Ferris & Sylvester: “Save Yourself” – Listen

‘Save Yourself’ is the debut single from Ferris & Sylvester (Ferris is no relation to Tweety Pie), and it’s a bittersweet love song, with some haunting harmonies and delicate guitars, recorded in Youth’s Space Mountain Studios in Spain. They will be touring Ireland this month in support of Ánie Cahill. The pair also have a number of London shows booked throughout April and May. You can find their full tour dates here.

Sam Outlaw announces UK dates for July

Sam Outlaw, who released his sophomore album “Tenderheart” on Friday last week (it was a good Friday for him) has announced some UK dates for July where you can sample his wares in person.  The reviews are still coming in for his new record, but his debut ‘Angeleno’ earned great reviews both in the UK and US, with The Guardian stating: “His debut LP is a polished and cosmopolitan west coast take on traditional country music (he’s called it ‘SoCal country’) with songs that are moody and wry all at once.” Here are those dates. Continue reading “Sam Outlaw announces UK dates for July”

Doug Schmude ‘’Ghosts Of The Main Drag’’ (Independent, 2017)

The great thing about music, and particularly Americana, is that it comes in all sorts of shapes and forms. Songs to make you cry, to make you drink, to get you off your seat and to jam to. Doug Schmude is no different, and I haven’t quite heard much like him in the genre. Comparable to bands like Blink 182 or All American Rejects, he has added a deal of twang and instrumentation, as well as lyrical depth, making an interesting, messy and worthwhile album. Continue reading “Doug Schmude ‘’Ghosts Of The Main Drag’’ (Independent, 2017)”

Hat Fitz and Cara on tour in May

Some might say that they are the odd couple of low-down pre-war style country Blues but the gutsy Australian guitarist and Irish-born Cara compliment each other perfectly. Admittedly some of the compliments are a bit backhanded or a trifle waspish, but it’s all in good part and in service to the music.  And what music – gorgeously gritty guitar and banjo with low down growled vocals from Hat Fitz and soaring vocals, whistles and all the percussion from Cara Robinson.  Continue reading “Hat Fitz and Cara on tour in May”

Terry Allen “Stroll” – Listen

This is by way of Stereogum this morning who report that “Country singer Terry Allen is the latest artist to contribute a song to the anti-Trump Our First 100 Days project. He’s offered up a new track called “Stroll” that was recorded during the sessions for his most recent album, 2013’s Bottom Of The World.”  We’re probably going to be in need of our own 100 day project here in the UK beginning June 9th. Oh God…

Dylan documentary to be shown on 1965 tour stops

And if you were a massive fan you could do all the dates and watch the film 7 times. If you really loved Bob you would. Uncut reports: “Dates have been announced for a UK tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of DA Penebaker‘s Bob Dylan documentary “Dont Look Back”. Penebaker’s film follows Dylan’s 1965 UK tour. This run of screenings dates follows in the footsteps of that momentous tour, taking place in cities where Dylan performed in 1965.  Continue reading “Dylan documentary to be shown on 1965 tour stops”

Justin Townes Earle “Faded Valentine” – Listen

Rolling Stone have posted another track from Justin Townes Earle’s forthcoming album “Kids in the Street” which they describe as “a pedal-to-the-metal Memphis boogie… a return to form – with a twist. “Faded Valentine” conjures up Earle’s earlier days, when he’d slow down the cadence and let his rasp get soft and sticky in a relaxed country waltz or honky-tonk shuffle. But it’s also a little more lush instrumentally, thanks to production from Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, M. Ward), who invited Earle to his Omaha studio to make the LP. It’s the first time Earle has worked with an outside producer, and Mogis made sure to never trade spontaneity for polish.” Listen to the song below.