The Grass Fed Giants “Traveling Light” – Listen

The Grass Fed Giants are an americana/alt-country band from Phoenix, Arizona whose new single “Traveling Light” they describe as “a heart-longing ballad featuring a lovely vocal outing from our own Ms. Bobbi Miller and some great dobro work from multi-instrumentalist Chad Marshall.” But bear in mind, not all giants eat grass, some eat people.

Video: Southbound Attic Band “Song For Stan”

Southbound Attic Band are one of our favourite bands from our hometown (of Liverpool) and they’ve released a track from their forthcoming album “Seekers of Solace” dedicated to Stan Ambrose, producer and presenter of Folkscene on BBC Radio Merseyside for 49 years who died recently. Songwriter Barry Jones describes him as “a lovely man and a very fine musician, or “player of music” as he preferred, on penny whistle and Celtic harp.”

Jack White’s Third Man Records signs Joshua Hedley

Did you know if you go to Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nasvhille you can record a vinyl record which one of those machines spits out like some kind of voodoo magic?  Anyway, RS Country report this morning on one of their finds coming good: “In November, Rolling Stone Country spotlighted country purist Joshua Hedley as a new country artist worth hearing. Now, he’s the latest country music addition to Jack White’s Third Man Records. Hedley signed to the label earlier this week.  Continue reading “Jack White’s Third Man Records signs Joshua Hedley”

John Alexander “Of These Lands” (Independent, 2017)

John Alexander is a Scottish singer-songwriter with a ton of influences and a load of natural talent. With people like John Martyn, Greg Brown, Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters on his list, as one would expect pretty and fluffy doesn’t come into the equation. His lived-in vocals and rootsy style of playing see images of the road, and everyday life ease across the skyline in authentic fashion. Alexander’s music isn’t short of takers. One track from his last album “Nowhere To Go” was used on the US TV show, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, and with his sound steeped in good old-fashioned earthy organic roots Americana,  Alexander possesses a sound more akin to the banks of the Mississippi than his native River Clyde.  Continue reading “John Alexander “Of These Lands” (Independent, 2017)”

David Starr “The Head and The Heart” (Independent, 2017)

Americana singer-songwriter David Starr, with a well-received tour of the UK and a new 6-track under his belt, finds his reputation as a performer has taken on another dimension. Such is the quality of the recording I find it hard to accept he isn’t a bigger name. Then again, that goes for a number of acts, and vice versa regards those hailed as stars, in reality nothing special on the Americana (or otherwise) scene. Depending largely on word of mouth, Starr is a most articulate singer-songwriter. Continue reading “David Starr “The Head and The Heart” (Independent, 2017)”

New Richard Thompson acoustic album lands August

As we reported last month, folk legend Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Classics Vol. II on his own Beeswing record label, distributed via Proper, on August 11. On the heels of Acoustic Classics in 2014, the follow-up will feature acoustic renderings of classic songs from his catalogue, some previously recorded by other singers, some previously available only in a band format. A second album Acoustic Rarities will be released later in the year featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.  Continue reading “New Richard Thompson acoustic album lands August”

Daudi Matsiko “An Introduction to Failure” (Naim Records, 2017)

It’s clear from the moment the steely opening arpeggios breath life into Daudi Matsiko’s first full release, that this is going to be an up-close and personal journey. It’s one that starts like a rainstorm with opening track Home’s gentle bursts of fingerpicked melody giving way to a more substantial flow of strummed heartbreak. Before too long a bass drum brings the promise that it’s going to hammer it down and as the song builds, it briefly does, before giving way to the gentle drip of the storm’s end. Continue reading “Daudi Matsiko “An Introduction to Failure” (Naim Records, 2017)”

Sarah Jane Scouten heads to UK for dates

Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten will release her new album “When The Bloom Falls From The Rose” tomorrow which includes the new bluesy-rockabilly single Bang Bang that we previewed last week.  Observant and outspoken, the new album shines a light on the wind-whipped highway of Scouten’s life as a songwriter, scholar of roots music history, and travelling musician, with flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Old Crow Medicine Show.  Here are those dates.  Continue reading “Sarah Jane Scouten heads to UK for dates”

The Holy Innocents “Fortune” (Independent, 2017)

Belfast based The Holy Innocents surely have a rock’n’roll heart as they released this album late last year on vinyl and it’s only recently that a CD version has become widely available. A listen to the album reveals that the blood pumped through this heart has been transfused from across the water as it’s a wonderful homegrown amalgam of rootsy country, rock and country rock. Continue reading “The Holy Innocents “Fortune” (Independent, 2017)”