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”
This will cheer you up over your cornflakes. Stereogum reports: “Did Ryan Adams just get around to reading Meet Me In The Bathroom? There’s a moment in the book, Lizzy Goodman’s great oral history of the early-’00s New York rock scene, where we learn that the Strokes got together to hold a meeting banning Ryan Adams, once a friend of the band, from hanging out with any of them anymore. The problem, it seems, was that the members of the band, Julian Casablancas in particular, thought Adams was a bad influence on Albert Hammond, Jr., who was starting to have serious problems with addiction. Continue reading “Ryan Adams wages Trump-style Twitter war on the Strokes”
Here’s a nice new track we’ve got exclusively for you this morning. Erik Flores and Amelia Rose Logan’s songs as Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light have been described as “modern dime westerns” and this is as good an example as any. Flores told us: “Song to My Bartender” was a fun tune to write. I was trying to employ a little levity, which isn’t my typical approach, and what came out was this story about a barfly that drinks from open till close, talking about how he’d rather be anywhere but there, but never actually doing anything about it. Or at least that was the story shell I ended up filling with the usual existential meanderings… I guess I was trying to find that place where great songwriters make you laugh while telling you serious stories. John Prine, Guy Clark, and a few others come to mind. It’s tough to find the house where they live, but maybe I was wandering around the right neighborhood.”
From his forthcoming new album, Beast Epic, due on August 25th, comes this excellent song and an equally excellent video.