It’s refreshing to come across an Americana album that’s essentially a fun listen, so kudos to Mike Felten for that feat alone. A Chicago native, he’s been a record store owner, open miker and gigging troubadour for the best part of half a century. Daresay that he’s pretty much seen it all… Continue reading “Mike Felten “Diamonds And Televisions” (2017, Independent)”
Underhill Rose, the North Carolina based trio (comprised of Molly Rose Reed, Eleanor Underhill and Salley Williamson) have announced dates for a June tour to support the release of their new live album. Continue reading “Underhill Rose announce UK and Ireland tour”
Over on Rolling Stone Country, much underrated Americana troubadour Slaid Cleaves has been talking about his upcoming new album Ghost on the Car Radio and previewing the first song from it Drunken Barber’s Hand. It’s a co-write with frequent collaborator Rod Picott who, as is often the case, has released his own version of the tune. Drunken Barber’s Hand sees Cleaves revisiting the more political bent he took on his last LP, 2013’s Still Fighting the War. Continue reading “Slaid Cleaves previews track from new album”
A great video and song from LA’s Kolars, a band new to Americana UK.
Daylight Moon is the ninth studio album in a career spanning 26 years from Cambridge-based band Ezio. A popular online encyclopedia would have us believe that this is a folk music band, but judging from the smorgasbord of musical sounds and styles found on this album that is a far too simplistic description and exposes the limitations of trying to pin labels onto musicians.
No stranger to the weed himself, Willie Nelson in a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone magazine was asked his opinion on US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ assertion that “pot is “only slightly less awful” than heroin.” Willie’s response? “I wonder if he’s tried both of them. I don’t think you can really make a statement like that unless you tried it all. So I’d like to suggest to Jeff to try it and then let me know later if he thinks he’s still telling the truth!” Continue reading “Willie Nelson talks to Rolling Stone and suggests Jeff Sessions “smokes some pot””
Courtney Marie Andrews obviously likes the UK, as she’s already spent some time here earlier this year opening for the Handsome Family and she’s decided to bring her brand of country inspired singer-songwriting back again for dates in late August and early September. Having started touring at the age of 16 when she left her home in Arizona she’s travelled far – literally and figuratively – over the last decade. She’s racked up plenty of road miles, and still found time for five studio albums of new classics in the mode of an Emmylou Harris – with a touch of Linda Rontstadt around the edges. Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews to tour Britain late Summer”