this record - the fleeting summer romance with “an heiress of no consequence” in opening track At The Lake; being left behind in Blackpool by the “days that move too fast and pull away” and the settling down blues of First day.

The people that inhabit these songs come straight from Britain’s working class towns, yet when drenched in the Americana sounds of this album they can be reimagined as American anti-heroes, like characters from a Bruce Springsteen song. This is an album where the pubs and pool halls of West Yorkshire find common ground with the ones in New Jersey.

In fact the streets of the North loom large on this record. Movies of Old rewrites Sillitoe’s Saturday Night Sunday Morning (where “the weekend’s got freedoms it breaks the release”) and whilst the name of the album ‘Roseville Grand’ might conjure images of America it actually comes from a street in the Sheepscar area of Leeds, where McLarty and his old bandmates used to rehearse. Like his heroes (and fellow Caledonians) Teenage Fan Club, McLarty expertly captures a classic American sound yet the music remains resolutely British. With this debut album Neil McLarty has created a great example of ‘UK Americana’ and a perfect slab of sonic escapism guaranteed to transport the listener to a different (and better) time and place.

"An intimate performance of accessible and memorable songs. With influences ranging from Gram Parsons through to Ryan Adams. I can hear shades of 'Tupelo Honey' period Morrison coming through loud and clear. "



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