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”

Loose Music to reissue Courtney Marie Andrews’ On My Page album as she returns to the UK for headlining tour

Undoubtedly one of the hits of the year so far Courtney Marie Andrews returns to the UK at the end of August for a headlining tour, including two dates at Bush Hall on 4th and 5th September (Shepherd’s Bush, London). The second London date was added after public demand following her appearance on Later With Jools Holland. She also plays End Of The Road Festival on 2nd September.

In tandem with the tour Loose Music has announced that they will be reissuing Andrews 2013 album On My Page which was only released in the States originally. The album will be available on CD and also on vinyl for the first time.

 

 

 

New album release from Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

Just signed to Fantasy Records and for the last two years the backing band for rock royalty in Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson, and his band are releasing an album at the end of August. Described as country soul, the self titled album is the band’s third full length release and features Lady Gaga on backing vocals on a couple of the songs.

The band will be playing some live dates in the UK in late October and they also have an appearance on Jools Holland’s Later lined up. You can hear three of the songs from the album here 

Ten new country artists you have to hear- according to Rolling Stone

OK, maybe we’re overdosing on the Rolling Stone derived news stories but summer’s supposed to be the “silly season” for news and there’s not that much happening elsewhere right now. There’s one UK act in here (Ferris & Sylvester) and RS notes of the list that “It’s easy to hear the influence of firebrands like Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson in this month’s list.” So maybe the kickback against EDM Country and the so-called ‘Bro country fraternity is finally beginning to bite.

Read the list here.

Van Morrison has new album coming up – and UK tour

There is a hierarchy in the list of poet singer-songwriters  – and few indeed are the singers that can stand at the very peak alongside the recently elected Nobel literature laureate.  Van Morrison is one such.  And so it is so very much more than a pleasure to announce that the one they call Van the Man is setting to release his 37th studio album.  It’s called Roll With The Punches and it sees Van Morrison’s hand-picking a selection of rhythm and blues classics (by the likes of Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lightnin’ Hopkins among others) to record alongside a set of new self-written songs. Continue reading “Van Morrison has new album coming up – and UK tour”

Billy Bragg’s new song tackles the new populism

As reported in Paste magazine Billy Bragg has released a new song, The Sleep of Reason, a spare electric-guitar track that aims its venom at social-media trolls, Internet addicts and folks who fly Confederate flags “just for show.” The song was inspired by Spanish artist Francisco Goya’s etching from 1799, “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.” In it Bragg casts his net over the political and social events that have overwhelmed the U.S. and the U.K. As he told Paste “The title struck a chord with me when trying to understand the events of last year. The lies and hubris of the Leave campaign in our EU referendum were echoed and amplified by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Only by restoring empathy and reason can we hope to defeat the monstrous forces of nationalism and untruth.”

Here’s the video and you can read the whole article here