Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Courtney Marie Andrews cover Nina Simone – Listen

This is lovely if you have four minutes to spare.  Consequence of Sound report: “After political happenings Friday handed 45 the second major loss of his two-month-old presidency, it feels like a good time to be part of the #Resistance. Now is not the time to rest, however, as there will be plenty of chances to press the advantage in the near future. That’s why the Our First 100 Days series is continuing on today with a reminder that true freedom must be fought for constantly. Continue reading “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Courtney Marie Andrews cover Nina Simone – Listen”

Tim O’Brien announces new album, UK dates

Grammy winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien has announced a new album “Where the River Meets the Road” which will be released in the UK on 12th May.  The album features songs from his native West Virginia, bluegrass and Americana covers from songwriters Hazel Dickens, Billy Edd Wheeler and Bill Withers alongside autobiographical originals with help from collaborators like Chris Stapleton, Kathy Mattea, Stuart Duncan and Noam Pikelny. He has performed or recorded in the past with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin, and if all that’s not enough, he’s also produced records for Yonder Mountain String Band, David Bromberg, and Canada’s Old Man Luedecke.  The arrogance of the man.  Continue reading “Tim O’Brien announces new album, UK dates”

Rodney Crowell talks about Guy Clark in new podcast

Imagine having this many friends. Rolling Stone reports: “Rodney Crowell has been Guy Clark’s buddy, Emmylou Harris’ bandmate and one of country music’s biggest hitmakers, and this week he’s Chris Shiflett’s guest on the latest episode of the Walking the Floor podcast. Crowell’s interview is sprinkled not only with anecdotes about his upcoming album, Close Ties, but of memories from Nashville’s golden years. “It had a lot more street cred back then,” he says of the Tennessee capital, where he moved in 1972. As a songwriter and sideman, Crowell spent the next decade landing hits for other artists and rubbing shoulders with up-and-comers like Steve Earle and Vince Gill. Later, he struck gold with his own Diamonds & Dirt,the late-Eighties album that spun off five Number One hits. During the years since, he’s charted his own course, becoming an Americana icon along the way.  Continue reading “Rodney Crowell talks about Guy Clark in new podcast”

Lucy Rose announces UK/European dates, new album

Lucy Rose has announced details of a new album and a “global cinema tour” taking her to rather exciting places to showcase the record and its companion documentary film. ‘Something’s Changing’ will be released on the 14th July through Communion Records. The album will be accompanied by a short documentary, acting as a fly-on-the-wall account of Lucy’s debut tour of Latin America last year. The trip, organised independently by Lucy with the help of her Latin American fans, became an inspiration for the record and the film is an intimate account of how it all came together.  Here are those dates along with her new single recorded with The Staves.  Continue reading “Lucy Rose announces UK/European dates, new album”

Bob Harris records his final Sunday morning show – Listen

Years ago when I was a teenage boy (many years ago..) I discovered Bob Harris on the Radio 1 shows he used to present from midnight until 2 in the morning, and would often go into school bleary-eyed and glowered at by the teachers but thrilled from the ongoing discovery of new music which UK daytime radio studiously ignored.  The schedule then changed so the shows went on even later (till 4am) and I consequently developed (for fear of being expelled) a system of studiously taping them just in case I missed the next best band of the rest of my life.  Anyway, many years later and 3 different radio stations on, Bob is finally calling it a day with the spiritual continuation of those original Radio 1 shows, the Sunday morning (once Saturday evening) Radio 2 show.  Continue reading “Bob Harris records his final Sunday morning show – Listen”

Thomas Wynn & The Believers – new album coming in May

Thomas Wynn & The Believers have announced that their third album – Wade Waist Deep – will be appearing on Mascot Records this May. Having been named the #1 Rock Band and #1 Country/Folk Band in the city for seven consecutive years by the Orlando Weekly, the band’s combination of Rock and Southern Soul, supported by Thomas’ self-styled “blood harmonies” with his sister Olivia are hauntingly beautiful and forge an uplifting “soul rock”, mixing the best of Classic Rock, R&B and Gospel. Continue reading “Thomas Wynn & The Believers – new album coming in May”

Jason Isbell previews album with new track – Listen

A nice way to go into the weekend and you can squeeze your red nose (or something else, your choice) while listening to it – Rolling Stone Country reports: “”Last year was a son of a bitch,” Jason Isbell hollers in “Hope the High Road,” the first release from this summer’s The Nashville Sound. A guitar-charged tribute to those feeling disenchanted by today’s divisive politics and social issues, the song fires twin blasts of electrified empathy and resolute optimism. Isbell, an outspoken liberal who isn’t afraid to get political on Twitter, isn’t ready to make peace with his aggressors. Instead, he’s taking the high road, refusing to be bullied into despair.  Continue reading “Jason Isbell previews album with new track – Listen”