07/05/2014 - EP Liner Notes, Reviews & More

For friends and fans of The Toy Hearts who would like to know a little more about the band's song choice for their latest EP, Sophia and Hannah wanted to share their 'Extended Geeky Liner Notes', which were sent along with the CD for review. Also, the band have been thrilled to receive some wonderful press quotes for 'Flyin' Too High', which was recorded last summer in Austin, Texas.

EXTENDED GEEKY LINER NOTES WITH LOVE FROM SOPHIA & HANNAH

1 - WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN
After being a big fan of Tennessee Ernie Ford for many years, and particularly enjoying his duet “I’ll never be free”, we had to find out more about that female voice! So a few Christmas’ ago we put a Kay Starr Anthology on the Christmas list. This three cd set is choc full of great songs, but the stand out for us was this little gem: What Goes Up Must Come down. It comes from 1939 musical The Cotton Club Parade and was written by Rube Bloom and lyricist Ted Koehler. Hannah just adored Kay Starr’s vocals and Sophia immediately fell in love with the chord sequence, which is slightly reminiscent of the first half of Aint Misbehavin’ and the last half of I’m An Old Cow Hand.

2 - TOO LATE TO DREAM
A family friend and longtime supporter of the Toy Hearts, Ken Harris has been sending us a veritable cornucopia of rare material since the 90’s. So we were introduced to charismatic west coast fiddle player and singer Wade Ray via Ken and followed this up by happily viewing most of Wade “Pugnose” Ray’s performances on the Ernest Tubb television show. Although not a particularly well-known exponent of the genre, Wade’s fiddle playing and singing is completely the real deal and his onstage energy totally infectious.

3 - FIVE MINUTES OF THE LATEST BLUES
We discovered this song after gigging in The Stock Yards in Fort Worth with the wonderful Quebe Sisters Band. We were hospitably put up for the night by the Quebe’s musical director, guitar player and Texas Fiddle champion; Joey Mackenzie. After the gig we were treated to a late night session raiding his extensive record collection and were lucky enough to hear some extremely rare vintage recordings. The original version written by Justin Tubb (son of Ernest!) literally jumped out of the stereo at us, being so full of superb feel and good old-fashioned country heartbreak. The recording we heard actually features a rather charming wrong note in the steel solo, which only made us love it more!

4 - BABY THAT SURE WOULD GO GOOD
This is the one song of the four that has actually been in the set list for a while. This is a Cindy Walker song taken from the seminal 1974 Bob Wills Album –For The last Time. This record has been a favourite of ours for many years and has even been lost and re-bought several times. We love Cindy Walker, and put two of her songs on our Whiskey album. It seems whenever we pick a Bob Wills number to start working on we find out it was written by Cindy. It’s also great to know there was a good woman behind some of the writing for Bob’s almost exclusively male band, (we think there was one female bass player).

Thank you to the immense talents of Joe Beckham and Jake Erwin without whom Flyin’ Too High would not have been possible.
It was an absolute joy to record this EP, we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it.

EP PRESS

(On Flyin' Too High) 'Fine Western Swing EP from one of the UK's best.'
-Jeremy Searle, Americana UK, April 2014.
Link to Full Article: http://www.americana-uk.com/cd-reviews/item/the-toy-hearts-flyin-too-hig...

(On Flyin' Too High) 'The Toy Hearts have chosen songs from an interesting variety of sources and infused them with their own personality... They make a formidable team.'
-Michael Hingston, Country Music People, April 2014.

'Flyin' Too High has The Toy Hearts reaching a great altitude, bang on Western Swing.'
-Peter Cowley, Fatea Records, March 2014.
Link to Full Article: http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/2014/ToyHearts2.html

'Flyin’ Too High is further proof that they are very fine interpretative exponents of a style anchored to the core of country music.'
-Three Chords & the Truth, March 2014.
Link to Full Article: http://threechordsandthetruthuk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/the-toy-hearts-fl...

LIVE REVIEW - THs at THE GREEN NOTE, CAMDEN, FRIDAY 18TH APRIL 2014

"What is evident is that The Toy Hearts are making music because it’s what they absolutely love to do, and on stage that comes across in spades. More than just a gig, I felt like I was being invited into the lives of the Johnsons for a couple of hours, and that was something I felt very privileged to experience. Bluegrass, swing, jazz, country, blues – The Toy Hearts aren’t one style of music. They bring the whole lot to the table in a seamless act of musical brilliance that I like to call The Toy Hearts"
-400 Miles to Nashville, April 2014.
Link to Full Article: http://4000milestonashville.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/gig-review-the-toy-...

WATCH 'What Goes Up Must Come Down' the Official Video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC1p7eHzgCc&feature=share&list=UUIhDGjmK0...

LISTEN to 'Flyin' Too High' the EP for FREE on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/thetoyhearts/what-goes-up-must-come-down