Hans Chew “Give Up the Ghost” – Listen

Hans Chew has travelled a long way from Tennessee to Georgia to New Orleans to East Harlem, and sang many songs along his journey. But what happens when a ramblin’ man stops moving? Find out when Chewy releases his fourth studio album “Open Sea” later in the year on At The Helm Records, or catch him around the UK on tour in July. In the meantime, here’s the new single “Give Up the Ghost” a nice slice of piano based americana.

Darling West “While I Was Asleep” – Listen

Since the release of their second album “Vinyl and a Heartache,” Darling West have been played more than two and a half million times on Spotify, been booked to the biggest festivals in Norway and Americanafest in Nashville and won a Norwegian Grammy.  Outrageous. New song While I Was Asleep was begun in Brooklyn and finished in the Ål mountains. “A song where Mari’s pop sense created the lovely chorus, with elements of light country-psychedelia in the rest of the song.” Imagine how good the songs they write while they’re awake will be.

Karen & the Sorrows “Do It For Myself” – Listen

Queer Country pioneers (this is a genre) Karen & the Sorrows have officially announced the release of their new album “The Narrow Place” which is due out August 25th. The band are at the centre of a growing queer country scene “creating a community for people who love country music even if country music doesn’t always love them back.”  Just so you know Karen and your sorrows, we love you back.  Just listen to their new single Do It For Myself which American Songwriter have called “A twangy tale of lost love, paying homage to classic country with gentle pedal steel and lush vocal harmonies.”  What’s not to love about that?

Tyler Childers “Whitehouse Road” – Listen

Tyler Childers’ new album “Purgatory” (which would be a better title for the last five U2 albums) is produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, and RS Country premiered the track below yesterday. They describe it as blending “that ethereal, off-kilter edge of bluegrass with Seventies country and an analog, Southern rock slant… and lyrics that dig deep into the struggle to dull the pain of life in rural America.” Purgatory is out August 4th on Hickman Holler Records via Thirty Tigers.

CC Smugglers “Dirty Money” – Listen

Following the success of their single ‘Rhythm’, which made BBC Radio 2 and 6’s playlists, and opening for the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Bruce Springsteen and Ward Thomas – CC Smugglers have released their new single Dirty Money. In the words of lead vocalist & songwriter Richie Prynne, the song is about “remembering that even though in today’s consumer-driven world, it’s easy to think that having enough money will make you happy. Happiness is a state of mind, not a collection of possessions or a certain number in your bank account.” Which is as everyone knows empirically correct. Autumn tour dates below.

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Jackalope Tales “Kewpie Doll” – Listen

Jackalope Tales are a three-piece acoustic band who brings their sound of aalt-countryand americana to South Yorkshire via Texas, Alaska, Sheffield and Dronfield.  Which is probably the first and last time we’ll ever write that sentence.  Their new EP ‘Dancing In The Mirror Hall’  is out Friday – here’s the lead track as a taster from it.

Little Mammoths “Hungover In New York” – Listen

Ex-Noah And The Whale bassist Matt Owens’ new band Little Mammoths have a new album called ‘Cargo For The Road’ coming out on Friday of this week to coincide with their appearance at this year’s Glasto. Known to play 8 hour long sets around the country, the band have been nicknamed ‘the hardest working band in rock n roll’. Here’s the track Hungover In New York from it.