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Cheated Hearts

by Andy Penington

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Genre: Country: Country Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Snap Out Of It
3:40 $0.99
2. Cruel To Be Cruel
2:33 $0.99
3. Xenophobia
3:50 $0.99
4. Our England
2:50 $0.99
5. Your Disgrace
3:29 $0.99
6. I Wouldn't Have Swapped Her For You
2:52 $0.99
7. Take Heart
3:40 $0.99
8. In The Red
4:09 $0.99
9. Guilty
3:17 $0.99
10. Office Crush
3:21 $0.99
11. You Can't Take It With You
2:27 $0.99
12. Two-Faced
3:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Andy, of Anglo-Irish extraction, was born in Alexandria, Scotland, in 1974. Thanks to his father's passion for American folk music and bluegrass, he was exposed to the likes of Hank Williams, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Munroe, Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie from an early age. Pretty soon, Andy was pestering Dad, banjo player in various local folk and jazz bands, to teach him the basics of banjo and acoustic guitar.

A few years later, when he was old enough to be allowed into pubs, Andy accompanied his father to the jam sessions which were held in various watering holes throughout Northamptonshire, England. Here he became familiar with elements of British and Irish folk music as well as the American variety, and he subsequently began writing songs, inspired in no small measure by brother Mark, founder of British rockabilly band the Caravans.
The more raw and aggressive qualities of rockabilly led to an interest in punk and indie as well as alternative forms of country and folk.

After completing a period of study in Turin, Italy, Andy put together a folk/country/rock combo called Garrulous 'n' Green, and although somewhat short-lived, the experience led to a meeting with Max Arrigo, guitarist, singer and songwriter with Torinese southern rock band, Voodoo Lake. After a number of musical collaborations (which are still ongoing) Max convinced Andy to record some of his own songs at Bottleneck Studios, owned and run by Simone Ubezio (also a member of Voodoo Lake).

Aided by the members of Voodoo Lake and other musicians from the Torinese music scene, recording took place intermittently over 2003 and 2004, and the result is the debut album, "Cheated Hearts".



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Remo Ricaldone

The sound is utterly enjoyable, a blend of country, folk and rock.
Andy Penington is a British musician profoundly influenced by American music, and has released a fine debut album entitled “Cheated Hearts”. The most intriguing thing of all however, apart from the overall quality of the material, is that Andy has been living in Turin for a number of years and recorded the album right there in the Piedmontese capital with the help of local musicians. The sound is utterly enjoyable, a blend of country, folk and rock which stands up well alongside many British bands, such as The Men They Couldn’t Hang, to name but one, who have mixed traditional and rock attitudes over the last twenty years.
The album is characterised by a semi-acoustic atmosphere in which instruments such as the banjo (played by Andy himself), dobro, accordion and mandolin make regular appearances against a solid, neat rhythm section. As well as Andy (acoustic guitar and banjo), the record benefits from the excellent musicianship and feeling of Stefano Raggi (drums, harmonica, dobro), Max Arrigo (dobro), producer Simone Ubezio (bass and guitars), Alessandro Arianti (accordion) and Antonio Stizzoli (drums and percussion), all contributing to an excellent debut, the likes of which are not released too often in Europe. From the sparkling opening of “Snap Out Of It”, the mood of the album is defined straight away, rhythmically buoyant and packed with a good sense of melody. Songs like “I Wouldn’t Have Swapped Her For You”, “Take Heart”, “Your Disgrace”, “Two-Faced”, the measured country ballad “In The Red” and the terse and relentless “Guilty” are all a pleasure to listen to. If Andy Penington happens to be playing in your area, don’t miss him. Value for money guaranteed!