Lord Huron to return to UK

Don’t get too excited though – it’s not until after Christmas (but at least now you know what to ask for !).  Lord Huron will be bringing the sounds of their 2015 album Strange Trails back to the UK, and no doubt there will be some exposure for the world conquering debut album Lonesome Dreams. Lord Huron are now an official band – having started life as a project for frontman and songwriter Ben Schneider. Continue reading “Lord Huron to return to UK”

Willie Watson new album due September

And if this list of musical associates doesn’t impress you then no list will. God you are hard to please. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Joining the ranks of the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and many others over a nearly 100-year-span, modern folk interpreter Willie Watson unleashes a soul-stirring version of “Samson and Delilah,” a folk-gospel standard made popular by Reverend Gary Davis, who had learned the biblically-themed tune from blues singer Blind Willie Johnson.  Continue reading “Willie Watson new album due September”

Little Steven announces UK tour

Little Steven – also know as Steve Van Zandt – is bringing his band, The Disciples of Soul, to the UK this November for a series of dates.  Steve Van Zandt is known for many things – he’s a DJ, he’s an actor – maybe you caught him in this show The Sopranos?  He plays a mean guitar – works with this guy Springsteen – but he also has his own band.  And that  band has  a new album – Soulfire – out.  And so Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul  are hitting the road.   Continue reading “Little Steven announces UK tour”

Randy Newman releases second song from new album – Listen

You know what a new Randy Newman song is going to sound like before you’ve even heard it, lots of tempo changes and killer lines, and this one’s no exception but no less lovable for it. Spin report: “Randy Newman has released the second single from his upcoming album Dark Matter, which is his first studio LP of new material since 2008’s Harps and Angels. It’s a gentle jazzy narrative song written from the perspective of the first legendary blues singer to be named Sonny Boy Williamson, which was Sonny Boy Williamson I, born John Lee Curtis. Continue reading “Randy Newman releases second song from new album – Listen”

Curtis Eller’s American Circus announces UK tour dates

Curtis Eller’s American Circus is a band, not a thing, and they’re preparing to embark on a 16 date tour of the UK. Eller is a prolific songwriter and performer who’s banjo driven songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where “all points in time have collapsed into one” and his backing band are described as “brutish” and “inelegant” which is a refreshing change to the usual hyper-bollock PR we get sent. Here are those dates. Continue reading “Curtis Eller’s American Circus announces UK tour dates”

Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers announce new album

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will release “The Long-Awaited Album” on Rounder Records/Decca Records on 22nd September. The record is Martin’s newest collaboration with the Grammy-winning North Carolina-based band the Steep Canyon Rangers, and “full of stories that mix humour and melancholy, whimsy and realism, rich characters and concrete details. And lots of banjos.”  Which you can’t have too many of in our opinion.    Continue reading “Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers announce new album”

Rolling Stone Country would like to annoy you

Were you wondering what to do this weekend ?  Tennis too dull, no gigs to go to, looking like it might rain on the BBQ ?  Fear not, Rolling Stone Country have done us all a great service in producing a weekend full of arguments in the form of their list of 100 Greatest Country Artists Link.  Yup, all your favourites are there…actually they aren’t.  The colossi who bestride the Americana world are given their due…actually they aren’t.  Townes – where would you put Townes ? Continue reading “Rolling Stone Country would like to annoy you”