Kind of like a singalonga but readalonga. The new album arrives tomorrow and RS have been to it in detail. They report: “Listening to a new Willie Nelson album with a set of fresh ears is almost impossible to do in 2017 – and Nelson knows it. Hovering over all news regarding the Red Headed Stranger are worries about the health of the country icon, who turns 84 on April 29th. So he decided to make the elephant in the room – his own mortality – the focal point of his new LP, God’s Problem Child. Continue reading “Rolling Stone reviews new Willie Nelson track by track”
Sometimes it’s good to get outside your comfort zone and listen to something that you wouldn’t normally expect to enjoy. As the late, great George Michael said – “Listen without Prejudice” Most people know Marty Stuart as the guy who used to play guitar for Johnny Cash and as a big part of the Nashville establishment; a very traditional country singer. If that’s your view this album is going to come as a real surprise. Way Out West is a fascinating piece of record making. There are some traditional sounding tracks on there, songs like Lost on the Desert could’ve come straight from his Johnny Cash days, but there are relatively few of them and even the ones that do sound mainstream have more than a touch of the maverick about them. Continue reading “Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives “Way Out West” (Superlatone, 2017)”
From her new album Gold Rush, out on June 16th, this is a superb new single from Hannah Aldridge. She’s also on tour in the UK in July, dates under the video.
Husband and wife duo, Martin and Kerraleigh Childs or The August List as they’re known, return with their second release following 2014’s ‘O Hinterland’ which see’s them mature as songwriters and grow into quite the formidable duo. On first listen, the first track of the nine on offer, the bluesy ‘Old Rip’ sees The August List picking up where they left off however, immediately following that is ‘Palace On The Rocks’ in which the group experiment with an arguably louder, full-band sound which indicates a potentially alienating change in direction for the duo; however, they don’t feel quite as accomplished as the softer side of the band. Continue reading “The August List “Ramshackle Tabernacle” (Ubiquity Project Records, 2017)”
Michael Logen is a professional songwriter and it shows. This is both a good and a bad thing; what you get here is an album of beautifully crafted songs – well written, well sung, well played and very well produced. What you don’t get is any real idea of who Michael Logen is and what he’s searching for as a musician. Logen’s songwriting credentials are excellent. He’s written for a number of major American TV shows, most notably country music soap “Nashville” but also for other high profile shows like “Suits” and “One Tree Hill”. His excellent song for “Nashville” was Wake Up When It’s Over (co-written with Marren Morris), which was sung by characters Gunnar & Scarlett and that tells you a lot about his writing style. That song’s not on “New Medicine” but there are plenty of similar songs here – romantic ballads, drawing on Americana influences but with a strong classic pop feel. Continue reading “Michael Logen “New Medicine” (Back Room Racket, 2017)”
The Americana artist who’s been described as “the Woody Guthrie we need in the age of globalization” (and God do we need some of him right now), Nathan Bell has announced the release of his upcoming LP, “LOVE>FEAR (48 hours in traitorland)” which will be released on June 30th via Stone Barn Records. Along with the announcement, Bell shared his new single “Traitorland (rules for living in)” over at No Depression which you can hear below. Continue reading “New Nathan Bell album due out June”
Any new material from the one-time Del Amitri main man is a cause for delight and this is no exception, the lead track from his latest album This Is My Kingdom Now, out on May 12th.
Sometimes you need something raw and enthusiastic and this fits the bill to perfection. From their latest album Cargo For The Road, due for release on 23 June.
This is quite a hard album to review because it’s really an album of two halves. The Lonetones, hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, are essentially the band of husband and wife duo Sean McCollough and Steph Gunnoe. They front the band and all the tracks on the album are written by them – but not together. So you get 6 tracks from husband Sean and seven from wife Steph – and they sound like they should be on two separate albums. Continue reading “The Lonetones “Dumbing It All Down” (The Lonetones, 2017)”
And if you’ve never heard of him, then, well, now’s your chance. Rolling Stone Country report: “In 2005, the Americana Music Association awarded Song of the Year to “Worry Too Much,” a grinding rock & roll gospel number that opens Buddy Miller’s Universal United House of Prayer LP. While the song contains all the earmarks of a classic Miller tune, its author was Mark Heard, whose intensely poetic lyrics radiated with Dylanesque flourishes and whose influence can be heard throughout Miller’s most raw, confessional work. Continue reading “Buddy Miller, Drew Holcomb appear on new Mark Heard tribute album”