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”
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”
Firstly, let’s remove one potentially confusing element of this debut EP. The clue’s in the double slash, it’s not Beth James the solo artist but Austin-based folk duo Mikaela Beth Kahn and Jordan James Burchill that we are concerned with here. I mention this only because you wouldn’t have been alone if you hadn’t yet seen the cover and been the victim of a double take on hearing Jordan’s unmistakably masculine, albeit tenor voice kicking off first track and single Lion Eyes. Continue reading “Beth//James “All In Life” (Independent 2017)”
Following the release of her recent album “Nine Pin”, African-Canadian Kaia Kater has announced a May UK tour including a show at Green Note in Camden on Tuesday 23rd May. Born of Afro-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in West Virginia. Continue reading “Kaia Kater announces UK tour dates”
Alternative folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, Alan Getto has announced his debut album “Versus,” which will be out in August this year. The LP was recorded over one long weekend at Studio 101A in Southern New Hampshire. Having recently located to an unfinished farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania from Brooklyn, Versus presents Getto’s personal confrontation with his own ambivalence: The album intentionally plays with cliché oppositions such as nature vs. the city, good vs. the bad and male vs. female. One can’t exist without the other, and for anything to exist, there must be a degree of conflict: “the versus.” Although the chorus isn’t bad either.
Americana icon Steve Earle and his country rock band The Dukes will release a new album “So You Wannabe an Outlaw” on June 16 on Warner Bros. Records, which is available now for pre-order where you’ll receive an instant download of the album track “Lookin’ For A Woman.” It’s Steve’s first album for Warner Bros. Records since 1997’s El Corazón, and explores his country songwriting roots, featuring collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Miranda Lambert. Continue reading “New Steve Earle & the Dukes album lands next month”
Morning americanees or whatever the collective of an americana consumer is. NME reports: “Ryan Adams recently released new box set “Prisoner: End of the World” and it features 17 previously unreleased B-sides. Fans needn’t buy the boxset to hear these B-sides, as they appear to have surfaced online. Track titles include ‘What If We’re Wrong’, ‘Are You Home?’, ‘It Will Never Be The Same’ and ‘Hanging on to Hope’ hinting that many of the songs were inspired by Adams’ split with his ex-wife Mandy Moore. The boxset also features 12 7-inch records and 2D action figures of Adams and his bandmates. You can steam the B-sides below. Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases b-sides collection”
Ned Roberts is a hotly-tipped folk musician, who has drawn comparisons with the likes of Tim Hardin and Leonard Cohen. With a timeless quality to his sound, a poetic turn of phrase, and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility, his songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era. The highly anticipated new album Outside My Mind is out now on Aveline Records. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Ned Roberts”
From his new album, Kids In The Street, out on May 26th, a great video for a great song.
The late Chuck Berry had been working on an album of new material for several years, and it was announced at the end of last year that it would be released in 2017. Sadly Chuck died earlier this year before this plan came to fruition, but the new album – called Chuck – consisting of ten new songs, eight of them by Chuck Berry himself, will be released on Dualtone/Decca Records on the 9th of June. As a teaser the track Wonderful Woman has been premiered by The New Yorker here. Continue reading “Chuck Berry’s posthumous album due in June”