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”

Joe Purdy has something to sing about.

It is often said that hard times, or difficult times, bring forth the best music. You know – Woody and the Dust Bowl, the Civil Rights Movement and Dylan, Thatcherism and Bucks Fizz. Or should that be Billy Bragg? Anyway, that kind of thing. It does sometimes make one pause and wonder if the hard times are worth going through just to get the music, but then if they’re unavoidable at least having someone who’ll stand up and be counted, point a few fingers and tell a few home truths makes them a little easier to take. The craziness of the last couple of years has thrown up more than a few protest singers worth the name, but none more worthy than Joe Purdy. Continue reading “Joe Purdy has something to sing about.”

Slaid Cleaves previews track from new album

Over on Rolling Stone Country, much underrated Americana troubadour Slaid Cleaves has been talking about his upcoming new album  Ghost on the Car Radio and previewing the first song from it Drunken Barber’s Hand.   It’s a co-write with frequent collaborator Rod Picott who, as is often the case,  has released his own version of the tune.  Drunken Barber’s Hand sees Cleaves revisiting the more political bent he took on his last LP, 2013’s Still Fighting the War. Continue reading “Slaid Cleaves previews track from new album”

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””

Courtney Marie Andrews to tour Britain late Summer

Courtney Marie Andrews obviously likes the UK, as she’s already spent some time here earlier this year opening for the Handsome Family and she’s decided to bring her brand of country inspired singer-songwriting back again for dates in late August and early September. Having started touring at the age of 16 when she left her home in Arizona she’s travelled far – literally and figuratively – over the last decade. She’s racked up plenty of road miles, and still found time for five studio albums of new classics in the mode of an Emmylou Harris – with a touch of Linda Rontstadt around the edges. Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews to tour Britain late Summer”

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.”