With his latest album, Bobby Fuller Died For your Sins, still ringing in folks’ ears and widely acclaimed as one of his best, Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express have announced plans for two short tours of the UK. Their last appearances here back in February received rave reviews with many of the shows selling out. No Depression reviewed the London show saying that it “was a perfect demonstration of why rock and roll needs people like Prophet. Leading his tight and talented band for over two hours Prophet mixed high energy rock and roll with songs that both provoked deep thoughts and amused”. Continue reading “Chuck Prophet returns to the UK for shows this July and November”
With Hard Won, Brooklyn’s Lizzie No has picked up the musical baton of greats like Linda Thompson and Sandy Denny, spread it thick with a shadowy relevance born of her New York background, and unleashed what amounts to a new sub-genre of folk with a country tinge. It is perhaps surprising that, at least musically, Lizzie has more in common with her British counterparts than her more docile Bowery relatives such as Joan Baez, but a shimmering voice reminiscent of those heady folk revival days of Fairport Convention is a lasting impression throughout. Continue reading “Lizzie No “Hard Won” (Independent 2017)”
Gone are the days when he was known as “Basher”. These days Nick Lowe is somewhat venerated as a senior statesman of UK rock music but over the past five decades he’s been a pub rocker, a punk rocker, a pop star and a country rocker in addition to his prodigious output as a producer. Continue reading “Yep Roc to reissue six long out-of-print Nick Lowe titles”
For his eighth album Justin Townes Earle has adopted some different approaches. It’s the first time he has worked with a producer (Mike Mogis -Bright Eyes and First Aid Kit) and the first album he’s recorded out with Nashville, travelling to Omaha, Nebraska to lay it down. On a more personal level Earle says, “Life has changed a lot for me in the last few years. I got married and am ready to become a father and this is the first record I’ve written since I got married… When I wrote songs in the past, I was looking in on what I was feeling but this record’s about looking outward on what’s happening.” One or all of these circumstances have certainly worked as Kids In The Street is as good as any of his previous releases but also its perhaps his most consistently entertaining disc. Continue reading “Justin Townes Earle “Kids In The Street” (New West Records, 2017)”
Sam Baker’s 2013 album, Say Grace, was a highly-acclaimed body of work, prompting one well known music publication to put in in the top 10 country albums of that year. It is difficult to see Sam’s latest offering, Land of Doubt, making that particular list. Not because it isn’t very good, because it is, but because this is such a unique album in musical terms that it defies easy genre pigeon holing.
Nathan Xander is a troubadour in the Texas sense, when he’s in Texas. Or in the California sense when he’s there. Or the Chicago sense, oh, OK. You get it. The man writes like he
Famously cantankerous master songsmith Paul Simon takes great pleasure in distancing himself from the songs that made him famous in the first place. The very songs which many people of judgement actually prefer. But of all the songs of his youth it is 59th Bridge Street Song which attracted his ire during his recent appearance on The Late Show. Continue reading “Paul Simon doesn’t feel groovy”
Rolling Stone, no less, have described Whitehorse as a “Superduo whose music swirls together the swampy swagger of the Bible Belt, the minor-akey melancholy of film noir soundtracks and the raw stomp of rock & roll.” Not that they’re satisfied with just that. Their latest album, their fourth, has the genre chameleons furthering their sonic breadth – encompassing a driving Americana image with psychedelic surf, arid border rock, lo-fi ingenuity and icy 80’s sparseness. It’s called Panther In The Dollhouse, and it is out in the first week of August. Continue reading “Whitehorse are on a roll”
Now this is fun, the new single from the Orange Circus Band, a UK/Virginia outfit who look destined for big things.
The latest solo album from prolific Men at Work frontman Colin Hay is a lesson in how deceptive appearances can be. The kitschy cover design looks like a collage of stock photos and clip art, and could suggest equally unpolished contents (to those unfamiliar with Hay’s oeuvre, anyway). Nothing could be further from the truth. Top-notch production values are on display from the opening bars of Come Tumblin’ Down. Satisfying Americana flavours of banjo, accordion, and a twangy Telecaster feature prominently in a rich and masterful arrangement. Continue reading “Colin Hay “Fierce Mercy” (Compass Records, 2017)”