Jack White’s Third Man Records signs Joshua Hedley

Did you know if you go to Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nasvhille you can record a vinyl record which one of those machines spits out like some kind of voodoo magic?  Anyway, RS Country report this morning on one of their finds coming good: “In November, Rolling Stone Country spotlighted country purist Joshua Hedley as a new country artist worth hearing. Now, he’s the latest country music addition to Jack White’s Third Man Records. Hedley signed to the label earlier this week.  Continue reading “Jack White’s Third Man Records signs Joshua Hedley”

New Richard Thompson acoustic album lands August

As we reported last month, folk legend Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Classics Vol. II on his own Beeswing record label, distributed via Proper, on August 11. On the heels of Acoustic Classics in 2014, the follow-up will feature acoustic renderings of classic songs from his catalogue, some previously recorded by other singers, some previously available only in a band format. A second album Acoustic Rarities will be released later in the year featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.  Continue reading “New Richard Thompson acoustic album lands August”

Sarah Jane Scouten heads to UK for dates

Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten will release her new album “When The Bloom Falls From The Rose” tomorrow which includes the new bluesy-rockabilly single Bang Bang that we previewed last week.  Observant and outspoken, the new album shines a light on the wind-whipped highway of Scouten’s life as a songwriter, scholar of roots music history, and travelling musician, with flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Old Crow Medicine Show.  Here are those dates.  Continue reading “Sarah Jane Scouten heads to UK for dates”

RS Country publishes track by track guide to new Jason Isbell

Only one day to wait now for the new Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit album and in order to whet your appetite RS Country have published an extensive track by track guide to it with clips thrown in for the songs we know already: “It’s been five years since Jason Isbell left Alabama and moved to Nashville, still reeling from the wilder, wetter days that had nearly derailed his solo career. Clean and clear-eyed for the first time in years, he moved into a townhouse with Amanda Shires. There, not far from the north shore of Percy Priest Lake, he wrote Southeastern, an album that would mark his official transformation from bar-band cult hero to Americana kingpin.  Continue reading “RS Country publishes track by track guide to new Jason Isbell”

The Guardian talks to Steve Earle, not an Oasis fan it seems

There was a really interesting interview with Steve Earle published in The Guardian yesterday which contained some golden nuggets where he talks about being single (“If I go to a baseball game I can stay for the whole thing”), heroin (“I lost everything but my house”) and politics (“The left has lost touch with American people, and it’s time to discuss that”)  He also lays into Noel Gallagher who he describes as “the most overrated songwriter in the whole history of pop music.” That’ll be an awkward next meeting coming up. You can read the whole interview over at the Guardian hereContinue reading “The Guardian talks to Steve Earle, not an Oasis fan it seems”

John Murry announces more UK dates – September

John Murry is having a little galavant around the UK next month which you would have thought is enough to let him put his feet up for the rest of the year but no – he’s back a couple of months after with more dates, kicking things off in Southampton on September 12th and winding his way up and down the country before ending up in Durham on 23rd.  He’s also released a rather fine trailer for the documentary “A Short History of Decay” which you can watch below. Continue reading “John Murry announces more UK dates – September”

Dan Raza “Pay Day” – Listen

In the wake of the Iraq war, Neil Young featured a stirring song called ‘Every Little Dog’ on his ‘Living With War’ website.  The track was by Indian / British (London based) singer-songwriter Dan Raza, whose debut album in 2012, alongside dates with Joan Armatrading, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon, Bellowhead, Mary Gauthier and Slaid Cleaves, cemented his place in the UK folk and roots scene and led BBC documentary maker, James Ashley Smith, to create ‘Can’t Go Back’, a short feature film about Raza’s sacrifices and struggles for his musical dreams. Here’s a track from his new self-titled album due out July 7th, a straight up gutsy folk-rock belter.

Jackson Browne to honour Gregg Allman at Laid Back Fest

Apologies for continually posting about festivals 5000 miles away. RS report: “Jackson Browne, Steve Winwood, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Peter Wolf and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band will perform in three cities in September as part of the third annual Laid Back festival. Gregg Allman, who died last month at age 69, co-founded the event, with the 2017 edition of the festival set to be presented in his honor. The Laid Back lineup is slated to visit Holmdel, NJ (September 21), Hartford, CT (September 23) and Wantagh, NY (September 24). Additional festival dates will be announced this fall. Continue reading “Jackson Browne to honour Gregg Allman at Laid Back Fest”

Sam Baker heads to the UK for dates

Texas singer-songwriter Sam Baker whose new album we reviewed in glowing terms last week, is heading to our shores for some dates later this month. Rolling Stone called his last album “Say Grace” one of the 10 best country albums of 2013 and Mojo magazine’s Sylvie Simmons argued that Baker’s songs “are simple on the surface, poetry underneath – hence the Townes Van Zandt comparisons…. Even the songs that don’t quote old gospel standards sound like you’ve always known them.” And we do like to quote old gospel standards. Here are those dates. Continue reading “Sam Baker heads to the UK for dates”

Frightened Rabbit “Fields of Wheat” – Listen

Scottish indie-folksters Frightened Rabbit have ripped into the Tories after last week’s election loss by sharing the new track “Fields of Wheat” on Soundcloud which asks: “Are you ready for the pinch you’ll feel, the fractured homes that will not heal?” Paying homage to TM’s answer to the naughtiest thing she’s ever done (arms sales to the Saudis must have slipped her mind!) they wrote: “We made this today. It felt like the song should go out now, because it’s about what’s happening now, it’s about where we live and if we waited too long the sentiment could go stale. We don’t want to be too descriptive or conclusive here, our only hope is that you listen, enjoy and share it.” The genre is tagged as “fuck the Tories.”