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"THE DAY BEFORE YOU" - Bernie Townsend

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The four song EP "The Day Before You" was released on 4th September 2015 on Gravel Road Records. This EP was recorded at studios in Denton, Texas and Leeds, Yorkshire during early 2015 and features two songs from the pen of Bernie Townsend and co-writers Richard Sharpey, Glenn Coleman and Richard Fry together with two songs from the catalogues of Matthew West and Marc Cohn.









Track List -

The Day Before You (M West)
Straight 8 Fireball (B Townsend/R Fry/ G Coleman)
Those Who Make The Difference (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
True Companion (M Cohn)

Musicians -

Bernie Townsend - Vocals, harmonies and acoustic guitar
Glenn Coleman -  Electric guitar, slide guitar and acoustic guitars and bass guitar
Richard Sharpey  -  Piano, Hammond organ, strings and harmonies
Worcester "Rooster" Boxwood - Drums

Production Credits -
Bernie Townsend, Glenn Coleman and Jacob Corr

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"JUST WON'T TOUCH ME NOW" -  Bernie Townsend


This song was inspired by the experience of a close friend on his return from the Vietnam War in the early 1970's. The video for this song started a groundswell of support among veterans as reflected by viewings on You Tube and the overwhelming response to posts on the Vietnam Veterans of America Facebook Page. The song was released to US radio and the wider American audience in April 2015 and peaked in late June at #34 on the Adult Contemporary Hot 100 US Radio Chart and #17 on the AC Top 40 Chart plus #7 on the US Western Region Radio Chart. In the light of the background to the song and the source of its inspiration, Bernie Townsend donated his share of royalties to the Vietnam Veterans of America in perpetuity. In 2016 Bernie was nominated in the 'Adult Contemporary Breakthrough Artist of the Year' category at the 'New Music Weekly' US Radio Awards in Los Angeles in the light of the success of "Just Won't Touch Me Now" on three separate Adult Contemporary US Radio Charts.

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Musicians -
Bernie Townsend  -  Vocals, harmonies and acoustic and electric guitar
Richard Sharpey  -  Piano, Hammond organ and vocal harmonies
Dominic Telfer  -  Bass Guitar
Stan Smith  -  Electric and slide guitars
Bob Jenkins  -  Drums
Pete McPhail  -  Tenor and Alto saxaphones

Production Credits -
Produced by Richard Vernon, Bernie Townsend and Barry Hammond

 

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"MADE ON NEW STREET"  -  Bernie Townsend

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This album features ten songs, (including "Just Won't Touch Me Now"), from the pen of Bernie Townsend and long time co-writer Richard Sharpey and this Work with its Country and Soul influences is firmly placed in the Americana genre. The songs are emotive and heartfelt and this collection is a sharp reminder that good songs know no boundaries, no matter what the genre. MADE ON NEW STREET was produced by Richard Vernon, Bernie Townsend and Barry Hammond with the exception of "Down In The Quarter" which was produced by Richard Vernon and the legendary Hugh Murphy and featured Betsy Cook on piano and Hammond organ. The album was titled in deference to the location of Chipping Norton Recording Studios where the album was written and recorded.

 

 

Track List -
Hold On  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
Little By Little  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
Out Of Reach  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
Just Won't Touch Me Now  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
Every Bit Of My Heart  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
If I Could Only  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
Mississippi 1964  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
Soul Serenade  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
Down In The Quarter  (B Townsend)
Another Night  (B Townsend)

Musicians -
Bernie Townsend  -  Vocals, harmonies and acoustic and electric guitar
Richard Sharpey  -  Piano, Hammond organ and vocal harmonies
Dominic Telfer  -  Bass Guitar
Stan Smith  -  Electric and slide guitars
Bob Jenkins  -  Drums
Pete McPhail  -  Tenor and Alto saxaphones

Additional Musicians -
The Memphis Gospelaires  -  Vocal harmonies on "Just Won't Touch me Now", "Every Bit Of My Heart", "Mississippi 1964" and "Soul Serenade"
Mo Bainbridge  -  Vocal harmonies on "Little By Little", "Out Of Reach" and "Soul Serenade"
John Reynolds  -  Drums on "Hold On", "If I Could Only" and "Down In The Quarter"
Pete Chaundy  -  Blues harmonica on "Mississippi 1964" and tenor sax on "Down In The Quarter" and "Another Night"
Tony Jezzard  -  Piano on "Another Night"
Al Smart  -  Bass guitar on "Down In The Quarter" and "Another Night"
J P Rees  -  Drums on "Another Night"
Betsy Cook  -  Piano and Hammond organ on "Down In The Quarter"

Production Credits -
Produced by Richard Vernon, Bernie Townsend, Barry Hammond and Hugh Murphy

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"FOREVER YOUNG"  -  The Rescue featuring Bernie Townsend

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The album "Forever Young" was released in the US and Canada in late 2007 by Nashville label ARG-Aspirion Records under license from Gravel Road Records and met with success and critical acclaim in that market. This album is rich in storytelling and melody and reflects the varying influences of Southern Rock, Country, Blues, Tex Mex and Muscle Shoals inspired Southern Soul from the pen of Bernie Townsend and his co-writers Richard Sharpey, Richard Fry and Paul Henry. The album also features a version of the song "Dancing With The Wind", written by Craig Bickhardt and Jack Sundrud from their days in the band Great Plains.

 



Track List -
Dancing With The Wind  (C Bickhardt/J Sundrud)
Those Who Make The Difference  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
When Our Ship Comes In  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
Forever Young  (B Townsend)
Straight 8 Fireball  (B Townsend/R Fry)
Blue Eyed Baby  (B Townsend/R Fry)
Knee Deep In The Water  (B Townsend/R Fry)
Looking For You  (B Townsend)
El Cinizo  (B Townsend)
Texas Soap Bar  (B Townsend/R Fry/P Henry)
As Big As The Sky  (B Townsend/R Sharpey)
A Thousand Miles  (B Townsend/R Fry)
Back To The Crossroads  (B Townsend/R Fry)

Musicians -
Bernie Townsend  -  Vocals, harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars and harmonica
Richard Sharpey  -  Piano, Hammond organ and harmonies
Paul Henry  -  Electric guitar, dobro and pedal steel guitar and harmonies
Richard Fry  -  Bass guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, piano and Hammond organ
Mick Gardiner  -  Drums

Production Credits -
Produced by Bernie Townsend and Richard Fry

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