All the songs were written by singer Alan Tyler while living on a boat on Deptford Creek. Some – particularly ‘Down On Deptford Creek’ – an addition to his growing pantheon of London songs – are clearly influenced by those urban, watery surroundings. It was recorded and produced at Famous Times by Sean Read (Edwyn Collins, Dexys). The music features a vast array of instruments – from guitars, pedal steel, and banjos to trombones and trumpets – all played by various members of the band.
Their self-titled debut album was initially released back in 1992 to critical raves. Much-loved equally by alternative music fans, country aficionados, and singer-songwriter buffs, the North London-based outfit stamped their maverick country-rock brand on the young Camden Town scene. Defiantly bucking UK trends of the early 90s, The Rockingbirds anticipated the alt-country revolution and sit comfortably alongside like-minded contemporaries like The Jayhawks , Whiskeytown or Uncle Tupelo
The short version of The Rockingbirds saga is that they released two acclaimed albums but effectively burned out and imploded due to an over-enthusiastic lifestyle However when their label – Heavenly Recordings – threw a birthday festival in London in 2008 The Rockingbirds arose phoenix-like to play the Southbank.
Since then their first album has been re-mastered and re-released. The band has played live extensively and released a third album – The Return Of The Rockingbirds – in 2013. This new one More Rockingbirds tries their method on a new generation; “Being late is better than never”.
The Rockingbirds are: Patrick Arbuthnot – pedal steel, Andrew Hackett – guitar and backing vocals, Stephen Gilchrist – drums, Mark Duncan – bass,
Sean Read – keyboards, horns, backing vocals, Alan Tyler – acoustic guitar, vocals & Patrick Ralla – 12 string guitar, vocals.
1. With You Or Without You
2. When The Winter Comes
3. In The Back Of My Mind
4. Delta Dame
5. I Will Defend You
7. Down On Deptford Creek
8. Steven’s Asleep
9. Country Music Singing Star
10. Up For Grabs
11. Somebody Who Used To Care About Me