The Mastersons “Transient Lullaby” (Red House Records, 2017)

Married couple Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, the Texan voices and pens of The Mastersons, have spent a lot of their time in recent years as part of Steve Earle’s touring band The Dukes. They even double up as Earle’s opening act. This is their third album in five years. Clearly they’re busy people! For the most part Transient Lullaby is a gentle, introspective blend of country/pop-rock. Continue reading “The Mastersons “Transient Lullaby” (Red House Records, 2017)”

Terra Lightfoot announces UK dates

Following the release of her album “Every Time My Mind Runs Wild” last year, Terra Lightfoot has announced a string of UK tour dates in July including a performance at the Maverick Festival and a free show at London’s Old Blue Last on July 6th. Gigslutz (nice) described her music as “Filled with raw emotion, intricate guitar melodies and soulful vocals, Lightfoot’s impassioned creations are a joy for your ears to behold”. And who would argue with their ears?   Continue reading “Terra Lightfoot announces UK dates”

Jason Isbell talks Trump on the Daily Show – Watch

Well you can’t actually watch him talking Trump, but you can see him play “If We Were Vampires”. RS Country report: “After paying a visit to a former Comedy Central titan on Monday night, Jason Isbell was back in the spotlight with one of the network’s current stars on Wednesday, June 21st. The singer-songwriter’s appearance on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah included not only a performance of a song from his new album The Nashville Sound but also an interview with the show’s host. Continue reading “Jason Isbell talks Trump on the Daily Show – Watch”

Tyler Childers “Whitehouse Road” – Listen

Tyler Childers’ new album “Purgatory” (which would be a better title for the last five U2 albums) is produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, and RS Country premiered the track below yesterday. They describe it as blending “that ethereal, off-kilter edge of bluegrass with Seventies country and an analog, Southern rock slant… and lyrics that dig deep into the struggle to dull the pain of life in rural America.” Purgatory is out August 4th on Hickman Holler Records via Thirty Tigers.

Scott Cook “Further Down The Line” (Independent, 2017)

Studious Canadian-born Americana singer-songwriter Scott Cook was influenced by Woody Guthrie among others. Further Down The Line is a unique release in that it comes complete with a 132 page book; a celebration in photographs of his ten years in the business, one that’s seen him travel the world. He doesn’t stop there because the chords for the songs are also included, and there are also notes about those mentioned in his songs. Continue reading “Scott Cook “Further Down The Line” (Independent, 2017)”

Le Vent Du Nord, The Stables, Wavendon, 13th June 2017

Quebec four piece folk sensation Le Vent Du Nord made a return visit to The Stables on a UK tour which is mostly taking in a number of folk festivals offering the group high billing. Drawing on a heritage of imported European traditions their sound offers a blend of French, English and Irish music in particular as well as Le Vent Du Nord’s own writings in the Quebecois traditional style and an unexpected (even by the band) touch of country music. It turns out that not every book of lyrics found in an attic is actually all that old. Continue reading “Le Vent Du Nord, The Stables, Wavendon, 13th June 2017”