Neil Young produces animated video for “Hitchhiker” – Watch

A nice little double helping of videos for you today, your eyes can thank you later. Rolling Stone reports: “Neil Young offers an illustrated journey across America in the new video for “Hitchhiker,” the title track from his just-unearthed 1976 LP. The images correspond to Young’s lyrics throughout the video: During the second verse, when Young’s titular traveler “tried amphetamines,” the visuals become a smoky haze until the ocean appears when the hitchhiker arrives in California, “where I first saw open water.”  Continue reading “Neil Young produces animated video for “Hitchhiker” – Watch”

Jim White returns with waffles, triangles and Jesus!

And who doesn’t love waffles, polygons and kind men? Jim White will be releasing his new sixth solo studio album “Waffles, Triangles & Jesus” (which sounds like an episode title from the new Star Trek series) on 10th November on Loose in the UK, described as “a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens’ roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.” Line of Best Fit have got a track from it over there but in the meantime, here are his live dates where you can catch him round the UK next month. Continue reading “Jim White returns with waffles, triangles and Jesus!”

Wilco to reissue first two albums

News from RS this afternoon on two absolute classics, Passenger Side still makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and how many songs from this year can you say that about? (“Galway Girl” notwithstanding of course). They report: “Wilco will reissue their first two albums, A.M. and Being There, on December 1st via Rhino. The new editions will feature an array of bonus tracks, including alternate takes, unreleased songs and live recordings. Continue reading “Wilco to reissue first two albums”

Billy Bragg builds bridges not walls – new album out next month

Billy Bragg, currently in North America for the first leg of his ‘Bridges Not Walls’ tour, has released his new single Saffiyah Smiles which you can see the video to below.  The song is a rousing Hammond-drenched country soul shuffle written by Bragg and was inspired by the bravery of Saffiyah Khan who smiled benignly in the face of the incensed leader of the far-right group the English Defence League at an anti-immigrant demonstration in Birmingham (UK) in April ’17; a photo of her action immediately went viral on social media. Continue reading “Billy Bragg builds bridges not walls – new album out next month”

Jason Isbell covers Tom Petty’s “Refugee” – Watch

It’s a sign of how much Tom Petty meant to the americana community that so many of “our” artists have been covering his tunes the past week.  RS Country reports this morning: “Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit paid their respects to Tom Petty on Sunday night, kicking off a six-day residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with a 19-song set that included the Damn the Torpedoes hit “Refugee.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell covers Tom Petty’s “Refugee” – Watch”

More Tom Petty tributes roll in

Chris Stapleton and Margo Price are the latest artists to have paid tribute to the late Tom Petty while performing live shows.  After he died, Margo Price told Stereogum that her favorite Petty song was “Have Love, Will Travel.” But says the site, “she’s been working the more well-known “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” into her opening sets for Chris Stapleton lately — first on Thursday in Moline, Illinois, then on Friday in Des Moine, Iowa, and finally on Saturday in St. Paul, MN.”  Continue reading “More Tom Petty tributes roll in”

Jesse Dayton to tour first UK release in a decade

Jesse Dayton it’s fair to say is a Texan guitar legend who’s previously recorded with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings and he’s just about to release his first UK album in 10 years which we recently described as “a superb album which really does have something for everyone both lyrically and sonically”.  Dayton played the lead parts alongside his personal hero Glen Campbell, right after Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he’s just finished performing aboard the “The Outlaw Country Cruise” with Lucinda Williams, The Mavericks and Steve Earle.  If that isn’t all enough to convince you then catch him on his UK tour later this month – dates and a slightly wobbly video of him playing are below. Continue reading “Jesse Dayton to tour first UK release in a decade”