The Way Down Wanderers hail from Chicago and, although only playing, performing and writing together for 2 years, have steadily built a reputation as a band to watch. The opening track here ‘Dead Birds’ was an International Song Writing Competition finalist and gets the album off to a cracking start and sets a tempo that rarely lets up. Continue reading “The Way Down Wanderers “The Way Down Wanderers” (Independent, 2016)”
Due to unforeseen circumstances a la life, if you want to go and see the rather wonderful Passenger at the Apollo in Manchester tonight (Wed November 30th) I’ve got two tickets you can have for free – the only thing is you need to be able to collect them from Liverpool city centre today. Give me a shout via our contacts page if you’d like them.
“Foolish” is the brand new single from Claydon Connor, the first of 5 tracks recorded this summer with Canadian producer Murray Pulver (Bros. Landreth) ahead of an EP due in 2017.
On his first solo tour the erstwhile voice and frontman of Bellowhead, Jon Boden, has not lost his flair for the dramatic. There’s a variety of stage lighting, and props: ragged looking speakers and decorative battered loud speakers as well as the tour image -Jon Boden as Icarus lifted on wings made from violins. This last is present as a larger than life silhouette suspended over the back of the stage, to be lit to match the moods of the songs. Continue reading “Jon Boden: The Stables, Wavendon – Wednesday 9th October 2016”
The title track from the second album by Karen Jones, a love letter to true country music.
Brothers Jack and Page Burkhum aka The Cactus Blossoms are bringing their blend of country-tinged rock and roll to these shores in January for a short run of dates for that will be their first UK tour including a headline show at Bush Hall, London on January 23rd. Born and raised in Minneapolis, the brothers found themselves drawn to classic folk and country music, honing their songwriting skills with weekly gigs at former country 1940s honkytonk The Turf Club in St. Paul, MN. A chance gig opening for JD McPherson brought him on board as a fan — he became the producer no less behind their debut album You’re Dreaming, songs from which you can hear at one of their dates. Continue reading “Brothers duo the Cactus Blossoms head to the UK – January”
Rising americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews has released her debut UK single ‘Put The Fire Out’ which is available now. She also releases her new album ‘Honest Life’ in Europe, out on 20 January 2017 on Loose Music, and if you’re a UK fan you will no doubt be delighted to learn Courtney will be coming to the UK early next year, supporting husband and wife gothic Americana group, The Handsome Family on their much anticipated UK tour, making her London debut at The Union Chapel. Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews Releases First Single – Listen”
Stars and Rabbit are an Indonesian duo hailing from Yogyakarta. The group consists of singer-songwriter Elda Suryani and arranger Adi Widodo. Their music is a melding of pop and folk influences with a raw simplicity of composition, arrangement and performance. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Stars and Rabbit”
Dedicated to the bird we love is the debut, and only, album by Norwegian psychedelic folk band Oriental Sunshine. They got together in the heady year of 1968 – a trio consisting of singer Nina Johansen, tabla and flute player Satnam Singh and proud owner of possibly the only sitar in Norway Rune Walle. Fleshed out with keyboards and drums they were what could be called the Scandinavian Incredible String Band. Across eleven tracks on this vinyl only re-issue Oriental Sunshine lived the hippy dream to its full, painting guileless pictures of a beautiful world that was just coming into reach. Continue reading “Oriental Sunshine “Dedicated to the bird we love” (Round 2 Records, 2016)”
Lovers of old-time country/folksy ballads probably know about Liverpool’s ‘The Good Intentions’ by now. This latest record, as with 2013’s ‘Travelling Companion’, sits outside of the constraints of time and trends. The knowing, wistful tones of R. Peter Davies (with a hint of Gram Parsons in timbre), augmented by spouse Gabrielle Monk’s sympathetic harmony voice, retell familiar yet enduring stories. Continue reading “The Good Intentions “The Long Unbroken Line” (Drumfire, 2016)”