Ryan Adams covers Springsteen for Radio 1 – Watch

Some other nice clips on the bigger BBC site, and you don’t need to be 13 to watch them. Billboard reports: “In anticipation of BBC Radio 6’s celebration of the year 1994, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams covered one of the year’s biggest hits, Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia,” in the 6 Music Live Lounge. “Streets of Philadelphia,” written for the 1993 film Philadelphia, won an Academy Award for best original song, as well as four Grammys, including song of the year, best rock song, best male rock vocal performance and best song written specifically for a motion picture or for television.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams covers Springsteen for Radio 1 – Watch”

Grandaddy return with first new album in over a decade

Lovely news from Consequence of Sound – like the prodigal son returning (although there’s no evidence they’ve done anything wrong).  They report: “Ever since Grandaddy reformed six years ago, fans have been begging for a new record from Jason Lytle and the boys. On March 3rd, their prayers will finally be answered when the reunited alternative rockers release Last Place via Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records. In anticipation, the record is streaming in its entirety below (via NPR) [if you live in the US – sorry UK subjects].  Continue reading “Grandaddy return with first new album in over a decade”

RS Country talks to Rhett Miller

And what better excuse for sticking a picture of Rhett Miller up for a Friday morning than a new RS Country interview with him where he talks about the Old 97s’ new record. They report: “When the Old 97’s decided to record their new album Graveyard Whistling in the same West Texas studio they’d recorded in 20 years ago, it was anything but a safe decision. Sonic Ranch, a recording studio built into an old hacienda on a giant pecan orchard in the border town of Tornillo, outside El Paso, hadn’t changed much over the years. But the lives of singer Rhett Miller and his band mates couldn’t have been more different.”  Continue reading “RS Country talks to Rhett Miller”

Alasdair Roberts begins UK tour and releases new video – Watch

Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts kicks off his fairly extensive UK tour tonight, just before the release of his new album which lands on Friday, and in commemoration of both (sort of) he’s released a new video for the treeeeeeemendous (remember that?) new song “Pangs” which finds Alasdair hitching a ride through hostile counties, standing on the rock of Hadrian’s Walk (the ancient Roman wall built in the north of England to mark the boundary of their empire) and returning, prodigal-son style to a remote castle where children play and a preacher leads his flock. There’s magic involved, via a selenite Crystal Wand, and an evocation of end times. A stark but compelling vision that reminds us to consider others as we do ourselves. With a guitar solo too!  Here’s those dates and the video. Continue reading “Alasdair Roberts begins UK tour and releases new video – Watch”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy releases new song on benefit EP – Listen

A new album would be quite nice, but in the meantime Pitchfork reports on our favourite prince since Caspian: “Bonnie “Prince” Billy has shared a new song called “Treasure Maps.” It appears on a new four-song compilation where all the proceeds are going to the Southern Poverty Law Center. It’s out May 5 via the Oxford, Mississippi record store, the End of All Music. It also features songs by William Tyler, Patterson Hood, and Adam Torres. Check out the song, the artwork (by Maude Schuyler Clay from the book Mississippi History), and tracklist below.  Continue reading “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy releases new song on benefit EP – Listen”

Rolling Stone interviews Jay Farrar on new Son Volt record

Good interview here which muses what Woody Guthrie would think about world events unfurling today. Rolling Stone Country reports: “”The title is obviously a nod to the blues, which ended up becoming the framework of this entire record,” states singer-guitarist Jay Farrar about Son Volt’s adventurous new album Notes of Blue. “Over the years I’ve done a couple blues-oriented songs here and there, but this time around there was an opportunity to focus a bit more on it all the way through.” Finding its aesthetic anchor in the storied blues tradition, Notes of Blue is the eighth studio album from Farrar’s Son Volt, a band who often works to widen the fence posts of the alt-country genre it is often credited with helping establish. Continue reading “Rolling Stone interviews Jay Farrar on new Son Volt record”

OCMS ready Dylan tribute album

And after you’ve read this if you want to see them BURST into Columbia Nashville unannounced (the bare faced arrogance) then watch the clip below. Rolling Stone Country reports: “In May 2016, Old Crow Medicine Show paid tribute to Bob Dylan’s 1966 masterpiece Blonde on Blonde with a live re-creation of the album at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The Grammy-winning roots-music group, known for transforming a Dylan song sketch into the ubiquitous hit “Wagon Wheel,” recorded the performance and will release 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde on April 28th.  Continue reading “OCMS ready Dylan tribute album”