Pierce Edens “Stripped Down, Gussied Up” (Independent, 2017)

Hailing from North Carolina, Pierce Edens’s stock in trade is a folksy grunge. Musically speaking it’s played very well by Edens along with sidekick Kevin Reese – the songs are suitably dark and foreboding. Vocally speaking, it’s a little harder to pin down. The ‘grunge meets ragged lounge singer’, occasionally bombastic nature of Eden’s voice doesn’t always gel with the eerie, acoustic soundscapes too well. To these ears, Pearl Jam stands out as something of a vocal and song writing influence – a bona fide rock sound as a starting point. Continue reading “Pierce Edens “Stripped Down, Gussied Up” (Independent, 2017)”

Tracey Nelson/Mother Earth “Poor Man’s Paradise” (Floating World, 2017)

This is a re-release of an album which was originally lost in 1973 during one of the regular record business personnel purges that take place as companies buy others out and personal grudges muddy the waters of taste and musicianship. A definite life changing decision as this album possesses all the elements of a classic 70’s country blues and soul album of the type that Aretha excelled at and even Carole King dabbled in. A strong female voice, some great tunes, a stirring horn section and some very snappy arrangements. Somebody made a very poor decision back then. Continue reading “Tracey Nelson/Mother Earth “Poor Man’s Paradise” (Floating World, 2017)”

Lucinda Williams re-records 1992 album – Listen

Or listen to a bit of it anyway. A nice piece on RS Country this morning about a classic record getting a new lease of life: “Lucinda Williams had a one-word response when her husband and manager Tom Overby suggested that she re-record her 1992 album Sweet Old World: “Really?” Although Williams has consistently performed a few songs from the album over the years in concert, including the title track and “Pineola,” she felt that she had outgrown most of the others and was reluctant to revisit it. That was until she listened to the songs with fresh ears. Continue reading “Lucinda Williams re-records 1992 album – Listen”

Silver Torches “If I Reach” – Listen

Silver Torches is Erik Walters, a touring member of Perfume Genius and David Bazan’s band, and his first single from his forthcoming album If I Reach dropped on Stereogum earlier this week, a synth laden, heavily Springsteen influenced number. The new album dips in and out of americana, with the legendary Greg Leisz lending some pedal steel to a couple tracks and guest appearances from Courtney Marie Andrews and Noah Gundersen. AUK and synths. The end of the world must be nigh.

Ian Felice “21st Century” – Listen

21st Century is the new single from lead singer and songwriter for The Felice Brothers Ian Felice (or “H Felice” as Steps fans would say) taken from his debut solo album ‘In The Kingdom Of Dreams’.  He told The Bluegrass Situation: “21st Century’ is a three-chord song about the paranoid breakdown of someone’s reality. I wrote it on the banjo right after the November election as geese flew clockwise into the red sky. My brothers Simone and James accompanied me, as well as my friend Josh Rawson on bass guitar.” Catch him on tour in November – dates below.

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Harrow Fair return to UK for autumnal dates

Toronto-based duo Harrow Fair are aka Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner and they’ve just announced their return to the UK this autumn including shows in Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Bristol and London’s Green Note on Wednesday 8th November (full dates below).  We described their most recent record in rather glowing terms: “It’s the balance of crunching guitar and unsettling percussion coupled with edgy fiddletunes that forms the musical palette for Call to Arms…. As debut’s go this is darn near to perfect.”  And you can’t get better than that (apart from actually being perfect).  And while you peruse the list of dates, why not listen to their cover below of Memphis Minnie Led Zepplin covered track When The Levee Breaks. Continue reading “Harrow Fair return to UK for autumnal dates”