Fleet Foxes announce world tour

And there’s a UK date in there if you look hard enough! (although it’s a festival date so you will have to see another 150 bands for the privilege). Spin reports: “After releasing a new song last month, Fleet Foxes have announced that they’ll embark on an extensive tour that will run from May until the end of the year. The band is touring behind their upcoming album Crack-Up, which follows 2011’s Helplessness Blues. The new project is scheduled to drop June 16. Check out the full tour dates and a trailer for the album below.  Continue reading “Fleet Foxes announce world tour”

Crowell, Cash and John Paul White pay homage to Guy Clark – Watch

This is lurvely (and not blocked for UK viewing for once) with a great sentiment behind it. Rolling Stone report: “Rodney Crowell was joined by Rosanne Cash and John Paul White to recreate the trio’s rendition of “It Ain’t Over Yet,” the lead single from Crowell’s new album, Close Ties. The song was just one of several highlights during Crowell’s album-release show Thursday, March 30th at New York’s City Winery, which also included Crowell and Cash duetting on both 1979’s “No Memories Hangin’ Round” and Crowell’s signature song, “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight.” Watch the performance of “It Ain’t Over Yet” [below].  Continue reading “Crowell, Cash and John Paul White pay homage to Guy Clark – Watch”

Paul Kelly announces UK dates for later this year

Paul Kelly is one of the legends of Aussie singer-songwriting, so much so that he’s been Bob Dylan’s support of choice when he’s toured in Australia, but he’s still relatively unknown on UK shores – although to be fair from the fact that his UK dates always all sell out then he’s probably not that best kept a secret.  Anyway he’s heading to the UK (and Europe) in September for a handful of dates which include London, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Amsterdam and Paris.  And after you’ve perused the finer details, here’s a clip of Paul and Neil Finn playing his 80s antipodean anthem “Leaps & Bounds”  Continue reading “Paul Kelly announces UK dates for later this year”

Sufjan Stevens announces new live album

And one with pictures too, like watching Nigel Farage broadcasting on LBC (but with slightly less casual fascism). Pitchfork reports: “Sufjan Stevens has announced a new audiovisual live album, Carrie & Lowell Live, due out April 28 on Asthmatic Kitty. It was recorded on November 9, 2015 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South Carolina, on Sufjan’s tour in support of his last album, Carrie & Lowell. As Asthmatic Kitty points out, today… is the birthday of the titular Lowell Brams, who is Sufjan’s stepfather and co-founder of the label. It is also the two-year anniversary of the album’s release. The album will be released in both audio and video forms, with the video available on YouTube and Vimeo. The tracklist, which can be found below, features Sufjan and Gallant’s cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”  Continue reading “Sufjan Stevens announces new live album”

More names added to Maverick 2017 line-up

Arguably the UK’s most americana-y festival Maverick has added some more artists to its tenth anniversary line-up.  Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve, will be joining proceedings, alongside Juno Award winning East Coast songwriter Amelia Curran, and Canadian roots rocker Terra Lightfoot. Also added to the line-up are lively New Orleans jazz street music from The Roamin’ Jasmine, old-time bluegrass from Hot Rock Pilgrims, and UK Americana favourites Case Hardin. Continue reading “More names added to Maverick 2017 line-up”

John Smith announces new album, kicks off UK tour – Listen

Guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith has announced the release of his new album “Headlong” which is due out May 19th through BARP Records. Produced by Sam Lakeman, mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan and featuring Cara Dillon on BVs, Headlong – dedicated to the memory of John Renbourn – is the follow up to Great Lakes, John’s well received and Radio 2-supported release of 2013. Smith is trailing the announcement with the first new track to emerge from Headlong, Far Too Good – streaming below. A 24-date UK & European tour began yesterday (sorry Brighton).  Speaking about the new single Smith says; “This is one of my favourites from the new batch, I’ve opened all my live shows with this lately. It’s one of those songs that wrote itself, a rare occurrence – I’d just got off the phone with a friend who was having a hard time, so this one is for him”. Continue reading “John Smith announces new album, kicks off UK tour – Listen”

The Waterboys announce UK dates for autumn 2017

Mike Scott’s Scottish folk legends (and we don’t use that word lightly) The Waterboys have signed to BMG Records and will release a brand-new studio album later in the year. Further details will be announced soon, but in the meantime the band have announced a series of dates for October across the UK (plus one date in Ireland).  Presale tickets are available from today (head to their website for more information), while they go on general sale tomorrow.  And if you cannae wait then you can catch them on various tour dates over the summer including Beautiful Days (although you would have to endure Frank Turner in doing so).  Here are the dates, along with their entire performance from Glasto 2015.  Continue reading “The Waterboys announce UK dates for autumn 2017”