Margo Price announces new album for next month

Any album that has a track called Cocaine Cowboys is probably going to be ace. Consequence of Sound report: “Margo Price took country music by storm with her 2016 debut Midwest “Farmer’s Daughter”, a record she followed up with this summer’s “Weakness” EP. Now she’s announced her next full-length effort, “All American Made”, is set for an October 20th release via Third Man Records.  Continue reading “Margo Price announces new album for next month”

Elliott Brood “Dig a Little Hole” – Listen

Hamilton-based folk/alt-country trio Elliott Brood will release their new album “Ghost Gardens” on September 15, 2017 via Paper Bag Records, and they’ve released the second single to be taken from the album. Dig A Little Hole is a jaunty little number which would be quite good background music if you were actually digging a little hole (a very little hole, it only lasts for two minutes). Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country’ although not much sign of death or blackness here tbh, which is good given we’re on the verge of the next apocalypse.

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers “The Long Awaited Album” (Rounder Records, 2017)

The Long Awaited Album is Steve Martin’s sixth and a half album of banjo music, his initial foray being the B-side of The Steve Martin Brothers way back in 1981, with the first full album being 2009’s all-star collaboration The Crow. This was followed up with
Rare Bird Alert, an album which also featured The Steep Canyon Rangers as his backing band – they’d been supporting him out on tour as well. Continue reading “Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers “The Long Awaited Album” (Rounder Records, 2017)”

Kev Minney “Stories of the Sky” (Independent, 2017)

An astronomically-themed album cover heralds an interesting debut from Northampton-based acoustic virtuoso Kev Minney. Working closely with Mercury-nominated producer Jag Jago, Minney has crafted an album of dreamy soundscapes, often based around the themes of space. As an admirer of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Nick Drake, the songs are driven by personal storylines and given the precious time to develop and breathe. This is helped by an impressive range of contributing musicians and measured production that ensures the acoustic nature of the songs is never swamped. Continue reading “Kev Minney “Stories of the Sky” (Independent, 2017)”

Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017

That’s summer over and  our roving reporters have been out and about at various festivals in search of the sun and fine music. A few got lost on the way back so it’s only now that we can offer another report on Summertyne which we had already looked at here. There’s more from the indoor set ups this time, maybe our man forgot to bring his umbrella. Continue reading “Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017”

Justin Vernon blasts Hillary Clinton in Twitter wrangle

This is a really interesting thread if you can follow it through. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has got involved in a Twitter spat after attacking Hillary Clinton’s recent comments about Bernie Sanders. It comes after leaked excerpts of her new book suggest that she “harbors a fair amount of animosity toward Sanders following the brutal 2016 election” as Stereogum put it, writing: “[Sanders] didn’t get into the race to make sure a Democrat won the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party.” Which does seem a bit nonsensical given that many commentators agree he had a much better chance than the flawed Clinton candidacy. Anyway, Vernon tweeted: Continue reading “Justin Vernon blasts Hillary Clinton in Twitter wrangle”

Lucy Kitchen “Sun To My Moon” (Bohemia Rose Records 2017)

Lucy Kitchen’s songs are intimate in that they are often love songs, and the performances and backing are closely arranged around her voice, which is a thing of some beauty. It is the voice that dominates; the songs of loss like Searching for Land or He is Lost to Me suit her perfectly. In atmosphere the songs have something of Nick Drake about them. Hollow has that peculiarly bucolic jazzy feel; it’s folk music but it’s reaching out to other forms. Those other forms include the usual bedfellows like country – the billowing of pedal steel on Lovers In Blue doesn’t overwhelm, it just does its job of counterpointing the harmonies. It’s interesting that when the strings arrive they are formal violins rather than the fiddles you might expect, so the pedal steel, when it returns, seems quite maverick. Continue reading “Lucy Kitchen “Sun To My Moon” (Bohemia Rose Records 2017)”

Charlotte Carpenter “Shelter” – Listen

Charlotte Carpenter has announced her new EP “Shelter” which will be released on October 20th via her own label Let It Go Records. Born in Northampton, Carpenter has been free-wheeling her blues driven songs around the UK via a series of EP releases and festival appearances and is building towards the release of her debut album, calling to mind artists such as Cat Power, PJ Harvey and Courtney Barnett and lead track Shelter is both melodic and immediate with a real pace to it. Head below the clip for those dates.

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