Listen to Tift Merritt’s new album pre-release on NPR

A dozen years ago, Tift Merritt was mentioned in virtually every journalistic round up of rising talent in the alt-country and Americana scenes and here we are 12 years later waiting with baited breath for her new record “Stitch of the World” which has been produced with Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam.  She also hits the UK for a series of dates at the end of this month, which we’ll remind you the details of below.  We’ve only told you twice already.   Continue reading “Listen to Tift Merritt’s new album pre-release on NPR”

Dirty Dozen: Whitney Rose

Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Whitney Rose has announced the release of new EP South Texas Suite.  The six song EP follows Rose’s 2015 critically acclaimed record “Heartbreaker of the Year”, produced by Raul Malo of the Mavericks; which was awarded Country Recording Of The Year in 2016 at the East Coast Music Awards in Canada. The breakout album presented Rose’s vintage country-pop influences, converting critics with its beguiling blend of then and now. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Whitney Rose”

Cory Branan new album out April – Listen

Cory Branan will release his new record ADIOS on 7th April. The fifth full-length is described as his “death record,” an album self-dubbed as a “loser’s survival kit.” The clue might be in the album title. The 14-song, self-produced album was recorded in Oxford, MS at Tweed Studios with Robbie Crowell (formerly of Deer Tick) and James Haggerty, and includes guest spots from Amanda Shires, Dave Hause, and Laura Jane Grace.  And he’s been nice enough to put a new track from the album “Imogene” online today. Listen below. Continue reading “Cory Branan new album out April – Listen”

The Backyard Devils “Honkytonk Heartbreaker” (Independent, 2016)

Sometimes a new piece of music drops in your lap and even before taking the CD out of the sleeve you have a really good idea of what to expect. Honkytonk Heartbreaker by Canadian band The Backyard Devils fits so comfortably into that category that my job here is almost surplus to requirements. Initially put together by brothers Erik and Remi Arsenault they quickly added Chris Belliveau and Dillon Robicheau and released their first album in 2011 to much acclaim and recognition of a significant emerging talent. To quote the band, they have spent the subsequent years raising hell with their foot stomping music ever since.  Continue reading “The Backyard Devils “Honkytonk Heartbreaker” (Independent, 2016)”

Ryan Adams releases new song “Doomsday” – Listen

The new album from Mr Adams is not long off now – Pitchfork reports: “On February 17, Ryan Adams will release a new album called Prisoner on Pax Am/Blue Note. Today, he’s shared the third offering from the record, “Doomsday.” It follows the previously released “Do You Still Love Me?” and “To Be Without You.” Hear “Doomsday” below (via Stereogum). Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases new song “Doomsday” – Listen”

Curse of Lono “Curse of Lono” EP (Submarine Cat Records, 2016)

When you see and hear Curse of Lono for the first time, you know that here is a band that is special. They are from London, formed by Felix Bechtolsheimer (ex Hey Negrita) in 2015, with the addition of drummer Neil Findlay, also from Hey Negrita. The rest of the group consists of Joe Hazell, lead guitar, Charis Anderson, bass and Dani Ruiz Hernandez, keyboards. Continue reading “Curse of Lono “Curse of Lono” EP (Submarine Cat Records, 2016)”