Track premiere: Viking Moses “Clown School”

Brendon Massei, aka Viking Moses, has been writing, recording music since he was a teenager. He’s toured with Deer Tick, Scout Niblett and Nat Baldwin of the Dirty Projectors. Strongly lyrical, his songs are played out through tunes that flirt with pop, soul and Americana, all strung together with a unique pulsing guitar, and by Massei’s robust voice, which ebbs from delicate whispers to throaty howls.  This track is from the new split 7″ from our good friends at Song, By Toad which also features the track “Oxygen” by Sam Goodwill who accompanied Viking Moses on his recent tour – there are more tour dates coming up listed below.

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Howie Payne “Some Weekend Night” – Listen

Former Stands frontman Howie Payne has lifted this new version of ‘Some Weekend Night’ from the forthcoming boxset ‘The Stands Recordings 2003-2005’, due for release June 23rd on limited edition vinyl. The serious Ennio Morricone guitar vibes here come from Noel Gallagher, a longstanding fan of Howie’s, and hey, how we can resist a track from our Scouse comrades?

Radnor & Lee “Be Like the Being” – Listen

This is lovely. Actor/musician Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and indie-troubadour Ben Lee have formed a new indie-pop duo by the name Radnor and Lee. The duo’s debut LP is due out later this year, and their new single “Be Like The Being” recently premiered at Yahoo Music who called Radnor & Lee’s music, “Witty, hopeful, yearning, joyful, searching and meditative.”  Have a listen below.

Wilco release Spotify singles – listen

Americana legends Wilco have released two singles as part of the Spotify Singles series. First of all there’s “If I Ever Was a Child,” which is taken from last year’s “Schmilco” album, and then there’s also a cover of Nick Lowe/Elvis Costello’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.” Spin describes both songs as having “folksy Americana textures going on, with simple guitar and drum arrangements, featuring just a little bit of organ” to which we heartily concur. You can listen to the singles via Spotify below.  Continue reading “Wilco release Spotify singles – listen”

Jason Isbell and Drive-By Truckers Duo reunite for AMA performance – watch

First of all Steps and now this. When will the wheels fall off the reunion bandwagon? Rolling Stone Country report: “Wearing an acoustic guitar and a wide grin, Jason Isbell rejoined his former bandmates in Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, during yesterday’s nomination ceremony for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards. Seated in a row, the three Alabamans strummed their way through a nostalgic performance of Isbell’s “Outfit,” with Hood singing harmonies and Cooley chiming in on lead guitar. Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Drive-By Truckers Duo reunite for AMA performance – watch”

New Martin Simpson album out September

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson has announced the release of his 20th solo album in 40 years ‘Trails & Tribulations’ which is out on September 1st 2017 via Topic Records. The new studio album, his first new solo work since 2013’s ‘Vagrant Stanzas’, will be available in standard and deluxe CD, digital download and standard vinyl (the latter through Vinyl 180). It’s described as “a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. Continue reading “New Martin Simpson album out September”

AMA announces nominees and awards, Sturgill leads the pack

So this happened yesterday evening, the nominees for the biggest night of americana’s year. Lovely to see Sam Outlaw in the list too, as well as our own socialist in residence Billy Bragg. Rolling Stone reports: “The Americana Music Association has announced the nominees for its 16th annual Americana Honors & Awards show and Sturgill Simpson leads the field with three nominations. He’s up for Artist of the Year; Album of the Year, for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth; and Song of the Year, for the Sailor’s Guide track “All Around You.” Continue reading “AMA announces nominees and awards, Sturgill leads the pack”