Decemberists team up with Olivia Chaney for new album – Watch

This is quite exciting, what a sound (and what cover-art!) Paste report: “When The Decemberists were heading out on tour in 2015 behind their last record, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”, Colin Meloy invited British folkie Olivia Chaney out to open some of their shows after hearing her album The Longest River. A noted fan of traditional British folk music and the ‘50s and ‘60s revival that paralleled and inspired the folk revival in the U.S., birthing artists like Fairport Convention and Martin Carthy, Meloy had a hope of Chaney joining him on stage to sing the tune “Willie O Winsbury,” a hope that never came to fruition. Continue reading “Decemberists team up with Olivia Chaney for new album – Watch”

Tune into AMA 2017 Honours & Awards Nominations tonight

The Americana Music Association (their version, not ours with the “UK” bit tagged on) are having their Honours & Awards Nomination Announcement Ceremony tonight at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater, hosted by the Milk Carton Kids with special guests to be announced.  Fortunately for us and the environment, you don’t have to be there in person to hear them since there’s a live stream being broadcast from 8pm UK time which you can catch here.  And in the meantime why not watch the Mikybar Kids’ harmony rich NPR tiny desk concert below.  Continue reading “Tune into AMA 2017 Honours & Awards Nominations tonight”

Fleet Foxes share new song (or a bit of one) – Listen

News from Pitchfork this morning on our favourite mammals the Tories are proposing to rip limb from limb once again because hey, if you can’t hunt the proletariat down a fox will have to do. They report (Pitchfork, not the Tories): “Fleet Foxes are gearing up to release their next studio album, Crack-Up, which arrives June 16 via Nonesuch. Now, frontman Robin Pecknold has revealed a snippet of a new song in a video taken from a recent listening party for select fans in Los Angeles. Take a listen to “I Am All That I Need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint Scar” below. Continue reading “Fleet Foxes share new song (or a bit of one) – Listen”

Unreleased Elliott Smith track released for campaign

This couldn’t come at a more important time given the oncoming war on well basically half the world’s population. NME reports: “An unreleased Elliott Smith track has been unveiled as part of a campaign in aid of Planned Parenthood, 14 years after the cult singer-songwriter’s death in 2003. Artists including Foo Fighters, St Vincent, CHVRCHES and Bon Iver have already contributed to the compilation of 7-inch singles, alongside comedians Jenny Slate, Margaret Cho and Janeane Garofalo, who offered exclusive spoken word recordings to the project.  Continue reading “Unreleased Elliott Smith track released for campaign”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ talks Merle Haggard

Let’s face it, he’s probably still not going to beat Mel B’s version of “Word Up” in terms of classic covers but good on him for having a go. Rolling Stone reports: “Imagine arranging Merle Haggard’s millions of fans in concentric circles. In the outermost ring, place the casual listeners, the ones familiar with “Mama Tried,” some of the canonical 1960s material and maybe the hoopla around “Okie From Muskogee.” A slightly smaller – if still spacious – circle encompasses those who stuck with Haggard as long as country radio did; he scored his last Number One airplay hit as a solo artist in 1987. Next you enter into a circle of dedicated enthusiasts, the active listeners who have continued to hunt down and pore over Haggard’s LPs, and that’s where you’ll find Will Oldham, who records under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy.  Continue reading “Bonnie ‘Prince’ talks Merle Haggard”

Loretta Lynn remains in hospital following stroke

News reported all over the place on the weekend, but just in case you missed it, Spin among many reports: “Country music legend Loretta Lynn suffered a stroke and was hospitalized Thursday evening, according to a post on her Facebook page. The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was admitted to a Nashville hospital, after the incident occurred at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee home. The 85-year-old singer, who achieved 70 charting songs throughout her career, remains in stable condition and is responsive, according to the post. She is expected to make a full recovery. Continue reading “Loretta Lynn remains in hospital following stroke”

Aimee Mann announces UK/Ireland dates

Aimee Mann’s ‘Mental Illness’ which was released at the end of March went straight to number one in the UK americana charts – we were rather keen on it too, calling her work “rarely less than exceptional, and this effort is no different” – and in celebration of our review (probably), she’s announced some European dates this October including three UK/RoI shows with tickets on sale from 9am on Monday.  Links are below and you can see the full list of her European dates over at her website hereContinue reading “Aimee Mann announces UK/Ireland dates”