Canadian songsmith Jerry leger, a man who’s been described as “managing to channel the youthful vigour of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Neil Young and Rick Danko, sometimes all within the same song” is set to release ‘Things Are Changing ‘Round Here’ which you can watch below (the video is rather lovely). It’s the first single to be taken off his ‘Nonsense And Heartache’ album, released on Latent Records, the label run by The Cowboy Junkies’ Michael Timmins. Leger will be in Europe next month with his band The Situation to play a short run of dates which includes the UK. Go and see him and help him to buy that hairbrush he’s always dreamed of. Continue reading “Things are changing for Jerry Leger – first UK tour next month”
Lloyd Cole takes to the stage, looking more like a hip geography teacher than the brooding rock star of his youth, and launches straight into ‘Patience’, to the obvious approval of the capacity crowd at the De La Warr Pavillion. Once he’s finished his opening song he stops and takes a long, hard look at the crowd. After surveying the audience for a while he walks up to the microphone and delivers his first words of the evening; “Yeah….you’re not getting any younger either”. Continue reading “Lloyd Cole, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea, 4th March 2018”
There’s a nice Laurel Canyon/Tom Petty vibe to the new single from LA singer-songwriter Elijah Ocean. We like it.
Keld is an old Northern English word meaning “the deep, still, smooth part of a river”. That’s an economical word, and You Are Wolf’s album is also economical, the sparse sounds drawing on traditional songs that have fresh water at their heart. Kerry Andrews – who is You Are Wolf – thinks that salt water has for too long dominated the folk scene – with songs of sea borne exploring, whale hunting and shanties filling album after album. What about lochs? What about rivers? What about streams and pools? ‘Keld’ is the fruit of her labours in in-land waterways. Continue reading “You Are Wolf “Keld” (Firecrest Records, 2018)”
Lovely, lovely NPR (Trump don’t like them, and my enemy’s enemy..) are today streaming the new album from Courtney Marie Andrews which we’ll have our own review of within the next week. They prelude the stream by noting the way that music challenges “the link between wealth and worth; of giving voice to the painfulness of enduring poverty; of articulating working-class coping strategies and aspirations. Merle Haggard, for one, was a master at delivering workingman’s despair with stoic dignity. The unguarded emotion of May Your Kindness Remain, a new, Mark Howard-produced album from singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews, may be unseemly by comparison, but it’s ideally calibrated for our moment.” Continue reading “NPR streams new Courtney Marie Andrews for your delight”
Got to be honest, there probably isn’t a square mile of the US or Europe that Brett and Rennie, The Handsome Family, haven’t covered at some point. The husband and wife duo must have one hell of a relationship to endure that many miles on the road together without serious risk of divorce or mental instability. That they appear, at least on the surface, as musically and harmoniously entwined is surely testament to a rigorously tested van life routine that has stood the test of time. I catch up with them en route to Aberdeen to get the lowdown.
Continue reading “Van Life: Rennie Sparks (The Handsome Family)”
We thanked Crikey Almighty for The Bunker this week what with nutters running around with chemical weapons and nerve agents poisoning folk. Appalling behaviour and something we hope is dealt with swiftly. TM The PM did take action of sorts and berated the Leningrad Cowboy giving him a right ticking off. That’ll show him. And the 800 million or so quid donated to her party by Russian oligarchs need not concern us…
Kim Richey is mixing with the right people – on the first single from her new album ‘Edgelands’ she had Chuck Prophet contributing, and elsewhere on the album there’s the likes of Robyn Hitchcock and Kim’s about to go out on tour supporting Gretchen Peters. Names have been dropped – and so has this new single which sees Richey enthusiastically rejecting a wild youth – “I’m up and running from the way I was before” she claims. And we almost believe her.
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and US folk icon, Tom Paxton, is returning to the UK next month to perform twelve shows with singer/songwriter duo The DonJuans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner. Collectively, their songs have been covered by (wait for this…) Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Faith Hill, B.J. Thomas, Blake Shelton, Peter, Paul & Mary and a little know singer called Bob Dylan who sounds like he might do big things one day. Continue reading “Win tickets to see Tom Paxton with AUK!”