The Byrds’ Chris Hillman announces new album

News courtesy of Stereogum this morning who report: “This fall, the Byrds’ Chris Hillman will release his first studio album in over a decade, Bidin’ My Time. It was produced by Tom Petty at his studio in SoCal, and featured guests on the recording include fellow Byrds David Crosby and Roger McGuinn, Herb Pedersen (who also served as executive producer), John Jorgensen, Jay Dee Maness, a bunch of Heartbreakers affiliates, and more. The album contains a few reworkings of old Byrds tracks and a number of Hillman originals. Check out the tracklist and a teaser for the album below. Continue reading “The Byrds’ Chris Hillman announces new album”

Jeff Tweedy ” Together At Last” (DBpm 2017)

To some, Jeff Tweedy and Wilco were the people that made the noughties worth living with his and their shards of myopic observation and songs of equal delicacy and wanton destruction. ‘Together at Last’ is a collection of Tweedy’s songs stripped bare of ornamentation and simply placed one after another in no particular order featuring only Tweedy on guitar and vocals with the occasional toot of a harmonica to leaven the puritanical taste. And this is the vibe. Respectful, almost hushed reverence as classic songs unfold simply with stark arrangements beautifully produced in the now famed Loft studio. Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy ” Together At Last” (DBpm 2017)”

Darling West “While I Was Asleep” – Listen

Since the release of their second album “Vinyl and a Heartache,” Darling West have been played more than two and a half million times on Spotify, been booked to the biggest festivals in Norway and Americanafest in Nashville and won a Norwegian Grammy.  Outrageous. New song While I Was Asleep was begun in Brooklyn and finished in the Ål mountains. “A song where Mari’s pop sense created the lovely chorus, with elements of light country-psychedelia in the rest of the song.” Imagine how good the songs they write while they’re awake will be.

Erin Costelo “Down Below the Status Quo” (Seayou Records, 2016)

Despite the protestations of countless wanabees across the world who all want their MTV, (or whatever the kids say now) being a musician is tough work. It’s difficult to tell if it’s harder in one genre than another but James Brown certainly had an opinion. The hardest working man in show business no doubt sweated his way through a pretty terrific career so maybe we can agree that soul is fairly tough – especially when it’s in competition with faux-soul pop music back by big bucks and gyrating bottoms. Enter Erin Costelo and her new album Down Below the Status Quo; a soul treat that smacks of toil without the pesky PR machine or MTV veneer.  Continue reading “Erin Costelo “Down Below the Status Quo” (Seayou Records, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Jeremy Parsons

Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas Music in the dance-halls of the Lone Star State. Over the past decade, he has played all over the US and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Jeremy captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humour, and heartfelt love of his occupation. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Jeremy Parsons”

Hillfolk Noir “Junkerpunch” (Independent, 2017)

An obscurely entitled 5th outing if ever there was. “What is a ”Junkerpunch?” we hear you cry. Even good old Google appears to be bereft of answers on that one. Thankfully, the press release accompanying Hillfolk Noir’s 5th album makes it clear – it’s slang for a ‘cheap shot’… the kind of punch that results in the boxer’s break that hampered Travis Ward’s guitar playing for a lengthy 9 months on 2016. As the adopted name of this immense collection of no less than 17 songs and instrumentals, Junkerpunch is also a title that says a lot about the approach adopted by Hillfolk Noir who, let’s face it, write songs like someone thumping, with quite some aggression, at the proverbial door of old time authenticity whilst simultaneously hiding behind a thin veil of playful irreverence like a child hiding behind a curtain, desperate to be noticed. Continue reading “Hillfolk Noir “Junkerpunch” (Independent, 2017)”