Billy Bragg pays tribute to Woody Guthrie at Folk Awards – Watch

This will set your weekend off to a good start, it’ll elevate the hairs on the back of your neck (well until you read the Trump bit of the accompanying piece). Spin reports on Wednesday evening’s events: “Woody Guthrie was the hall of fame inductee at last night’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which sort of makes you wonder who’s in the hall already if Woody’s only just now getting in. In any case, the UK folksinger Billy Bragg gave a tribute performance to the icon last night, and it was quite lovely. Bragg is probably the most easily identifiable inheritor of Guthrie’s weighty legacy as poet and troubadour of the working class–his 1998 collaborative album with Wilco Mermaid Avenue set unused Guthrie lyrics to original music–and he handled the role with gravity, performing a somber rendition of “I Ain’t Got No Home,” Guthrie’s devastating ballad of poverty. (The song was previously covered by Bruce Springsteen and Bragg himself on 2013’s Tooth and Nail.)  Continue reading “Billy Bragg pays tribute to Woody Guthrie at Folk Awards – Watch”

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – here’s the list of winners

We seem to have lost a day in bringing you this news, so apologies for the slackness but the winners of the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 were announced in a ceremony broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall, London on Wednesday evening. Now in their 18th year, the Awards, the BBC say “are a key highlight of the folk music calendar and serve to raise the profile of folk music. Talent, new and old, received accolades including Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo, Best Album, Musician of the Year, Young Folk Award and more. Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Ry Cooder and Al Stewart.” Woody Guthrie was rightly inducted into their Hall of Fame which was very cool, but hey, the Folk Awards had Tony Blackburn and we had Bob Harris for ours – read into that what you will. Here’s that list of winners.  Continue reading “BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – here’s the list of winners”

Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett’s new americana album is out next week

“West Coast Town” the new solo album from Chris Shiflett, will be released on 14th April on SideOneDummy Records. Although he’s known as the Foo Fighters’ lead guitarist, Chris’s solo country work has also gained him recognition on the alt-country scene, where “his signature vocals and killer guitar work serve up a heady brew of raw barroom honky tonk, hi-octane rockabilly, and here-and-now Americana.” And we like a bit of here and now americana.  Continue reading “Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett’s new americana album is out next week”

Will Oldham covers Merle Haggard in a bath – Watch

OK it’s not quite a bath, but it would have been an even better story if it was.  Stereogum report: “Next month, Will Oldham will release Best Troubador, a Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy album made up of Merle Haggard covers. We heard his take on “Mama Tried” last month, and today he’s shared a video of him performing the late-period Haggard track “Bad Actor” in a steamroom. It’s not as steamy as you’d might expect given the locale, but Oldham is accompanied by his wife Elsa for the performance. Watch below.”  Continue reading “Will Oldham covers Merle Haggard in a bath – Watch”

Willie Nelson premieres tracks from new album

Lovely to see Willie Nelson still ploughing on, it may finally be time to forgive and forget the Toby Keith duo. News from Rolling Stone Country this morning who report: “Willie Nelson premiered key tracks from his upcoming album God’s Problem Child last night in Nashville during an intimate interview session for SiriusXM. Seated alongside the record’s producer, his longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, Nelson looked hale and hearty – far from the rumored state of ill health that’s been making the rounds online.   Continue reading “Willie Nelson premieres tracks from new album”

Fleet Foxes announce world tour

And there’s a UK date in there if you look hard enough! (although it’s a festival date so you will have to see another 150 bands for the privilege). Spin reports: “After releasing a new song last month, Fleet Foxes have announced that they’ll embark on an extensive tour that will run from May until the end of the year. The band is touring behind their upcoming album Crack-Up, which follows 2011’s Helplessness Blues. The new project is scheduled to drop June 16. Check out the full tour dates and a trailer for the album below.  Continue reading “Fleet Foxes announce world tour”

Crowell, Cash and John Paul White pay homage to Guy Clark – Watch

This is lurvely (and not blocked for UK viewing for once) with a great sentiment behind it. Rolling Stone report: “Rodney Crowell was joined by Rosanne Cash and John Paul White to recreate the trio’s rendition of “It Ain’t Over Yet,” the lead single from Crowell’s new album, Close Ties. The song was just one of several highlights during Crowell’s album-release show Thursday, March 30th at New York’s City Winery, which also included Crowell and Cash duetting on both 1979’s “No Memories Hangin’ Round” and Crowell’s signature song, “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight.” Watch the performance of “It Ain’t Over Yet” [below].  Continue reading “Crowell, Cash and John Paul White pay homage to Guy Clark – Watch”