Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners
” Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners “
Label: Wicked Cool RecordS
Release date 7th October 2022
Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners are proud to announce the release of their self titled debut album on October 7th via Wicked Cool Records.
A Celebration Of Rock’n’Roll that, as Ginger explains it, is in “the spirit of the music that we all collectively love, from childhood to the present day. Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Wilco, The Band, Creedence, The Jayhawks, Lone Justice, Jason & the Scorchers, Georgia Satellites, Status Quo, The Stones…from roots country to rock n roll and Americana.”
Whilst it’s not unusual for Ginger Wildheart to juggle more musical projects at the same time than most people, the demise, dissolution, hiatus, overload, burn out of The Wildhearts… whatever you want to call it, has allowed him to focus on a new group and a style of music that he’s embraced with both ‘The Pessimist’s Companion’ and ‘Ghost in the Tanglewood’. The end result is Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners. Mixing members of Stone Mountain Sinners (Neil Ivison and Nick Lyndon) along with drummer Shane Dixon (Tri-City Fanfare) the sound could easily mirror one of a myriad of similar acts hailing from the US of A except for the fact that lead vocals are handled by Ginger and Neil bringing to the table a unique style and vision that gives the band the sort of edge that should see this album bought and played by truckers all over the states as they traverse the various interstates in their rigs.
The tracks on offer contain some great one twos, none more so than on ‘Lately, Always’ and ‘Dirty Water’. The former sung by Ginger, the latter by Neil and the two tracks really showcase the difference in vocal work, tone and present two musicians that feel totally in tune with each other.
Lyrically the songs, whilst sounding light and breezy, contain as expected a myriad of serious topics about life and relationships but they’re not as heavy on the heart as say, ‘The Pessimist’s Companion’. The gem however is the album closer, ‘Code Of The Road’. The song which boils down to “what goes on tour, stays on tour, so no one sees a thing” as Ginger so perfectly describes it, goes through all of the possible scenarios every band has or will encounter over their career as they barrel from town to town playing gigs. It’s got a real Kenny Rogers feel to it, puts a huge smile on the face and even as a writer I can see how some of it applies. My name isn’t Tristan and I’m a little way past my gap year but the beers from the band are always appreciated… sell outs!!
The music is the sort of thing that should see them playing anything from bars to arenas in the States. It’s the style of music that appeals to some as easy listening and others with the sort of passion that would see them travel hundreds of miles across state lines to see a band they believe in. The mix couldn’t be better and it’s no wonder the team at Wicked Cool have latched onto them with $$ signs gleaming in their eyes. A tour with the likes of Ryan Hamilton feels almost impossible to ignore, at least in the UK and I would hope the States get the same treatment as well. A pure slice of joy to listen to and one that has clearly freed Ginger from ‘expectations’ around the sort of music he has to put out.
The icing on the cake is the album cover. Designed by my dear friend Simon Easton (Wood Tattoos) a pyrographer who burnt the cover into a block of wood first before it was turned into the artwork you see here. Stunning effort Si, mine’s a beer pls.
Ginger Wildheart – Vocals \ Guitars
Neil Ivison – Vocals \ Guitars
Nick Lyndon – bass
Shane Dixon – drums
- 1. Wasted Time
- 2. That Smile
3. Footprints In The Sand
4. Lately, Always
5. Dirty Water
6. Work In Progress
8. Six Years Gone
9. Not The Staying Kind
10. Code of the Road