Hear entire new Ryan Adams album “Prisoner” courtesy of NPR

Ryan Adams has a new album out later this week (which he believes will be better than his Whiskeytown output which he now describes as “pretty terrible”) and if you can’t wait until Friday, you can hear the whole thing now streaming online courtesy of NPR.  They report: “Musicians face many barriers to long careers, from shifting commercial whims to a cruel industry. One obstacle that doesn’t get discussed often enough is the simple aging process: If you get famous for songs you wrote as a 20-year-old, then you often have to either remain in a state of arrested development or find a way to get the public to grow — and grow up — with you.  Continue reading “Hear entire new Ryan Adams album “Prisoner” courtesy of NPR”

Willard Grant Conspiracy’s Robert Fisher dies

Very sad news today from Loose – Willard Grant Conspiracy were one of those iconic bands of americana who were a mesmerising band to see live. You can hear my personal favourite track from them below, taken from their unbearably moving “Regard the End” album from 2003. Uncut reports: “Robert Fisher from Willard Grant Conspiracy has died. According to a Facebook post from his label Loose Music, he had been suffering from cancer. “He was busy still holding down his day job and recording tracks for his 11th album,” they wrote. Continue reading “Willard Grant Conspiracy’s Robert Fisher dies”

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit announce new album, UK dates

Although don’t get too excited as they’re towards the end of the year and gigs in bunkers tend to be a bit cramped. Rolling Stone reports: “It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Jason Isbell, who will release two records before 2017 is up. Today, the songwriter announced his upcoming Live from Welcome to 1979, a six-song, vinyl-only concert album recorded directly onto lacquer. A full-length studio album is also slated to hit shelves this year, with production by Dave Cobb. Both titles are credited to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, marking Isbell’s first non-solo albums since 2013’s Live from Alabama. Continue reading “Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit announce new album, UK dates”

Maverick Festival announces 2017 line-up for tenth anniversary

The Maverick Festival, which takes place in the picturesque Victorian farm buildings of Easton Farm Park, has always been one of the highlights of the americana year and they’ve just announced the line-up for this year’s which celebrates a milestone 10th anniversary. Headlining acts include the Henry Brothers, Stompin’ Dave Allen, Police Dog Hogan, Brooks William, Sam Baker, the Danberrys, Low Lily and Terra Lightfoot, with plenty more acts to be announced soon (although no Ed Sheeran who did play Maverick back in 2008). The festival runs from Friday 30th June-Sunday 2nd July and tickets are on sale for £95 for the weekend (which goes down to £20 if you happen to be 10 years old).   Continue reading “Maverick Festival announces 2017 line-up for tenth anniversary”

Julie Byrne announces UK dates – May

Folk singer-songwriter Julie Byrne has announced a handful of UK dates for May, kicking off in Bristol on 21st.  She’s also lined up for both End of the Road and Sea Change festivals over the summer, and her second album ‘Not Even Happiness’ (released last month on Basin Rock) “vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road – bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, as well as the irresolvable mysteries of love.” And if that doesn’t whet your whistle then maybe the video clip will below.  Continue reading “Julie Byrne announces UK dates – May”

Looking forward to New Year ‘Snow’

Something to warm your hearts in this bleak winter, for it will be a great New Year as New Year (the Band) are releasing their first new material for 9 long years. On April 28th Snow will be released. For fellow devotees of the work of the Kadane brothers (Bedhead, New Year and Overseas with Will Johnson and David Bazan) this is news that will bring Spring just that little bit closer. There is a short teaser for the album on YouTube but bugger that, let’s just bask in The End’s Not Near from 2008.  Continue reading “Looking forward to New Year ‘Snow’”

Here’s the americana winners from the 2017 Grammys

Good morning everyone. The Boot website helpfully reports this morning the big winners in the categories you care about (a bit more than Adele vs Beyoncé) in last night’s Grammys.  They report: “The winners of the 2017 Grammy Awards were revealed on Sunday (Feb. 12), during both the pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony and the televised awards show. A number of country, Americana, bluegrass and folk artists went home with trophies this year. Maren Morris earned the most nominations of any country artist in 2017: She was up for Best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, in addition to the all-genre Best New Artist award. Sturgill Simpson was competing for the all-genre Album of the Year honor, as well as Best Country Album, and Kelsea Ballerini, too, was nominated for Best New Artist. Other country nominees included Keith Urban, Brandy Clark, the Avett Brothers, Miranda Lambert and more.  Continue reading “Here’s the americana winners from the 2017 Grammys”