March 16: We're anxiously awaiting the uploads to Bob Harris' Under The Apple Tree youtube channel - any time now you'll be able to see us performing live in Bob's studio - This Ain't No Fairytale, Woods Behind Our House and No More I Love Yous. It was such an honour to perform for the Harris family and we look forward to sharing these performances with you. Also live dates are trickling in so go to the EVENTS page and see if we are performing in a town near you!
What people are saying about 'This Ain't No Fairytale' and My Girl The River:
Paste Magazine 8.1 stars ... a lovely mélange of Americana-Roots music
bring to mind works by other fellow alt-country musicians Jason Isbell and Lucinda Williams.
It demonstrates very well the knack that My Girl The River has for exceptional songwriting.
While this record may not be a fairytale, it will become something that is just as celebrated over the years to come.
Amazingly "This ain't no Fairytale" is the debut album by "My Girl The River" - amazing because it is such a rich and confident production. Add to that amazing an astonishment that the core of the tracks were laid down in just two days in a room in the home of Kris Wilkinson Hughes' - the gorgeously toned singer and songwriter of "My Girl The River" - with overdubs added later. This wonderful wistful country-folk is what experienced musicians can achieve when they set their hearts and minds to it - but this would all be for nothing if this was not also such an accomplished set of songs - superbly written observations on place and family, mixed with a keen edge of nostalgic yearning. Read more on the MGTR page.
February 20: Tonight we are very happy to be returning to the wonderful Cabaret Futura curated and hosted by the charismatic Richard Strange. The Paradise on Kilburn Lane. In fact, check out our events page because we have several things happening in the next couple of weeks! We will be announcing very soon when you can view our new sessions recorded and filmed for Bob Harris. WATCH THIS SPACE! Writing and writing and writing for the next album. It's getting exciting. And of course, please sign up for the newsletter to keep up with any news, links, videos, etc. Enjoy the 'songs in my jammies' installment I've upload - a song I've been working on called 'My Friend in Tupelo' which I started when I was travelling all over the American south back in September 2016. Hope you enjoy it!
January 31: Well, nearly a year to the day that we found out we were playing the Isle of Wight festival we find out we are returning to this legendary festival on Saturday, June 10, the Hard Rock Stage! We are incredibly excited and honoured to be invited back - we must have done something right! We hope you'll spend the weekend with us there because the acts confirmed thus far are fantastic! We are also VERY excited to tell you that we have just filmed/recorded our session for Bob Harris' 'Under The Apple Tree' sessions and that will be available in February/March - again we'll let you know as soon as we know the date! I'll be attending the Americana Festival Feb 1-2 and then it's rehearsal time for our show in London at Cabaret Futura on the 20th. Happy February everyone! Stay positive! And in keeping with that statement I'm sharing 'Beautiful Daydreamer' with you - off of Cicero Buck's first album in 2002 'Delicate Shades of Grey' recorded in London and featuring Steve Lee on guitar and Pete Lockett on drums. Keep those daydreams alive people! x Kris
January 6: Happy New Year everyone! We have arrived into 2017 and are excited about what's in store for us. Hopefully we'll see you out and about at a show or an event sometime soon. A few gigs have been listed and more to come. I can't wait to introduce Bedford to New Orleanian Paul Sanchez! January 21, a Saturday night you'll want to hang with us. Let the good times roll as they say in cajun territory and this night will be no exception. Then we hit the ever amazing Cabaret Futura with Richard Strange at the helm in London. One of my FAVOURITE gigs to do. March sees us doing a couple of neighbourhood drop ins - Performers and Pints in Potton and Utter/Lutonia 14. Our biggest show to date is our debut as a headliner at the Stables in Milton Keynes! April 27. We will have Max Milligan with us on guitar that night as a special treat and won't it be amazing!! Looking further down the line we have a return date in Bedford in late June with Jonathan Byrd and Johnny Waken. Now, folks. If you have missed their first two shows here over the last two years you are living under a rock!! The best show you'll see all year - except for perhaps our return at the Isle of Wight (June 8 - 11)!
December 5: As we enter the festive holiday season, we're really pleased to be a part of a Guinness World Record! You can hear our :33 second Christmas song 'What's In The Bag (Santa)' which is part of the 30XMAS100 Nub Records album. 111 songs to be exact! We've got one more show on December 16 at the Rose & Crown in Kentish Town, London. I hope you'll come down and say 'Ho, ho, ho!' See you in the new year with news and more music!October 15: We just completed four sell out dates with the divine artist Suzanne Vega! To say it was great would not be doing it justice. To say we were humbled, honoured and incredibly over joyed is an understatement. We made lots of new friends on the road, travelling from Edinburgh to Manchester to London to Birmingham. We played stunning theatres and the sound was incredible. We performed to the best of our abilities and felt we had a place on the stage. And then the audiences validated that feeling. 'The best support act Suzanne has ever had' 'Suzanne always has great taste in support acts and you all just blew me away' 'What a nice pairing, you all fit really well together' 'What a voice! The bass, the harmonies, it was just perfect' 'We just loved it!' Just SOME of the lovely things said to us from the queue of people waiting to by 'This Ain't No Fairytale'. A dream. It was a dream and a dream come true. The performance by Suzanne was simply magical, a master class in artistry and performance and technique. Her new CD is out NOW. You can visit her website HERE. I'll be posting more tour dates soon but for now - London, you've got us again Nov 21. Visit EVENTS to get more info. We even got a little mention in the review of the live show in Edinburgh - 'Kris Wilkinson is a writer whose work is very much rooted in her Southern roots and her stories and music make her a perfect opening actto Suzanne Vega- particularly as we are exploring in songs on this tour Southern writer Carson McCullers. My Girl The River have their debut album out now “This Ain’t No Fairy Tale”, and this title track about the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina hitting Louisiana shows what skillful writers and musicians Kris and Joe are. Other songs like “American Bride” the story of a family wedding and a treasured family heirloom wedding dress and “The Last Song” are just great examples of how a well crafted song can pull you into a little picture that its creators are letting you see. Also, Kris is a singer with an impressive vocal range and richness of tone.' - Tom KingSeptember 28: Back from a very exciting trip to Nashville, New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta and the Americana Festival. I'm very excited to tell YOU that My Girl The River will be supporting Suzanne Vega on her four UK tour dates at some of the most beautiful theatres in the UK. Visit the EVENTS page for more information!
September 5: Tomorrow I head off to Nashville and other areas of the great American deep south for three weeks - shows, classes, events, radio, filming, lunches, festivals, family, friends - it's all going on! I will upload photos, videos, and blogs whenever possible to keep a journal of sorts - so do check Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - mygirltheriver - and I might do some things on Periscope so download the app if you don't have it and follow me there, too! I kick things off with a SOLD OUT Bluebird Cafe show on Wednesday, September 7 with Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack, and Jonathan Byrd. I move on swiftly to New Orleans to sit in with Paul Sanchez at Chickie Wah Wahs. Then Jackson, MS to chill for a bit before continuing on to Atlanta to film for Independent Folk Artists. Back up to Nashville to sing on VivaNashVegas Radio live from Franklin, TN. And then the Americana Conference kicks off! Whew! If you're there come up and say 'hi!'. Catch you on the flipside everyone! July 22: We head into a crazy busy weekend and we are incredibly excited and honoured to be invited to so many festivals! Sugnall Jazz Festival Saturday the 23rd and Tingestock 2016 later that same evening. Sunday at Broomstock. And then Monday at the Bedfringe Festival! Tuesday we drop in to Adam Wilson's Quiet Revolution radio to chat about the album and what makes us tick. Click on any of the links for more info or go to our EVENTS page. We've been getting airplay in Europe and the UK and it's been really great to read people's responses to the album. John Giddings of Solo Agency called us one of the bands of the future! We sure hope so!
June 28: We're at the Gatehouse in Stafford tonight with our friend Jonathan Byrd. Do yourself a big favour in life and go see Jonathan. He stops time. In other news, Paste Magazine gave us an 8.1 star review (Jason Isbell had 8.6!) and there are even comparisons to Jason and Lucinda. Read it in full HERE. Here's an excerpt: 'My Girl The River’s fabulous debut album, This Ain’t No Fairytale, is a lovely mélange of Americana-Roots music. Kris Wilkinson Hughes developed the project. Hughes, indigenous to Louisiana and a former resident of the epicenter of roots music, Nashville, seems to revel in writing songs about the southern United States. Songs like “Come Back To Nashville” and “Covington” bring to mind works by other fellow alt-country musicians Jason Isbell and Lucinda Williams. These tracks, although enjoyable in every setting, feel like they would be best appropriate for road trips across the Great American interstates and byways.'
The album is out now and the shows with Jonathan are ticking over nicely. Our cd release event is in Bedford on Thursday the 30th, the last day of June, so come on out to the Place Theatre, Bradgate Rd and celebrate with us!
June 13: Well - we have played the Isle of Wight! The weather was wonderful, the crowd as amazing and the staff couldn't have been more helpful! What an experience! One week from today the album is released and then you can download to your hearts content! I can't wait to share it with you.
Here is another super fan review!
This album is actually fantastic - I've been playing it non-stop since I saw them live a while ago. I don't like to make comparisons but think of Dusty Springfield singing a divine and rootsy collection of passionate home grown country. My album of the year!
And a press review from journalist Paul Myers:
Woods Behind Our House: I love this song that I heard on an advance copy of the forthcoming CD This Ain't No Fairytale, sent to me by Kris Wilkinson Hughes of Nashville's My Girl The River. Musically ti touches on some of my favourite flavours, a little bit of Shawn Colvin or Rosanne Cash, a little taste of Neil Finn there, but all all it's own.
May 24: We are fast approaching June with loads of dates coming in for a variety of reasons - some clubs, some pubs and some charity support - more than 15 dates! Go to EVENTS to find out more. Airplay coming in from all over Europe at the moment: France, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia. Our show with Cale was such a brilliant night - and he said we were 'awesome support'. He was an awesome headliner! R2 gave us a review that put us somewhere between Mary Chapin Carpenter and Aimee Mann. Nice! We're supporting the charity FOR which is fundraising for refugees June 18 - 25. We're also a part of the Busk 'til Dusk event in August. AND we can't WAIT for our show with Jonathan Byrd at The Place theatre on June 30. A soft cd release event for us but more importantly, Jonathan is BACK IN BEDFORD!
May 10: Our tour with Laura Cantrell was wonderful. We made new fans and friends and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone out on the road! Tonight is our one show with Cale Tyson in Milton Keynes. Our track on R2 is out now (May/June issue 57). More fan feedback: 'it's like a delicately passionate love letter to the American South, soulfully crafted into something really special. Kris has a voice like sugared espresso, low and evocative with a sweet aftertaste and her eloquently confessional lyrics hit you right in the heart.'
It's May 1st and that must mean THE PRE-ORDER HAS BEGUN! Welcome! Buy the download NOW (before it's June 20 release) and get the title tracks for FREE RIGHT NOW. Only Amazon and iTunes, but's that ok, right?
Also very pleased to say we are featured in a House of Mercy radio show to be aired very soon AND we have been selected for a prime Saturday night slot at the legendary Isle of Wight Festival on June 11!
My Girl The River is very pleased to be working with Peter from Hemifran in Europe for all things PR, review, radio oriented. Peter is the real deal and will do us proud!
First Fan Feedback for the album and we are completely stunned. 'We love the CD. 'Right up there with Lucinda Williams, kd Lang, Eva Cassidy and Gillian Welch.' - now that is serious praise! Thank you Dave and Denise from Shrewsbury!!
First festival date in and it's a whopper! Isle of Wight has asked My Girl The River (MGTR) to perform on the acoustic stage (June 9 - 12). Our date will be confirmed soon, but this is truly an honour! MGTR has a very special gig 'first' on March 16 with MC Hansen (Danish folk award winner) AND Jacob Lundby. We will be performing some of the album with Jacob, who also played drums on for us. Click HERE for more info. February will be spent sending out press packs, preparing the single (just you wait!) and booking tour dates for September/October. If you want MGTR to play in your UK town, submit a request throught the form HERE.
Our cd single arrived on February 3! Doesn't it look wonderful? It sounds even better! Can't wait to release it end of March.
Hopefully we'll see you at a show very soon! Get a cd before anyone else and even have access to our beautiful postcards! Stickers are free. In fact, tweet a photo of your sticker in a fun and interesting place with #mygirltheriver - let's see how far these butterflies can fly!
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