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Bloodshot Celebrates 20 Years With Covers Album
22Oct

Bloodshot Celebrates 20 Years With Covers Album

ConsequenceofSound reports: "Over the last two decades, Chicago’s Bloodshot Records has released several important records in the modern alt-county canon. That includes Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker, Neko Case’s Blacklisted, and Justin Townes Earles’ Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now. Now, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the label has put together a star-studded covers album."

Dead Young Records to Curate Leeds Americana Festival Next Month
21Oct

Dead Young Records to Curate Leeds Americana Festival Next Month

Leeds Music Scene reports: "Dead Young Records presents the very first High & Lonesome festival, which looks to celebrate the influence of Americana in modern music. To be held on Saturday 22nd November 2014, the festival will incorporate three of Leeds' finest independent venues; Holy Trinity Church, The Belgrave Music Hall & Oporto at it's heart. Organiser Harry Ridgway explained "We initially conceived of High & Lonesome as a celebration of Americana music, however, the idea has grown to include sincere & emotionally resonant music still touching on the genre, but reaching further out into it's modern influences on acoustic, folk, alt-country & pop.""

 

Mumfords Back in Studio with James Ford
20Oct

Mumfords Back in Studio with James Ford

plus news of Elvis Costello collaboration

Sorry 50% of readers, the Mumfords hiatus may be over!  NME reports: "Mumford and Sons are currently in the studio with Arctic Monkeys and Haim producer James Ford, it has been revealed.  A source close to the band commented of the sessions: "It’s very early days yet, but the sessions have been going well". The band released their last album 'Babel' in 2012 and were thought to currently be on hiatus. It is not known if the new sessions are for a third album."

Neil Young
17Oct

Neil Young "Impeach Obama for Fracking"

Uncut reports: "Neil Young has called for US President Barack Obama to be impeached because of his involvement with fracking.  Young made the comments last night (October 14) on American talk show The Colbert Report, writes Rolling Stone. "I think we should impeach him for fracking," said Young when asked by host Stephen Colbert if he thought Obama should be impeached over Iraq. "It's not in the interest of the American people... I am part of the free world, and he is the leader of the free world!""

Whisky Sessions Festival - Manchester, November
17Oct

Whisky Sessions Festival - Manchester, November

Americana acts a highlight of new event

The Whisky Sessions is a new mini-festival coming to Manchester - running Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of November.  Very sensibly considering the time of year it is an indoor event which cunningly combines music with whiskey at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.  Alongside headliners such as I Am Kloot and Gomez there will also be the opportunity to catch more Americana friendly acts such as Badly Drawn Boy; The Travelling Band;Treetop Flyers; Admiral Fallow; Matthew & the Atlas; Southern; Jon Allen; Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo; and The Young Folk amongst others.

The Waterboys Announce More Details on New Album
16Oct

The Waterboys Announce More Details on New Album

Uncut reports: "The Waterboys have announced details of their new album, Modern Blues. The album is to be released on Harlequin And Clown, via Kobalt Label Services on January 19, 2015. It was recorded in Nashville and produced by Waterboys leader Mike Scott and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. Modern Blues features Ralph Salmins, a mainstay on drums for the past four years, alongside Scott and regular Waterboy Steve Wickham, as well as Memphis keyboard player “Brother” Paul Brown and Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood."

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