Lucinda Williams re-records 1992 album – Listen

Or listen to a bit of it anyway. A nice piece on RS Country this morning about a classic record getting a new lease of life: “Lucinda Williams had a one-word response when her husband and manager Tom Overby suggested that she re-record her 1992 album Sweet Old World: “Really?” Although Williams has consistently performed a few songs from the album over the years in concert, including the title track and “Pineola,” she felt that she had outgrown most of the others and was reluctant to revisit it. That was until she listened to the songs with fresh ears. Continue reading “Lucinda Williams re-records 1992 album – Listen”

Silver Torches “If I Reach” – Listen

Silver Torches is Erik Walters, a touring member of Perfume Genius and David Bazan’s band, and his first single from his forthcoming album If I Reach dropped on Stereogum earlier this week, a synth laden, heavily Springsteen influenced number. The new album dips in and out of americana, with the legendary Greg Leisz lending some pedal steel to a couple tracks and guest appearances from Courtney Marie Andrews and Noah Gundersen. AUK and synths. The end of the world must be nigh.

Ian Felice “21st Century” – Listen

21st Century is the new single from lead singer and songwriter for The Felice Brothers Ian Felice (or “H Felice” as Steps fans would say) taken from his debut solo album ‘In The Kingdom Of Dreams’.  He told The Bluegrass Situation: “21st Century’ is a three-chord song about the paranoid breakdown of someone’s reality. I wrote it on the banjo right after the November election as geese flew clockwise into the red sky. My brothers Simone and James accompanied me, as well as my friend Josh Rawson on bass guitar.” Catch him on tour in November – dates below.

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Harrow Fair return to UK for autumnal dates

Toronto-based duo Harrow Fair are aka Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner and they’ve just announced their return to the UK this autumn including shows in Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Bristol and London’s Green Note on Wednesday 8th November (full dates below).  We described their most recent record in rather glowing terms: “It’s the balance of crunching guitar and unsettling percussion coupled with edgy fiddletunes that forms the musical palette for Call to Arms…. As debut’s go this is darn near to perfect.”  And you can’t get better than that (apart from actually being perfect).  And while you peruse the list of dates, why not listen to their cover below of Memphis Minnie Led Zepplin covered track When The Levee Breaks. Continue reading “Harrow Fair return to UK for autumnal dates”

Port Cities “Where Have You Been” – Listen

The music of Canadian band Port Cities balances Nashville with Nova Scotia into a rustic and atmospheric sound, with an indie intimacy that betrays the band’s globe-trotting ambitions – 2017 sees them embark upon their second cross-Canadian and European tours. Their new single Where Have You Been has some nice oozing harmonies and intricate slide guitar. As band member Carleton Stone explains, “One thing we all seem to connect with lyrically is showing a less-than-perfect idea of love, and not being scared to talk about how everything is not great, or call out a lot of what normal, traditional love songs would be about.” As a bonus the song has been marked “clean” too so you can play it to your mum.

Nick Drake and Wilco appear on “This is Us” soundtrack

If you’re a fan of the mawkish show then why not soundtrack your own life with its original music? Pitchfork reports:”The music from the first season of “This Is Us”—NBC’s tear-jerking, time-jumping drama series about a tight-knit family in Pittsburgh, Penn.—will be collected on a new soundtrack album, due September 15 via uME. The set features songs by Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, Paul Simon, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Jim James, and more, as well as a cover of Little Feat’s “Willin’” by Mandy Moore, who also stars in the show. See the full tracklist below. “This Is Us” returns to NBC for its second season on September 26.” Continue reading “Nick Drake and Wilco appear on “This is Us” soundtrack”

Chris Stapleton covers Glen Campbell in tribute

The country music legend that was Glen Campbell died last week following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease – we published an array of tributes to him including some from the americana community. On Thursday last week americana star Chris Stapleton paid tribute to him by covering “Rhinestown Cowboy” (which was itself a cover) during his show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Have a gander at the performance here. Continue reading “Chris Stapleton covers Glen Campbell in tribute”