AmericanA to Z: Acetone

I was drawn to Acetone because they were on Vernon Yard Recordings alongside Low, on whom I had a major musical crush. It’s always a risky business but in pre-internet days you had to take a punt, and I did. It turned out that they were a kind of all male Mazzy Star or a cross between Spaceman 3 and Kris Kristofferson. They played a slowcore version of Americana over the span of 5 LP’s and one EP, before calling it quits in 2001 when bass player Ritchie Lee killed himself. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Acetone”

Dirty Dozen: Elles Bailey

Fresh from recording her debut album in Nashville, Elles Bailey’s ‘blues fuelled’ voice is getting her recognition wherever she plays. This captivating, hard-working songstress seamlessly weaves rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with her trademark  ‘smoky vocals’ taking the lead.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years? 
So I’m Elles Bailey, singer/songstress hailing from the very lovely, musical town of Bristol, UK. I fronted an indie band throughout my early teens but when that disbanded, after taking a little break (where I did a degree in Psychology) I started touring as Elles Bailey. For the last few years I have been writing, recording and playing all over the UK & Europe. I have had the privilege of working with some of the best musicians in Bristol and was fortunate to be able to work with some of Nashville’s ‘crème de la crème’ whist recording my debut album. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Elles Bailey”

Hurray For The Riff Raff @ Celtic Connections with Roseanne Reid. Drygate, Glasgow: 20th January 2017

It was probably a given that many of the acts appearing at this year’s Celtic Connections will have a public opinion of sorts on the 45th President of The United States. No real surprise then, on the day of his inauguration, that Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra was at times angry, fiercely proud in her opposition and then visibly upset at the prospect of his term. As a Puerto Rican gay woman she is firmly in the potential firing line here but she’s never shied away from political statements and she’s certainly not going to start now. Continue reading “Hurray For The Riff Raff @ Celtic Connections with Roseanne Reid. Drygate, Glasgow: 20th January 2017”

Listen to Tift Merritt’s new album pre-release on NPR

A dozen years ago, Tift Merritt was mentioned in virtually every journalistic round up of rising talent in the alt-country and Americana scenes and here we are 12 years later waiting with baited breath for her new record “Stitch of the World” which has been produced with Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam.  She also hits the UK for a series of dates at the end of this month, which we’ll remind you the details of below.  We’ve only told you twice already.   Continue reading “Listen to Tift Merritt’s new album pre-release on NPR”

Dirty Dozen: Whitney Rose

Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Whitney Rose has announced the release of new EP South Texas Suite.  The six song EP follows Rose’s 2015 critically acclaimed record “Heartbreaker of the Year”, produced by Raul Malo of the Mavericks; which was awarded Country Recording Of The Year in 2016 at the East Coast Music Awards in Canada. The breakout album presented Rose’s vintage country-pop influences, converting critics with its beguiling blend of then and now. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Whitney Rose”

Cory Branan new album out April – Listen

Cory Branan will release his new record ADIOS on 7th April. The fifth full-length is described as his “death record,” an album self-dubbed as a “loser’s survival kit.” The clue might be in the album title. The 14-song, self-produced album was recorded in Oxford, MS at Tweed Studios with Robbie Crowell (formerly of Deer Tick) and James Haggerty, and includes guest spots from Amanda Shires, Dave Hause, and Laura Jane Grace.  And he’s been nice enough to put a new track from the album “Imogene” online today. Listen below. Continue reading “Cory Branan new album out April – Listen”