Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real “Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real” (Fantasy Records 2017)

Lukas Nelson is, of course, the son of Willie Nelson and the Promise of the Real has been his band for the past 10 years at least; this is their first studio album since their epic stint as Neil Young’s backing band on his redemptive world tour of last year and the one before. I say redemptive because the youth and vigour was plainly infectious and Young mined his back catalogue with a delight and enthusiasm not seen for years. Continue reading “Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real “Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real” (Fantasy Records 2017)”

Gill Landry “Denver Girls” – Listen

Gill Landry has unveiled his new single Denver Girls which is taken from his upcoming album “Love Rides A Dark Horse” – he told Billboard: “It’s about a person as much as a conversation with life and is sort of about leaving the old Gods and anchors behind and realising where you are at the moment. That’s the last song I wrote for the record. I wrote all these songs, and at the end I was like, ‘Well, that’s not where I’m at or where I want to be.’ I felt I needed to communicate those things, too, and I’m very glad I did. ‘Denver Girls’ is moving out of where I was and into where I am now.” Landry tours the UK in November supporting Ian Felice. Dates below.

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Eric Westbury “Atomic Wilderness” (Barreltown Records 2017)

There is something immediately striking about this album; that feeling of familiarity and reassurance you only really get when hearing something for the first time that just “sounds right”. And Atomic Wilderness certainly sounds right. It’s the third release by the Vancouver-based artist Eric Westbury, a gravel-voiced purveyor of Americana with a hint of Punk and a lot of keen social observation. If you like your songs tight, well-crafted and punchy, Eric Westbury is your man. First track The Cavalcade is a bouncing, easy melody that sets the scene for a hugely impressive group of songs.  Continue reading “Eric Westbury “Atomic Wilderness” (Barreltown Records 2017)”

Emmylou and Earle headline songwriters festival

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear as the saying goes but imagine being taught the art of writing a song by anyone on this list. Rolling Stone reports: “It’s still summer but music fans anticipating the mid-winter blahs are already planning a trip to Florida’s South Walton County next January for the ninth annual 30A Songwriters Festival. Set for January 12th through 15th, 2018, the event will include appearances from Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack, North Mississippi Allstars, Shawn Mullins, classic rock band The Zombies, Indigo Girls’ singer Emily Saliers, fronting her Murmuration Nation Band and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. Continue reading “Emmylou and Earle headline songwriters festival”

Matt Patershuk “Same As I Have Ever Been” (Black Hen Music 2017)

The back cover portrait photo for Matt Patershuk’s new album may make you recoil in horror at the super clichéd Americana-ness on display. Farmyard, haystack, dogs, Telecaster, beard and hat. All are squeezed in. Fear not – they’re actually his own dogs and his own rural Alberta farmyard. Safe to assume the guitar and beard belong to him too. Despite this early alarm, Same As I Have Ever Been is a damn fine record. Continue reading “Matt Patershuk “Same As I Have Ever Been” (Black Hen Music 2017)”

Jon C Butler “Universal Stranger” (Strataville, 2017)

Jon C Butler has had a lengthy career with his band Diesel Park West most noted for their critically acclaimed debut ‘Shakespeare Alabama’ released some 25 years ago. His newest output and debut solo album ‘Universal Stranger’, puts a modern spin on a retro sound – using lyrics and themes from 2017 against a backdrop of 70’s or 80’s sounding production and as a whole, that sound works. First track When The Walls Went Down is reminiscent of Dylan’s work with the band, kicking out with a purposeful almost spoken-word vocal and slides into the more melodic Each Other a steady paced song that is lyrically, highlighting the importance of realising we are all in this together which seems to be a message threaded throughout the record as a whole. Continue reading “Jon C Butler “Universal Stranger” (Strataville, 2017)”