Track premiere: Valparaiso “Bury My Body”

Valparaiso release their debut album ‘Broken Homeland’ tomorrow and they’ve shared the track Bury My Body from the record with us which features some striking vocals from Shannon Wright. The Parisian musical collective deriving from the cult band Jack The Ripper also features the voices and poetry of Phoebe Killdeer of Nouvelle Vague, Howe Gelb, Spain’s Josh Haden, Dominique A, Moriarty’s Rosemary Standley, Venus’ Marc Huyghens, Mansfield Tya’s Julia Lanoë, and is recorded, mixed and produced by John Parish. Look out for a tour soon with different guests each night (we’d lay money down one of them won’t be Ronan Keating).

Gill Landry “Denver Girls” – Listen

Gill Landry has unveiled his new single Denver Girls which is taken from his upcoming album “Love Rides A Dark Horse” – he told Billboard: “It’s about a person as much as a conversation with life and is sort of about leaving the old Gods and anchors behind and realising where you are at the moment. That’s the last song I wrote for the record. I wrote all these songs, and at the end I was like, ‘Well, that’s not where I’m at or where I want to be.’ I felt I needed to communicate those things, too, and I’m very glad I did. ‘Denver Girls’ is moving out of where I was and into where I am now.” Landry tours the UK in November supporting Ian Felice. Dates below.

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Emmylou and Earle headline songwriters festival

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear as the saying goes but imagine being taught the art of writing a song by anyone on this list. Rolling Stone reports: “It’s still summer but music fans anticipating the mid-winter blahs are already planning a trip to Florida’s South Walton County next January for the ninth annual 30A Songwriters Festival. Set for January 12th through 15th, 2018, the event will include appearances from Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack, North Mississippi Allstars, Shawn Mullins, classic rock band The Zombies, Indigo Girls’ singer Emily Saliers, fronting her Murmuration Nation Band and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. Continue reading “Emmylou and Earle headline songwriters festival”

RS Country: “The 20 best things we saw at Americanafest 2017”

Nice little piece up on RS Country this morning which lists the 20 best things they saw at the 18th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference which took place in Nashville last week.  They say: “The highlights were as plentiful as the vintage denim, with artists from veteran Lee Ann Womack to Countrypolitan revivalist Joshua Hedley performing showcases in the backyards of record stores, inside Jack White’s Third Man Records and in clubs all over Music City.” And our own Yola gets a mention too: “It may have been close to 90 degrees outside, but Carter’s set was as cool as ice.”  Read the piece here or watch JD McPherson looking rather suave below. Continue reading “RS Country: “The 20 best things we saw at Americanafest 2017””

John Carter Cash takes the fight to white nationalists

And he won’t back down. Rolling Stone reports: “Earlier this week, NPR reported that American Recordings and Universal Music had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Stormfront Radio, the weekly radio show for the white supremacist site Stormfront, over its regular use of Johnny Cash’s cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” At the time, Rosanne Cash, the singer-songwriter and daughter of Johnny, told Rolling Stone, “There aren’t ‘two sides,’ there are no ‘decent’ or ‘fine’ Nazis and we will not tolerate any such group using our dad’s work for their purposes.” Continue reading “John Carter Cash takes the fight to white nationalists”

Video premiere: Elliott Brood “2 4 6 8”

Elliott Brood’s new album “Ghost Gardens” came out on Friday and they’ve shared with us the video for the track 2 4 6 8 from it.  Lead singer Mark Sasso told us: “The lyrics and idea of the song come from an incident I witnessed live on TV when I was still just in grade school… the station we were watching cut away to an accident where a car with a family inside had driven through some barriers and sunk to the bottom of the Detroit river.  It cut from the regular programming to the scene at the exact same time that rescue crews were pulling out the soaking lifeless bodies of the children from the river. A horrible thing broadcast to families and children especially with no disclaimers or warnings. That image has never left me.”

Wand “Blue Cloud” – Listen

Los Angeles five-piece Wand will release “Plum”, their fourth album since forming in 2013 on September 22nd via Drag City. After a whirlwind initial phase of writing, recording, and touring at a frenetic pace, “Plum” marks a period of relative patience, and there’s no better example of this than via new single Blue Cloud one of two songs on Plum over seven-minutes long. As Uncut put it: “Blue Cloud is a perfect summation of what Wand do best, offering a variety of moods that manage to sound both instinctive and considered. This is psychedelia in the truest sense of the meaning – coltish, dark invigorating, and endlessly curious.”