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Dylan to Release Next Bootleg Sessions - November
27August

Dylan to Release Next Bootleg Sessions - November

Uncut reports: "Bob Dylan will release The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 3. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 is a six disc set which will feature 138 songs, while a special two disc edition - The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - features 38 songs. The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will also be released on as 3 album set on 180-gram vinyl."

26August

Welcome to Americana UK v 4.0!

Americana UK has been through various iterations over the years and today we launch our latest with new social media log-in and commenting (via Facebook, Twitter and other formats), a new "live" search feature (try typing in the search box on any page!), a brand new listings section which can be drilled down to whichever level you like, city, artist, venue or whatever (and which you'll soon be able to submit your own listings to), a renewed activism section (which will launch this week) and a new cleaner look to the whole site.  The forums are no more but you can now provide your input into any area of the site, and if you have any comments just drop us a line at the usual email address.  

Billy Bragg Plays Show in Ferguson
22August

Billy Bragg Plays Show in Ferguson

Rolling Stone reports: "While the eyes of the world remain focused on Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where protests and nightly clashes with authorities have held sway, folk singer Billy Bragg found an opportune moment Tuesday night to make a small, positive gesture. Bragg and touring partner Joe Purdy were in the Midwest, tracing the route of the Rock Island Railroad as part of a photo-and-film documentary for Aperture magazine’s forthcoming 90th birthday celebration of Robert Frank (The Americans, Cocksucker Blues). Realizing they were only a few hours’ drive from St. Louis, they hatched the idea for an impromptu benefit."

21August

Listen to Gillian Welch Cover Johnny Cash on New Tribute Album

Rolling Stone reports: "Fifty years ago this October, Johnny Cash released Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a concept album that turned its back on virtually everything else that was happening in country music — from countrypolitan arrangements to the Bakersfield sound — and blazed its own trail. The songs were stark and sparse, built around stories about the plight of the Native American. Congress had just passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, looking to improve the lives of African Americans after decades of segregation and injustice, and Cash hoped his new songs could draw attention to a similar human rights issue."

Track Released from New Basement Tapes Project
20August

Track Released from New Basement Tapes Project

Uncut reports: "A track, "Nothing To It", has been released from the forthcoming Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes project. The album features lyrics that Dylan wrote while recording the original Basement Tapes in 1967 that have been put to music by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, T Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford."

Willie Nelson and Neil Young to Play Pipeline Protest
19August

Willie Nelson and Neil Young to Play Pipeline Protest

Billboard reports: "Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. Tickets go on sale Wednesday.  Earlier this year, protesters carved an anti-pipeline message into the cornfield, which is in the path of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline."

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