A band defiantly in the classic mould, Scotland’s Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire are set to make their mark this year with the release of their long awaited eponymous album. Having released three acclaimed independent solo records – Bookmarks (featuring guest performances from Kris Kristofferson and Eddi Reader), Sign Language, and Road Of Bones – and The Dylan EP with Mercury nominated artist Gemma Hayes, Hart decided to shake the traditional singer/songwriter tag and concentrate on building an exciting and formidable seven-piece band.
Working with the producer of Coldplay’s multi million selling album XnY, the band spent most of 2012 ensconced in the studio – recording in locations as diverse as a Glasgow church, the band’s own rehearsal room in Govan Town Hall (once home to Franz Ferdinand), and the legendary Dean Street Studios in London (the birthplace of albums by David Bowie and The Smiths) – to create a vividly widescreen sonic landscape, and a sound that is all their own.
2013 promises to be the year the band’s darkly compelling conjunction of classic Americana and Celtic soul truly comes into its own.
Selected Press Reviews
“Widescreen…poetic and [with] verve…evoking the epic rock of Springsteen. Local hero turns contender” Uncut
“Gorgeous…exquisite Americana with a neat Scottish touch” Clash Music
“Hart deserves a legitimate place in the long line of classic Scottish pop writers” The Sunday Herald
“Epic…soulful…[and] packed with potential hits” Evening Times
“Destined to be a classic” The Sunday Mail
“Hugely impressive” Bob Harris, Radio 2
“The sound has grown stadium-sized…emotive, slow burning pop with echoes of Arcade Fire and Springsteen at his best” ravechild.co.uk
“Outstanding” The Daily Express
“The real deal: mature and measured songwriting” Scotland on Sunday
“For me [at Celtic Connections 2013] nothing went deeper than the…Roaming Roots Revue…deftly curated and overseen by Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire” Simon O’Hagan, The Independent
“A compelling mix of widescreen songs that explore all the intricacies of human life” Maverick
“Huge anthemic hook-laden melodies, massive choruses, soaring guitars and chest-swelling, emotion choking vocals…Think The National [and] Springsteen…They’re clearly set to blaze a path of glory” Roots and Branches