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'Beautiful songs' Gideon Coe, BBC Radio 6 Music'

'File alongside Drake, Thompson and Ayers, 4 Stars' Shindig! Magazine

'Straight Americana' The Musician

'There is much to admire here, clear production highlighting beautiful playing' Americana UK

Good Men Get Lost At Sea, Twister Valley Records, Press Release

Good Men Get Lost at Sea is the new album from Douglas E Powell & the Rising Spirit. With his back turned against the restless swell of the Atlantic Ocean, towards the shelter of the steep wooded valleys of home, Powell finds a new sense of place as he explores those old fundamentals:  Family, Yearning, Loss and Love.
Powell is an established name on the fiercely independent North Devon live scene and known for his distinctive voice and the quality of his original songs. Good Men Get Lost at Sea is Powell’s third album and his first with a band.  The Rising Spirit have caught Powell’s introspection and guided his songs back towards the light. Jason Pratt on fiddle takes hold of the melody and soars away, Del Skinner on bass and Simon Partridge on drums keep him close enough to the ground to stay entwined with Powell’s insistent guitar. Influences are there: the warmth of David Crosby, the heart of Phil Ochs, but deeply rooted in the English earth of Richard Thompson, Kevin Ayres and Bill Fay.
Eight new songs have been crafted from moments of inspiration and spun through many hours spent together in the glow of the Twister Valley wood stove, and in front of discerning audiences around the South and West
Previous releases from Douglas E Powell: The Iron Coast in 2009 and The Still and West way back in 2005. Good Men Get Lost at Sea is honed from the same seam of English Slate: strong and ragged as the coast; smooth and warm as the hearth.

General Press Information

Since 2001 Douglas has lived in North Devon, having started his musical career in his hometown of Portsmouth, England. Douglas E. Powell is a UK based songwriter, lyricist and performer of folk, alt-folk, alt-country, Americana and acoustic music. With three publicly released albums The Still and West in 2001 The Iron Coast in 2005 and Good Men Get Lost at Sea released on the Twister Valley Records in August 2015. From his home recording studio in North Devon he writes records and produces his own music making Douglas is a key figure on the South West UK music scene.His intensely-charged live performances lie at the heart of his passion for live music, deeply personal lyrics are laid over beautifully simplistic acoustic guitar work. Audiences are held captive by Douglas’ beautiful melodies and the real-life experiences that often lie behind his poetic lyrics, and as such he has built up a loyal base of fans across the UK and worldwide. Douglas also performs alongside his talented band The Rising Spirit; Del Skinner on electric bass, Jason Pratt on fiddle and Simon Partridge on the drums. Along with regularly performing at his own live shows and appearances at music festivals around the UK, Douglas also plays support slots for touring musicians that pass through venues across West Country. Douglas has played support slots for Ben Ottewell (Gomez), Blur, Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Peter Bruntnell, Otis Gibbs, The Caves, Jim Crawford, Small Town Jones and Forest Sun. He also plays alongside other talented local musicians; Mike Stocks (Pix), Amy Newton, Woodford Green, Chris Millington, Roseanna Ball, and Scott Xander Linn and Colin Shaddick.

 
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