Jon Langford announces new album

Jon Langford has announced details of his new record which comes out on September 22nd on the Bloodshot label.  The record was recorded on November 8th, the day after the 2016 election where the Welsh-bred, Chicago-based musician and a crew of “merry-makers and alchemists” filed into the NuttHouse studio, a one-story former bank building in Sheffield, Alabama and recorded it over the course of 4 days.  The album is described as “pure Americana, not just because of where it was recorded or who played on what track, but because it is beyond the news of the day. Continue reading “Jon Langford announces new album”

Offa Rex “The Queen of Hearts” (Nonesuch, 2017)

This is a really fascinating album. A collaboration between classic English Folk Singer and instrumentalist, Olivia Chaney and American Indie Rockers, The Decemberists, this is a recording filled with fine musicianship and vocal work that seems to celebrate the heyday of British Folk/Rock – if you think back to the early recordings of Steeleye Span, Sandy Denny era Fairport Convention and the likes of The Albion Band, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from Offa Rex. Continue reading “Offa Rex “The Queen of Hearts” (Nonesuch, 2017)”

Hiss Golden Messenger announces new album

Some nice news this morning from Consequence of Sound on an AUK favourite. Awesome cover art too.  They report: “Last October, North Carolina folk artist M.C. Taylor released his latest album as Hiss Golden Messenger, Heart Like a Levee. Now, less than 12 months later, the indie folk songwriter is back with the follow-up. It’s titled Hallelujah Anyhow and due out September 22nd through Merge Records. Continue reading “Hiss Golden Messenger announces new album”

Track Premiere: Tom Irwin “Baby’s Britches” – Listen

Tom Irwin is a 50-something, guitar playing guy, called “a modern day troubadour” by Wilco’s John Stirratt. He’s spent a lifetime making a living making music in the Midwest with occasional forays into the rest of the country.  This track debuts here at AUK for his new record “All That Love” which includes members of his other band The Autumn Defense including New York City’s Greg Wieczorek, aka, G. Wiz, on drums (Norah Jones) and Chicago-based musician and owner of Lakland Music, John Pirruccello on 12-string guitar and pedal steel.

The Americans announce UK tour dates

Following the release of their album “I’ll Be Yours” which we reviewed last week, Los Angeles band The Americans have announced a UK/EU tour for November, which includes dates at The Louisiana in Bristol, Gullivers in Manchester and London’s Borderline. Having started out as a roots band enthralled by pre-war American country and blues, they have evolved into an amalgamation of those influences, injected with a blue collar rock’n’roll attitude, “absorbing and reconfiguring the history of American music from Chuck Berry and Tom Waits to Bruce Springsteen.” Oh and the lead singer has very good toothpaste. Here are those dates. Continue reading “The Americans announce UK tour dates”

Susan Cattaneo “The Hammer & The Heart” (Jersey Girl Records, 2017)

For her fifth release Boston singer songwriter Susan Cattaneo has pushed the boat out with a double album comprising 18 tracks. With the two discs independently titled The Hammer / The Heart it will come as no surprise that each disc has a distinctive feel to it. With the majority of tracks being either self-penned or co-writes and, with production credits for the whole album bar one track, Cattaneo clearly lacks neither talent nor a work ethic. Continue reading “Susan Cattaneo “The Hammer & The Heart” (Jersey Girl Records, 2017)”

The Tallest Man on Earth releases new EP online

If you don’t know the Tallest Man on Earth aka Kristian Matsson then you’re masochistically sparing yourself from a treat (although he isn’t actually the tallest man on earth).  Pitchfork report: “The Tallest Man on Earth has released a new collaborative EP with yMusic, the New York City-based chamber ensemble. The collection features new versions of songs from throughout the Tallest Man on Earth’s catalog, as well as a cover of Joan Baez’s “East Virginia.” Stream the whole thing below. A vinyl edition of the EP is due out in early October. The Tallest Man on Earth’s last album was 2015’s Dark Bird Is Home. Since then he shared the singles “Rivers” and “Time of the Blue.” Continue reading “The Tallest Man on Earth releases new EP online”

Dickey Betts & Great Southern “Southern Rock Jam” (Retroworld Records, 2017)

Southern Rock Jam is a compilation of ten tracks, five each from Dickey Betts’ two albums for Arista – Dickey Betts & Great Southern and Atlanta’s Burning Down. These date to Betts’ first time out from the Allman Brothers Band in the late 1970’s, and the music is very much in the vein of his previous band. That’s to say Southern Rock with a touch of the electric blues – with twin lead guitars, one of them a slide. Dickey Betts made the smart long term decision to stick close to the formula and not be side-lined into pop-rock production. It may not have helped so much at the time – Dickey Betts & Great Southern performed reasonably well hitting the number 37 spot in the US charts but Atlanta’s Burning Down only crawled to 157 before stalling. The times, as they so often are, were a-changin’ and Southern Rock was already past its glory days. Taking the long view though there’s plenty of enjoyable moments on this best of selection.  Continue reading “Dickey Betts & Great Southern “Southern Rock Jam” (Retroworld Records, 2017)”

Thorp Jenson “Oklahoma” – Listen

Richmond, Va.-based guitarist Thorp Jenson has announced the release of his forthcoming debut album “Odessa” which comes out October 20th, and he’s shared the first single “Oklahoma” at Glide who called the track, “Spirited and energetic,” and praised Jenson as, “A vibrant songwriter and dynamic frontman.” We think the opposite of course. Bloody Glide. Telling us what to think.  (Actually, this is rather good.)