Owen Meany’s Batting Stance “Owen Meany’s Batting Stance” Independent, 2016

Self-consciously literary songs that owe a debt to the Mountain Goats, a name that is self-consciously of literary genesis and self-conscious references to the Mountain Goats; by now you’re either engaged and ready for what comes next or you’ve already gone. Stick around, for the songs have a bounce and humour that saves them from preciousness or pretension. It’s mainly the work of one man – Daniel Walker – but you’ve probably guessed that. Dissonance gets the Mountain Goats homage out of the way right off the bat, the percussive piano bouncing the song along with a force that is equalled by Walker throwing out the lyrics like they really matter. It’s disarming and charming. Continue reading “Owen Meany’s Batting Stance “Owen Meany’s Batting Stance” Independent, 2016”

Dirty Dozen: Dusty Wright

“Cinematic Americana” was how someone once described Dusty Wright’s music. For a guy that loves to write, and not just music, it aptly described his vignettes of love, loss, and the mysteries of life. Darkness abounds, wonderful darkness.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?

I’ve been a music junkie since my earliest memories of seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I’ve been so passionate about music that it nearly consumed me. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Dusty Wright”

Nadia Reid releases new single, tour dates – Listen

“For a new artist, her confident grace is all the more remarkable” – so says Pitchfork about New Zealand songwriter Nadia Reid who releases her second album Preservation in March.  “I remember recording the tracks, it was about 11 at night, and I felt almost transcendental, as if I was out of my body, singing these words to myself. That’s what these songs are; a confession to my future and past self.”  Preservation is the second release for new label Basin Rock, based in the Lancashire/Yorkshire town of Todmorden.  Click through for UK dates and a listen to the rather fantastic new single Richard. Continue reading “Nadia Reid releases new single, tour dates – Listen”

Massy Ferguson “Run It Right into the Wall” (At The Helm Records, 2016)

There are few surprises on a MF record. They plough the same furrows year after year sprinkling the seeds of REM and Uncle Tupelo and reaping their own brand of Americana flannelled jangle. It is perhaps useful to think of REM without Mike Mills and UT without Jeff Tweedy (OK, Son Volt). It’s a sweet enough spot to be in especially from an Americana perspective, and this is an enjoyable listen, only it could have been from any of the past thirty years. Continue reading “Massy Ferguson “Run It Right into the Wall” (At The Helm Records, 2016)”

Sturgill Simpson plays SNL – Watch

News from Rolling Stone Country this morning (We guess the President Elect wasn’t watching – no tweets about Sturgill anyway).  They report: “Sturgill Simpson rang in Saturday Night Live’s first episode of 2017 with high-energy, stage-shaking performances of “Keep It Between the Lines” and “Call to Arms,” two tracks off the country singer’s Album of the Year Grammy-nominated LP A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Simpson, making his SNL debut on the heels of his surprise Grammy nomination, first delivered a scorching take on his brassy soul track “Keep It Between the Lines,” backed by a powerful seven-member horn section.  Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson plays SNL – Watch”