Felice Brothers to release 7 inch Christmas single – plus UK dates

felice-brosThe Felice Brothers will release a limited edition 7-inch vinyl recording of “Country Ham” on 9th December  via Yep Roc Records. The holiday-themed single features a live version of  “Murder By Mistletoe” – recorded for Rolling Stone last year in NYC – on the B-side. Both tracks have never before been pressed on vinyl and pre-order is available now through The Felice Brothers and Yep Roc stores.  “It’s a narrative about feeling lonely on Christmas, and the different emotions that can go with the holidays that aren’t always talked about in the happy-go-lucky songs.”  Ian Felice says. Continue reading “Felice Brothers to release 7 inch Christmas single – plus UK dates”

Winter Mountain “I Swear I Flew” (Astral Fox records, 2016)

Winter-Mountain-2016I Swear I Flew is Winter Mountain’s first full album since his acclaimed self-titled, debut album in 2013. With a keen rhythm section in support, Cornish singer-songwriter Joe Francis (Winter Mountain) leads the listener through a set of songs perfectly suited for the genre aimed. Francis is not only carrying on a tradition ventured by such legends as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Neil Young but developing certain aspects as he ventures along the road, marrying his fine songwriting to his ability to seamlessly harness his energy. Continue reading “Winter Mountain “I Swear I Flew” (Astral Fox records, 2016)”

Cam Penner and Jon Wood – UK Tour

cam-penner-2016Cam Penner and Jon Wood have arrived on our shores armed with a ridiculous amount of equipment for two people and ready to undertake an extensive and fast moving tour.  They launched off with an appearance at The Green Note in London – but that was last night and you’re too late for it now.  Don’t despair there are many opportunities available to catch their musical wizardry.  Continue reading “Cam Penner and Jon Wood – UK Tour”

Bap Kennedy ”Reckless Heart” (At The Helm/Last Chance Records, 2016)

bap_kennedy_reckless_heartAs “Reckless Heart” was being created, Bap Kennedy was in a losing battle with cancer, a battle that he has very recently lost. As far as a legacy goes for such a rich and varied career, a single album is never going to do it justice, but “Reckless Heart” is a masterfully crafted record, filled with hope, despair, beautiful melodies and soaring musicality. With hints of Rock ‘n Roll, Blues and two-step country, this record is a beautiful blend of traditional American music styles. It is so rare for someone to encapture this musicality coming from foreign shores, but Belfast-born Kennedy does just that, sounding not in the least bit inauthentic, a great credit to an artist who has spent his career associated with legends such as Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler and Van Morrison. Continue reading “Bap Kennedy ”Reckless Heart” (At The Helm/Last Chance Records, 2016)”

Getaway Dogs “Lost in the Ebb” (Independent, 2016)

getaway-dogsIt’s long been my dream to christen a genre, even a niche sub-genre would do and this record with its mix of Brazilian rhythms, folk and RnB gives me my opportunity – this is Tropicana. If only the juice purveyors hadn’t got their first, Tropicana would have definitely caught on. This music has less of a chance of gaining a foothold; it’s a pale version of everything, a perfectly pleasant anodyne sound, where nothing distinctive comes of the cross-pollination. Someone has watered down the juice. Continue reading “Getaway Dogs “Lost in the Ebb” (Independent, 2016)”

Ceri James and the Three Fifths “St Augustine’s Heart” (Heed Records, 2016)

ceri-james-and-the-three-fifths-2016Sometimes the charm of a record can be in its deficiencies. Some rough edges, occasional serendipitous errors or just plain bum notes can give life to a piece, especially in an age where the four-to-the-floor, autotuned product can seem the norm. Listening to an album warts and all can bring us closer to the artist and the live experience. It’s why some bands like to go for the ‘live in one take’ style in the studio. Too forensic an approach to getting all the parts exactly right, perfect if you like, can suck the lifeblood out of a record.  Continue reading “Ceri James and the Three Fifths “St Augustine’s Heart” (Heed Records, 2016)”

New Johnny Cash book released compiles his poems

johnny-cashNews from Pitchfork on one for your Christmas stockings! They report: “A new Johnny Cash book, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems gathers 41 never-before-published poems by the singer-songwriter that were found after he passed away in 2003. The poems date back as early as 1944 (written when Cash was 12), and the book features reproductions of his handwritten pages as well. In a quote given to the New York Times, Cash’s son John Carter Cash said, “I want people to have a deeper understanding of my father than just the iconic, cool man in black. I think this book will help provide that.” Forever Words is available now.”