Fleet Foxes share new song (or a bit of one) – Listen

News from Pitchfork this morning on our favourite mammals the Tories are proposing to rip limb from limb once again because hey, if you can’t hunt the proletariat down a fox will have to do. They report (Pitchfork, not the Tories): “Fleet Foxes are gearing up to release their next studio album, Crack-Up, which arrives June 16 via Nonesuch. Now, frontman Robin Pecknold has revealed a snippet of a new song in a video taken from a recent listening party for select fans in Los Angeles. Take a listen to “I Am All That I Need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint Scar” below. Continue reading “Fleet Foxes share new song (or a bit of one) – Listen”

Unreleased Elliott Smith track released for campaign

This couldn’t come at a more important time given the oncoming war on well basically half the world’s population. NME reports: “An unreleased Elliott Smith track has been unveiled as part of a campaign in aid of Planned Parenthood, 14 years after the cult singer-songwriter’s death in 2003. Artists including Foo Fighters, St Vincent, CHVRCHES and Bon Iver have already contributed to the compilation of 7-inch singles, alongside comedians Jenny Slate, Margaret Cho and Janeane Garofalo, who offered exclusive spoken word recordings to the project.  Continue reading “Unreleased Elliott Smith track released for campaign”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ talks Merle Haggard

Let’s face it, he’s probably still not going to beat Mel B’s version of “Word Up” in terms of classic covers but good on him for having a go. Rolling Stone reports: “Imagine arranging Merle Haggard’s millions of fans in concentric circles. In the outermost ring, place the casual listeners, the ones familiar with “Mama Tried,” some of the canonical 1960s material and maybe the hoopla around “Okie From Muskogee.” A slightly smaller – if still spacious – circle encompasses those who stuck with Haggard as long as country radio did; he scored his last Number One airplay hit as a solo artist in 1987. Next you enter into a circle of dedicated enthusiasts, the active listeners who have continued to hunt down and pore over Haggard’s LPs, and that’s where you’ll find Will Oldham, who records under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy.  Continue reading “Bonnie ‘Prince’ talks Merle Haggard”

Loretta Lynn remains in hospital following stroke

News reported all over the place on the weekend, but just in case you missed it, Spin among many reports: “Country music legend Loretta Lynn suffered a stroke and was hospitalized Thursday evening, according to a post on her Facebook page. The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was admitted to a Nashville hospital, after the incident occurred at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee home. The 85-year-old singer, who achieved 70 charting songs throughout her career, remains in stable condition and is responsive, according to the post. She is expected to make a full recovery. Continue reading “Loretta Lynn remains in hospital following stroke”

Aimee Mann announces UK/Ireland dates

Aimee Mann’s ‘Mental Illness’ which was released at the end of March went straight to number one in the UK americana charts – we were rather keen on it too, calling her work “rarely less than exceptional, and this effort is no different” – and in celebration of our review (probably), she’s announced some European dates this October including three UK/RoI shows with tickets on sale from 9am on Monday.  Links are below and you can see the full list of her European dates over at her website hereContinue reading “Aimee Mann announces UK/Ireland dates”

Uncut wants you to ask Steve Earle some questions

The lovely people at Uncut have a regular “An audience with..” feature where they get their readers to send in questions to musicians and next up is americana legend Steve Earle.  They prompt readers with suggestions such as How did get cast in The Wire?, What was life like growing up in Texas? and What’s the best advice Willie Nelson ever gave him?  Although a better question would be, was the Dixie Chicks’ Earl(e) Had to Die a coded attack on you?  And what’s the collective noun for a group of jellyfish?  Send your questions to uncutaudiencewith@timeinc.com before this Tuesday.  And in the meantime watch this performance from Earle earlier (someone who is even more like him?) this year including an epic and magnificent Trump rant. Continue reading “Uncut wants you to ask Steve Earle some questions”

John Murry announces new album, UK summer dates

John Murry’s new album “A Short History of Decay” is out in July and he’s announced a handful of gigs/festival dates around the UK to promote it, one of which is tonight if you’re lively. The album was recorded in Toronto and produced by Michael Timmins of The Cowboy Junkies, also featuring Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) on drums and Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers, Gord Downie, Lee Harvey Osmond) on bass along with Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues, Elvis Costello). The album’s release date of 14th July was chosen because it is Bastille Day, and because of the French connections to the book “A Short History Of Decay” where John took the title from. There’ll be a new single released on the same day too called “Under a Darker Moon.” Here’s those dates and the track listing for the album. Continue reading “John Murry announces new album, UK summer dates”

Emmylou Harris plays “At the Ryman” anniversary concert

And there’s a nice little clip below from it if you scroll down. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Twenty-six years after her three-night stint onstage at Nashville’s dark and dilapidated Ryman Auditorium helped spearhead efforts to refurbish the century-old former home of the Grand Ole Opry, Emmylou Harris and her acoustic band, the Nash Ramblers, returned to the Ryman for a sold-out show Tuesday night. Harris, now 70, and the Ryman, celebrating 125 years of live entertainment, proved they both remain vibrant and vital elements in Nashville’s rich musical history.  Continue reading “Emmylou Harris plays “At the Ryman” anniversary concert”

Band of Horses cull leaves them as trio

Some sad news this morning if you’re an equestrian or enjoy a bit of thoroughbred water polo. Billboard reports: “Mid-aughts folk heroes Band of Horses have a significant lineup change in the works. Guitarist Tyler Ramsey and bassist Bill Reynolds each took to social media Wednesday morning (May 3) to announce their respective departures from the 13-year-old group. “We certainly had some good times and I’m sure I will miss the beautifully dysfunctional family we became,” wrote Ramsey on Instagram.  Continue reading “Band of Horses cull leaves them as trio”

Our First 100 Days project ends with Phosphorescent playing Woody Guthrie – Listen

Possibly the most worthwhile music project of the century so far, ambitious in scale and a delight from start to finish, Paste report: “Saturday marked the 100th day of the new regime, and that number feels even more trivial and arbitrary now that we’re on the other side of it—especially when it means that Our First 100 Days, the playlist that’s been getting us through with a new song every day, was forced by virtue of its own name to come to a close.  Continue reading “Our First 100 Days project ends with Phosphorescent playing Woody Guthrie – Listen”