I don't listen to as much new music as I should these days but one new release that I have had the pleasure of hearing recently is the much anticipated debut from Glasgow band The Gracious Losers. Released recently on the world's first crowdfunded, not for profit record label, Last Night From Glasgow, it is an album that will feature strongly on my annual end of year best album list. The album draws heavily from a love of gospel, country and soul and has an authenticity about it that shines through on every single track. The first time I listened to the band I heard echoes of Van Morrison, Dexys, Mike Scott, Exile On Main Street era Stones, Basement Tapes era Dylan and soul legends such as Wilson Picket and The Staple Singers. No mean feat for a nice piece collective from Glasgow. Led by Jonathan Lilley, the songs really come into their own however when heard live. I was fortunate to see them recently at Glasgow's newest venue, The Great Eastern and was literally blown away by them. As good as the album is the songs really come alive when they are performed on stage and to see them in such an intimate venue was quite something. If you get a chance to see them you will not be disappointed.
The band will be playing at Maryhill Community Hall on Saturday December 15th and if their gig at The Great Eastern is anything to go by this should be one of the must see gigs of 2018.