Back in 2004 we had Steve Earle’s “Beatles” album – “The Revolution Starts Now”; then, in 2015, we had his “Blues” album – “Terraplane”. Now we have his latest release, his “Waylon Jennings” album – “So You Wanna Be an Outlaw”. Of course, none of these are an album of covers or an attempt to sound like the artists referenced; it’s more about Steve Earle wearing his influences on his sleeve and specifically acknowledging them in the way he writes and performs for that particular album. Continue reading “Steve Earle & The Dukes “So You Wannabe An Outlaw” (Warner Bros. Records, 2017)”
Raised in Jackson Tennessee Erin Rae has recently been Nashville’s popular choice for backing vocals and harmony work working with the likes of Margo Price and Andrew Combs. Her debut album Soon Enough saw her take the decision to step out from behind other artists and take centre stage and tonight she was at the Green Note to promote her forthcoming album Putting On Airs while playing some songs from her acclaimed debut. Rae has been described as Nashville’s best-kept secret but based on what I saw and heard tonight, she will not remain a secret for long. Continue reading “Erin Rae And The Meanwhiles, Green Note, London, 20th July 2017”
I covered Josh Chandler-Morris’ original EP, a few years back, and it’s always a bit odd to open a records PR and find yourself quoted back. I find JCM voice a comfort – there is something reassuring in the records he makes with Carly Slade, I like the thought of their hometown Milton Keynes being the place where old punks end up, washed up maybe, and then the environs inspire them to make gorgeous Americana. Continue reading “Hope in High Water “Never Settle” (Independent, 2017)”
On their third trip to the UK, Massachusetts based indie-folk band Darlingside are continuing to build their reputation as a knock-out live band. With subtle musical shadings taking cues from folk, chamber pop, bluegrass, classical music, and modern indie rock, and aching harmonies they have a sound which recalls the likes of CSN, Fleet Foxes and Great Lake Swimmers. The four piece – bassist Dave Senft, guitarist and banjo player Don Mitchell, classical violinist and folk mandolinist Auyon Mukharji, and cellist and guitar picker Harris Paseltiner – also have a well received new album Birds Say, which features the superbly tuneful My Girl, My Guy, there’s a video of it just a little further down (coincidence, huh ?). Continue reading “Darlingside UK dates – now !”
From his new album, Play One More -The Songs Of Ian and Sylvia, out now, comes this fine cover of their classic, originally released in 1969 on the Great Speckled Bird album.
The Waterboys will release their new studio double album “Out Of All This Blue” on September 8th, their first for BMG Records who they recently signed with. Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo the album will be available on (wait for this…) Double CD and Double Vinyl, plus Deluxe Triple CD (including Bonus Tracks) and Deluxe Triple Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) and Digital, and comprises 23 songs with apparently “echoes of classic R&B, country, soul and funk and underpinned by modern hiphop production values and rhythms” to which the only response is “God that sounds dreadful.” Oj! Continue reading “New double Waterboys album lands in September”
Cabin fever! Jack Kerouac spent 63 days working as a fire watch, on top of Desolation Peak in the North Cascade Mountains in 1956. Zervas & Pepper spent 28 days in a remote cabin in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado late last year. Kerouac went on to use the material gained from that experience for The Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels. Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper spent the time writing songs for Wilderland, their triumphant new album, and also going for long walks, enjoying the tranquillity of undisturbed absorption in nature and relishing their solitude away from the distractions of mobile phones and the internet. Continue reading “Zervas & Pepper “Wilderland” (Independent, 2017)”
Chastity Brown apologises for the four year hiatus in her albums. “But I’m from Tennessee” she remarks. It could be that the record company need that explanation but it pretty much looks like every man and woman in here tonight is simply happy to see Chastity Brown back with new material no matter how long the break. Androgynous and self- assured, she grew up near Memphis but her adopted home for the last twelve years has been Minneapolis and the material on offer tonight from new album Silhouette of Sirens befits her biker boots, black waxed skinny jeans and jacket as there is a more obvious rock edge. Continue reading “Chastity Brown, Borderline, London, 13th June 2017”
Thirty Tigers signing David Ramirez has just announced his fourth album “We’re Not Going Anywhere” which is due out September 8th, and he’s touring the UK next week. Ramirez, who comes from the perspective of having a dual Mexican and American heritage, wrote the new album, the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Fables’ as a response of protest and defiance towards the nightmarish (to put it mildly) American political landscape in 2017. He couldn’t have picked a better place than Brighton to start his tour, and if Trump ever does come to the UK we should make sure he’s booked into a nice little hotel there. Catch the dates below along with the new single. Continue reading “David Ramirez announces new single, UK dates”
Hans Chew has travelled a long way from Tennessee to Georgia to New Orleans to East Harlem, and sang many songs along his journey. But what happens when a ramblin’ man stops moving? Find out when Chewy releases his fourth studio album “Open Sea” later in the year on At The Helm Records, or catch him around the UK on tour in July. In the meantime, here’s the new single “Give Up the Ghost” a nice slice of piano based americana.