Amazon Music releases festive americana leaning playlist

trampledLike peanut butter and jelly, they were always destined to come together.  RS Country festively reports: “Trampled by Turtles might be getting ready to press pause while frontman Dave Simonett focuses on his solo project, Dead Man Winter, but first they’re offering a little slice of sardonic holiday cheer courtesy of John Prine. Recorded for Acoustic Christmas, a holiday playlist created for Amazon Music, the Turtles give Prine’s 1973 “Christmas in Prison” a makeover with a little mariachi flourish and Simonett’s raw vocal delivery, slowing the whole thing down like the agonizing passage of time behind those jailhouse bars. Listen to the exclusive premiere [over at RS Country here].   Continue reading “Amazon Music releases festive americana leaning playlist”

Sarah Jarosz announces UK dates for 2017

sarah-jaroszFollowing a sold-out show at London’s Union Chapel last week, the first in a run of UK dates in support of her acclaimed Sugarhill Records release Undercurrent, Sarah Jarosz has announced new UK and Ireland tour dates for January and February 2017.  While the focus of 2016 was primarily on touring as a trio with Jedd Hughes and Jeff Picker, Jarosz found time for other collaborations, joining her bandmates Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan at a few special events, including the upcoming benefit, “Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt” for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, slated for December 11 in Los Angeles, and she and collaborator Parker Millsap did the Luck Mansion Sessions, which paired various musicians together to film and record two songs. You can get a sneak preview of those recordings – due out in 2017 – hereContinue reading “Sarah Jarosz announces UK dates for 2017”

Felice Brothers to release 7 inch Christmas single – plus UK dates

felice-brosThe Felice Brothers will release a limited edition 7-inch vinyl recording of “Country Ham” on 9th December  via Yep Roc Records. The holiday-themed single features a live version of  “Murder By Mistletoe” – recorded for Rolling Stone last year in NYC – on the B-side. Both tracks have never before been pressed on vinyl and pre-order is available now through The Felice Brothers and Yep Roc stores.  “It’s a narrative about feeling lonely on Christmas, and the different emotions that can go with the holidays that aren’t always talked about in the happy-go-lucky songs.”  Ian Felice says. Continue reading “Felice Brothers to release 7 inch Christmas single – plus UK dates”

New Johnny Cash book released compiles his poems

johnny-cashNews from Pitchfork on one for your Christmas stockings! They report: “A new Johnny Cash book, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems gathers 41 never-before-published poems by the singer-songwriter that were found after he passed away in 2003. The poems date back as early as 1944 (written when Cash was 12), and the book features reproductions of his handwritten pages as well. In a quote given to the New York Times, Cash’s son John Carter Cash said, “I want people to have a deeper understanding of my father than just the iconic, cool man in black. I think this book will help provide that.” Forever Words is available now.”

Jason Isbell performs four-song set on ‘Prairie Home Companion’

Some great clips here if you click through.  Rolling Stone Country reports: “Over the weekend, Jason Isbell became the latest Americana heavyweight to appear on the newly reincarnated Prairie Home Companion, now hosted by roots musician Chris Thile. Isbell’s chilling rendition of “Speed Trap Town,” one of the highlights from his 2015 album Something More Than Free, was one of four songs the singer-songwriter played during the historic radio show’s live taping in Philadelphia. In addition to “Speed Trap Town,” Isbell delivered flawless, solo acoustic renditions of favorites from his last two records, including “Something More Than Free,” “24 Frames” and his signature “Cover Me Up” from Southeastern. Watch them below.  Continue reading “Jason Isbell performs four-song set on ‘Prairie Home Companion’”

UK Americana Awards 2017 nominations shortlist announced

richard-thompson-770The AMA-UK, our confusingly acronymed brethren here at AUK, have announced their shortlist for the nominations for next year’s UK Americana Awards ceremony which will be held in St John at Hackney, London on Tuesday 2nd February, part of AmericanaFest UK, a two-day event which will also include an evening of showcases on the Wednesday featuring 20 bands playing in various venues around Hackney, plus daytime conferences on both days.   Richard Thompson has been chosen for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his career and life in music.  Thompson commented: “I’m deeply honoured to receive this award. My heartfelt thanks to AMA-UK.”  Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2017 nominations shortlist announced”

Neil Young performs for pipeline protesters on his birthday

neil-youngAnd they’ll need all the help they can get now.  JamBase reports: “Legendary musician and noted environmental activist Neil Young spent his 71st birthday on Saturday joining the Standing Rock Reservation protest. Young brought along an acoustic guitar and harmonica and performed for the people opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Earlier this year Young released the song “Indian Giver” with a video featuring footage from the protests. The song is on Young’s upcoming new album Peace Trail which comes out on December 2.  Continue reading “Neil Young performs for pipeline protesters on his birthday”