The Deslondes “Hurry Home” (New West Records, 2017)

Five divergent musicians who eventually found each other in New Orleans, The Deslondes follow up their impressive 2014 debut album with the equally fine Hurry Home. Less country inclined than its predecessor the album finds the band roaming through a variety of styles – swampy southern roots, 50’s rockabilly, and classic rhythm’n’blues which, with several members of the band singing lead on various songs gives the album a truly dynamic feel. Comparisons to The Band and The Felice Brothers (which surfaced in reviews of the first album) will persist and that’s no bad thing and although The Deslondes are not as rough and ready as The Felice crew they’re handy reference points. Continue reading “The Deslondes “Hurry Home” (New West Records, 2017)”

Catherine MacLellan “If It’s Alright With You – The Songs of Gene MacLellan” (True North Records, 2017)

Gene MacLellan’s not a name this writer is familiar with but mention two of his songs, Snowbird (a hit for Anne Murray) and Put Your Hand In The Hand (covered by just about everyone including Elvis and Johnny Cash) and it’s a fair bet that most folk will have a memory of hearing these.  MacLellan was a Canadian who recorded four albums in the seventies but it was his writing skills that attracted the likes of Chet Atkins, Loretta Lynn, Joan Baez and Bing Crosby to record his songs. Continue reading “Catherine MacLellan “If It’s Alright With You – The Songs of Gene MacLellan” (True North Records, 2017)”

Loose Music to reissue Courtney Marie Andrews’ On My Page album as she returns to the UK for headlining tour

Undoubtedly one of the hits of the year so far Courtney Marie Andrews returns to the UK at the end of August for a headlining tour, including two dates at Bush Hall on 4th and 5th September (Shepherd’s Bush, London). The second London date was added after public demand following her appearance on Later With Jools Holland. She also plays End Of The Road Festival on 2nd September.

In tandem with the tour Loose Music has announced that they will be reissuing Andrews 2013 album On My Page which was only released in the States originally. The album will be available on CD and also on vinyl for the first time.

 

 

 

New album release from Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

Just signed to Fantasy Records and for the last two years the backing band for rock royalty in Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson, and his band are releasing an album at the end of August. Described as country soul, the self titled album is the band’s third full length release and features Lady Gaga on backing vocals on a couple of the songs.

The band will be playing some live dates in the UK in late October and they also have an appearance on Jools Holland’s Later lined up. You can hear three of the songs from the album here 

Ten new country artists you have to hear- according to Rolling Stone

OK, maybe we’re overdosing on the Rolling Stone derived news stories but summer’s supposed to be the “silly season” for news and there’s not that much happening elsewhere right now. There’s one UK act in here (Ferris & Sylvester) and RS notes of the list that “It’s easy to hear the influence of firebrands like Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson in this month’s list.” So maybe the kickback against EDM Country and the so-called ‘Bro country fraternity is finally beginning to bite.

Read the list here.

Billy Bragg’s new song tackles the new populism

As reported in Paste magazine Billy Bragg has released a new song, The Sleep of Reason, a spare electric-guitar track that aims its venom at social-media trolls, Internet addicts and folks who fly Confederate flags “just for show.” The song was inspired by Spanish artist Francisco Goya’s etching from 1799, “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.” In it Bragg casts his net over the political and social events that have overwhelmed the U.S. and the U.K. As he told Paste “The title struck a chord with me when trying to understand the events of last year. The lies and hubris of the Leave campaign in our EU referendum were echoed and amplified by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Only by restoring empathy and reason can we hope to defeat the monstrous forces of nationalism and untruth.”

Here’s the video and you can read the whole article here

Lucy Rose announces UK tour

UK folk artist Lucy Rose, who released her acclaimed third album Something’s Changing last week through Communion Records, will follow a current Worldwide Cinema Tour with a 20-date headline run of the UK in November. The shows kick off in Bristol at St Georges on the 1st November, and stretch through to Southampton’s Engine Rooms on the 24th November. The tour also includes a night in Dublin at Whelan’s on the 11th November, and London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on the 3rd November. Continue reading “Lucy Rose announces UK tour”