Wilco release Spotify singles – listen

Americana legends Wilco have released two singles as part of the Spotify Singles series. First of all there’s “If I Ever Was a Child,” which is taken from last year’s “Schmilco” album, and then there’s also a cover of Nick Lowe/Elvis Costello’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.” Spin describes both songs as having “folksy Americana textures going on, with simple guitar and drum arrangements, featuring just a little bit of organ” to which we heartily concur. You can listen to the singles via Spotify below.  Continue reading “Wilco release Spotify singles – listen”

Jason Isbell and Drive-By Truckers Duo reunite for AMA performance – watch

First of all Steps and now this. When will the wheels fall off the reunion bandwagon? Rolling Stone Country report: “Wearing an acoustic guitar and a wide grin, Jason Isbell rejoined his former bandmates in Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, during yesterday’s nomination ceremony for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards. Seated in a row, the three Alabamans strummed their way through a nostalgic performance of Isbell’s “Outfit,” with Hood singing harmonies and Cooley chiming in on lead guitar. Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Drive-By Truckers Duo reunite for AMA performance – watch”

Stewart Legere “Quiet The Station” (Independent, 2017)

Legere is a craftsman, one who understands the mechanics of songwriting and is able to create densely layered free flowing songs that flirt with many genres without really committing to any. There’s much to admire and much to enjoy, much to pick apart and to explore – these are songs densely packed with flourishes, nooks and crannies, lyrical narratives, classic singer-songwriter fare. He reminds me of another Canadian, Ron Sexsmith, someone who will be more admired for their craft and will garner more acclaim from his peers and receive less attention from audiences than he deserves. Continue reading “Stewart Legere “Quiet The Station” (Independent, 2017)”

Rare UK appearance by Naim Amor

There’s a rare opportunity to catch Parisian by way of Tucson musician Naim Amor on his first appearance on UK soil in over nine years when he plays a solo show this Friday. Amor started out in the Parisian underground scene before relocating to Tucson in the late 1990s as one half of the Amor Belhom duo releasing an album ABBC recorded in collaboration with Calexico. Continue reading “Rare UK appearance by Naim Amor”

Bob Dylan “Triplicate” (Columbia, 2017)

Bob Dylan’s latest release is his first studio recorded triple album, and it sees him continuing his exploration of the Great American Songbook over three discs of ten songs each. Each disc has a subtitle – ‘Til the sun goes down, Devil Dolls, and Comin’ Home Late. In a long, and wide ranging, interview with Bill Flanagan (available on BobDylan.Com) Dylan explains Triplicate as three discs each of a different mood that together make for a coherent narrative whole. If one accepts this at face value then these three moods could be summarised as “I’ve lost my gal and I’m getting old”, “I’ve fallen in love”, “It’s all over and I’m learning to live with it”. Continue reading “Bob Dylan “Triplicate” (Columbia, 2017)”

New Martin Simpson album out September

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson has announced the release of his 20th solo album in 40 years ‘Trails & Tribulations’ which is out on September 1st 2017 via Topic Records. The new studio album, his first new solo work since 2013’s ‘Vagrant Stanzas’, will be available in standard and deluxe CD, digital download and standard vinyl (the latter through Vinyl 180). It’s described as “a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. Continue reading “New Martin Simpson album out September”

HAV “Inver” (Folkwit Records, 2017)

HAV mix traditional folk forms with electronic ambient textures to produce a rich swirl of music that clings to the memory like mist clings to heather. On Ffald-y-Brenin the fiddles gently sway, and it is easy to imagine the music being used to soundtrack a documentary about a stoic crofter or, more likely, a fisherman. The documentary feel is reinforced by the use of field recordings like The Young Man’s 21st Birthday, which give space to the recollections of the older generation. Continue reading “HAV “Inver” (Folkwit Records, 2017)”

AMA announces nominees and awards, Sturgill leads the pack

So this happened yesterday evening, the nominees for the biggest night of americana’s year. Lovely to see Sam Outlaw in the list too, as well as our own socialist in residence Billy Bragg. Rolling Stone reports: “The Americana Music Association has announced the nominees for its 16th annual Americana Honors & Awards show and Sturgill Simpson leads the field with three nominations. He’s up for Artist of the Year; Album of the Year, for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth; and Song of the Year, for the Sailor’s Guide track “All Around You.” Continue reading “AMA announces nominees and awards, Sturgill leads the pack”