Seth Faergolzia “High Diver” (Blang, 2016)

seth Faergolzia 2016When I received this, I was intrigued. A bunch of songs taken from a larger bunch of songs, the results of a period where Our Seth was writing a song a day for a hundred days. Wow! Get that!, I thought. Let’s go! Press ‘play‘, “High Diver”: title track, good, decent; though something’s definitely off. Then “Rubbing It In” happens and there it is. Two tracks in and he’s had himself off. It made me think of the imperious Chilly Gonzales jamming with Kiwi ledges, Flight of the Conchords but sadly, it’s not. It’s a bad thing, and the cod Celtic mess that follows is worrying – despite saving itself after a couple of minute, I was left thinking, after the third song, “this guy’s made 20 albums? How come he doesn’t know what he’s good at yet?” because the absence of cohesion and identity just makes it a mess and unbelievable.  Continue reading “Seth Faergolzia “High Diver” (Blang, 2016)”

Here’s the Shortlist for Tonight’s CMA Awards (Updated with Winners)

Some decent americana-y musicians in here including Jerry Douglas.  Good luck Jerry!  Rolling Stone reports: “The 50th annual CMA Awards are set to award country’s top artists later this evening, but two trophies have already been presented this morning: Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year. After performing on Good Morning America in downtown Nashville, Dierks Bentley was announced as the winner of Musical Event of the Year along with Elle King in recognition of their duet Different for Girls.”  Continue reading “Here’s the Shortlist for Tonight’s CMA Awards (Updated with Winners)”

Kyle Carey launches Kickstarter for new album

Kyle Carey, purveyor of Gaelic Americana, has launched a Kickstarter for her new album, The Art Of Forgetting.  Her previous two have been very well received both on this site and elsewhere so should you feel inclined (and you should) click on the link below and donate a few pounds.  Some fine rewards available too.

Laish “Pendulum Swing” (Talitres, 2016)

laishThese songs are laced in equal measure with cynicism and charm – at his best Danny Green can produce songs that are lyrically and musically spot-on. ‘Vague’ is a world weary slightly melancholic exploration of ageing with an insidious tune that pushes its way into my affections. It’s a kind of post-millennial slacker-rock, Malkmus by way of Richard Ford. Continue reading “Laish “Pendulum Swing” (Talitres, 2016)”

Watch NPR Music ‘Americana Alphabet’ Peformances

Some amazing clips here if you have time to watch.  NPR.org reports: “During AmericanaFest last month, NPR Music’s Ann Powers and contributor Jewly Hight got together with musicians at Nashville’s historic Union Station Hotel for a series of intimate “Americana Alphabet” performances. Throughout the week, they hosted Dawes and Lydia Loveless, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, The Lumineers, Lori McKenna, Shovels & Rope and Bobby Rush, all of whom set up in the ornate hotel in various stripped-down configurations. Each of these performances celebrates Americana music by challenging artists to engage with some of the genre’s most treasured keywords. Watch the sessions [here].”

Dirty Dozen: Laish

Laish, 2016Danny Green, aka Laish, is set to release his third album Pendulum Swing on Talitres. A set of twelve songs that span the spectrum of gentle fingerpicked acoustic guitar ballads, through to more robust art-rock jams. Laish’s plaintive tenor – rich, deeply textured and affecting – takes centre stage as he sings honest, self-reflective songs of relationships failed and survived.   Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Laish”