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”

AmericanaFest UK announce showcase line-up

This year’s UK Americana Awards, hosted by the AMA-UK (not to be confused with AUK, although we both feature the words “americana” and “UK” – what are the chances?) take place next week in London and as part of the week which also includes a 2 day conference, there’ll be an evening of curated showcases from twenty new and established artists in the americana music scene, including Angaleena Presley, Robert Vincent, Wild Ponies, Jess Morgan and lead singer of the greatest US band of the nineties, possible ever, Toad the Wet Sprocket: Glen Phillips (editorially speaking of course). Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK announce showcase line-up”

Ryan Adams performs “A Prairie Home Companion” set

A lovely little listen if you have two hours to spare, again courtesy of US public radio which could do with all the support it can get right now.  Consequence of Sound reports: “The latest episode of “A Prairie Home Companion” featured Ryan Adams as a music guest. He previewed tracks from his upcoming album, Prisoner, including “To Be Without You” and “Doomsday”. He also performed two tracks off his 2011 album, Ashes & Fire, including the title track and “I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say”. The latter performance saw Adams accompanied by country singer Kacey Musgraves, who was also a guest on the episode.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams performs “A Prairie Home Companion” set”

Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls

And there’ll be a lot more of this to come. 3 years, 361 days and counting which might feel more bearable if you can manufacture a self-induced coma. Before you do, have a gander at the video at the end of this article if you’ve not seen it before – it’s a cracker. Billboard reports: “Fans of Wilco should not be surprised to hear the indie rock figureheads are leftists. And yet some recent political social media posts from the band have incited trolling responses on their Facebook page, sparking frontman Jeff Tweedy to respond.   Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls”

Listen to Tift Merritt’s new album pre-release on NPR

A dozen years ago, Tift Merritt was mentioned in virtually every journalistic round up of rising talent in the alt-country and Americana scenes and here we are 12 years later waiting with baited breath for her new record “Stitch of the World” which has been produced with Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam.  She also hits the UK for a series of dates at the end of this month, which we’ll remind you the details of below.  We’ve only told you twice already.   Continue reading “Listen to Tift Merritt’s new album pre-release on NPR”

Cory Branan new album out April – Listen

Cory Branan will release his new record ADIOS on 7th April. The fifth full-length is described as his “death record,” an album self-dubbed as a “loser’s survival kit.” The clue might be in the album title. The 14-song, self-produced album was recorded in Oxford, MS at Tweed Studios with Robbie Crowell (formerly of Deer Tick) and James Haggerty, and includes guest spots from Amanda Shires, Dave Hause, and Laura Jane Grace.  And he’s been nice enough to put a new track from the album “Imogene” online today. Listen below. Continue reading “Cory Branan new album out April – Listen”

Ryan Adams releases new song “Doomsday” – Listen

The new album from Mr Adams is not long off now – Pitchfork reports: “On February 17, Ryan Adams will release a new album called Prisoner on Pax Am/Blue Note. Today, he’s shared the third offering from the record, “Doomsday.” It follows the previously released “Do You Still Love Me?” and “To Be Without You.” Hear “Doomsday” below (via Stereogum). Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases new song “Doomsday” – Listen”