RS Country talks to Rhett Miller

And what better excuse for sticking a picture of Rhett Miller up for a Friday morning than a new RS Country interview with him where he talks about the Old 97s’ new record. They report: “When the Old 97’s decided to record their new album Graveyard Whistling in the same West Texas studio they’d recorded in 20 years ago, it was anything but a safe decision. Sonic Ranch, a recording studio built into an old hacienda on a giant pecan orchard in the border town of Tornillo, outside El Paso, hadn’t changed much over the years. But the lives of singer Rhett Miller and his band mates couldn’t have been more different.”  Continue reading “RS Country talks to Rhett Miller”

Alasdair Roberts begins UK tour and releases new video – Watch

Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts kicks off his fairly extensive UK tour tonight, just before the release of his new album which lands on Friday, and in commemoration of both (sort of) he’s released a new video for the treeeeeeemendous (remember that?) new song “Pangs” which finds Alasdair hitching a ride through hostile counties, standing on the rock of Hadrian’s Walk (the ancient Roman wall built in the north of England to mark the boundary of their empire) and returning, prodigal-son style to a remote castle where children play and a preacher leads his flock. There’s magic involved, via a selenite Crystal Wand, and an evocation of end times. A stark but compelling vision that reminds us to consider others as we do ourselves. With a guitar solo too!  Here’s those dates and the video. Continue reading “Alasdair Roberts begins UK tour and releases new video – Watch”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy releases new song on benefit EP – Listen

A new album would be quite nice, but in the meantime Pitchfork reports on our favourite prince since Caspian: “Bonnie “Prince” Billy has shared a new song called “Treasure Maps.” It appears on a new four-song compilation where all the proceeds are going to the Southern Poverty Law Center. It’s out May 5 via the Oxford, Mississippi record store, the End of All Music. It also features songs by William Tyler, Patterson Hood, and Adam Torres. Check out the song, the artwork (by Maude Schuyler Clay from the book Mississippi History), and tracklist below.  Continue reading “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy releases new song on benefit EP – Listen”

Rolling Stone interviews Jay Farrar on new Son Volt record

Good interview here which muses what Woody Guthrie would think about world events unfurling today. Rolling Stone Country reports: “”The title is obviously a nod to the blues, which ended up becoming the framework of this entire record,” states singer-guitarist Jay Farrar about Son Volt’s adventurous new album Notes of Blue. “Over the years I’ve done a couple blues-oriented songs here and there, but this time around there was an opportunity to focus a bit more on it all the way through.” Finding its aesthetic anchor in the storied blues tradition, Notes of Blue is the eighth studio album from Farrar’s Son Volt, a band who often works to widen the fence posts of the alt-country genre it is often credited with helping establish. Continue reading “Rolling Stone interviews Jay Farrar on new Son Volt record”

OCMS ready Dylan tribute album

And after you’ve read this if you want to see them BURST into Columbia Nashville unannounced (the bare faced arrogance) then watch the clip below. Rolling Stone Country reports: “In May 2016, Old Crow Medicine Show paid tribute to Bob Dylan’s 1966 masterpiece Blonde on Blonde with a live re-creation of the album at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The Grammy-winning roots-music group, known for transforming a Dylan song sketch into the ubiquitous hit “Wagon Wheel,” recorded the performance and will release 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde on April 28th.  Continue reading “OCMS ready Dylan tribute album”

Ryan Adams’ inaugural Beats 1 Radio Show airs

Are you sick of Ryan Adams news yet?  Fear not, plenty more to come. Pitchfork reports: “Ryan Adams’ inaugural episode of his Beats 1 radio show “The Midnight Wave” aired last night, and featured music selections from the singer-songwriter as well as discussions between Adams and his friends Todd, Marshall, Charlie, and Robox about various topics. The group play a game of “Who Said It: Trump or Morrissey?”, talk about what “taking an L” means, and even write a song on the spot. Check out the full episode here and watch a trailer for the show below. Adams recently released Prisoner.”  You can listen to the show on iTunes or via Pitchfork hereContinue reading “Ryan Adams’ inaugural Beats 1 Radio Show airs”

Lucinda Williams discusses Steve Earle and more on podcast

We can’t embed this sorry but the audio is just a click away here if you’ve got a spare hour and 21 minutes. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Chris Shiflett spent Valentine’s Day in the company of Lucinda Williams, who invited the Foo Fighters guitarist to her L.A. home to tape the newest instalment of Walking the Floor. The episode finds the two diving into Williams’ early days as a songwriter in Texas and California, struggling to be heard in a business whose executives didn’t always know what to do with a left-of-center folk-singing female.  Continue reading “Lucinda Williams discusses Steve Earle and more on podcast”