Ryan Adams releases b-sides collection

Morning americanees or whatever the collective of an americana consumer is. NME reports: “Ryan Adams recently released new box set “Prisoner: End of the World” and it features 17 previously unreleased B-sides. Fans needn’t buy the boxset to hear these B-sides, as they appear to have surfaced online. Track titles include ‘What If We’re Wrong’, ‘Are You Home?’, ‘It Will Never Be The Same’ and ‘Hanging on to Hope’ hinting that many of the songs were inspired by Adams’ split with his ex-wife Mandy Moore. The boxset also features 12 7-inch records and 2D action figures of Adams and his bandmates. You can steam the B-sides below. Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases b-sides collection”

Danny & the Champs announce UK dates – September

We posted a new track by Danny & the Champions of the World yesterday, the rather lovely “Swift Street” and they’ve now announced some UK dates to promote the new album “Brilliant Light” which will be out on June 23rd stretching over 2 discs, or a limited edition triple album with instrumentals for good measure. The record has been described as “Danny George Wilson’s All Things Must Pass.”  Producer and bass player Chris Clarke says outright it’s the best record the band has come up with so far while for Danny it’s “a bit like taking a peek into somebody’s house, there’s great stuff that immediately grabs your attention and then there’s other stuff and you start out thinking it might be a bit mundane, but as the whole picture takes shape it proves to be incredibly beautiful”.  Here are those dates, with support from William the Conqueror (artist not the historical figure) Continue reading “Danny & the Champs announce UK dates – September”

Danny & the Champions of the World “Swift Street” – Listen

“Swift Street” is the first song to be shared from the forthcoming album (the sixth! how did that happen?) from Danny & the Champs, “Brilliant Light”, which will be out on June 23rd. Danny George Wilson co-wrote the song with Polly Paulusma and Carra Bacon: “Swift Street is the house where my mother grew up, the song is about 3 different photographs – one of me and my brothers playing in a billy cart in the driveway, the second is of my grandfather aged 14 standing with his mother outside his childhood home in Aberdeen – he left for Australia after the Second World War. The third is of my folks in the garden of the house in Swift Street before they left to live in London. Each photograph takes a verse. I was nervous about my mum hearing it, but she loves it.”

New Emily Barker record due next month

Aussie singer-songwriter Emily Barker has announced the release of a new album “Sweet Kind of Blue” which lands on May 19th on the Everyone Sang label.  Described as “a departure from her folk-based sound” the record reaches more into the Country / Americana space, having been recorded in Memphis with Grammy-award winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell) alongside various members of Memphis ‘music royalty’ as her backing band, who are always a better backing band than actual royalty. Continue reading “New Emily Barker record due next month”

Rolling Stone reviews new Willie Nelson track by track

Kind of like a singalonga but readalonga.  The new album arrives tomorrow and RS have been to it in detail.  They report: “Listening to a new Willie Nelson album with a set of fresh ears is almost impossible to do in 2017 – and Nelson knows it. Hovering over all news regarding the Red Headed Stranger are worries about the health of the country icon, who turns 84 on April 29th. So he decided to make the elephant in the room – his own mortality – the focal point of his new LP, God’s Problem Child.  Continue reading “Rolling Stone reviews new Willie Nelson track by track”

New Nathan Bell album due out June

The  Americana artist who’s been described as “the Woody Guthrie we need in the age of globalization” (and God do we need some of him right now), Nathan Bell has announced the release of his upcoming LP, “LOVE>FEAR (48 hours in traitorland)” which will be released on June 30th via Stone Barn Records. Along with the announcement, Bell shared his new single “Traitorland (rules for living in)” over at No Depression which you can hear below. Continue reading “New Nathan Bell album due out June”

Buddy Miller, Drew Holcomb appear on new Mark Heard tribute album

And if you’ve never heard of him, then, well, now’s your chance. Rolling Stone Country report: “In 2005, the Americana Music Association awarded Song of the Year to “Worry Too Much,” a grinding rock & roll gospel number that opens Buddy Miller’s Universal United House of Prayer LP. While the song contains all the earmarks of a classic Miller tune, its author was Mark Heard, whose intensely poetic lyrics radiated with Dylanesque flourishes and whose influence can be heard throughout Miller’s most raw, confessional work.  Continue reading “Buddy Miller, Drew Holcomb appear on new Mark Heard tribute album”

Ryan Adams plays “Come Pick Me Up” with John Mayer – Watch

A better surprise than say Steps crashing your wedding do (as zeitgeist as they are these days, it could be Ryan’s next big covers project). NME reported over the weekend: “Ryan Adams joined John Mayer on stage in Los Angeles this Friday (21 April) to perform his track ‘Come Pick Me Up.’ Adams, who released his 16th studio album Prisoner in February, joined Mayer on stage at the Forum in Los Angeles to play the track from his debut solo album, ‘Heartbreaker.’ Continue reading “Ryan Adams plays “Come Pick Me Up” with John Mayer – Watch”

Gate to Southwell roots festival announces 2017 line-up

The eleventh Gate To Southwell Festival has announced its line-up and it’s looking pretty ace. Running from Thursday June 8th to Sunday June 11th in rural Nottinghamshire, the festival headliners include the lovely Kate Rusby, and Jon Boden, frontman of Bellowhead (RIP). There’s also an array of international performers including BOC from Mallorca plus Canadian bands Le Vent Du Nord and The East Pointers.  Americana fans will be well served by appearances from two of Norfolk’s Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, and The Vagaband, along with Edinburgh’s Wayward Jane and London’s Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band. The newest addition to the line-up is The Life and Times of the Brothers Hogg , recent recipient of a 9/10 review from ourselves for their album “Celestial Emporium” Continue reading “Gate to Southwell roots festival announces 2017 line-up”