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Dylan and Willie Nelson to Appear on McCartney Tribute Album
24April

Dylan and Willie Nelson to Appear on McCartney Tribute Album

Uncut reports: "Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson and Roger Daltrey are among the artists contributing to a Paul McCartney tribute album.  The Art Of McCartney features 32 artists who have recorded their covers with McCartney’s own backing musicians.  The line-up includes Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, Steve Miller Band, Jeff Lynne, Willie Nelson, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Jamie Cullum and Corinne Bailey Rae. Boxset and collectors' editions of the album will be released in the summer, with the standard album version coming out later in the year."

Bellowhead Sign to Island Records
23April

Bellowhead Sign to Island Records

Spiral Earth reports: "Following their triumphant tenth anniversary gig at the Royal Albert Hall over the Easter weekend Bellowhead have announced their new album 'Revival' and revealed that they are moving from independent label Navigator to Island Records, part of the Universal Group. The album will be out on 23 June 2014, and will feature some live recordings from the Albert Hall concert. The band have numerous festival appearances and an Autumn tour planned."

Neil Young: Jack White
23April

Neil Young: Jack White "Fun to Work With"

Uncut reports: "Neil Young expands on his upcoming projects in the new Uncut, dated June 2014, and describes working with Jack White on new acoustic album A Letter Home, which was released last weekend. “When you listen to [A Letter Home], it sounds like it was made a long, long time ago,” Young says. “We had a good time, and it was fun to work with Jack as a co-producer. Jack is a very talented man.""

Neil Young Releases New Jack White Produced Covers Album
22April

Neil Young Releases New Jack White Produced Covers Album

Uncut reports: "Neil Young has released his long-awaited new album A Letter Home on Record Store Day [April 19, 2014]. The album, which was produced by Jack White is available now from Third Man records and select record shops."

Richard Thompson to headline Folk By The Oak
22April

Richard Thompson to headline Folk By The Oak

one of several UK festival appearances

The one-day Folk by the Oak festival has announced their full line-up with a number of Americana friendly artists included. Master guitar player and all-round fabulous songwriter and performer Richard Thompson will be topping the bill and also debuting new songs written for the centenary of the start of World War One, using the idea of setting letters to and from the front to music.

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