Tildon Krautz bring their “Anti-rational Rabbit Folk” to the UK in June

The ever so slightly eccentric Tildon Krautz, a French based band who offer bluegrass, folk, jazz and blues all wrapped up (on their albums) in homemade collages and artwork that one reviewer likened to “Hieronymous Bosch meets Monty Python in Yellow Submarine land,” embark on a lengthy schedule of intimate shows starting on June 7th. Americana UK rated their 2014 album, No. 2 or Blumen Schmarren, 8/10 commenting that band leader Gregg Weiss “manages to write songs that sound as old as the hills.” Continue reading “Tildon Krautz bring their “Anti-rational Rabbit Folk” to the UK in June”

Willie Nelson talks to Rolling Stone and suggests Jeff Sessions “smokes some pot”

No stranger to the weed himself, Willie Nelson in a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone magazine was asked his opinion on US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ assertion that “pot is “only slightly less awful” than heroin.”  Willie’s response? “I wonder if he’s tried both of them. I don’t think you can really make a statement like that unless you tried it all. So I’d like to suggest to Jeff to try it and then let me know later if he thinks he’s still telling the truth!” Continue reading “Willie Nelson talks to Rolling Stone and suggests Jeff Sessions “smokes some pot””

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes set to make their first UK appearances.

One of Australia’s premier Americana artists (if that isn’t a contradiction) have lined up their first UK appearances this June. Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have pioneered the alt-country and Americana music movement in Australia. The 2010-issued debut album Ballad of a Young Married Man, mixed traditional country song-writing with indie production, and was well-received by both the purists in Australia’s established country scene and fans in Australia’s more rock-oriented inner cities.. Continue reading “Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes set to make their first UK appearances.”

Listen to the Mountain Goats’ new album, Goths

John Darnielle’s the Mountain Goats release their latest album Goths on May 19th. NPR are streaming it from today and you can listen to it here. For their 16th full-length album, Darnielle takes a conceptual detour. As its title suggests, it’s about growing up goth — about establishing a place for yourself among other outcasts — but it also finds the band shedding guitars and adding a fourth permanent member in multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas. Continue reading “Listen to the Mountain Goats’ new album, Goths”

Nathan Bell “Love > Fear (48 hours in traitorland)” (Stone Barn Records, 2017)

What to do when you’re a singer songwriter who, after a an early shot at fame petered out, spent a lifetime grafting in business before returning to the music world and slowly carving out a reputation as a commentator on the current stare of the nation only to find that, overnight, the world was turned upside down? Nathan Bell was comfortably ensconced in the (somewhat) hermetic world of roots music with a set of albums (his Family Man Trilogy) which saw him rooting around themes of family, work and middle age and which were noted to be following in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Steve Earle, Guy Clark and Springsteen. Plans were afoot for the next episode with Bell wanting to delve into the intricacies of relationships and love surviving everyday issues but on November 8th 2016 it all went belly up. Continue reading “Nathan Bell “Love > Fear (48 hours in traitorland)” (Stone Barn Records, 2017)”

Aaron Lee Tasjan tour including End Of The Road Festival appearance

Hot on the heels of the announcement that he’s a nominee for this year’s Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award modern day cosmic cowboy Aaron Lee Tasjan heads to the UK for a slot at the End Of The Road Festival after which he heads to Ireland for Electric Picnic. After that he’s back to the UK for further dates. Continue reading “Aaron Lee Tasjan tour including End Of The Road Festival appearance”