Cory Branan “Adios” (Bloodshot, 2017)

Branan is the type of songwriter who doesn’t like to repeat himself – no meticulous honing of a style. No, Branan likes to write a song and move on. The style will be suggested by the song. Genre is an elastic spectrum; it is invisible and ignored. Another Nightmare in America is in the tradition of It’s the End of the World as We Know It (or We Didn’t Start the Fire), a rollicking evisceration of contemporary society. Then there’s Cold Blue Moonlight, a bluesy slow-burner more akin to Spain (the band). It makes for a thrilling journey. Blacksburg sounds like Joe Henry in country rock mode (with the Jayhawks on hand) whilst Visiting Hours is a kind of new wave gallop. Continue reading “Cory Branan “Adios” (Bloodshot, 2017)”

Eighties “roots rockers” Summerhill return with UK dates

The band Summerhill are reuniting for a series of UK dates next month, in celebration of their 30th Anniversary. There’ll also be a deluxe double-disc reissue of their debut album “Lowdown” which will be released to coincide with the tour.  Summerhill brought together the folky jangle, sonic exploration and country influences of The Byrds in one handy package, and long before The Rockingbirds or the arrival of alt-country, the band introduced indie-kids to the delights of the pedal-steel, provided on Lowdown by the legendary BJ Cole.  Continue reading “Eighties “roots rockers” Summerhill return with UK dates”

Dirty Dozen: Arlan Feiles

Arlan Feiles is an award winning Singer Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Music Producer. Discovered and mentored by the late great Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Record Producer Tom Dowd, Arlan has gone on to record several highly acclaimed records and has his music heard in many TV programs and movies, including the Academy award winning film the Dallas Buyers Club. Arlan is equally known for his efforts supporting voting and civil rights.  Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Arlan Feiles”

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer “Not Dark Yet” – Listen

Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer have revealed ‘Is It Too Much’, a song co-written by the sisters and the third track to be taken from their long-awaited collaboration album ‘Not Dark Yet’ which is out 18th August. The sisters recently released their version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Not Dark Yet’. The album also features inspired interpretations of songs from the likes of Nick Cave, Nirvana, Jason Isbell and The Killers.

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers “Caroline” – Listen

Steve Martin – officially the world’s coolest banjo player and the only one to sponsor a major annual Banjo music prize whilst also holding down other day jobs such as acting, writing books and collecting modern art – has a new long awaited album coming soon.  It’s called The Long Awaited Album, and also features Steve’s good bluegrass buddies The Steep Canyon Rangers.  The first song to be released from this is Caroline which is a typically idiosyncratic take on a break-up song.  It doesn’t rock, but it does Bluegrass.

Ryan Adams plays “On My Life” live for first time

Stereogum are reporting today that while he’s not busy ripping into the Strokes on Twitter (tweets which have since been deleted – repent at leisure) he’s been playing shows including one in Minnesota on Sunday night in which he played “On My Life” live for the first time, the track having originally appeared as a b-side to his single “Blue Light” from 2015.  You can see the performance below, along with the audio of that single. Ryan Adams arrives in the UK on 17th of this month to play the Green Man festival. Continue reading “Ryan Adams plays “On My Life” live for first time”

Suntrodden “Suntrodden III” (Independent, 2017)

Austin-based Erik Stephansson releases the third of his Suntrodden collection. He describes this five track EP as being “about rediscovering your core and not succumbing to the distractions that put you at risk” which is a noble sentiment. Even nobler when you discover that Stephansson has eschewed much of the modern recording technology in favour of a stripped back lo-fi approach that lets the songs say it all. Continue reading “Suntrodden “Suntrodden III” (Independent, 2017)”

Enderby’s Room “Enderby’s Room” (Fika Recordings, 2017)

This is Dan Mayfield’s first record as band leader. He’s worked with Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures and Allo Darlin’, and his own sound isn’t too far away from those artists. It is a gentle blend of folk suffused with atmosphere, hushed polite vocals and everything clearly thought through and stuffed with detail. ‘The Music’ details the pleasures of music, the physical pleasure of the needle in the groove or the tape passing over the heads as well as the bliss from the actual music, the drone of harmonium binding everything together. The songs are full of small personal pleasures rather than bold statements – ‘Stars’ mixes ukulele with harmonium and the twinkling of vibes to create a painterly atmosphere where the brushstrokes of the instruments create the atmosphere. Continue reading “Enderby’s Room “Enderby’s Room” (Fika Recordings, 2017)”

Avett Brothers cover Soundgarden at Newport Folk Festival – Watch

So many ace performances coming out of Newport this year. Rolling Stone Country reports: “The Avett Brothers have become a mainstay at the Newport Folk Festival, and on Saturday afternoon at the legendary Rhode Island gathering, the group snuck in a personal tribute to friend and one-time collaborator Chris Cornell with a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”  Continue reading “Avett Brothers cover Soundgarden at Newport Folk Festival – Watch”