Interview: Jim Miller (Western Centuries)

Americana musician of long standing Jim Miller is breaking new ground with fellow creative minds Cahalen Morrison, Ethan Lawton and other members of Western Centuries as they bring a new and exciting, and slightly experimental sound to the table. “Weight of the World”, the band’s debut has been met with much praise, so much so people are already marking it down as one of the best of 2017. Maurice Hope spoke to Jim Miller. Continue reading “Interview: Jim Miller (Western Centuries)”

Quiet Loner “The Battle for the Ballot” (Independent, 2017)

I should have reviewed this record during the General Election campaign and it would have provided the perfect backdrop and context. It is an inspiring record, the result of Matt Hill’s stint as songwriter in residence at the People’s History Museum in Manchester – the national museum for democracy. His brief was to explore the story of universal suffrage and these songs tell those tales that are all but forgotten now. As our democracy is being syphoned away it is pertinent to remember the stories of the brave men and women who fought for a better society. Continue reading “Quiet Loner “The Battle for the Ballot” (Independent, 2017)”

Gillian Welch talks vinyl with Stereogum

After yesterday’s terrible Fleet Foxes related news (lol as the kids say), calm yourself with this nice little interview Gillian Welch has done with Stereogum where she talks about the vinyl reissue of her most recent album “The Harrow & the Harvest” which came out back in 2011.  She talks in detail about the process, telling them: “When we were actually cutting the lacquer for Harrow, since it was our first time cutting an album for an LP, it was really stressful and really difficult. Dave and [a few] of the guys doing the cutting with myself and Stephen Marcussen, they were reading this old mastering manual. Continue reading “Gillian Welch talks vinyl with Stereogum”

Surprise! Margo Price releases new “Weakness” EP

First Passenger and now Margo Price – although we still remember the time when it was a surprise to go a week without a new record from Ryan Adams.  Pitchfork report: “Margo Price has released a new four-song EP. It’s called Weakness, and like her 2016 debut Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, it’s out via Jack White’s Third Man Records. Tomorrow [today], the EP will be released on vinyl as a pair of two-song 45s. Price recorded the project at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis. She co-produced it alongside Matt Ross-Spang, Alex Munoz, and Jeremy Ivey. Earlier this year, Price won the American Music Prize for Best Debut Album.” Listen to the EP via Spotify below. Continue reading “Surprise! Margo Price releases new “Weakness” EP”

David Rawlings “Cumberland Gap” – Listen

New music from David Rawlings is always a bit of a treat and this Southern gothic tune appears on the singer-songwriter’s new album ‘Poor David’s Almanack,’ which is due out August 11th. “That song was written a little later than the first batch of songs for this record,” Rawlings tells Rolling Stone Country. “It started out as a groove and melody and chords. The music felt like it had some kind of adventurous feeling, or a feeling of pioneering. I had been working to come up with a title or a theme or hook. One night as I was sitting playing through the music, the ‘Cumberland Gap’ words sprung to mind.” Read more about it over at Rolling Stone.

The Vine Brothers “No Candy” (Independent, 2017)

Some clarification to begin: they’re not brothers and none of them is called Vine. That should not in any way undermine the authenticity that the Arkansas trio bring to their rootsy folk/bluesgrass sound, a genre noted of course for its long history of familial connections, real and otherwise. No, what Garrett Jones, Joe Credit (you’ve got to hope that name is genuine) and Greg Bucking lack in sibling bonds they make up for in utter commitment, albeit delivered with an appealingly light touch on their third album. Continue reading “The Vine Brothers “No Candy” (Independent, 2017)”

Storm the Palace “The Moon above Villiers Street” – Listen

Sometimes music doesn’t come quickly – it takes time to mature, to be just right.  Sophie Dodds knows this, having spent nine years getting the songs on Storm The Palace’s debut album Snow, Stars and Public Transport just so very right – as this song demonstrates so admirably. Originally from Edinburgh, Sophie used her time in London to write and create vignettes of her life; snapshots of the people who passed through it and how the city’s unfolding narratives impacted upon her.  The Moon Above Villiers St creates a tension-filled atmosphere through the use of a 7/8 time signature and fills the space with some hard-hitting lyrics “The politics of envy / The politics of greed / never lift a finger until you’re the one in need”.  It’s a memorable song.

Passenger announces surprise new album, out tomorrow

Passenger has announced a new album, and if you saw any of the live stream last night (which you can catch below, but not live) (obviously), you’ll have heard that it’s his most americana-y record to date, with lots of lovely slide and Jayhawks style piano.  The record “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” lands less than a year on from last year’s “Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea” which went to number one in the UK and several other countries, and comes just a few days after Mike Rosenberg announced that he’d be taking a break from touring for a “very long time”.  The album will be available to buy from the official website only, although it will be available to stream on all the usual services if you’re a tight arse. Continue reading “Passenger announces surprise new album, out tomorrow”