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.”

This year’s Farm Aid: Willie Nelson, Neil Young and more

Who knew that a benefit gig for family farm agriculture could conjure up such a stellar line up?  Rolling Stone report: “Farm Aid, the annual charity concert that has raised over $50 million since its 1985 inaugural show, is set to take place September 16th at Burgettstown, Pennsylvania’s KeyBank Pavilion. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will perform in addition to Jack Johnson, the Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs. Robots.  Continue reading “This year’s Farm Aid: Willie Nelson, Neil Young and more”

Iron & Wine announces new album, single, video – Watch

In all the excitement of the election on Thursday (and boy was it exciting) we missed this news from Paste that Sam Beam is back with a strong and stable album as well as a video for his new single which you can watch below. They report: “Iron & Wine has announced his new album, Beast Epic, his first release since 2013’s Ghost On Ghost. The album will be available on Aug. 25 via Sub Pop. With the album’s announcement, Iron & Wine has also released a single, as well as its music video, from the forthcoming album, titled “Call It Dreaming.” Continue reading “Iron & Wine announces new album, single, video – Watch”