The Toy Hearts continue to break the rules, after three completely acoustic bluegrass albums the band have decided to do something a little bit different for their 4th studio release this spring…
Birmingham based, sister fronted band the Toy Hearts have a reputation for delivering some of the most authentic performances of American Roots music this side of the Atlantic, and their forthcoming album “Whiskey” is set for release Spring 2012. It is in part homage to their influences and inspirations from Western Swing, Rockabilly, Jazz and Blues, and also a collection of original new material steeped in Country and Americana sounds. Mixed in amongst their own compositions are songs by artists such as Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Wayne Hancock, Bessie Smith and Ronnie Self. The album was recorded in their home studio in Birmingham UK, but was edited and mixed by Grammy nominated engineer/producer Ben Surratt in his studio The Rec Room, Nashville TN.
“Whiskey” shows The Toy Hearts continuing to develop their own signature style of songwriting; catchy choruses, blood harmonies, hot guitar picking and as the album title suggests a healthy dose of good Country drinking songs. Multi instrumentalist Stewart Johnson really gets to exercise his talents, playing Banjo, Dobro, Pedal and Consol Steel Guitars on the record, while Sophia handles harmony vocals, electric and acoustic guitars. Hannah continues with the mandolin work, while also displaying a depth and maturity to her vocal style that is a significantly more assured than even the sultriness of the last record “Femme Fatale”. The Johnson family have also drafted in some musician friends to help complete the record’s line up: “Whiskey” features John Potter on double bass, Dean Beresford on drums (drummer for Richard Hawley) and Eamon McLaughlin on fiddle and harmony vocals (formerly of The Green Cards and now fiddle and harmonies for Nashville star Josh Turner).
The Toy Hearts have a growing fan base that now includes Bob Harris, Ronnie Wood and Imelda May and their previous work has won them accolades across the UK, Europe and the USA. Their forthcoming release is further evidence that they are successfully paving a path that no other UK act dares to tread.