James Taylor surprises Jimmy Kimmel with birthday song – Watch

Sorry, that headline makes it sound like he did a rendition of “Happy Birthday”.  Stereogum reports: “James Taylor guested on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night for the late night host’s 50th birthday celebration. Taylor’s appearance was a surprise, and he broke out his 1970 classic “Sweet Baby James,” performing it alongside a cellist and accordionist. Ben Affleck also appeared on the show and presented Kimmel with a live action short inspired by a comic book Kimmel wrote as a kid. The short was co-produced by J.J. Abrams and John Hamm plays a leprechaun. Watch below.” And weep. Continue reading “James Taylor surprises Jimmy Kimmel with birthday song – Watch”

Neil Young online archive goes live next month

Some Neil Young news from Uncut this morning (we’re about 4 days late with this but hey, it’ll be Christmas before you know it): “Neil Young has given an unexpected update about his archives. In a Facebook post on Saturday, November 11 – the day before his 72nd birthday – Young revealed the online archive will go live on December 1. December 1 is also the release date for his latest album, The Visitor. Continue reading “Neil Young online archive goes live next month”

Joan Baez announces “last formal extended” UK and Ireland tour dates

Erm…  not sure what that means other than she might carry on in her pyjamas at your nan’s in 2019.  Joan Baez has announced an extensive 2018 world tour, including UK dates in March and May. In conjunction with the tour, Baez will release a new studio album ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ (Proper Records), produced by Joe Henry, in early March 2018. This will be her first new record since 2008’s  ‘Day After Tomorrow’ (no relation to the movie of the same name, which would have been infinitely better if Baez had been involved). Continue reading “Joan Baez announces “last formal extended” UK and Ireland tour dates”

Daniel Romano hits the UK for dates

Rock’n’ roll chameleon Daniel Romano has arrived in the UK for a string of shows to promote his recently released seventh album, Modern Pressure, out now on New West Records.
Romano, fresh from his first appearance at End Of The Road Festival will be headlining The Borderline in London with his full band on November 18th as well as shows in Leeds, Glasgow, Coventry, Dublin, Manchester and Newcastle.   The Leeds one was last night actually so apologies to our Yorkshire readers.   Continue reading “Daniel Romano hits the UK for dates”

Joan Baez has new album and last tour upcoming

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Joan Baez has a pair of big announcements about 2018 – the first is that she’ll release her latest album in May, her first album for ten years.  The second is that she’ll be touring the UK, with dates in March and May, in support of this album.  The sting in the tail is that this will be her final tour – to be precise Baez has said “Next year is my last year of formal touring. There will be four different tours, one month each, and then that’s it. I can choose if I want to go sing at a protest (but) the voice is so difficult to deal with now that having a point where I don’t have to do it anymore will be wonderful.”  Continue reading “Joan Baez has new album and last tour upcoming”

Sturgill Simpson goes busking outside CMA Awards

If Simpson and Isbell had a fight to see who was the coolest, Simpson would be one up at this point. (But then the Jeremy Hunt thing…  see, it’s never ending..)  Billboard report: “The Country Music Association Awards are being held in Nashville right now. But Sturgill Simpson has never had much love for the country music establishment, and instead of performing at the actual ceremony, he’s been participating by busking outside the event and donating all the money he gets to the ACLU. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson goes busking outside CMA Awards”

Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year

The crossover man who puts the “meh” into amehricana, Chris Staplegun has done it again. Oh and people should be prosecuted for beating Jerry Douglas in any category. Rolling Stone reports: “The 51st CMA Awards were held in Nashville on Wednesday, with Garth Brooks taking home the night’s top honor of Entertainer of the Year for the sixth time in his storied career. Brooks, who triumphed over Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Eric Church, returned from hiatus in 2014 and launched a sprawling world tour that will continue through the end of 2017. Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton wound up as the night’s most-awarded performers, with two wins each. Continue reading “Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year”