GILL LANDRY

Gill Landry by Alex Page (2019)

I Love You Too (2019)

Love Rides A Dark Horse (2017)

Skeleton At The Banquet is the new album from two-time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gill Landry.

 

Landry was originally from Louisiana and started out as a busker on the streets of New Orleans before becoming a contributing member of the band Old Crow Medicine Show with whom he recorded 4 albums and toured from 2004 to 2014. He’s released 4 solo albums to critical acclaim, featuring such artists as Laura Marling, Brandi Carlile, Klara Söderberg (First Aid Kit) and Karen Elson among many others. Landry has toured extensively internationally in his own right, and has also supported Mumford & Sons, Brandi Carlile, Ben Harper, Laura Marling, Ben Howard and Bruce Hornsby.

 

Skeleton At The Banquet is Gill Landry’s fifth solo studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s Love Rides A Dark Horse (Loose/ATO). “This album is a series of reflections and thoughts on the collective hallucination that is America,” he tells us. “With a love song or two thrown in for good measure. I wrote it from within the refuge of a small flat, in a small village in western France where I spent last summer. I found it to be a good place for seeing the forest through the trees, so to speak.”

 

The album was recorded and produced in Los Angeles by Gill and Seth Ford-Young (Tom Waits, Edward Sharpe). It features Landry on vocals, guitars, pedal steel, keys & harmonica, Seth Ford-Young on bass, Josh Collazo on drums, Stewart Cole on trumpet and Odessa Jorgensen on violin.

 

Skeleton At The Banquet will be released 24 January 2020 on Loose.

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Skeleton At The Banquet

Gill Landry - Skeleton At The Banquet

Artist: Gill Landry

Title: Skeleton At The Banquet

Release date: 24 January 2020

Catalogue no.: VJCD252

Formats: CD / LP with download / digital

1. I Love You Too

2. The Wolf

3. A Different Tune

4. Nobody’s Coming

5. The Refuge Of Your Arms

6. The Place They Call Home

7. Angeline

8. Trouble Town

9. Portrait Of Astrid (A Nocturne)

Love Rides A Dark Horse

Gill Landry - Love Rides A Dark Horse

Artist: Gill Landry

Title: Love Rides A Dark Horse

Release date: 6 October 2017

Catalogue no.: VJCD238

Formats: CD / heavyweight LP with download / digital

1. Denver Girls

2. Bird In A Cage

3. Berlin

4. Broken Hearts & Things We’ll Never Know

5. The One Who Won The War

6. The Only Game In Town

7. Scripted Love

8. The Woman You Are

9. The Real Deal Died

SKELETON AT THE BANQUET (2020)

“Already a Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry inductee with his former band, Skeleton At The Banquet deserves to see him hitting similar heights again… A career peak”
★★★★
MOJO

“Dark, perfectly weighted fifth from US folk songwriter… Landry is a master of the smouldering cowboy ballad”
8/10
UNCUT

“a clutch of poetic, vivid narratives sung in his trademark rich baritone…Landry pulls back from heartbreak to deliver his best record yet”
★★★★
ISLINGTON GAZETTE

“Armed with a baritone that could shake the floorboards and a languid guitar, he fills this set of songs with a Gothic Americana that possesses wonderful dark mood”
★★★★
SCOTTISH DAILY EXPRESS

“layered, sophisticated and intricate”
THE CHESHIRE CHRONICLE

“a hugely accomplished and at times troubling album that has already earned its place in “Best Of” year-end lists. Enjoy the feast.”
FOLK RADIO

“You’ll find a collection of simple songs, wonderfully performed (vocally and instrumentally) – it’s the complete package – and for any lover of American music a must-have.”
4.5/5
SHAKENSTIR

“This is a great album… Gill Landry comes across somewhere between the man in black Johnny Cash and ex-Byrd Gene Clark with his wonderful deep voice and country tinged tunes.”
★★★★
NE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

“Landry manages to create something truly wonderful with each track on the album having its own distinctive feeling of beautiful melancholy.”
WALL OF SOUND

“A compelling affair and Landry’s best yet”
★★★★
THANK FOLK FOR THAT

“A Johnny Cash in his last years of career sends his atmospheric greetings just like Tom Waits, The Prince of darkness… Packed in ultra-cool, Spartan-arranged Americana sounds.”
Ein Johnny Cash in seinen letzten Karriere-Jahren lässt da atmosphärisch genauso grüßen, wie Tom Waits, der Fürst der Finsternis… verpackt in ultracoole, spartanisch arrangierte Americana-Klänge.
CLASSIC ROCK

“Skeleton At The Banquet marks the preliminary high point of his career. His songwriting is at a high level, the arrangements are warm and deep and with his baritone and soulful guitar sounds he takes us on a trip to the heart of America. An album full of highlights, timeless music.”
RADIO EINS

“Its minimalistic, laid back and brooding approach perfectly captures an artist at the top of his game. Late night candle light listening of the highest calibre and a wonderful album to kick off a new decade.”
LONESOME HIGHWAY

“Thought provoking album for dark times from ex Old Crow Medicine member Gill Landry, the poetry of whose lyrics and the warmth of whose voice help sweeten the bitter pill of this new collection of songs. Listen and listen hard to these songs. They are worth it.”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

“Landry brings out one of the most beautiful dark albums we will have on the record player in 2020.”
DUST OF DAYLIGHT

“Parallels have been drawn with Leonard Cohen; when you add the crafted musings and uncluttered arrangements the comparison is complete.”
AMERICANA MUSIC SHOW

“his most accomplished solo offering to date”
ORIGINAL ROCK

“there’s no debating the quality of this album. Landry has produced another outstanding entry in his growing catalog.”
LYRIC MAGAZINE

“this album will at least be one of the absolute best in the genre this year…Ah, Gill Landry impresses something absolutely incredible. Yes, this is even his best solo record so far!”
5/5
ROCKFARBROR

“Gill Landry’s deep baritone voice will evoke memories of artists such as Kris Kristofferson or Leonard Cohen”
ROOTSTIME

★★★★
ALT COUNTRY NL

“A spectral, voodoo, magnificent album”
LITZIC

“The tunes have lovely melodies and there are some great lyrics full of equivocation intermingled in them. Skeleton at the Banquet is a fine album.”
FOLKING

“Gill’s guitar fills the air with sound, melodies soundshifting through Folk, Blues, and Latin textures as notes shimmer like a thousand flickering stars”
THE ALTERNATE ROUTE

“Gill Landry always creates goosebumps”
WHISKEY SODA

“first class”
8/10
NORDEVENTS

“Landry brings together ballads of pain and love, personal and social, perhaps recording his most convincing record in career.”
ROOTS HIGHWAY

LOVE RIDES A DARK HORSE (2017)

“Song cycles about broken relationships from moody singer-songwriters are almost a cliché at this point. But when you hear Landry’s looming yet subtle baritone — somewhere between Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson and Dave Alvin — unspool stories of broken hearts, there isn’t a predictable or insincere moment to be found.”

“…these tunes are nearly cinematic in their approach, taking time to unwind at their own pace like a foreign film that gradually gets under your skin.”

“Landry crafts beautifully, often heartbreaking scenarios played out over rootsy, Americana folk/country ballads that, even with the somewhat shadowy subject matter, are conceived from a hopeful heart.”
★★★★
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“The record is a beautiful combination of evocative storytelling and aural cinematography, with subtly graceful instrumental elements and Landry’s exquisite baritone hitting their emotional targets throughout. Emerging from the darkness of professional and romantic disillusionment, Gill Landry has created a triumphant album that singularly fits his definition of “dark horse” – “a candidate or competitor about whom little is known, but who unexpectedly wins or succeeds.”
9/10
THERE GOES THE FEAR

“Landry has emerged a better, deeper and more honest songwriter” 
★★★★
MOJO

“not only a vocally candid experience but a visually rich and evocative one that lingers long after the fire has burnt down and that bottle has been drained.” – You’ve GOT to hear this
A MUSIC BLOG YEA?

“…he seems to have hit a rich vein of songwriting …a superb collection of songs, lovingly crafted with atmospheric arrangements.”
★★★★
COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE

“a painfully beautiful, personal album becomes a powerfully relatable musing on the universal nature of heartbreak.”
★★★★½
THANK FOLK FOR THAT

“Denver Girls, sets an epic tone for the album – with dark mournful chords, and a grandiose retelling of a betrayal, it’s akin to Lee Hazlewood at his best, right down to Gill Landry’s growl of a baritone.”
9/10
AMERICANA UK

“a dark gem”
★★★★
ALL MUSIC

“musical opera heart surgery – raw, intense, but ultimately life affirming”
8/10
PETERBOROUGH TELEGRAPH

“Superb”
★★★★
THE MORNING STAR

“Love Rides A Dark Horse” sounds as if Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits had recorded a country album …one of the best and most impressive dark country releases all year.” 
WHISKEY SODA

“you can not help thinking about artists like Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits… Gill Landry belongs among those artists”
★★★★
ROCKFARBROR

“this is the essence of the blues but delivered in velvet gloves, a blend of country folk and Americana thick with hushed intimacy and tattered narratives.”
★★★★
ISLINGTON GAZETTE

★★★★
R2

“One for the end of year lists.”
★★★★
ALTCOUNTRY NL

“a great favourite here in the editorial team, and to my ears it is one of the best albums of the year” 
DUST OF DAYLIGHT

“a rich and sumptuous slice of melancholia”
BLABBER ’N’ SMOKE

“an exquisite offering of lyrical poetry and graceful musicianship”
TAHOE ON STAGE

LIVE REVIEWS

“a great ability to wrap powerful storylines in the most eloquent of melodic structure. …delivers his message with suitably disturbing impact and humour”
GOD IS IN THE TV

 

“I first saw Landry at Green Man festival this summer and was captivated by his voice – a rich, warm baritone which manages to be both seductive and raw”
GOURMET GIGS

SKELETON AT THE BANQUET (2020)
LOVE RIDES A DARK HORSE (2017)