Will Stratton blitzes England with November dates

18 of them to be precise. Following his sold–out show at the Slaughtered Lamb last week, in support of his new album “Rosewood Almanac”, Will Stratton has announced news of a busy autumn touring schedule. Stratton will first join The Weather Station for their 8–date European tour, before hooking up with John Smith for an extensive tour throughout November, and he’ll also play a headline show in Winchester. Mojo has compared him to Jackson Browne and Nick Drake, Louder Than War to Elliot Smith, Sufjan Stevens and also Nick Drake, which means he definitely sounds like Nick Drake at least.  Have a gander at the lovely animated video for his song “Some Ride” below, along with the tour dates. Continue reading “Will Stratton blitzes England with November dates”

Fairport Convention “Come All Ye – The First Ten Years” (UMC, 2017)

If someone were to have lived in a cave for the past five decades and have no knowledge of popular culture, or if, perhaps for some unknown reason, a person was magically ignorant of all the interesting things that people do with sound waves (whether or not they know it’s called “music”), then they might find themselves in a position where a friend, distant cousin or trusted barber might say “I see Fairport Convention have a new box-set out” and their reply would be a terse “Who?”. Continue reading “Fairport Convention “Come All Ye – The First Ten Years” (UMC, 2017)”

Breadfoot announces dates for this month

And some Norway ones too. And some NYC ones! Breadfoot hails from the East River Delta and apparently “digs his whiskey neat and his coffee black”. He’s a one-man band whose idiosyncratic take on life and wide range of influences from The Carter Family and The Sherman Brothers to Tom Waits and X fuels his brand of Tin Pan Americana that he will be bringing to various places this September and October, complete with steel body resonator and a suit case kick drum that he built himself.  All the dates bar one are in Greater London but if you’re in Manchester you’re also in luck.  He’s one of those charismatic stellar acts with a great stage presence, and if you don’t believe us (hostile..) then just watch the clip below. Continue reading “Breadfoot announces dates for this month”

Prinz Grizzley “Come On In” (Independent Release, 2017)

Prinz Grizzley is Chris Comper, an Austrian with his heart in American music. His rural upbringing helped developed a love and passion for the way of life and the music that this landscape inspires. With an eye across the pond Comper, even when dabbling in indie rock/pop, remained inspired by folk, blues and country. Come on In is the first product of that long-standing influence and sits firmly in the country camp. Comper has written all these songs and, with the thread of Aaron Goldstein’s pedal steel running throughout, it is actually hard to believe that they originate from Austria rather than Nashville. In fact, the majority of the songs are better than much of what currently originates from that mainstream conveyor belt of mediocrity; as if Comper has taken the best of it and used his European filter to deliver a product upgrade. Continue reading “Prinz Grizzley “Come On In” (Independent Release, 2017)”

Lost Horizons “She Led Me Away” – Listen

This is absolutely perfect for a wet Tuesday morning in September – the new band from Simon Raymonde (founder of the Bella Union label) is a collaboration with drummer Richie Thomas, who release their debut album, Ojalá, on 3rd November on Simon Cowell’s Syco label. (Oj, it’s out on Bella Union). The track features former Midlaker Tim Smith on vocals  which is as Raymonde describes it “as rare as a sighting of the Siberian dusky thrush.” In the absence of that, this will more than do.

Video premiere: Brad Peterson “Unbroken”

Chicago based singer-songwriter Brad Peterson has been described as “exemplifying the ethos of the independent-intrepid musician” and this new track from him is lovely, buzzing with nice harmonies and a bit of jangle. He told us: “I often consider the image of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London, which stood unbroken amongst the rubble and ruins after the blitz in 1940. Winston Churchill said: “If you’re going through hell, keep going…” This idea is applicable to my own life and playing my drum kit has become a form of therapy -both physically and mentally. Unbroken was born out of a rhythmic exercise.” Note this is probably the first and last time we’ll have a quote from a Tory politician gracing the site, although every time someone gives you a fiver now he’s unavoidable – que sera, sera.

Blue Rose Code “Love Is…” – Listen

Blue Rose Code is aka singer-songwriter Ross Wilson and they’ve/he’s unveiled the first cut from their/his (we could go on like this…) forthcoming new album “The Water Of Leith” which is due out 27th October on Navigator Records. Love Is… is a duet with folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis, and talks of ideals and anticipation, although without mentioning the famous comic strip of the same name.  He’s playing a veritable feast of dates around the UK starting later this month to promote the new record – you can have a gander below.  Look out for a review on AUK soon.

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Karl Blau + The Empty House Band, The Boileroom, Guildford, 24th August 2017

Karl Blau took to the stage adorned in a dark suit that was splashed and stained with Jackson Pollock like whitewash. It’s a decent bet that the suit is something created by himself and indicative in a way of his career path. Based in the small town of Anacortes in Washington State, oyster farmer Blau (and his many associated bands) made many a record as part of the eclectic Knw-Yr-Own/K-Roc Records collective. His introduction to the larger market came via Bella Union’s aptly titled 2016 covers compilation Introducing Karl Blau with many of the songs from that collection featured in tonight’s show. Continue reading “Karl Blau + The Empty House Band, The Boileroom, Guildford, 24th August 2017”

Jeremy Corbyn reaches a new level of americoolna

If you thought it wasn’t possible for Jezza to exceed his already near god-like status in the eyes of us liberal americana types, the photo below just goes to confirm that he really is the cat’s pyjamas. The screenshot from a recent TV interview with JC demonstrates that he has, apart from great politics, also impeccable reading taste. With a copy of Richmond Fontaine’s frontman Willy Vlautin’s debut novel The Motel Life apparently nestling among his book collection, Jezza scores ultimate points for coolness. Continue reading “Jeremy Corbyn reaches a new level of americoolna”