Nashville songwriters release anti-Trump comp

Looks like somebody has heeded the clarion call from RS Country a few months back.  Paste reports: “As the epicenter of America’s typically patriotic country-music scene, Nashville is officially combating the hate and bigotry seeping out of Washington. A collective of Nashville songwriters, featuring Mary Gauthier, Derek Webb and Radney Foster, have recorded Strange Freedom: Songs of Love and Protest, a Nashville Resistance Compilation. The album will be released by Nashville indie label Cafe Rooster Records on July 14, with all proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood.  Continue reading “Nashville songwriters release anti-Trump comp”

Gerry Spehar “I Hold Gravity” (Independent, 2017)

During the 1970’s and up until 1986 Gerry Spehar was based in Colorado and had a thriving musical career.  He played as a duo with his brother George in the 70’s and in the Spehar Brothers Band with both George and brother Tom.  He then performed solo until meeting Bobby Allison whom he began writing and performing with in 1981. During all this, Spehar opened shows for the likes of Merle Haggard, Boz Scaggs and Townes Van Zandt. In 1986 Gerry made what he describes as the hardest decision of his life, turning his back on the music business to focus on providing a stable foundation for his family. Continue reading “Gerry Spehar “I Hold Gravity” (Independent, 2017)”

Chuck Prophet returns to the UK for shows this July and November

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”

Lizzie No “Hard Won” (Independent 2017)


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)”

Yep Roc to reissue six long out-of-print Nick Lowe titles

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”

Justin Townes Earle “Kids In The Street” (New West Records, 2017)

 

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)”