Wilco to reissue first two albums

News from RS this afternoon on two absolute classics, Passenger Side still makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and how many songs from this year can you say that about? (“Galway Girl” notwithstanding of course). They report: “Wilco will reissue their first two albums, A.M. and Being There, on December 1st via Rhino. The new editions will feature an array of bonus tracks, including alternate takes, unreleased songs and live recordings. Continue reading “Wilco to reissue first two albums”

Gitta de Ridder “My Dear, Oh Boy, Oh Man” – Listen

Anglo-Dutch Gitta De Ridder has released her new single My Dear, Oh Boy, Oh Man; the first to be taken from the new album “For Everything A Season” which is due out in Spring 2018. The album is comprised of a series of seasonal EP’s collected together in a boxset, described as “a journey of experiences through life and relationships, beginning with this album opener single, a song about love and loss, about finding the strength to move on and let bygones be bygones.” Or as Scottish churchman Samuel Rutherford once said: “Pray that byegones betwixt me and my Lord may be byegones.”

Steve Grozier “A Place We Called Home” (1232 Records)

Steve Grozier hails from Glasgow and this is his second EP offering which has four tracks all dealing with love and loss in various forms. He wrote or co-wrote all the tracks on this CD which kicks off with the rocking Where The Roses Grow a brooding piece alluding to lost love and dreams. This is followed by The Hardest Thing a deceptively tragic song with intelligent lyrics delivered with an easy vocal. Continue reading “Steve Grozier “A Place We Called Home” (1232 Records)”

Billy Bragg builds bridges not walls – new album out next month

Billy Bragg, currently in North America for the first leg of his ‘Bridges Not Walls’ tour, has released his new single Saffiyah Smiles which you can see the video to below.  The song is a rousing Hammond-drenched country soul shuffle written by Bragg and was inspired by the bravery of Saffiyah Khan who smiled benignly in the face of the incensed leader of the far-right group the English Defence League at an anti-immigrant demonstration in Birmingham (UK) in April ’17; a photo of her action immediately went viral on social media. Continue reading “Billy Bragg builds bridges not walls – new album out next month”

Heather Lynne Horton + Michael McDermott, Water Rats, London, 25th September 2017

“If you’d told me ten years ago, that I would put a song on one of my records about my kid, I would have thrown up!” was how Michael McDermott introduced his song ‘Willie Rain’, about the daughter that he and Heather Lynne Horton so obviously adore more than anything on earth, even each other; and that’s saying something, as the love and affection they have for one another is sooo evident from the way they relate to each other onstage. Continue reading “Heather Lynne Horton + Michael McDermott, Water Rats, London, 25th September 2017”

Jasper Sloan Yip “In the Living Room” – Listen

In The Living Room is the new single to be released from ‘Post Meridiem’, the third album by the Vancouver based artist Jasper Sloan Yip. Produced by John Raham (Dan Mangan, Frazey Ford, Dralms), the album in Yip’s words “[continues] the pattern of my previous releases – it’s a self-portrait. Or rather, a series of vignettes that, when considered together, give a sense of the whole. It is reflective by design, a distorted recollection of one’s own life created with the hope that listeners will see some part of themselves somewhere in the hazy patch-work narrative put before them.” Er, something about a duvet?

Jason Isbell covers Tom Petty’s “Refugee” – Watch

It’s a sign of how much Tom Petty meant to the americana community that so many of “our” artists have been covering his tunes the past week.  RS Country reports this morning: “Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit paid their respects to Tom Petty on Sunday night, kicking off a six-day residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with a 19-song set that included the Damn the Torpedoes hit “Refugee.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell covers Tom Petty’s “Refugee” – Watch”

Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders “Scenery For Dreamers” (You Are The Cosmos, 2017)

There’s a track on this fabulously rocking album that reminds me of the day I went round to Crusty Nick’s house to get my piercings done. Before you could say abracadabra, he’d installed an Apadravya and a Prince Albert, (as a tribute to the great man, after watching the TV series Victoria), plus the obligatory nipple rings, with a length of chain connecting the two. Nick said “you’ll be the jingle jangle man when I’m finished with ya’.” He wasn’t wrong. So when Daniel Wylie asks ‘Where is the jingle jangle morning?’ on the Neil Young-meets-the-Flaming-Groovies-on-a-wild-night-out sounding ‘Jingle Jangle Morning’, I can tell him: right here, mate. Every bleeding morning there’s a jingle jangle now. Or at least there will be after I get the chain untangled from my chest hair. Continue reading “Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders “Scenery For Dreamers” (You Are The Cosmos, 2017)”