+ Limited to just 242 copies and pressed on 'sea foam green' coloured vinyl.
Husband and wife team Darren Long (guitar/vocals) and his wife Sally (vocals/percussion) are joined in the UK by John Maddock (banjo/mandolin/cittern) Ian Stuart (bass) and Anna Crabtree (violin). Their producer Josiah J, a talented multi instrumentalist, adds much to their studio sound.
In LA they enjoy collaborating with Steve McCormick & Heather Donavon of 'Love Me In The Dark' and in Germany with Rockabilly outfits 'The Porter Ricks' & 'Doc White & The Bluenotes'.
Darren is the primary songwriter of the band, his style is gritty, historical and storytelling in nature. His years working at sea on a traditional gaff ketch also bring some nautical/sea shanty-esque themes into play.
Black Tar Roses recorded their debut album, 'Rebels, Rogues & Outlaws', between Momentum Studios in Plymouth and Studebaker Studio in LA. In 2020 they released charity EP Plymouth Gin, raising money for local recovery charity 'Sailing Tectona'. They are halfway through recording their second album which will be released in 2021.
"Feels like it ought to be soundtracking a Cohen Brothers movie or something..." Sarah Gosling, BBC Introducing.
"Black Tar Roses from the UK bring an Americana, Rootsy/Folk sound with the attitude of Social Distortion from Southern California. All the players are excellent and the vocals jump out at ya with super intelligent lyrics. 'Rebels, Rogues and Outlaws' will be one of our 2019 Summer Favorites" - Hank, Hanks Radio Network
Produced by Josiah J. Cover art by Mia Hawk. Design by Sally Long.
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