Jeremy Pinnell “Ties of Blood and Affection” (Sofaburn Records 2017)

A Northern Kentucky singer-songwriter, Jeremy Pinnell builds on the stark, soul-searching of his much acclaimed debut ‘OH/KY’ with a fuller sound and more relaxed delivery on this his second album. This work is still rooted in the classic country tropes of his debut but the songs feel more developed and rooted in the country tradition of the seventies rather than the fifties. The strong, classic voice tells tales of a working life and family all the while punctuated by some wonderfully sympathetic lap steel. Continue reading “Jeremy Pinnell “Ties of Blood and Affection” (Sofaburn Records 2017)”

Interview: Michael Nau

Settling into a short run of European shows, I managed to catch a quick chat with Michael Nau, the Maryland singer-songwriter who, on the back of a new album and most recently a 7-track EP, makes a short visit to these shores this month. Following 2016’s Mowing, a sonically captivating piece of work where the songs, stripped and bare at first gradually colour whilst bathing in a hazy, captivating psychedelic hue, Nau has followed it up with ‘Some Twist’, an equally beguiling record – both in sound and content. I ask Nau about the recording process as, to my ears, the overall sound and feel of these records has as much importance as the songs in the whole process. Continue reading “Interview: Michael Nau”

Summerhill + Snakes Of Shake + Mick Hargan, The Griffin Glasgow, 17th September 2017

A late eighties jangly update on The Byrds with some REM thrown in, Summerhill were formed from the ashes of Snakes Of Shake, a Glasgow band who thrived locally along with peers such as Lloyd Cole & The Commotions. A favourite of the weeklies (NME, Sounds and such) Summerhill released an album on Demon Records which was well received before the band were swallowed up and then spat out by Polydor, victims of major label whims, with the band soon parting ways. Continue reading “Summerhill + Snakes Of Shake + Mick Hargan, The Griffin Glasgow, 17th September 2017”

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer “Not Dark Yet” (Silver Cross Records, 2017)

For those that don’t know, and there can’t be many, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer are sisters (Shelby was christened Shelby Lynn Moorer), Shelby Lynne being the elder by three years. Yet, despite both having been established performers since they were in their teens, this is their first album together. We should’ve been treated to this collaboration so much sooner! Continue reading “Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer “Not Dark Yet” (Silver Cross Records, 2017)”

Michael Nau “Some Twist” (Full Time Hobby, 2017)

Michael Nau had already been pretty busy over the years with his bands Page France and Cotton Jones, but having released a solo debut, Mowing, last year – which had been the result of working into shape a series of demos that had been knocking around for some time – he made the decision to not hang around on producing the follow up. Some Twist doesn’t feel hurried though, more it has a classic singer-songwriter feel particularly on a couple of reverb heavy tracks which bring the much missed Harry Nilsson to mind Continue reading “Michael Nau “Some Twist” (Full Time Hobby, 2017)”

The Deslondes announce UK dates for 2018

After a rather successful European tour last month, New Orleans-based act The Deslondes have announced a UK tour for January 2018, including a slot at Celtic Connections in Scotland. This follows the release of their new album Hurry Home (out now on New West), which was described by Uncut in their 8/10 Americana Album Of The Month review: “Hurry Home finds The Deslondes exploring the connections between surf, rock ’n’ roll, honky-tonk and Southern soul to fashion a wonderfully interchangeable whole.” And you can’t say better than that (although every time someone writes the word “whole” now it calls to mind the name of the new South Park videogame) Continue reading “The Deslondes announce UK dates for 2018”