Original Americana. From here and there.
It's your basic . . .
. . . Atlanta- and Switzerland based band that records in the UK and the USA with some very special musicians.
The Red Planet – improbably based on both sides of the Atlantic – performs and records unique original songs reflecting influences from a broad spectrum of roots music.
The new album, When the Levee Breaks Through, was recorded in Wales with engineer/producer Martin Levan and at band member Billy Gewin’s Cricket Cave Studio in Tucker, Georgia. John Cable, Billy Gewin and Stephen Ferron were supported on the recording by some of England’s most talented folk musicians, including standout fiddler Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead, Leveret, Eliza Carthy) and enigmatic Welsh-based folksinger Julie Murphy, who shared the vocals on Billy’s song “Travel and Go”.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen added some tasty banjo and brilliant multi-instrumentalist Marla Feeney, who also performs in the band’s live shows, played violin, viola, clarinet, flute, and piccolo.
The album’s songs, characterized by smart lyrics, memorable melodies and creative arrangements, stretch the boundaries of folk and Americana music. Stylistically, they range from the Hot Jazz-influenced title track to heart-wrenching ballads, Cajun and bluegrass songs and old-school country rock, all performed with passion and finesse.
John Cable was lead guitarist and vocalist for Texas-based country-rock pioneers Colours before joining the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which in 1976, became the first American band ever to perform in the Soviet Union. On that historic tour, John also became the first American to lecture at the Moscow Conservatory of Music on the history of western blues and rock music. John remains a member of Dirt Band colleague John McEuen’s band. He has performed on numerous national television broadcasts and at many of the world’s iconic concert venues.
Billy Gewin, who works regularly with John Cable in the Atlanta area and who co-produced and engineered John’s album Broken Knife, is a Georgia-based producer/engineer/studio musician/ singer-songwriter who has built a reputation for his intelligent songs, keen production values and mastery of guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and keyboards. Billy has distinguished himself with his production of numerous albums recorded by a wide array of artists at his Cricket Cave Studio in Tucker, Georgia.
Stephen Ferron, who grew up in Colorado, plays bass, guitar and mandolin. He has worked extensively as a performer, arranger and producer and has toured throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. Stephen has co-produced albums with Martin Levan and Grammy®-winning guitarist Pat Donohue among others. He lives in Switzerland, where he divides his time between writing and music projects. Stephen finds it surprising that he is occasionally asked to teach classes at Cambridge University about famous songwriters and even gets paid for it.
Marla Feeney is a dazzling Atlanta-based musician who regular exhibits her virtuosity on a daunting range of instruments including violin, viola, clarinet, saxophone and flute. She has a Bachelor of Music from Southern Illinois University and an MA in music performance from the University of Iowa. Before moving to the Atlanta area, she taught as an adjunct faculty member at several Midwestern colleges. She also performed as a theater musician and served as a staff arranger in Branson (MO) shows. In addition to her support of The Red Planet, Marla performs regularly with the Bonaventure Quartet and her own klezmer band, the Marla Tov Cocktails.