Texas Troubadours: Chuck Hawthorne, Libby Koch & Rachel Laven, MacSorleys, Glasgow, 1st August 2017

These three Texan singer/songwriters played their third show of a lengthy UK and Ireland trip throughout August in a handsome Victorian bar in Glasgow. It was a freewheeling night with all three on stage for a song each before each went on to do a solo set with the night culminating in all three performing together. The set up allowed each individual’s skills to shine while the interaction throughout the night was a joy to behold. Continue reading “Texas Troubadours: Chuck Hawthorne, Libby Koch & Rachel Laven, MacSorleys, Glasgow, 1st August 2017”

Chris Stapleton covers Glen Campbell in tribute

The country music legend that was Glen Campbell died last week following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease – we published an array of tributes to him including some from the americana community. On Thursday last week americana star Chris Stapleton paid tribute to him by covering “Rhinestown Cowboy” (which was itself a cover) during his show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Have a gander at the performance here. Continue reading “Chris Stapleton covers Glen Campbell in tribute”

Interview: Pete Gow (Case Hardin)

Four times I’ve seen Case Hardin in the last 12 months. I doubt you’ll see a more consistent live band – whatever the bill, they are always the best thing on it and must be a headline act’s worst nightmare.  They seem determined to “rough the place up” with their sets: coarse, hard, muscular Southern country rock is what they do, that and playing the tambourine like they hate it. Front man Pete Gow gave me a few words following his recent big top lifting gig at Red Rooster. Continue reading “Interview: Pete Gow (Case Hardin)”

Romantica “Shadowlands” (At The Helm Records, 2017)

Opening with ‘Let The Light Go Through You’ Ben Kyle’s first release for seven years in the guise of Romantica is a wash of lush arrangement and hymnal vocals where his Irish inflexions are highlighted. There is more than a touch of Damien Rice here with the narrative vocals and seemingly effortless harmonies. Recorded in a barn in the wilds of Southwestern Minnesota, there is never a sense of the ramshackle or careworn about either the production or the songs. ‘Harder to Hear’ has a beautiful, crystal quality to its chorus and guitar-work that talks of Electric Ladyland rather than Emmet Stussy’s back yard. Continue reading “Romantica “Shadowlands” (At The Helm Records, 2017)”

Willie Nelson cuts set short due to altitude sickness

NME reports this morning – nothing to see here, thankfully: “Willie Nelson had to cut his concert short last night (August 12), after he experienced breathing problems. The concert took place in Salt Lake City and saw Nelson check in to hospital due to the respiratory issues. A few hours after the incident, Nelson took to his official website to ease the minds of worried fans.  Continue reading “Willie Nelson cuts set short due to altitude sickness”

Happy Abandon “Severed Seams” – Listen

Is Happy Abandon the point where Mumford & Sons meet Mogwai ? Perhaps, but Severed Seams – the latest track to be released from Happy Abandon’s upcoming album Facepaint – is a stirring blend of banjo and drum indie-folk mixed with enormous crescendo hitting orchestral rock. However, Peter Vance (vocals & guitar) is quick to point out that Facepaint is not a breakup album. He explains “if the album were to have a subject, it would be the relationship a person has to loss and loneliness, which can manifest itself through breakups, homelessness, familial abandonment, and death”. In other words – it’s just the kind of cheerful stuff that’s food and drink to the Americana-UK crowd.  The album is out on 25th August 2017 via Schoolkids Records.