We leave you this weekend dear reader with a lovely video from the lovely man singer-songwriter Joshua Radin for his song ‘Here, Right Now’, the title track from his upcoming full-length album due out 4th October on Nettwerk. The video shines a light on animal rescue with footage and facts from North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organisation. It also features musician Maria Taylor (Azure Ray) and “the perfect rescue pup”. Have a good one.
Tough Old Bird are a folk duo from Fillmore, New York State, comprising brothers Nathan and Matthew Corrigan. With two EPs and two previous albums of more traditional American folk music under their belts, ‘The Old Great Lakes’ is an attempt to expand their sound beyond their original confines.
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Rodney Crowell’s new album ‘Texas’ is a 11-track release out in the UK today on Crowell’s RC1 Records imprint, which finds the legendary singer-songwriter enlisting the help of several fellow Texans, including Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Randy Rogers, Lee Ann Womack and Steve Earle, Ringo Starr and Vince Gill. Continue reading “Stream Rodney Crowell’s new album featuring Steve Earle”
Kacey Musgraves this week expressed her anger over the US government’s stance on gun reform, following two mass shootings in the US this past weekend. “I don’t know what the answer is but obviously something has to be fucking done,” the singer told a crowd at Lollapalooza . “Maybe somebody will hear us if we all yell together and say, ‘Somebody fucking do something.’” Not everyone was happy however. Fox News pundit Ainsley Earhard told the channel: “She sings two great songs that I have downloaded … but now I’m gonna look differently at her because she is chanting that vulgar language.” Oh what a world.
With musical festivals folding recently under the threat of high winds and heavy rain, Neil Nathan offers a more bucolic experience of the East Anglian coastline. The New York singer-songwriter has a great affection for the Suffolk town, and this song is a veritable recreation of a stroll around its charming streets. Part chorus folk song part Kinks inspired hymn to an unchanging corner of England ‘Home Orford Home‘ will get an airing at tonight’s intimate, solo acoustic gig at Orford pub The Kings Head.
This week’s retro slot features the late great John Hartford, known generally for ‘Gentle On My Mind‘ but also the writer of many other fine songs including this classic sad and regretful piece. Have a great weekend everyone.
North Carolina americana band Hiss Golden Messenger have released a new song called ‘Happy Birthday, Baby’ a month before the release of their forthcoming seventh studio album ‘Terms of Surrender’. Frontman M.C. Taylor told RS: “It’s mostly a love letter to [my daugher], part apology, part plea for forgiveness, and part recounting of the day she was born, when all the roads boiled over with rainwater and thunder and lightning filled the air. There are also many secret things in this song that only my family knows about.” ‘Terms of Surrender’ comes out on September 21st.
Michigan-born Beth Bombara is a relatively new name around these parts, though she’s released a couple of EPs and four albums prior to this one. Judging by its contents though they should be well worth investigating because ‘Evergreen’ has ten excellent songs that blend contemporary folk and Americana to very good effect indeed, not to mention the great tunes and hooks she deploys to boot. The songs range from ‘Tenderhearted’, a wonderful paean to her husband, via the Stones-y rock’n’roll of ‘Good News‘ to the delicate ‘Growing Wings’ where her plaintive vocal recalls early Neil Young. Continue reading “Beth Bombara “Evergreen” (Lemp Electric, 2019)”
Trevor Jones is Jones, the solo project featuring half of the duo Miracle Mile. Following 2016’s critically acclaimed album, ‘Happy Blue’, this is the fifth release from Jones which sees him working again with Miracle Mile other half, Marcus Cliffe. The album title, ‘Carver’s Law’ was inspired by the short story writer and poet Raymond Carter.
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From their latest album “Carrying On“, produced by Jeff Tweedy and out on October 4th, comes this slightly eerie, cinematic song from the Canadian folk duo. A wonderful video too.