Watch NPR Music ‘Americana Alphabet’ Peformances

Some amazing clips here if you have time to watch.  NPR.org reports: “During AmericanaFest last month, NPR Music’s Ann Powers and contributor Jewly Hight got together with musicians at Nashville’s historic Union Station Hotel for a series of intimate “Americana Alphabet” performances. Throughout the week, they hosted Dawes and Lydia Loveless, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, The Lumineers, Lori McKenna, Shovels & Rope and Bobby Rush, all of whom set up in the ornate hotel in various stripped-down configurations. Each of these performances celebrates Americana music by challenging artists to engage with some of the genre’s most treasured keywords. Watch the sessions [here].”

Grandaddy Announce New Album, UK Dates

If you’ve never heard “Nature Anthem”, watch in awe below and prepare to not sleep for the next 3 weeks.  Uncut reports: “Grandaddy have announced details of their new studio album, Last Place. It’s their first album since 2006’s Just Like the Fambly Cat. Last Place will be released on March 3 on Danger Mouse’s Century Records. Produced by the band’s Jason Lytle, it also features Jim Fairchild (guitar), Kevin Garcia (bass), Tim Dryden (keys) and Aaron Burtch (drums).”  Continue reading “Grandaddy Announce New Album, UK Dates”

Celtic Connections Launch 2017 Programme

Celtic Connections, one of the highlights of the americana year (indeed the first highlight of each year) has announced its line-up for 2017 which is cracking as always – 2,100 artists (!) in 20 venues across Glasgow.  The festival opens with a special performance from Laura Marling & the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, and a host of events follow, including performances from Calexico, Tom Russell, the Felice Brothers, Seth Lakeman, Tom Paxton, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry and Eliza Carthy.  There are also performances from our friends at Brookfield Knights including Ozere, 3Hattrio and Nathan Bell.  Head over to the Celtic Connections website for full details and tickets.

Ryan Adams: “Oasis mattered unlike today’s bullshit”

ryan-adamsHaving a bit of a Ryan week for news we are.  Pitchfork reports: “Last night, the Oasis documentary Supersonic screened in the United States. It’s the only night that the film will play in the country. Among those who went out to see the film was Ryan Adams. He tweeted out his recommendation, telling people they should see it “if you need something to remind you what the fuck rocknroll means.” He also lamented “how boring” music has become since Oasis emerged. Continue reading “Ryan Adams: “Oasis mattered unlike today’s bullshit””

Lucy Rose Announces New Live Album, Dates

LUCY ROSE VINYL FRONT SLEEVE.inddLucy Rose will release her new album, ‘Live at Urchin Studios’ on 9th December 2016. Recorded in one hour at London’s Urchin Studios in front of a live audience and with only one bandmate (Alex Eichenberger), the album features tracks from Rose’s debut release ‘Like I Used To’ as well as last year’s follow up ‘Work It Out’.  Rose also hits the UK for a “library” tour as part of the Get It Loud In Libraries initiative. Limited tickets for all shows are on sale now via DICEContinue reading “Lucy Rose Announces New Live Album, Dates”

The Shins Return with New Album and Video

The album’s set for a 2017 release before you get too excited.  Pitchfork peppily reports: “The Shins are getting in the Halloween spirit. This morning (Oct. 26), the James Mercer-led band dropped a music video for a new song called “Dead Alive,” featuring the rickety production quality and campy macabre of an old horror B-movie. The Shins teased the video on Instagram yesterday and today we’ve got the whole thing, along with a message about the new music the group’s brewing: “James Mercer wanted to give you all a Halloween gift while you wait for the album.” Below, watch Mercer struggle to realize if he’s shrunk or if the world’s gotten bigger.  Continue reading “The Shins Return with New Album and Video”

Sarah McQuaid Announces Tour Dates – November

Following hard on the heels of a seven-week USA tour that saw her playing thirty nine shows from coast to coast, Sarah McQuaid hits the UK next month for her final tour before she takes a break from the road in 2017 to focus her energies on writing and recording a fifth solo album, as well as penning a sequel to The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, the popular tutor she authored on the alternative guitar tuning method that she uses. “I’d like to do a follow-up book that focuses on song accompaniment and that demonstrates the versatility of DADGAD,” Sarah explains. “A lot of people think of it as a specifically ‘Celtic’ tuning, but I write all my songs in DADGAD, and it’s great for all sorts of different genres, from blues to classical music to rock ’n’ roll.”  Get yourself a guitar and find out for yourself.  Continue reading “Sarah McQuaid Announces Tour Dates – November”