New Kim Richey “Edgeland” due March – Listen

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kim Richey will release her first album in five years, Edgeland, on Yep Roc Records on 30th March, and you can hear the first track to be taken from it “Whistle On Occasion” featuring Chuck Prophet below. Recorded in Nashville, Edgeland is Richey’s eighth studio album and was produced by Brad Jones.  The 12 tracks feature songwriting collaborations with Maendo Sanz, Mike Henderson, Bill Deasy, Al Anderson, Jenny Queen, Harry Hoke, Chuck Prophet and Pat McLaughlin, with the latter two also playing guitar and mandolin on the album.   Richey is supporting Gretchen Peters on her UK tour – here are those dates: Continue reading “New Kim Richey “Edgeland” due March – Listen”

UK bill to protect music venues goes to second reading next week

This has flown under the radar a bit in terms of national reporting but it might be a good time to ask your MP to support the bill (unless you live next to a noisy venue, in which case – why buy a house next to a noisy venue?)  IQ reports: “British artists, politicians and senior music industry figures headed to Westminster this morning in support of John Spellar MP’s bill to enshrine the agent-of-change principle in UK law. Continue reading “UK bill to protect music venues goes to second reading next week”

Americana for the masses in Kent, Black Deer Festival is born!

A new festival Black Deer has been announced this morning which “promises you a jam-packed weekend of celebrating all things Americana and Country!” Taking place in Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, the festival promises “an array of authentic americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytellings from cultural pioneers,” not to mention the americana itself of course and the line-up is fairly spectacular:  Continue reading “Americana for the masses in Kent, Black Deer Festival is born!”

Red River Dialect announce UK dates

Red River Dialect describe themselves on their site as “a six strong band of human animals, brewing a lightly carbonated folk-rock from the psycho-spiritual malt of David Morris’ songwriting”.  We rather liked their new record, which we described as having a “lovely, sweeping feel” (in a “not like a brush though” way) and you can find out for yourself when they head round the UK for some dates from later this month including one in the setting of Liverpool’s beautiful city library.  Here are those dates. Continue reading “Red River Dialect announce UK dates”

Jonathan Wilson, new album in March. Tour too.

The living modern embodiment of the Laurel Canyon vibe Jonathan Wilson has announced that his latest album of happening sounds for discerning listeners will be released on the 2nd of march. It’s called Rare Birds and – if previous efforts are any guide to future achievements – it is going to be fab. Guitar wizardry. Pedal steel. Lyrics that matter. These are the things we’re anticipating right now. Continue reading “Jonathan Wilson, new album in March. Tour too.”

Never Ending Tour – continues

As never ending tours should do, of course. In this particular case it is Lloyd Cole’s own one which will be rolling across the British Isles – well, England and Wales anyway – in February and March.  Lloyd Cole surely needs no introduction – he’s the literate singer songwriter who first stepped into the spotlight in 1984 when when Lloyd Cole & The Commotions released their effortlessly hip debut album Rattlesnakes.   Two further albums of era defining jangle pop were to follow until Lloyd went solo and decamped to New York. Continue reading “Never Ending Tour – continues”

Will Varley taking the Spirit of Minnie out on tour

Will Varley will be releasing his latest studio album – his fifth – on February the 9th – which will coincide with his biggest headlining gig to date as he brings his ten date tour to a crescendo at the Shepherds Bush Empire. The new album, Spirit of Minnie, marks a distinct change of direction for the singer songwriter, being the first time he has recorded with a full backing band. This gives him an expanded musical palette, but he’s not abandoning his gift for painterly, affirming and immediate lyric writing. No – it’s just that having been lifted by pedal steel, violins, piano, he’s brought a new vividness to his music – like seeing things in colour for the first time. Continue reading “Will Varley taking the Spirit of Minnie out on tour”

First HRH CROWS Festival to be held in Sheffield

Branching out from their usual hard rock promotions, HRH (Hard Rock Hell) have decided to dip their toes into the wild and wacky world of Country Music, or at least their version of it. CROWS (Country Rock , Outlaw, Western & Southern Rock bands) promises to be a bit grungier and harder hitting than your usual Americana weekend with lots of guitar slinging and rock fuelled grooves. Continue reading “First HRH CROWS Festival to be held in Sheffield”

Mumford & Sons to receive AMA-UK Trailblazer Award

Mumford & Sons – oh, you remember them don’t you ?  The band that caused the largest schism in UK Americana history (possibly).  Well, divisive as they are it can’t really be denied that they raised the profile of a more rootsy approach to Indy Rock.  They were the band that made the banjo cool – you’ll recall Emmylou Harris saying words to that effect.  They toured with a Nobel prize winner.  They sold a lot of records.  They ditched the banjo on their last album. Continue reading “Mumford & Sons to receive AMA-UK Trailblazer Award”

Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy tour dates

That’s Eliza and Martin, together, there’ll also be a range of dates in various other guises and groupings throughout the year for both musicians. February and March of 2018, however will see the daughter and father duo criss-crossing the country playing a range of folk clubs, arts centres and theatre venues.   With a focus on their duo album from 2014 – The Moral of the Elephant – there will also be a wide selection of tunes and songs associated with their various other solo and band outings. Always a memorable evening, offering a real insight into the dynamics – musical and otherwise – of the Carthy family. Continue reading “Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy tour dates”