Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen

Ace news from Spin who report: “It’s hard to believe five years have gone by since Aimee Mann’s last studio album, Charmer. That’s half a decade and yet it feels like only a couple of years ago. Oh well, that’s what happens when you get old — time just drifts without pause. Fortunately it’s brought us to her here, to her forthcoming solo record, Mental Illness. Produced by longtime pal Paul Bryan, the album reportedly “shows off Mann’s rich, incisive, and wry melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a ‘finger-picky’ style inspired by some of her favorite ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock records.”  Continue reading “Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen”

Nadia Reid releases new single, tour dates – Listen

“For a new artist, her confident grace is all the more remarkable” – so says Pitchfork about New Zealand songwriter Nadia Reid who releases her second album Preservation in March.  “I remember recording the tracks, it was about 11 at night, and I felt almost transcendental, as if I was out of my body, singing these words to myself. That’s what these songs are; a confession to my future and past self.”  Preservation is the second release for new label Basin Rock, based in the Lancashire/Yorkshire town of Todmorden.  Click through for UK dates and a listen to the rather fantastic new single Richard. Continue reading “Nadia Reid releases new single, tour dates – Listen”

Sturgill Simpson plays SNL – Watch

News from Rolling Stone Country this morning (We guess the President Elect wasn’t watching – no tweets about Sturgill anyway).  They report: “Sturgill Simpson rang in Saturday Night Live’s first episode of 2017 with high-energy, stage-shaking performances of “Keep It Between the Lines” and “Call to Arms,” two tracks off the country singer’s Album of the Year Grammy-nominated LP A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Simpson, making his SNL debut on the heels of his surprise Grammy nomination, first delivered a scorching take on his brassy soul track “Keep It Between the Lines,” backed by a powerful seven-member horn section.  Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson plays SNL – Watch”

Trampled by Turtles frontman releases first track from new solo album

We can’t embed this clip but it’s well worth clicking through for. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Anyone familiar with the Minnesota bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles might well be shocked by Dead Man Winter, frontman Dave Simonett’s solo alter ego. In contrast to Trampled by Turtles’ overdrive bluegrass raveups, Dead Man Winter’s upcoming album Furnace (independently released by GNDWIRE Records and Thirty Tigers) is lilting, stately roots rock of the sort you’d hear on a large-venue bill with Tom Petty.  Continue reading “Trampled by Turtles frontman releases first track from new solo album”

David Crosby releases new protest song online – Listen

News from Uncut with one week to go until doomsday: “David Crosby has posted a new song Capitol. Crosby confirmed on Twitter he was working on “a new song about our shameful US. Congress” on January 10. The song was mixed on January 11 and uploaded onto Soundcloud earlier today (January 13). As promised, the song addresses corruption within the American Congress:  Continue reading “David Crosby releases new protest song online – Listen”

The Civil Wars’ John Paul White announces shows next month

John Paul White has confirmed a string of shows in February as part of the Transatlantic Sessions tour promoting his new album “Beulah” which is his first solo work in nearly a decade. Produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and White, and recorded in Muscle Shoals at FAME Studios and at White’s own Single Lock Studios, it’s apparently a “diverse collection of swampy southern rock, folk balladry and dark acoustic pop, songs that came unbidden to White, who wasn’t entirely welcoming of them at the time.” Little bit hostile.  Click through for the dates.  Continue reading “The Civil Wars’ John Paul White announces shows next month”

Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen

Not to get mixed up with horses, although they both begin with the letter ‘h’. Americana with the swagger of the Stones, Rolling Stone Country reports: “On a January morning in Austin, it’s chilly enough to snow. Hometown heroes the Band of Heathens are leaving their winter gear at home, though, and prepping for tropical weather instead. In a few hours, they’ll set sail on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruise, a yearly trek that rounds up three dozen acts – from Red Dirt royalty to Americana up-and-comers – for a week’s worth of performances and parties. It’s the Heathens’ fifth time onboard. When the ship returns on January 13th, the guys will hit the mainland on the same day their eighth album, Duende, hits stores.  Continue reading “Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen”

The Guardian picks 10 americana albums to look forward to in 2017

Missed this one over the holiday period sorry (we weren’t updating to be fair) (to ourselves), but it’s worth a quick look since we’re only 7 days into the new year. The Guardian has picked ten key americana releases for the next 12 months – “From Ryan Adams to Rose Cousins by way of Dead Man Winter, next year promises sets to delight and excite in equal measure” – and it is quite an exciting list to be fair.  Head here for the full article.

Wesley Stace aka John Wesley Harding teams up with The Jayhawks for new record – Listen

Singer/songwriter Wesley Stace will release “Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding” on February 24th via Yep Roc Records. Recorded with The Jayhawks—Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, and Karen Grotberg—at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, the album was co-produced by Stace and Gary Louris and features 12 tracks chosen by Stace: “I always have a lot of songs, so I listened to every unused song I had, many of them quite recent, and picked 11 that I thought The Jayhawks (or The Wezhawks, as we started to call it) would sound great on. Continue reading “Wesley Stace aka John Wesley Harding teams up with The Jayhawks for new record – Listen”

Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single

Alison Krauss will release her first solo album in 17 years this year (imagine what you were doing back in 2000 – taking it easy after the millennium bug’s non appearance probably). “Windy City” is out through Decca in the UK in March, and out of the blue today she’s also releasing the first single from the record: Losing You. The new album will feature ten songs selected with producer Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard’s final solo album) – panning different eras and musical genres original/previously recorded by artists including Willie Nelson,The Osborne Brothers, Glen Campbell, Brenda Lee, Ray Charles and more.     Continue reading “Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single”