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.
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
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.
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
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”
Two of Americana UK’s favourite Americans spoke to Rolling Stone about their mutual admiration which may have been sparked by Jesse Malin’s tribute to Lucinda Williams on his 2007 album, Gutter In The Glitter. They spoke about their common ground, the songwriting process and their political leanings (both supported Bernie Saunders) amongst other things. While the pair have shared a stage at various times in the past they’ve never played together and Rolling Stone asked them if they would ever collaborate with both saying that this was a distinct possibility. Whether this was tongue in cheek is not known with Malin telling the magazine, “We’ll do like, Otis Redding and Carla Thomas.” You can read the whole interview here.
It’s been five years since John Murry appeared set to build on the accolades garnered by his album, The Graceless Age, a sublime record which took the raw material of his unsettled life (and near death from an overdose) and turned it into art. It was not to be however as events conspired and he ended up, as he saw it, in exile in Ireland with only occasional forays into the limelight. A man haunted by his past and somewhat rudderless, he was still capable of turning in fine songs and remained a compelling live performer but The Graceless Age owed much to Murry’s co-producer, Tim Mooney, and Mooney’s sudden death as the album was released was just one hammer blow to Murry’s newfound stability. On A Short History Of Decay he appears to have found a replacement of sorts to Mooney in the form of Michael Timmins of The Cowboy Junkies, a fan of Murry’s but also a man able to corral his wayward genius. Continue reading “John Murry “A Short History Of Decay” (TV Records, 2017)”