Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child

The Most Ugly Child are a 6-piece country powerhouse, with rabble rousing fiddle breaks and pedal steel swells to make you weep. They can have you dancing on the tables or break your heart with a song. Centered around the songwriting partnership of Daniel Wright and Stevie-Leigh Goodison, the band is made up of some of the finest musicians in the Midlands. Current line up includes Matt Cutler and Max Johnson (The Broomhill String Band), Nicole J Terry (The Rip-Roaring Success) on fiddle and ‘Big’ Jim Widdop (The Sadies, Los Pacaminos, Cold Light Of Day, Buck Shot Soup) on pedal steel and dobro. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child”

Our First 100 Days project ends with Phosphorescent playing Woody Guthrie – Listen

Possibly the most worthwhile music project of the century so far, ambitious in scale and a delight from start to finish, Paste report: “Saturday marked the 100th day of the new regime, and that number feels even more trivial and arbitrary now that we’re on the other side of it—especially when it means that Our First 100 Days, the playlist that’s been getting us through with a new song every day, was forced by virtue of its own name to come to a close.  Continue reading “Our First 100 Days project ends with Phosphorescent playing Woody Guthrie – Listen”

Carrie Elkin announces UK tour dates

“I’m thinking Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith and Iris DeMent…. spellbinding” So says Bob Harris about Austin-based folk-Americana singer-songwriter Carrie Elkin who has announced a May-June UK tour, accompanied by husband Danny Schmidt. The tour is in support of new solo album “The Penny Collector”.  Written in a year that was bookended by the birth of Elkin’s first child and the process of caretaking her father through the dying process, “The Penny Collector” is her own personal full circle around the human lifecycle in one single year.   Continue reading “Carrie Elkin announces UK tour dates”

Natalie Merchant to release deluxe box set

Nonesuch Records have announced the release of “The Natalie Merchant Collection” which will be a deluxe ten-CD box set compiled by Merchant herself and released on June 23rd. The discs include all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades, a new studio set featuring four new songs and six reinterpreted selections from her catalog called “Butterfly” and a final disc featuring a collection of fifteen rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1998 and 2017, including home studio demos, album outtakes, live tracks, and collaborations with artists like Billy Bragg, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, and Amy Helm.  Continue reading “Natalie Merchant to release deluxe box set”

Justin Townes Earle announces UK dates

Just a handful mind you but if you’re in or about Bristol, York or London then you’re in luck (as you are if you have tickets to the Maverick Festival in July). Earle is set to release his New West Records debut “Kids in The Street” on 26th May which we posted the first video for yesterday. The 12-song set was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) at his ARC Studios, and is the first time in his career that Earle has worked with an outside producer.  Here are those dates, and keep an eye out for a review of the new record soon on AUK. Continue reading “Justin Townes Earle announces UK dates”

Grandaddy bassist, founding member dies

Some very sad news this morning from RS. Grandaddy skirt around the boundaries of americana but are basically a great songwriting band in the vein of Mercury Rev or Flaming Lips. They report: “Kevin Garcia, the bassist and co-founder of the influential Modesto, California alt-rock group Grandaddy, died after suffering a massive stroke Tuesday. Grandaddy confirmed Garcia’s death in a post on Facebook.  “There are no accurate words to express what we need to,” the band said. “We are absolutely shattered to say that we lost our friend and band mate Kevin Garcia early this afternoon … We were all able to say goodbye to him and he was surrounded by his closest friends and family here in Modesto. Kevin started playing with Grandaddy when he was fifteen. He was an actual angel. He navigated life with a grace, a generosity and a kindness that was utterly unique. And contagious. He is loved so deeply by so many.”  Continue reading “Grandaddy bassist, founding member dies”

Dirty Dozen: Jason Haywood

Jason Haywood’s new album Folklore began with the idea of a man walking across a frozen lake in heavy snow, not sure if the sounds he’s hearing are the howling wind, the ghost of his murdered lover or the Devil himself. It was from this idea that the first song ‘The Ballad of Clara Leigh’ came forth. Coming from a more traditional country music background, this album is quite a large step into the unknown for Jason, both lyrically and musically speaking. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Jason Haywood”

MerleFest 2017 – RS lists the 11 best things they saw

We’re too lazy to reproduce all the photos they took although you can overcome our laziness by reading the original article here. Or you could just scroll here, you’re the boss. Rolling Stone Country reports: “This weekend’s celebration of the 30th MerleFest stirred up a North Carolina homecoming like no other. Native Tarheels and adopted sons and daughters such as the Avett Brothers, Jim Lauderdale, Tift Merritt, Mandolin Orange, Chatham County Line and the Steep Canyon Rangers poured onto the campus of Wilkes Community College to pay homage to America’s biggest roots music festival, created by the legendary folk singer and guitarist Doc Watson in memory of his son Merle, an admired strummer in his own right, who died in a tractor accident at the age of 36. From the 1985 tragedy arose a tradition that this year drew 80,000 fans, who seem ready to ride the festival into the next three decades.   Continue reading “MerleFest 2017 – RS lists the 11 best things they saw”

Tift Merrit announces European autumn dates

On Friday Yep Roc Records released the digital deluxe version of the Limited Edition CD of Tift Merritt’s Stitch of the World which features three bonus tracks – “Stitch of the World” and “Something Came Over Me” which are acoustic duet versions of album tracks featuring Sam Beam, and “Day He Died” – a previously unreleased song which you can hear below.  Tift will be touring the UK and Ireland in October starting off with two headline shows and supporting Jason Isbell from 25th October in the UK and Europe.  Here are those dates. Continue reading “Tift Merrit announces European autumn dates”