Darling West “While I Was Asleep” – Listen

Since the release of their second album “Vinyl and a Heartache,” Darling West have been played more than two and a half million times on Spotify, been booked to the biggest festivals in Norway and Americanafest in Nashville and won a Norwegian Grammy.  Outrageous. New song While I Was Asleep was begun in Brooklyn and finished in the Ål mountains. “A song where Mari’s pop sense created the lovely chorus, with elements of light country-psychedelia in the rest of the song.” Imagine how good the songs they write while they’re awake will be.

Jason Isbell performs on CBS This Morning – Watch

God that man and his band will just not leave television alone at the moment. Rolling Stone reports: “Just a few days after Jason Isbell gave a blistering performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Alabama native returned to the small screen on Saturday for a segment on CBS This Morning. This time saw Isbell and the 400 Unit in a more thoughtful, though not exactly subdued, frame of mind as they performed a handful of songs from their new album, The Nashville Sound [which you can view below]. Continue reading “Jason Isbell performs on CBS This Morning – Watch”

Glen Campbell tops new UK americana chart

Glen Campbell’s moving “Adios” album is number one in this week’s official UK americana chart which Paste describes as being delivered “with the kind of class and grace that characterized much of his career.” There’s a flurry of activity just below the top spot with some big name new entries from Fleet Foxes, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Kevin Morby and Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo all in the top 10.  Head over to the AMA-UK site for the whole top 40.  Continue reading “Glen Campbell tops new UK americana chart”

RS Country look back at Old 97’s classic

A nice little piece up in RS Country this morning about an album which still sounds great twenty (!) years on. You can listen to the whole thing below. “We felt some kinship to the alt-rock scene of the early Nineties, but we wanted to do it on our own terms. We wanted to be able to love Hank Williams and love punk rock.” While this sentiment from Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller isn’t a strange concept today, it was still a relatively underground idea when he and his bandmates unleashed their raw-and-rowdy major label debut Too Far to Care 20 years ago this month ­– and helped birth a whole new subgenre in the process. Continue reading “RS Country look back at Old 97’s classic”

David Rawlings announces new album – due August

Songwriter and guitarist David Rawlings, he of “and Gillian Welch” fame, has announced the release of his freshly pressed third album “Poor David’s Almanack” which will see the light of day on August 11th via Acony Records. For the new album, Rawlings leaves the Dave Rawlings Machine moniker behind and serves up a mixture of acoustic and electric music rich in what’s described as “ageless American vernacular”. The album of ten new songs was crafted by Ken Scott (Beatles, David Bowie) and Matt Andrews on analog tape during a week of sessions at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.  Continue reading “David Rawlings announces new album – due August”

Wilco play 2 full albums at festival

News today from JamBase (where you can find all your jam related news) who report: “Yesterday the fifth installment of Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival got underway at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. In advance of the festival the Chicago-based band announced that they would use their Friday headlining slot to play one of their albums in its entirety, and would let fans decide which one it would be via an online vote. Continue reading “Wilco play 2 full albums at festival”

Karen & the Sorrows “Do It For Myself” – Listen

Queer Country pioneers (this is a genre) Karen & the Sorrows have officially announced the release of their new album “The Narrow Place” which is due out August 25th. The band are at the centre of a growing queer country scene “creating a community for people who love country music even if country music doesn’t always love them back.”  Just so you know Karen and your sorrows, we love you back.  Just listen to their new single Do It For Myself which American Songwriter have called “A twangy tale of lost love, paying homage to classic country with gentle pedal steel and lush vocal harmonies.”  What’s not to love about that?