Ryan Adams covers Radiohead’s Karma Police

Ryan Adams. Remember those days when you’d nip to the fridge to grab a beer, you’d get back to your sofa and he’d have released a new album while you were gone?  Well, he’s getting prolific again!  Pitchfork reports: “On Saturday, Ryan Adams dropped by BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary show (with Jo Whiley filling in), where he talked and performed two songs: “Doomsday” and a cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police,” as Binaural points out. Listen here. He discusses and plays “Doomsday” around the 2:23:10 mark, before doing “Karma Police” at 2:33:15.   Continue reading “Ryan Adams covers Radiohead’s Karma Police”

Bob Dylan – New album announced

Of course it’s always a pleasure to hear that there’s a new Bob Dylan studio album on the way – especially when the last one wasn’t so very long ago.  And pleasure becomes thrill when it is announced that for the first time ever the master of American music will be releasing not a double but a triple album.  A triple Bob Dylan studio album.  Wow!  How good has February just become? Continue reading “Bob Dylan – New album announced”

Sufjan Stevens speaks up for refugees

Some more glimmers of hope in the darkness, and who better to glimmer than Sufjan. Pitchfork reports: “Sufjan Stevens has shared a new statement addressed to America about immigrants and refugees. “There is really no such thing as an illegal immigrant, for we are all immigrants and refugees in a wildly changing world that is dominated by superfluous boundaries built by blood and war,” the note reads. “We are all complicit in the injustices against basic human rights and common decency, to put it mildly, which renders our own ‘inalienable rights’ as questionable or obsolete.”  Continue reading “Sufjan Stevens speaks up for refugees”

Jason Isbell Reunites with DBT in Nashville – Watch

Late to the party with this one sorry (it was a difficult weekend for the world. Jason would understand). RS Country reports: “Jason Isbell reunited with the Drive-By Truckers Thursday night, joining his old band for a one-off performance of the Decoration Day track “Heathens” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Taking the stage not as a frontman, but as a guitar-playing sideman, Isbell spent the entirety of the performance on stage right, flashing smiles at bandleader Patterson Hood and picking out descending riffs on his guitar. The appreciation was mutual, with a grinning Hood leaving the microphone stand multiple times to stand by Isbell’s side. If there was bad blood between the two songwriters upon Isbell’s exit from the group in 2007, it’s all water under the bridge now, with the video above showcasing a pair of Americana kingpins who have made amends as they continue to make career-defining music.  Continue reading “Jason Isbell Reunites with DBT in Nashville – Watch”

Ramblin’ Roots Revue 2017 announced

If you like the idea of watching quality americana while guzzling down some decent nosh and drinking yourself into oblivion, you’ll be delighted to hear about a celebration of roots, americana, folk and alt-country music which will be taking placed alongside fine beer, whisky and food held at Bucks Students’ Union’s award winning venue in High Wycombe, across the weekend of 7th/8th/9th of April 2017. Clubhouse Records and local micro-brewery the Rebellion Beer Company are launching the event which features over 20 acts from the USA and the UK, playing on two stages, starting on Friday evening and running throughout the day and late into the night on Saturday before rounding off with the “Ramblin’ Roots Sunday Brunch”.  Continue reading “Ramblin’ Roots Revue 2017 announced”

Bill Kirchen and Austin de Lone announces new album, UK dates

Bill Kirchen and Austin de Lone have teamed up for their joint new album “Transatlantica” which comes out on 3rd March, uniting the pioneers of two major musical movements after decades of playing together – reggae and acid house.  OK scratch that, americana and pub rock.  The album features contributions from Butch Hancock, Gurf Morlix and Paul “Bassman” Riley among others.  They’re also heading to the UK for Dates in March/April which you can find below along with a tracklisting and nice new video to while away the morning. Continue reading “Bill Kirchen and Austin de Lone announces new album, UK dates”

RS: Why it’s time for country stars to speak up about Trump

Really good piece in Rolling Stone today in the spirit of their best activism. As they point out in an era of “alternative facts” and alarming rhetoric, three chords and the truth is more important than ever. They report:””Won’t you stand up and use your voice?” implored Sugarland in “Stand Up,” a 2010 anthem about finding strength when “your hope has turned to dust.” But few country artists seem to heed that call today – at a time when it matters most. Continue reading “RS: Why it’s time for country stars to speak up about Trump”