David Ramirez has shared a new single Stone Age which is taken from his album “We’re Not Going Anywhere” which comes out today on Thirty Tigers Records. The songs focuses on Trump’s wall as Ramirez ruminates about the state of the country from the perspective of Mexican heritage on his father’s side. Discussing it, Ramirez says: “I was visiting my girlfriend in London during July 4th week last year, and waking up every morning there was a lot of stuff going on here in the States. I was reading the news as far as police vs. Black Lives, violence and things like that, marches and rallies and the gay club in Orlando getting shot up. It was just strange. I found myself in a state of mourning for the country, so I started writing that song over there, thinking, ‘Maybe I should stay here.’” Honestly David, between X Factor, Brexit and the royal baby, you’re better off for now picking France. Always welcome though.
David Crosby has shared the title track with Billboard from his forthcoming third solo album “Sky Trails” which he wrote with singer songwriter Becca Stevens. He told them: “We both spend a lot of time on the road and when you’re on the road, after the second or third week you don’t know where you are. You’re out there somewhere, and all the cities look roughly the same, and you lose track. I know it sounds funny, but it happens to us road musicians all the time, and that leads to a kind of disorientation. There’s no instruction book for this, you know?” But there is David!
Hamilton-based folk/alt-country trio Elliott Brood will release their new album “Ghost Gardens” on September 15, 2017 via Paper Bag Records, and they’ve released the second single to be taken from the album. Dig A Little Hole is a jaunty little number which would be quite good background music if you were actually digging a little hole (a very little hole, it only lasts for two minutes). Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country’ although not much sign of death or blackness here tbh, which is good given we’re on the verge of the next apocalypse.
Charlotte Carpenter has announced her new EP “Shelter” which will be released on October 20th via her own label Let It Go Records. Born in Northampton, Carpenter has been free-wheeling her blues driven songs around the UK via a series of EP releases and festival appearances and is building towards the release of her debut album, calling to mind artists such as Cat Power, PJ Harvey and Courtney Barnett and lead track Shelter is both melodic and immediate with a real pace to it. Head below the clip for those dates.
Blue Rose Code is aka singer-songwriter Ross Wilson and they’ve/he’s unveiled the first cut from their/his (we could go on like this…) forthcoming new album “The Water Of Leith” which is due out 27th October on Navigator Records. Love Is… is a duet with folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis, and talks of ideals and anticipation, although without mentioning the famous comic strip of the same name. He’s playing a veritable feast of dates around the UK starting later this month to promote the new record – you can have a gander below. Look out for a review on AUK soon.
Peter James Millson’s last album was produced by Danny Champ and his new one “Mobile” is produced by Boo Hewerdine – what better credentials do you need? Talking about the track Somewhere from his new record, he told us: “I can’t get anything done if there’s too much stimulation: too much noise, too much sound, too many people. I wrote this song about finding a place to go when you want to remember who you really are. The verse about a butterfly and washing on the line is a genuine transcription of events as they unfolded when writing this on a summer morning just outside the back door.”
Nashville singer songwriter Becky Warren’s debut solo album “War Surplus” is out now, the tale of a relationship between an Iraq bound soldier (Scott) and his girlfriend (June), and she’s sharing a bonus track with us “I’m Leaving” which is not included on the album. She told us: “I wanted a song where it was clear how much June struggles with the decision to leave Scott, both because she loves him and because she knows the way he’s been acting is a result of PTSD and she has a lot of sympathy for that.” The song was recorded with the string band Big Chimney, with Alex Sens on dobro, John Seebach on mandolin and acoustic guitar, Avril Smith on electric guitar, and Jeremy Middleton on upright bass.