Iron & Wine announces UK dates for 2018

God that beard is terrifying. Following some rather ace reviews for new album “Beast Epic”, available now on the Sub Pop label, Iron & Wine has announced a number of European shows for early 2018. Beginning in Reykjavic on 14th January, the tour reaches these shores in February for the below UK/Ireland dates, including a London Hammersmith Apollo performance. In the meantime, why not drink some wine while ironing and listen to the full album below. Continue reading “Iron & Wine announces UK dates for 2018”

Film about Dylan “Gospel Tour” to premiere in New York

Made during his so called “Christian years” no less. Spin reports: “The New York Film Festival, which opens on September 28 and runs through October 15, is premiering a new concert film featuring the music Bob Dylanmade during his Christian years in the late 1970s and early ’80s. The movie is called Trouble No More, and is primarily comprised of clips from two shows during his lengthy 1979-80 tour, supporting the first of his three “gospel albums,” Slow Train Coming, in Toronto and Buffalo. The movie features voiceovers by actor Michael Shannon, written by writer Luc Sante, which are juxtaposed with the live footage. Continue reading “Film about Dylan “Gospel Tour” to premiere in New York”

Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up

If we could afford to cover this in person we would, although you do avoid Van on a bad day biting your head off (sorry, lazy journalism there). Rolling Stone Country reports: “Eclectic UK rock legends Van Morrison and Graham Nash, both of whom have been directly influenced by American music will both take the stage to perform at the Americana Honors & Awards Show on September 13th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.  Continue reading “Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up”

Jason Isbell plays hometown Muscle Shoals gig

Good morning everyone. If you’re in the US and wondered why we didn’t update yesterday it’s because we have these things called holidays. You used to have them once! (Actually not sure if this is true) Rolling Stone reports: “You can take Jason Isbell out of Muscle Shoals, but you can’t take Muscle Shoals out of Isbell. That was the clear Saturday night at the Shoals Community Theatre in Florence, Alabama, where, backed by his longtime outfit the 400 Unit (which the local press recently deemed the E Street Band of their era), the North Alabama native made his first proper full-band appearance since 2010. Continue reading “Jason Isbell plays hometown Muscle Shoals gig”

Moose orders El Goodo to release new album – September

Welsh psych-pop band El Goodo are always worth a mention if for nothing else the fact that they named their band after a Big Star song. Their new album “By Order Of The Moose” is due out on 8 September-  made over 8 years in an old derelict cinema in their home village of Resolven,  and produced by Cian Ciaran from Super Furry Animals, the band recorded the album on a 16-track with a small collection of faulty equipment, embellishing the songs with strings, brass, sitars, harmonicas, xylophones and vocal harmonies.  This particular track which opens the new record could be lifted right off a Teenage Fanclub album from 20 years ago, which is no bad thing.  Continue reading “Moose orders El Goodo to release new album – September”

Lydia Loveless releases crazy album – October

On October 13th Ohio singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless will release “Boy Crazy and Single(s)”, a collection of 11 songs, including the 5-song EP Boy Crazy and six non-album singles, rarities, and covers from throughout the artist’s career. Boy Crazy and Single(s) follows Loveless’s 2016 full-length album Real, and marks the first time the tracks will be released collectively across CD/LP/digital formats.  Continue reading “Lydia Loveless releases crazy album – October”

Lilly Hiatt talks about new album and sobriety

RS Country (our eternal source of all good things americana once we’ve weeded out the Kenny Chesney, sorry Kenny) have an interview with Lilly Hiatt, daughter of John, which is an interesting read: “One day last summer, Lilly Hiatt sat down in her new East Nashville apartment and began writing a love song. It was the last type of tune Hiatt would have expected to turn towards, considering her circumstances. The last few months had been full of heavy heartbreak, constant commotion and emotional upheaval for the 32-year-old songwriter, who had moved out of her ex’s house, fled town for an extensive West Coast tour with John Moreland, and returned to a quiet, empty home to face reality earlier that spring.  Continue reading “Lilly Hiatt talks about new album and sobriety”