Rich Hall brings country music to the masses on BBC next week

Well the masses of BBC4 viewers that is. You may have noticed there’s a country thing going on at the moment at the BBC, partly because of the C2C music festival taking place in London this weekend (which is slightly beyond the remit of this site, it’s all a bit big hat).  Anyway next Friday comedian Rich Hall is doing a programme about the roots of country music. He journeys from Tennessee to Texas to look at the movements and artists that don’t get as much notoriety but have helped shape the genre over the years.  Continue reading “Rich Hall brings country music to the masses on BBC next week”

First Aid Kit release song for International Women’s Day – Listen

And it’s available as a digital download from today. NME report: “First Aid Kit have shared a new song that condemns sexual violence. Titled ‘You Are The Problem Here’ the Swedish duo released the single in honour of International Women’s Day today (March 9). The band shared a statement along with the song. “Today is the International Women’s Day and the theme of the year is #BeBoldForChange. “You Are the Problem Here” isn’t a typical First Aid Kit-song. It’s angry and direct. It’s a song written out of despair,” they wrote.  Continue reading “First Aid Kit release song for International Women’s Day – Listen”

New Sam Outlaw out next month

Sam Outlaw has shared details for his next album, entitled ‘Tenderheart,’ which comes out April 14th on Six Shooter Records. The 13-track collection of originals was recorded in the San Fernando Valley and co-produced by Outlaw alongside Martin Pradler. He enlisted many of the same musicians that made his first album, 2015’s ‘Angeleno,’: harmony singer Molly Jenson, pedal steel Jeremy Long and guitarist Danny Garcia, along with Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket). In addition, ‘Tenderheart’ features local mariachi group Erwin Vasquez and Mariachi Teocuitatlan. And on top of all that, he’s playing a UK show on March 30th at Oslo in Hackney. Here’s the tracklisting along with the opening track from the record. Continue reading “New Sam Outlaw out next month”

Aimee Mann releases first video from new album – Watch

The new album by Aimee Mann ‘Mental Illness’ will be released on March 31st via SuperEgo/Membran, and she’s released her first video from it today. If you’ve ever seen any of her videos previously you’ll know she sets the bar high and this new track “Patient Zero” is ostensibly a song about Hollywood disappointment, influenced by the writings of Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West  (‘Day Of The Locust’). The video is directed by Daniel Ralston and loosely based on Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play ‘The Dresser.’  Continue reading “Aimee Mann releases first video from new album – Watch”

Bill Callahan confirmed as headliner for EOTR 2017

The battle between Green Man and End of the Road for the best americana festival vibe this year continues as Uncut report: “Bill Callahan has been announced as the final headliner for this year’s End Of The Road Festival. Other new additions to the bill include Slowdive, Japandroids and Pond. They join Father John Misty, Mac DeMarco, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Lucinda Williams, Band Of Horses, Amadou & Mariam, Ty Segall, Real Estate, Parquet Courts and more at the festival, which runs from August 31 – September 3 at its usual home, Larmer Tree Gardens in south Wiltshire, England.”  In the meantime the Shins and Lambchop have been added to the Green Man line-up. If you have just £200 to spare it could be a life-changing decision (if one of the acts you consequently see changes your life).  Continue reading “Bill Callahan confirmed as headliner for EOTR 2017”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to release Merle Haggard covers album – Listen

You did read that headline correctly. Rolling Stone reports: “Merle Haggard’s influence knew no bounds, attracting fans from all genres of music. That powerful pull has inspired a new album from indie folk-rock artist Bonnie “Prince” Billy, a forthcoming collection of Haggard covers called Best Troubadour. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, also known as Will Oldham, is a longtime fan of the “Okie From Muskogee” Hall of Famer, having covered a Haggard song at his first public performance 25 years ago. He also interviewed the legendary songwriter for a magazine feature in 2009 and included a cover of “Because of Your Eyes” on a 7″ vinyl release in 2011.  Continue reading “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to release Merle Haggard covers album – Listen”

Jim Lauderdale “London Southern” (Proper Records, 2017)

Three decades into his career Jim Lauderdale has achieved, with London Southern, a long cherished ambition to record an album in London. The temptation to do so was driven by excellent motives – he could record at old friend Nick Lowe’s studio and could also avail himself of Nick’s band. The result is a richly toned traditional country album the opener of which – Sweet Time – will have the listener scurrying for the sleeve notes. Is this an unfamiliar Hank Williams song ? Continue reading “Jim Lauderdale “London Southern” (Proper Records, 2017)”

Linah Rocio “Warrior Talk” (Aveline Records, 2017)

We’re really stretching the boundaries of Americana UK with Chilean born, Swiss based Linah Rocio’s latest album. OK, there’s a banjo to be heard on the second last song here, Megan although it struggles to be heard over the inventive percussion, dextrous double bass and roomy piano that clothe the song. Rocio describes artists such as PJ Harvey and Joan As Policewoman as her heroes and as such she fits within the set of strong willed singer/songwriters who are pushing the envelope with their music, rock, jazz and traces of the avant-garde all part of the experience. There are songs which sound like Laura Nyro fronting a gnarly punked up Steely Dan as on Everything while Simon Rupp on guitar sounds at times like Marc Ribot. Continue reading “Linah Rocio “Warrior Talk” (Aveline Records, 2017)”