28Apr

The Unthanks Win Best Album at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

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BBC News reports: "The Unthanks have won album of the year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for the ambitious, melancholy Mount The Air. The record, which received a host of five star reviews, is notable for its 10-minute title track, which marries a traditional Dorset folk song with Miles Davis-inspired trumpet figures. The band closed the ceremony, at London's Royal Albert Hall, by playing the song, complete with clog dancing. Joan Armatrading also played and took home a lifetime achievement award. Presenting the award, Radio 2's Sara Cox called Armatrading an "understated trailblazer". Armatrading said she was "surprised and delighted" to be recognised for her contribution to British music, including songs such as Weakness In Me, Love and Affection, Willow and Down To Zero, which she played on stage. "I have heard people say that awards don't mean much to them but for me, being given an award means that I am being told that my music is being appreciated. "As a singer-songwriter that's one of the main things I'm asking for." Born in St Kitts, Joan Armatrading found international success as a singer-songwriter in the 1970s.

26Apr

New Lera Lynn Album Out This Week

new single to follow in June

Lera Lynn, who featured as both an artist and actor in HBO's highly acclaimed and highly confusing "True Detective"  is to release her brand new album Resistor on April 29, a record that "embraces the darker and more provocative sides of her songwriting across 10 brand new compositions." Lynn and her co-producer, Joshua Grange, play nearly every instrument on the album, which was tracked during a series of experimental recording sessions in Nashville. While her US sophomore album The Avenues couched Lynn's voice in layers of pedal steel and other folky instruments, Resistor takes a different approach, "focusing on texture rather than twang." The lead single to be taken from the album "Drive" will be released on June 3rd.  Look out for a review of the new record shortly on AUK.

 

25Apr

Scott Matthews New Album and Tour Dates Announced

show me the way to go home

Scott Matthews New Album and Tour Dates Announced

Scott Matthews has confirmed release details for his new album, Home Part 2, which is due out on June 3rd. A contrasting companion to his much praised 2014 break out record Home Part 1, the new album will appear amidst a string of UK live dates - Matthews will perform with his band through May and June 2016.  A record two years in the making, Home Part 2 finds Matthews in many senses returning to the source, driven by what he describes as ‘A need to rekindle a relationship with the artist I was 10 years ago, but joining forces with the artist I am today’. Speaking about the contrasting interplay - particularly tonally- between the new record and its predecessor Home Part 1, Scott says; ‘After completing Part 1, I was very much aware of how I wanted Part 2 to sound, look and feel. The more I record my music, the more I’ve realised I describe what I’m looking for as colours. This method helps me to visualise what instrumentation I’d like to hear. Part 1 has a very sepia-like tone, with warm earthy browns and creams and has an almost grainy texture. Part 2 was always going to be the complete opposite, with a very Technicolor outlook.’

22Apr

Glen Campbell Documentary Named Awards Finalist

following the singer after his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2011

Rolling Stone reports: "The documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me has been selected as one of 60 finalists for the 2015 Peabody Awards. Directed by James Keach, the film detailed the music legend's farewell tour and his heartbreaking Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, which was revealed publicly in 2011. Other finalists in the documentary category include American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam, Growing Up Trans, and What Happened, Miss Simone, a film about singer Nina Simone. The Peabody Awards have honored excellence in radio, television and other forms of electronic media for 75 years. Winners in the documentary and educational categories will be revealed via the Peabody Awards' Facebook on Tuesday, April 26th. All of the winners, totaling 30 from the list of 60 finalists, will be honored at the 75th anniversary Peabody Awards on May 21st in New York City. Hosted by actor/writer and former Peabody recipient Keegan-Michael Key, co-star of Comedy Central's Key and Peele, the ceremony will air as a 90-minute special, Monday, June 6th at 8 p.m. ET on Pivot."

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