Lucinda Williams re-records 1992 album – Listen

Or listen to a bit of it anyway. A nice piece on RS Country this morning about a classic record getting a new lease of life: “Lucinda Williams had a one-word response when her husband and manager Tom Overby suggested that she re-record her 1992 album Sweet Old World: “Really?” Although Williams has consistently performed a few songs from the album over the years in concert, including the title track and “Pineola,” she felt that she had outgrown most of the others and was reluctant to revisit it. That was until she listened to the songs with fresh ears. Continue reading “Lucinda Williams re-records 1992 album – Listen”

Silver Torches “If I Reach” – Listen

Silver Torches is Erik Walters, a touring member of Perfume Genius and David Bazan’s band, and his first single from his forthcoming album If I Reach dropped on Stereogum earlier this week, a synth laden, heavily Springsteen influenced number. The new album dips in and out of americana, with the legendary Greg Leisz lending some pedal steel to a couple tracks and guest appearances from Courtney Marie Andrews and Noah Gundersen. AUK and synths. The end of the world must be nigh.

Ian Felice “21st Century” – Listen

21st Century is the new single from lead singer and songwriter for The Felice Brothers Ian Felice (or “H Felice” as Steps fans would say) taken from his debut solo album ‘In The Kingdom Of Dreams’.  He told The Bluegrass Situation: “21st Century’ is a three-chord song about the paranoid breakdown of someone’s reality. I wrote it on the banjo right after the November election as geese flew clockwise into the red sky. My brothers Simone and James accompanied me, as well as my friend Josh Rawson on bass guitar.” Catch him on tour in November – dates below.

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Harrow Fair return to UK for autumnal dates

Toronto-based duo Harrow Fair are aka Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner and they’ve just announced their return to the UK this autumn including shows in Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Bristol and London’s Green Note on Wednesday 8th November (full dates below).  We described their most recent record in rather glowing terms: “It’s the balance of crunching guitar and unsettling percussion coupled with edgy fiddletunes that forms the musical palette for Call to Arms…. As debut’s go this is darn near to perfect.”  And you can’t get better than that (apart from actually being perfect).  And while you peruse the list of dates, why not listen to their cover below of Memphis Minnie Led Zepplin covered track When The Levee Breaks. Continue reading “Harrow Fair return to UK for autumnal dates”

Miranda Lee Richards “Existential Beast” (Invisible Hands Music, 2017)

One thing that is certain, Miranda Lee Richards has created in Existential Beast an album of some astonishing beauty. Profound of lyrics, gorgeous in the playing, sung with a voice which embodies an unearthly allure. Every song has an emotional resonance, a soul satisfying lyrical depth, even as Miranda Lee Richards dances elegantly and effortlessly across styles, claiming each one as representing her own special musical affinity, before pirouetting to another with which she sounds as equally at home. Continue reading “Miranda Lee Richards “Existential Beast” (Invisible Hands Music, 2017)”

Brewer and Shipley “Tarkio / Weeds / Shake Off The Demon / Rural Space” (Floating World 2017)

This is a fine compilation of four complete albums from the early seventies by duo Brewer & Shipley. Whilst they have much in common with similar vocal groups of the time, they differ in that they were not based in sunny California but preferred the Midwest, settling in Kansas City. Therefore the style is a little more rootsy than the smoother fare from CSN and the other LA balladeers which sets this compilation apart and for anyone not familiar with their work, opens a door into a whole new world of early seventies country /folk rock. Continue reading “Brewer and Shipley “Tarkio / Weeds / Shake Off The Demon / Rural Space” (Floating World 2017)”