Liz and Jared are back, together with Martin Sargent on double bass for the fourth full-length Urban Pioneers album. As the title of the album tells us this is “Hillbilly Swing Music” and seldom I’ve known an album title to cover the music so spot on!

When Jared forwarded the album my way and I put it on, a big smile appeared on my face for the exact reason above. My wife, Inny, looked at me, sitting there on the sofa, my headphones on and this big dumb grin on my face… “What the fuck are you smiling about…?” This album, this title, this music… It makes perfect sense… Was all I could say.

We all remember the times not to long ago when people would ask us what music we listened too… And most of the time my answer would be, “metal, punk, roots, hardcore, dark ambient… blablabla… Never ever would I’ve told them “Hillbilly Swing Music”! Why? Because how uncool is it to tell your friends you listen to Hillbilly Swing Music, I mean… C’mon…
Sure, we all like Waylon, Cash… and the cliché list goes on, but as a European hip cat (look at me, labeling myself) I would never admit to listen to “Hillbilly Swing Music”. Why? Because my mother-in-law had a line dancing bar back in the days and my wife and me hated the music they played at that joint. That music had nothing to do with this fantastic album, but for some reason… Who knows, who cares… I’m drifting… Back to the music!

So what’s new on this Urban Pioneers album? We can hear horns, piano, a slide-guitar, some rockabilly, and a tear-jerker here and there. What’s old and still good on this album? Funny lyrics, clever lyrics, amazing musical talent, honest songs, straight from the soul… Liz and Jared are not your pitch perfect bluegrass vocalists, but that does not matter, it works, it gives the album a sense of honesty, and speaking about honesty, I love the way their vocals sound. This is also the best sounding album they’ve ever released when we talk about production, mastering and all that nerding-out about “sound” kinda stuff.

I think it’s easy to say, I’m a fan of this one. And I guess you’ll be as well…

Check out this live version from the title track below and make sure you buy this album. And go online, bug Jared about releasing it on vinyl!!!!

ps. I’m as honest as I can be about albums, I also like to joke around. Every opinion about the music and the people playing this music is from the heart. If I’m talking about myself or events in the past… Yeah sure some are overrated… It’s called “fake news” these days… I just like to call it “creative fun”…

Welcome to all the info you need to know about Pirate Farm Fest 2018!!!

We’ll tell you about the location, the bands, the food, our sponsors and more…

BANDS:
mainstage- friday
– Jimmy Chase
Just a guy with his guitar playing some punky acoustic songs for you all. Jimmy used to be in the now long-gone band Rattleshack, so you know he will kick some ass!

– The Detrimentals (be)
They couldn’t make it in 2017 because their drummer was rushed to the E.R. just hours before the show. But they’ll make it all up in 2018. It’s just straight forward psychobilly, you’ll love it or you’ll hate it, no in-between.
https://www.facebook.com/The-Detrimentals-1495973410702331/

– Shotgun Sawyer (usa)
This will be the first time these young cats will tour in Europe and we are fucking proud to have them at PFF! Dirty blues/stoner with a BITE!

– The Grave Brothers (be)
THEY ARE BACK!!! And they’ll have a new album out by then. They probably are the best “hellbilly/rootspunk” band ever to come out of Belgium. With members from Los Putas, Demented Scumcats, Fifty Foot Combo and more…

– The Freeborn Brothers (pol)
Maybe you know this, but Belgium is a little country in Europe, and therefore we thought it would be a good idea to have one European headliner… And who better to end the party on friday then our good friends from Poland, The Freeborn Brothers!!! Expect some gypsy folk roots punk that will shake your ass so hard you wish you went to that gangbang instead… You will be sore the day after… 😉

White Trash Dating Stage – Saturday (these bands play for free, buy their merch and buy them beer!!!)
– Big Daddy’s Breakfast Voodoo (hol)
Filthy blues from The Netherlands? Yep, but this is not your 13 in a dozen blues rock band. It’s dirty, slow and smells like a swamp…

– TH’ F’kk’n’ G’dd’mn’ Luckies (be)
The garage/punk scene is alive in Belgium more then ever and these two old fuckers know how to do it!!!
https://thfkkngddmnluckies.bandcamp.com/

– Hollywood – Of the Wolves (ger)
In 2006 in a town called Darmstadt a punk/speedrock band was formed, The Wolves…
10 years later their singer decided to sit down and record some of their songs on his own and in a differend style. In 2018 Hollywood will play those songs for you at PFF!

https://hollywoodofthewolves.bandcamp.com/

– The White Trash Dating Service (be)
The WTDS is a busking band, no they don’t play original songs, they just bring an acoustic punk rock party to a street corner near you… And I’m sure you will enjoy it and sing along… It’s fun, it’s dumb, it’s good, it’s FUCKING AWESOME…

– The Evil Daltons (ger)
25 YEARS IN THE WORKS!!! These old school psychobilly veterans are coming over just to play this one show that they don’t get payed for because they want to play for you!!! I would say that is more then a reason to go bat shit crazy while they are destroying the stage. They will have a new album out by then and it is produced by non other then P. Paul Fenech from The Meteors.

Mainstage – Saturday

– Leonhardt vs. Reverend Red (usa)
These two guys are taking a break during the summer to travel to Europe with their family. But hey… why not play a festival or two while at it? They asked to play, I paired them up… You’ll have to deal with them…

Gipsy Rufina (be/ita)
In 2017 he helped us out on friday because The Detrimentals had to cancel. In 2018 he get’s a spot on saturday. Expect some dark folk songs… Should we put him all the way in the back of the stage so you can all sit on it while listening to him?

Cowboy Bob & Trailer Trash (ger)
If you where at the first edition of the festival you should remember that these guys opened up at the mainstage on saturday. We are glad to welcome them back! And if this new video is an indication to how awesome the new album will sound, fucking hell, we are lucky as fuck!

TIO GRINGO (hol)
Hellbilly/Cuntryscum from Holland? Yeah, but with some of the most awesome folks around in this scene, once you talk to them and don’t run into them drunk before… They can be a handfull… Just fucking around! We are pround to have them!
And funny video’s are a plus!!!

– Hopeless Jack (usa)
If you love good music, you love Hopeless Jack! The perfect mix between the most dirty blues, soul and that old punkrock spirit!!! I remember the first time I saw them, the video below, holy crow, I was blown away!!! And I’m sure they will blow you away in 2018!!!

– Steering Ships With Empty Bottles (s.s. WEB, usa)
Are we proud to have these dudes play PFF 2018? Not realy… It’s just Henry and Cris… But are we happy? FUCK YEAH!!!! And we ARE damn proud! These two should play the biggest festivals in the world and then come back to PFF and play just for us, the “in-crowd”… I’m joking… But then again I’m not.
The first video was shot in our backyard, the second in our livingroom. It’s going to feel like brothers are playing our stage.

– The Hooten Hallers (usa)
The fact that these guys and girl are playing PFF could be the sole reason to buy a ticket. And we don’t blame you. If you have ever seen this band on a stage you know why they got booked.

-THE HEADLINER
We are working on it… You’ll love it!!!

TICKETS:

LOCATION:
PFF 2018 will happen at the same place as the previous editions. For those that came in the past, you know what to expect and what to respect. For the new folks…
PFF 2018 takes place at an old farm, it’s no-longer an active farm but 2 families still live there and also grow crops there. Respect their stuff, their crops and most of all their privacy! The places you are not supposed to be are fenced off. You all know what a fence means… STAY THE FUCK OUT!!! 🙂
ps. This also goes for the backstage. If you are not a band- or crewmember, please stay out. We will kick you out of the festival in 2018 after in 2017 to much people disrespected this rule. If you want to talk or hang with a band or it’s members, they will be around before and after the show. You know they’ll come out, just respect the fact that they want to prepare and cool down before and after the show.
adress:
Beurtstraat 42
Tielt-Winge
Belgium

CAMPING /PARKING:
The campsite is free. You are welcome starting Friday morning (if you want to come early, send us message). The campsite is tents only.
You can come with an RV/motorhome/caravan, but know that places are limited. The campsite for these is less then 500 meters away from the festival, but is next to the road and across from the families living on that street. So please keep the noise down and DO NOT enter their yards, unless they invite you!
You will get a garbagebag when you enter the campsite, please use it…

When parking your car, please follow the instructions from the people working the parksite. If you park illegal and you get a ticket or they tow your car… NOT OUR PROBLEM! You are a grown-up, deal with it yourself.

MONEY/CASH/ATM:
There is NO atm on site. Make sure to bring enough cash!!!!

FOOD:
We offer two foodstands for 2018. A Thai foodtruck and one gourmet hamburger foodtruck. Between the two of them you sure as hell will not starve! Yes they have vegi-food! On Saturday morning you will be able to get breakfast from the hamburger guys.

SPONSORS:
As a small independent festival we need sponsors and we are glad we have friends with great business’ that want to help us out.

TEQUILA TATTOOS:
https://www.facebook.com/tequilatattoos/

XTREMETATTOO:
https://www.facebook.com/xtremetattoo-178440752248995/

MOONSHINE TATTOO PARLOR:
https://www.facebook.com/moonshinetattooparlour/

ROOTSTOWN BOOKINGS:
https://rootstownaarschot.wordpress.com/

We also like to thank our secret sponsor from Denmark, you know who you are. Thank you!
If you would like to sponsor our festival, get in contact, we have damn good deals. If you want to set up shop as a vendor… Same thing, get in contact!
oldstylemusicnights@gmail.com

On September the 22nd Canadian punk-rock band The Flatliners played a sold-out show at our local youth-center here in Diest, Belgium. I was invited to interview them and shoot the show. Yeah… It took me this long to get it done. Things happen in life…
Anyhow… Enjoy these video’s! (the interview is interrupted by the opening band sound-checking, but you should be able to figure it out…)

The interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFCKTDsdndI

The Show:

First things first… This album was send to me for review before it was released. Around the beginning of April I think. So my apologies to the band for this late review. Pirate Farm Fest and my day-time job took away all my free time. After Pirate Farm Fest I didn’t stop working on other people’s projects until my body pulled the brake. I’m at home with a minor heart condition now so I have time to start writing again…

Seeing The Hooten Hallers for the first time sure is one hell of an experience. If you don’t know them and see them setting up you have no idea what to expect… “Are these guys a two men punk band, do they play blues, whoa shit… what’s that girl doing there with that big ass sax”? All this and more… If you do know what to expect, you know you are in for a party!

The new self-entitled album, was released on April 21nd, on “Big Muddy Records“. And before I start talking about the songs I’ll tell you this: It rocks, it swings, it’s a rhythm’n’blues’punkrocking’drenched-in-soul-freak out!!!

The Hooten Hallers bring something to the roots scene I’ve missed for a long time… A dirty take on swing and R&B but with a punk twist. The Kings of Nuthin’ come to mind from time to time and that is a huge compliment!

The album opens with “Charla”, an easy going tune gently pushed by Kellie’s sax that may put you on the wrong foot for the rest of the album, but a great song nonetheless. “Dig” is next, and now we know where this album will take us. The gritty vocals, the dark undertone… What a song! And that dark undertone is present in most of the songs, not always in the lyrics, it’s the use of instruments, notes that are been played, the atmosphere, the vocal use… Just listen to “Rhythm&Blues”…

It’s not all dark and gritty folks, don’t worry, check out the video below for “Further from Shore”, and the songs “Stay away from Joe” and “Garlic Dream”. Not my favorite songs, but hey… Taste is a… fuck it, you know what I’m talking about. That video on the other hand is funny as hell and I love a band that can make fun of themselves.

I can’t wait to see them on stage again and dance my ass off. I hope you can all join me once.

Buy the album below:
https://www.thehootenhallers.com/shop

Looking for some up-tempo/depressing/putting-a-smile-on-your-face/sing-a-long country trash? “Nope, me neither!” But you may want to check out the new Call Me Bronco album…

It will be released on Rusty Knuckles Records at august 25th and if that says anything about how good this album is… Well it does, it is that good! It’s a fucking awesome Country Trash/sing-a-long/putting-a-smile-on-your-face/depressing/up-tempo record that I’m sure you will love!
If like me, you have seen the band live on stage before you will already know a bunch of these songs, some of which appeared on their previous demo, but that doesn’t take anything away from the album. The recording is rough, but in a good way, no over-produced bullshit, you can hear every note played without losing any emotion or heart.

Let’s talk about some of these songs…
We’ll start with 4AM, the opening song that comes with a hilarious video that you can check on youtube and below. It’s a flawless punk song if you ask me. It has all it needs and nothing more: intro, mid-tempo part, sing-a-long, fast part, slow sad part, fast part, outro… Don’t take this so serious dear reader…
On to the next one and it happens to be the second song on the album. The Butcher of Charleston. For some strange reason this reminds me of an Irish punk song in the style of Dropkick but without the Irish influence. It will make sense when you listen to the song I promise.
Burn The witch.. Start that circle pit please ladies and gentlemen, make sure you all run in the same direction, you don’t want to cause any chaos… How I love this song, how I hate circle pits… Trash metal country was that a thing? It is now, with this song!
There are a bunch of songs on this record about drinking and heartache, but my favorite is Four Shots. There have been times in my life that I was drinking to forget and I can relate to this song, and to top it off.. It’s a kick-ass song… Fast tempo, clever lyrics and a great sing-a-long part. What is not to love?

If you are a country fan stay far away from this album. If you are a music-lover with a taste for country and adventure you’ll love this record.

Pre-order below:
Call Me Bronco – Beating A Dead Bronco – CD

When talking about “roots” music most of us think  American bands, and I can’t blame you. The vast majority of the bands we listen to are still hailing from the new world. But as the genre is expanding so is the origin of the bands. The European Underground Roots scene is exploding with a shitload of fantastic bands and projects as a result.

Please, allow me to be your guide and let you discover some great bands you may not know.

Let’s start with Moonshine Wagon from Spain. 3 guys, one from Brazil, yep Bufunfa who used to play with Them Old Crap now is a fulltime member of Moonshine Wagon, who clearly are influenced by old time string and folk music are making big waves in the European roots scene with their up-beat, fiddle driven take on the genre. They just released a new album called “Porca Miseria” and let me tell you, I fucking love it! Mixing it up by using their native language the album gets a little exotic from time to time and that makes it even more exciting to listen to. They are setting up a tour in America with “Pull The Trigger Bookings” and are booked to play Muddy Roots so make sure to go see them.

Let’s skip to the next artist… The Devil’s Trade from Hungaria is the solo project of David Mako who is the front-man for metal band Stereochrist. I discovered David’s music while he was opening up for The Nathan Gray Collective on their recent European tour and was blown away by his songs and talent. While playing a totally different style then Moonshine Wagon, David also makes use of his native tongue for some of his songs, and in this case it gives an extra dark dimension to his music. He released a new album this year and it has been making the rounds on my turntable at least once a week since I got it. Enjoy the video I shot of him when he played in Eindhoven earlier this year.
And order his record! It’s called google folks…

NEXT!!!! We travel to the south of Belgium for this one… The Redemption Colts are a punky bluegrass band from Arlon and guess what… They released a new album this year!!! “One Way Ticket” was recorded live at L’entrepot, a concert venue in Arlon, the guys set-up and played their songs, the result is awesome! Benoit and Romain both have an incredible voice and it pushes the music to a higher level. Check these guys out live if you can, I promise you will love them and while you’re at it… order their album! The video below I shot two years ago, for the new album click the other link…

https://theredemptionscolts.bandcamp.com/album/one-way-ticket

Technically not Europe anymore… Fucking BREXIT… But Jo Carley And The Old Dry Skulls is a band that I can not leave out. Husband and wife, Tim and Jo are the solid basis for this band, and who ever they find on the road can join in. The foundation is old time string music but they mix it up with ska, gypsy and a royal topping of darkness and weirdo music… Wait for it… THEY RELEASED A NEW ALBUM!!! “Them Old Bones” is a fine piece of variation for all those that like their “roots” a little different. The video below is from their previous EP, but I love it so much! Follow the link the get the new album.

https://jocarleyandtheolddryskulls.bandcamp.com/

The Sad Hill Outfit… No new album! Not even a first album, but I had to put them in this list. Made up with members of Black Cat Bone Squad and The Blue Eyed Bandits, these guys are taking us back to Belgium. They are a four piece now, Bart the bass player for BRUCE, legendary Belgian punk band, took over the bass and Stef switched to banjolele. They will hit a studio soon and I can’t wait to hear the result.
And just for the hell of it I’ll put in the video I shot when Jo of The Sad Hill Outfit played with Jayke Orvis at my 35th birthday party in Sonora, California two years ago. Let’s call it the euro-americana connection… It just puts a huge smile on my face every-time I see it, so I hope it does the same for you

I’ll do this again next month. If you are in a band and want to be in this feature, shoot me a line.

And now for something completely different…

Yes, I know this website is mainly about “roots” music, but it still is MY website, so I can write about whatever the fuck I want. Deal with it! I’m going to be writing about pop music, yes, you’ve read that correctly, POP music… But not the kind of pop music you’ll hear on the radio or see in the charts. This is Satanic Pop Music! I can see you scratching your head, it was a new term for me also when I first heard it. And then again, this album has nothing to do with popular music… It’s a thing on it’s own…

About two years ago Nathan Gray, former singer for BoySetsFire, released his first self entitled ep, containing an eclectic mix of songs going from the dark electro powerhouse “Wolves” to “Corson – An Ode to Vital Existence”, the emotional up-call for taking your life by it’s core and making it yours! Now there is “Untill The Darkness Takes Us”, an epic journey into the past and present life of Nathan Gray.

Together with this album Nathan also released a book with the same title, I suggest you buy both to fully understand this album and feel its power. The record opens with “Heathen Blood” and as with “Wolves” from the first ep, this song grabs you by the balls and doesn’t let go until you get the message. A venomous testament against organized religion and oppression by those institutions. A very powerful opener and a tone-setter for the rest of the ride.

As there are 13 songs on this album and I know some of you still have shit to do, I’m not going to go in detail on all of them (they are worth it). I’m going to bundle some and elaborate on others. One of the songs I will elaborate on is “Skin”, I hated the song the first time I heard it, it was the only one on the album I did not like, but the more I listen to it, the more I appreciate it. At first it has this very euro-pop vibe, think Covenant and Apoptygma Bezerk, bands I used to love dancing on but got so sick off hearing. For some strange reason this song gets in your brain and it stays there, it’s catchy as fuck! “Desire” is another song that has this euro-pop/dark wave influence with it’s uptempo dance beats and sing-a-long mid-sections.

Let’s continue… The piano songs, as I like to call them… “Damascus” and “Anthemic Hearts”. Two beautiful songs drivin by, you guessed it… Piano… Sigh… Do I need to explain everything? C’mon guys, get with the program… Serious now, both these songs deal with the same theme, and if you read the book you will truly understand them and appreciate them even more. Empowering…

Let’s descend into darkness… Follow me please, don’t touch the walls…  “At War”, Nathan unleashes his demons and takes no prisoners. We can hear a glimpse of his hardcore past, but mostly we hear an industrial battle anthem, and fuck yeah, I’m standing erect, ready to kill! FORWARD!!!

Now RISE up, feel the New Dawn, taste the fruits of your struggle and live your life freely! “Remains” and “Memento Mori”, both testimonies of how a person can take his own life back and start living again, one more electronic then the other… “Remains” could be a piano song, but because of the chorus, which is pure punk-rock in nature,  I did not include it.

“Until The Darkness Takes Us”… A slow moving song, a homecoming,  powerful lyrics… Again, read the book and you will understand… “Jettison” is a full on modern pop-rock song, a perfect combination of guitar and electronics. But so much more honest and fierce then the crap you hear on the radio.

“Lusus Naturae”, the second song on the album. I know it’s a little weird to talk about the second song at the end of the review, but this song holds special meaning to me. It’s one of the most “rocking” songs on the album and absolutely essential on this album, and if you want to know that special meaning…  Come see me…

This still is a site about roots music, but I hope you guys are openminded and will give this album a listen. Nathan will be on tour in Europe, starting early april. Check the tour dates on his website and go see him. Read the book and enjoy the record!

https://www.nathangraycollective.com/

Every person I know has that one band that they really like, that one band that they are convinced of that can never write a bad song or play a crappy show, for some of my friends that’s Metallica… Boy, where they wrong… For me, one of those bands is Everymen, from Lake Worth, Florida.

I still remember hearing them for the first time at Muddy Roots some years ago, I was deep in a conversation about nothing with some friends, thinking how I should go see them, but we just kept yepping on, and when I finally got on my feet the show was over. Stupid, stupid, stupid!!!! But I caught up, oh how I caught up… When they came to Europe I tried to catch as many shows I could and hosted them at our annual benefit show for ex-lab dogs. What a great show that was. So now there is the new album with the very inspiring tittle “May your ashes have stories to tell”.

On this new album the guys hold on to their own brand of catchy as hell “folk punk”, I know some people like to make fun of the “term” but I have no idea how to describe it otherwise. But they made sure to throw in some curve-balls here and there and add some extra instruments in the studio, like that trumpet in the opening song “Shake Your Bones”. Starting out with a mariachi like guitar part and by adding the trumpets it really sounds like some kind of Mexican upbeat protest song (sung in English) or something like that… It’s hard to come up with new words guys… Deal with it… It’s a compelling song, that’s for sure!

If you have been following the band and it’s members on-line (facebook), you know they had to deal with some losses over the past years and even more recent. The second song “Dead Friends” is a stunning tribute to the ones we lost and cared about deeply. I’m sure many of you will find comfort and understanding in this song. And “Dead Friends” is not the only tribute on this record. Last year friend of the band and singer for Mischief Brew, Erik Petersen took his own life, a sad day in music history if you ask me (what an great band that was), and with the song bearing the same name as the band Erik was in, Everymen have created a beautiful hymn for their friend. A short and fast, almost Street Punk like sing-a-long for their fallen comrade. Nothing but respect for this one!

“Don’t Rain On My Parade”, the longest song on the record is a typical Everymen song, starting out slow and transforming into “an ideal for pushing your friends around on the dance-floor song” with room for each member of the band to show his musical skills and then towards the end that polka-like rhythm… Perfect… Just perfect!
I don’t know why they re-recorded “Waking up Hurts”, but I’m not sad about it. It still is a great song. (guys if you are reading this, let me know)

If you like your punk more then your folk, you will love these two song: “Annihilation” and “Time”. In my head I can hear them being played by a full on drunk crappy punk band and even then they don’t loose any power. Absolute flawless songs. Start dancing now!
With “Don’t Stay” the band goes in full gypsy-mode. The fiddle, the rhythm, the female vocals, they all contribute to a certain feeling, an east-European post-romantic feel that all together make it into a marvelous song.

I’m sure you figured out I like this new record… And I know you will like it.
The release is planned for april 22nd on http://www.say-10.com so you know what to do…

Knuckles is a Psychobilly/Punk band from Finland, I had never heard of these guys, but I was contacted by one of their members to inform about Pirate Farm Fest. We started talking and one thing let to another… So now there is this review for their first album “First Fury”.

So… First things first… Knuckles sounds like any other psychobilly/punk band in the world but better… The genre has it’s limits and that’s what you’re stuck with, a little more punk here, a country lick there, some OI and a rockabilly baseline to keep it smooth and greasy when needed. You all know what it sounds like… But for some reason this album speaks to me. These guys had fun writing and recording these songs and that shows in the end result.

The album is released by Crazy Love Records out of Germany and that should tell you a little something about the quality of this album. It would be a waste of mine and your time to go over all the songs, one by one, because they are all good and entertaining. I’ll tell you this, not a single one of them is over 4 minutes, they all are catchy as fuck and a bunch of them have great sing-a-long parts… This is the perfect dance, drink, wreck and party album if you like this kind of music. No, this is not old school psychobilly and I know that in the scene that’s a standard for some to still sound like that one eighties band… Get over it folks, it’s 2017! This album is a fantastic twist on a genre that needed a kick in the keister for years…

ENJOY!!!

Get a copy of the album:
http://www.crazyloverecords.de/search?sSearch=knuckles

Since Shawn James is coming to Pirate Farm Fest this year with his crew of Shapeshifters I thought it was a good idea to write a review for his latest solo album “On The Shoulders of Giants” which he is promoting on tour in Europe as we speak…

Born in Chicago the singer, songwriter released his first album in 2012 and has since created some extremely powerful music as a solo artist and with his band under the moniker “Shawn James and The Shapeshifters”. While the music with his band is drenched in doom metal with a southern gothic twist (I have no idea how to describe it otherwise) his solo albums are much more laid-back, but the darkness remains. The first thing that strikes you while listening to this album is the absolute power in his voice.

For this record Shawn made the trip to the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis to create a masterpiece in pure and uncut minimal dark blues with a twist of soul, some hints of gospel influence maybe but most of all passion! It does not really matter what name or genre you put on this record, if you like roots music, metal, blues or just have good taste in music, this is a record that you need to have in your collection. Let’s talk about some of the songs…

The album opens with “hellhounds”, a slow paced dark song with some mesmerizing slide guitar parts that sets the tune for the rest of the album. A kick-drum for the rhythm and some tambourine, it looks like this is all Shawn needs and that is pretty damn impressive!
“Snake Eyes” is another of those songs that hits it hard with me. Minimal, a guitar lick that just keeps going, almost hypnotizing and then… THAT VOICE…

“Back Down”… This song… I can see a tribe chanting it before  going to war against some oppressor, or even a single person in a ritual-room, to gain power before making a huge step in life. It’s a song that feeds you with energy and the right amount of anger to do that thing you need to do!

Remember that gospel influence i talked about in the beginning? “Preacher Foretold”, the last song on this album, there you go… I’m not sure what this preacher worshiped, but it makes for a powerful song!

Just go out and see Shawn play, come out to Pirate Farm Fest, buy this record and indulge yourself in good music…

After a successful first edition in 2016 we will be back in 2017! Mark you calendar on June 30th and July 1st.
Friday will be all about psychobilly and heavy rock’n’roll, let me walk your through our line-up:
The SideBürns will be opening the festival. This German band with members from Cowboy Bob and Trailer Trash plays some damn fine speedrock. Before they changed their name to The Sidebürns they where known as Mr. Sideburn And The Barons.

Next up we’ll have something special for you guys! The Detrimentals vs. The Wallaroos!!!
The Detrimentals are a straight forward psychobilly band with Joachim from Tequilla Tattoo’s on drums. If you where at PFF in 2016 you know what a great band they are. In 2017 they are teaming up with one of the most promising Belgian bands in the underground rock’n’roll scene. The Wallaroos remind me of a young Kings of Nuthin. Full of energy and ready to party hard!

So you partied with us in 2016? So you remember The Mullet Monster Mafia?
THEY ARE BACK!!! The best surf trash band from Brazil will make you swing so hard that your ass will hurt the day after! But that’s not all…

Our headliner will be the legendary UK psycho clowns The Klingonz!!! They fly in for this one show only, so do not miss this you freaks!!!
Here is a live version of Bitch a song of their brand new album!!!

 

I’m damn sure we have a kick-ass line-up for friday, now let’s get on to saturday and see what we have in store for you nice folks…
The running order is not set yet, but you’ll get an idea of what we have to offer…:
We’ve got two Dutch bands this year, let’s start with them. First up, Baby Face Nelson. These guys will provide you with some sweet country punk rock’n’roll. I’ve seen them on stage a couple of times and they will get you going. Check out the video for the very catchy
“From Hercules CA to Maricopa AZ”!

Next one from the land of weed and shitty beer is CUDA. As the name may tell you this band plays fast, high powered cowpunk. It’s straight forward, nothing else to tell except they bring cheerleaders… Enjoy boys…

When we booked Call me Bronco we had to take 40RTY (so we did, it was this or nothing…)
It will be his first time in Europe so make sure to make him feel at home. We’re sure you’ll love his banjo driven folk punk songs! And he owns Beagles, so what could go wrong?

We sure are glad our friend Joshua James Esterline a.k.a. Acousta Noir will be back in our field. Without him and lots of others there would not have been a tent to party in last edition. I’m sure most of you know his music by now, so you know what to expect… If not here’s a video to remind you of his awesomeness…

The Dad Horse Experience… What is there to tell about this legend? You love him or you hate him, no in-between… We LOVE HIM!!!

Andrew Ellis came on tour in Europe for the first time in 2016,  and I have to say, I’m in love with this giant! Besides being a great guy he is one hell of an artist. With his dirty and sleazy one man blues he’ll take you on a wild trip into his world…

If you don’t know who Joe Buck Yourself is, then I have no idea where you have been the last 10 years… This man is a living legend and we are damn happy to have him play our second edition!

We have an exclusive and we are damn fucking proud about it!!! Shawn James & The Shapeshifters will play their very first show ever in Belgium!!! We know Shawn is starting to get a celeb status (remember that viral video of two guys in a wolf sanctuary? That’s him…) so we had to book him now, because we will not be able to pay him in a few years 😉
Also make sure to check out his solo stuff.
This video, shot at Muddy Roots in 2015, was my first introduction to this band and I’m hooked ever since. I play one of their albums at least two or three times a week and I have a BUNCH of records… Are you ready for some DOOOOM!?!?

Last year we had The Goddamn Gallows as headliner, I got to see them play two songs, then it was of to the E.R. for me… Long story, I don’t hold a grudge, we talked it out… You guys better make sure I get to see Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy play their set in full! I’ve told you guys before and I’ll tell it again… Carrie Nation is one of the most entertaining bands in this “scene” or even in this world! But you don’t have to take my word for it, come and see them for yourself…

Here is a little promo-video we made with all the bands:

Can we buy tickets now?
yes!
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Friday: 20 euro
Saturday: 25 euro
Combi: 40 euro

Will it be sold out?
We do not know that… There will be 500 tickets, that’s it… We had almost 300 people in 2016… You do the math…

Where do you need to be?
Beurtstraat 42, Tielt-Winge, Belgium

Is there camping?
Yes and it is free if you have a ticket to the festival

Can I bring a camper or mobile-home?
Yes, we hope the weather gods will have mercy on us this year, so we can provide a better place to camp with them.

Can I bring my own drinks?
Yes and No… You can drink whatever the hell you want on the campsite, but please don’t bring your drinks on the festival grounds. You buying drinks is what keeps this festival alive…

Is it family friendly?
Yes, but we are not babysitters. If you bring your kids, please keep an eye on them. Kids left alone will be givin’ a bunch of redbull and a Florida Georgia Line cd… Try to deal with them after that…

Do kids need a ticket?
Kids up to 12 can get in for free. Please don’t be a dick and try to sneak in your 13 or 14 year old that looks like 10…

Why does the live music end at 12 on Friday and at 1 on Saturday?
Because we respect our neighbors and we hope you will too… Acoustic jams sessions are encouraged, yes even in the tent…

Will there be food?
DUH!!!! We love food, so we will make sure you have a choice between some of the best foodtrucks around. And yes even vegetarian…  Breakfast will also be served on saturday together with that sweet sweet coffee…

The most important thing you have to know is this:
Come and have fun and don’t be a DICK!!! If you want to come to the festival and fuck things up, you’re in the wrong place. Leave your politics, religion and shitty attitude at home! This is about having fun, dancing, catching up with friends and PARTY!!!

See you in our field…

Last but not least, we would like to thank our sponsors.
Tequila Tattoos, without them, no Pirate Farm Fest
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Rootstown Bookings for providing us with great bands and artists
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Moonshine Tattoo Parlour
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Timetable friday:
23.00 – 00.00: The Klingonz
21.20 – 22.20: The Mullet Monster Mafia
19.10 – 20.40: The Detrimentals vs. The Wallaroos
17.30 – 18.30: The sidebürns

Timetable saturday:
13.00 – 13.40: Baby Face Nelson
14.10 – 14.50: 40RTY
15.20 – 16.00: CUDA
16.30 – 17.10: Acousta Noir
17.40 – 18.30: The Dad Horse Experience
19.00 – 20.00: Andrew Ellis
20.30 – 21.30: Joe Buck Yourself
22.00 – 23.00: Shawn James and The Shapeshifters
23.30 – 01.00: Carry Nation and The Speakeasy

 

 

Day 3… After The Melvins, Those Poor Bastards and The Hooten Hallers you would think I slept like a baby, but no… Babies don’t drink shine and rhum… My god did I feel awe-full on Sunday morning… The first regret on Sunday was that I missed Julian Davis‘ set, the second was not drinking enough water the day before.
I did get to see The Hardin Draw, and boy where they good. I apologize for only recording one song, I was not doing well…

By the time I got to the main-stage I got some BBQ in me and I was ready to go! I hope you enjoy this video I shot from Brooke Blanche of The Calamity Cubes. The man has a beautiful solo album out. I know I enjoyed listening to him. Oh and I’m sure Billy Cook is some kind of wizard, not only on mandolin, but because almost every time I zoomed in on Brooke my camera would focus on Billy in the corner… Please explain this to the world Billy!

J.D. Wilkes… I know he’s a musical hero for a lot of folks in this “scene”. He sure as hell earned his dues with The Legendary Shackshakers, but also as a solo artist, a film-maker and graphic artist. This show was a treat… He brought a little piano, something we hadn’t seen him doing in all those years and he killed it! And to top it all of he had a star line-up backing him up on stage with Mark Robertson on bass, Julian Davis on guitar (this kid is sixteen years old, can you believe this?) and Michael Oberst from The Tillers on fiddle.

With J.D.’s show done my excitement was reaching it’s top level for Sunday. Our boys in Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy where getting ready to hit the mainstage! If there was one band that I didn’t wanna this day besides Del McCoury it was these guys. In my onion they are one of the most entertaining bands in the modern day roots/punk scene!
With (not so) fresh blood on bass in the form of Dal Bulkleyl from Larry And His Flask and the funniest little Mexican in the world Josue Estrada on trumpet this show could only be out of this world… And it was!!! Enjoy the video folk!
We are very proud to have them headlining our own little Pirate Farm Fest in Belgium july 1st. 2017!!!
(the video stops just before the end, I have no idea what is causing this, I tried to fix it, I think the file is corrupted, I’m sorry)

So where are the rest of the video’s you ask? Well… The hard work during the day, the hard drinking during the night and the little sleep took their toll on my shoulder and rest of my body. We still had two weeks of vacation ahead of us and I was not going to fuck up my shoulder even more. It is in a rough enough shape as it is. I’m this close from surgery, and no video is worth risking that… But that doesn’t say we didn’t see any other bands. The Tillers did a great job as always, Del McCoury just killed it, it was great to see Reverend Peyton again and I still hit myself in the head for missing Bonnie Prince Billy.

Before I end this post there are some folks I need to thank. First things first, Jason Galas and crew, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR DOING THIS!!! You Sir are an inspiration, thank you!!!
My travel buddies, Jo and Kim, Indra and my darling bride Inny. Josh aka Acousta Noir and Cris Bissell for all the hanging out, even the days after the festival. We sure had a blast, didn’t we?!?!
Thank you to all that came, hung-out and shared drinks and stories with us. You know who you are, there are to many to mention… See you all next year!!!

ps. don’t forget to turn on the HD for the video’s