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TBB - skebobruk sessions 2014 ROOTS TIME (BEL)
Artist: The Ballroom Band
Album: Skebobruks sessions (2014)
Skebobruk is a village in the municipality of Norrtälje in Uppland in eastern Sweden. The place had (in 2005) 265 inhabitants and an area of 132 hectares. The village is mainly built in the 19th century. Skebobruk, 90 km north of Stockholm, is primarily a commuter location. Most residents are employed in cities like Stockholm and Uppsala. Skebobruk situated on a river, is known of the mansion ‘Skebo Herrgård’, which has been converted into a hotel with conference facilities. ”Skebo Herrgård” is widely known o.w.v. its renowned restaurant and good food. Near the hotel is an old mill that has been converted into a pub with its own microbrewery.

In this old mill/brewery on the river, on the first floor, The Ballroom Band recorded their new album ”Skebobruk Sessions”. The Ballroom Band is a quintet from Sweden, which has already been making music together. Frontman singer/guitarist Martin Andersson. The album is the fourth album they release since their start in 2010. The music of the band, all does not sound Swedish, but proves that you do not have to come from the deep American South, to bring these Southern sound.

The eleven songs on the album are mostly written by Pelle Andersson. 1. ”Hey What’s Your Name” opens the album with a smooth Southern rocker, with beautiful harmonies, lap steel Jonas Lönngren and finger picking on the banjo Jesper Lindberg. The lyrics of 2. Remake”  (P.Andersson/Porshage) It is a song that can be heard earlier this year was on the single, which gave us a preview of The Ballroom Band. (Kjellgren/Persson) wrote the country ballad 3. ”Hard Times”, where Linda Ström does a melodious duet with Frontman. The pace is again the height to 4. ”Bad Luck.” This song rocking again in full, while Jonas Lönngren on guitar solo. 5. ”I’ve Been Running” is a quiet roots number (Pelle Andersson/Martin Frontman), again with a modest portion steel guitar and some guitar solos Jonas Lönngren. Who the champion is or will be, you hear in 6. ”The Champ” which continues with a Southern-driven rhythm. Jonas Lönngren pulls the pace in 8. ”Capable Of It,” a rocking country roots song. We go slowly towards the end with 10. ”Maria’s Crying”, a drawn-out ballad of sadness and loneliness especially. The album closes musing and very quiet with 11.”On The Road”, a song with gorgeous harmonies, subtle solos, strong vocals and the backing of Lotta Andersson.

Wherever The Ballroom Band comes the party starts, feast on the dance floor, but also feast for the mind. Sometimes sounds of a Swedish American accent, but the ”Skebobruk Seasons” prove that you do not have to come from the deep American South, to bring exquisite roots rock. Chapeau! – Eric Schuurmans, Rootstime (BEL) ——————————————————————————————————————————

skebobruksessions_400ROOTS TIME (BEL)
Artist: The Ballroom Band
Album: Skebobruks sessions
 (2014) Skebobruk är en by i Norrtälje kommun i Uppland i östra Sverige. Platsen hade (2005) 265 invånare och en yta på 132 hektar. Byn är främst byggd på 1800-talet. Skebobruk, 90 km norr om Stockholm, är i första hand en pendlare plats. De flesta invånarna är anställda i städer som Stockholm och Uppsala. Skebobruk ligger på en flod, är känd av mansion ”Skebo Herrgård”, som har omvandlats till ett hotell med konferensmöjligheter. ”Skebo Herrgård” är allmänt känt o.w.v. sin berömda restaurang och god mat. Nära hotellet är en gammal kvarn som har konverterats till en pub med sin egen mikrobryggeri. I denna gamla kvarnen / bryggeri vid floden, på första våningen, spelade The Ballroom Band in deras nya album ”Skebobruk Sessions”. The Ballroom Band är en kvintett från Sverige, som har gjort musik tillsammans i fem år med sångaren/gitarristen Martin ”Frontman” Andersson i spetsen. Albumet är det fjärde albumet sedan starten 2010. Musiken från bandet, låter inte svenskt, och bevisar att du inte behöver komma från den djupa Amerikanska södern för att leverera det äkta soundet! De elva låtarna på albumet är mestadels skriven av Pelle (andra) Andersson. 1. ”Hey What’s Your Name”  öppnar albumet med en smooth sydstats rocker, med vackra harmonier, lap steel av Jonas Lönngren och fingerplockning på banjo signerad Jesper Lindberg.  2. Remake”  (P.Andersson/Porshage). Det är en låt som kunde höras tidigare i år var som singel, som gav oss som en förhandsvisning av The Ballroom Band. (Kjellgren/Persson) ligger bakom country balladen 3. ”Hard Times”, där Linda Ström gör ett melodisk duett med Frontman. Tempot höjs med 4. Bad Luck.” Rockstänkare av rang, med Jonas Lönngren på gitarr solo. 5 ”I’ve Been Running”  är ett lugnt roots nummer från (Pelle Andersson/Martin Frontman), igen med en blygsam del steel guitar och gitarrsolon av Jonas Lönngren. Vem mästaren är eller kommer att bli, hör du i  6. ”The Champ”, som fortsätter med en sydlig driven rytm. Jonas Lönngren sätter takten i 8. Capable Of It,”  en gungande country roots låt. Vi går sakta mot slutet med 10. ”Marias Crying”, en ballad omsorg och ensamhet. Albumet stänger mycket tyst och funderade med 11. ”On The Road”, en låt med underbara harmonier, subtila solon, stark sång och uppbackning av Lotta Andersson. Varhelst The Ballroom Band kommer är det fest! På dansgolvet, men också fest för sinnet. Ibland låter det svenskt-amerikansk, men ”Skebobruk Sessions” bevisar att du inte behöver komma från den djupa amerikanska södern, för att skapa utsökt roots rock. Chapeau! – Eric Schuurmans, Rootstime (BEL) Link: http://rootstime.be/CD%20REVIEUW/2014/NOV1/CD24.html __________________________________________________________ TBB - skebobruk sessions 20144/5 Album: Skebobruk Sessions (2014) (SWE) Vad låter bra gammaldags?, jo Skebobruk Sessions av The Ballroom Band. Riktig alt.country som påminner om genrenens guldålder i mitten av nittiotalet. Den tid vi var glada varje gång ett album från Uncle Tupelo, The Bottle Rockets, The Hangover dogs av Bellwether kom ut. Så glad jag är för denna tredje fullängdsalbum från den svenska kvintetten. Elva jävligt catchy låtar inspelade på vinden i en kvarn någonstans i mitten av ingenstans norr om Stockholm. Avsikten var att ta upp multiinstrumentalistens Pelle Andersson låtar och spela in tillsammans i ett stort rum för att ge en levande känsla. Detta mirakel lyckades! Det hela låter ganska direkt och okomplicerat. Fina melodiska och gritty-gitarr orienterade låtar med plats för banjo, mandolin, dragspel, piano och pedal steel. Väl sjungit av Martin ”Frontman” Andersson. Toppnummer är: ”I´ve been running” , vilket snävt slår öppningsspåret ”Hey, whats your name?” och ” Hard times” där sångerskan Linda Ström ingår. 4/5 – Alt Country Magazine (NL) ——————————————————————————————– TBB - skebobruk sessions 2014 Album: Skebobruk Sessions (2014) Regular readers of Fatea will know that we’ve featured quite a lot of Scandinavian bands on our pages, with The Ballroom Band being relative frequent visitors to our pages covering both albums and EPs and now their most recent album, ”Skebobruk Sessions” now adding to that volume of material. Skebobruk is located in the Swedish countryside with the album being recorded at a haunted mansion/mill, part of which has been converted to a pub/bar. Lead singer of the band Martin Frontman swears blind that during the course of one night, he felt himself being tucked in by an unseen element whilst the Ballroom Band were at the venue recording their new album. Americana influences combined with rock and blues have been the band’s stock in trade over the last few releases and if something works, there isn’t a lo9t of pressure to change it, well except for keeping it fresh and original, something which only the ultra-churlish would claim that this cut lacks. Recording in English, it’s undeniable to claim that this album has been influenced by both the US and UK blues boom, but it’s equally to deny that the Ballroom Band have not melded them into something that is their own, as surely as a chef will claim his own signature dish even if he’s using ingredients and inspiration from the preceding generation, he is the one that has brought them into something that is recognisable, but ultimately their own. There is a behind the chicken wire honky-tonk quality to the album, but there are a couple of tracks on the album where sound and arrangements take on a more rounded feel, including a song that for me has a real standout feel, ”Hard Times”. It may be a coincidence that the song also includes guest vocals from Linda Strom and gives a really good sense of what the already highly talented Ballroom band could deliver if they chose to permanent female vocalist to their impressive line up. ”Skebobruk Sessions” really goes a long way to highlighting just how meaningless the term Americana is becoming, though whatever term does eventually get applied, The Ballroom Band are playing in the top league!” – Neil King, Fatea Magazine (UK) ——————————————————————————————– The Ballroom Band Desert tales EP – Desert tales Release: Okt 2012 For a couple of years now, The Ballroom Band have been one of my favourite Scandinavian bands and that’s in amongst some pretty tough competition there, right across the acoustic spectrum, though in fairness, there’s not many other surf-alt.country-dirty mariachi acts in that region, or anywhere else come to think of it. I guess the closest easy to get reference would be Calexcio and even there I’m not sure. The band have been described as sounding like the soundtrack to a sleazy Quentin Tarrentino movie and it’s something they seem to have taken to heart, as the opening track to the band’s latest EP, ”Desert Tales” is modestly titled, ”The Ballroom Band Theme”. Imagine a Eli Wallach approaching a broken down saloon, covered in the detritus of the trail and there’s a solitary figure sat on the porch between him and the bar and now set that to music. Ok, that’s not exactly cliché free and in all fairness, neither is the music of The Ballroom Band, but no one watches spaghetti westerns for the strength of the plot, people watch them because there’s nothing like a bit of mindless escapism, with plenty of action and, maybe, a girl to be rescued. It’s here that sound and film go off at a tangent, with no visuals to fill in, words pick up the stories and they do it well. If this was just escapism, that might be enough for a couple of plays, in order to really impress, this type of release needs staying power and that’s exactly what it’s got. The only real disappointment I had around ”Desert Tales” is that it’s only an EP, fingers crossed for an album soon. Neil King – FATEA Magazine (UK)   ——————————————————————————————– Album: Open Minds Release: Feb 2012 ”Straight out of Sweden, THE BALLROOM BAND, show you don’t have to come from the deep south to produce authentic sounding country. On this, their second release, the band show they are most capable practitioners of earthy, bluegrass/alt-country inspired music. With the exception of several spots where singer MARTIN FRONTMAN’s Swedish accent comes through, the work reeks of Americana. Throughout,the double bass, mandolin, accordion and lap steel are prominent in the mix and at times the band brings to mind sounds akin to Australia’s own WILSON PICKERS, in particular on tracks like The Jester and Please Help Me Now. Every Single Flower, a duet with ANNA MARIE ESPINOSA is an absolute treat, boasting a real vintage quality, and the somber tones of Hotelrooms & Minibars and On My Mind are addictive. There is much to like about this release, especially for those tired of the often predictable tones of today’s contemporary country. Check it out – I dare you. – MATT LAWRENCE – COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL NEWS (AUS) ———————————————————————————————————- Album: Christmas Time In The Trailer Park Artist: The Ballroom Band ”The sleeve warns that ”Christmas Time In The Trailer Park” contains ‘sad country songs’ and in that The Ballroom Band are as good as their word. Ok alt. country but it’s a fine line. The band themselves are Swedish, but have magiced an album that evokes a battered southern community struggling against the world. It does so without falling into sentimentality or pity. There’s real stories, some that capture a sense that some how it’s going to get better, a hope that sits in a heart that only knows dispair. It difficult to believe this ain’t Nashville.” – Fatea Magazine (UK) ———————————————————————————————————  Album: Christmas Time In The Trailer Park The Ballroom Band (BB Records 2010) The title indicates a burlesque country or poverty-tourism in the spirit of Commander Cody classic ”Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas”. But this newly formed band – with members from Le Pissing Dogs and The Charge – play jingles honky tonk and country waltzes without the slightest grin on his face. Martin Frontman is a convincing singer and a storytelling one can believe in, Pelle Andersson and Jonas Lönngren are versatile musicians with lap steel, autoharp and mandolin makes sure that the band never gets stuck in a trot; Lotta Andersson choir of the finest choruses. Christmas theme contributes to the albums feel, but can usually see past – mostly about love, loss and loneliness. Such is not seasonal. Best Track: Sleepless / Cradle Song  – Håkan Engström- Sydsvenskan

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