Massy Ferguson announce UK dates

If you do a Google image search for Seattle based americana-rock band Massy Ferguson, you get a lot of pictures of tractors, but regardless of that, the band are returning to the UK next month for a July tour. They will be playing festivals ranging from Truck Festival in Oxford to SummerTyne Americana Festival in Newcastle and clubs like The Prince Albert in Brighton and The Musician in Leicester.  Continue reading “Massy Ferguson announce UK dates”

Jason Isbell & 400 Unit perform on Colbert – watch

He is all over the shows at the moment (note the plural)  Consequence of Sound reports: “Jason Isbell’s new album with his band The 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound, doesn’t sound like what most people think of when they consider a country record. The single “Hope the High Road”, for example, includes the lines, “I’ve heard enough of the white man’s blues/ I’ve sang enough about myself… Last year was a son of a bitch/ For nearly everyone we know/ But I ain’t fighting with you down in a ditch/ I’ll meet you up here on the road.”  Continue reading “Jason Isbell & 400 Unit perform on Colbert – watch”

Chris Cornell to appear on new Johnny Cash “poetry album”

But will it match up to “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”? Pitchfork report this morning: “Chris Cornell is one of a handful of artists who will appear on an upcoming album featuring Johnny Cash’s poetry, titled Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music. Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, invited Cornell to participate before his death. In 2016, Carter Cash published a book of his father’s poetry, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, but he told Rolling Stone the “precursor to this project” started when country artist Brad Paisley set one of those poems to music for his new album, Love and War. Besides Cornell and Paisley, Jewel, T-Bone Burnett, Kacey Musgraves, and more took part in the album. No release date has been set.  Continue reading “Chris Cornell to appear on new Johnny Cash “poetry album””

Jeff Tweedy performs “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” on Seth Meyers – watch

News from Spin this morning on this lovely little performance: “Last night Jeff Tweedy made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform an acoustic take of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.” The bare-bones performance features Tweedy on acoustic guitar, vocals rough yet shining through. Wilco is currently on tour for their latest album, Schmilco, released last year. Tweedy’s new solo project, a collection of acoustic takes of songs from throughout his career, is called Together at Last, and is out June 23. Watch the Seth Meyers performance below. Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy performs “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” on Seth Meyers – watch”

Pete Seeger’s political sailboat heads for DC

God it’s a great feeling in the era of presidential toddlers to have people like Pete Seeger still with us. Billboard reports: “Five decades after the late folk music icon Pete Seeger sailed to the nation’s capital to call for passage of federal Clean Water Act, his Hudson River sloop Clearwater has again cast off for Washington, D.C. to challenge President Trump’s rollback of environmental protections. Musicians and activists gathered June 17 during Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, a two-day folk-rock festival on the river’s edge in New York’s Westchester County, and loaded the sloop with a “cargo of concern” — petitions, municipal resolutions, and testimonials from individuals, citizen groups and elected officials.  Continue reading “Pete Seeger’s political sailboat heads for DC”

North Mississippi Allstars new album and tour dates

Those sons of the infamous Southern behemoth that was James Dickinson, North Mississippi Allstars have announced several UK dates in support of their latest album, Prayer For Peace. Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the Allstars have forged a reputation for combining true Southern grit with elements of soul, blues and even hip hop. Continue reading “North Mississippi Allstars new album and tour dates”

Steve Earle discusses new album with RS

Happy Monday morning everyone. If you’re sitting in an air conditioned freezing office looking at the sun through tinted windows, warm yourself with this piece from RS Country: “For the vast majority of Steve Earle’s studio LPs, beginning with the 1986 neo-traditional classic Guitar Town, he has used other inspiring works to build a sonic template before recording. For his latest, the raucous So You Wannabe an Outlaw, out today, the Texas-born musician, novelist and actor unapologetically channels Waylon Jennings – in particular, the rebellious, monumentally influential Honky Tonk Heroes-era Waylon, who took creative control of his musical destiny with that 1973 album, largely penned by fellow renegade Billy Joe Shaver.  Continue reading “Steve Earle discusses new album with RS”