News from the south coast that the much-loved Union Music Store in Lewes is changing hands. After seven years building the specialist Americana, folk and country haven in the heart of the South Downs, owners Stevie and Jamie Freeman have decided to hand over the reins to two new owners that will be familiar to our readers – Danny Wilson, head-honcho of Danny & The Champs and BWP, and our own interviews editor, Del Day. Looking to broaden the remit of the shop over the coming months to incorporate key and ‘must have’ titles from all genres, the pair will look to take the shop onto the next phase of its journey beginning June 8th. We wish them the very best of luck! Stevie and Jamie explained their decision to a packed RSD crowd and issued the following press release. Continue reading “All Change At The Union”
This week’s retro slot features a wonderful performance of the classic Talk To Me Of Mendocino by the McGarrigle sisters and Linda Ronstadt recorded in 1984. Guaranteed to improve your day. Have a good weekend everyone.
Stevie Van Zandt, a principle architect of the “Jersey Shore” sound and a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has announced his return to Europe this summer, including dates in Ireland and the UK for the “Soulfire TeachRock Tour 2018” following a successful run of European shows last year. The tour will see Van Zandt (also known as Little Steven) and his 14-person band, The Disciples Of Soul, kick off things on June 28 in Dublin. They will perform shows in Liverpool, Whitley Bay, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain and Norway, before the finale at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on July 27. “I can’t get back to Europe often enough. I love it all,” says Van Zandt. Continue reading “Steve Van Zandt’s Soulifre TeachRock Tour Announced – Hallelujiah!”
The North Carolina band Hiss Golden Messenger have announced that they’re playing two UK shows this summer. It follows on from the release of ‘Hallelujah Anyhow’ which came out towards the end of last year. M.C. Taylor and his throng will be playing dates at Manchester’s lovely Deaf Institute on Monday 27th August and the almost as lovely Islington Assembly Hall in London on Wednesday 29th August. Tickets are available now, as the kids say. In the meantime, why not enjoy new tune ‘Passing Clouds’ with all proceeds to Everytown For Gun Safety. Continue reading “Hiss Golden Messenger hits the UK for summer shows”
The first release from an upcoming album ‘Grand ole Otley’, this is the perhaps unlikely combination of Ryan Hamilton, the Texas rocker who grew up on country greats, and Tony Wright of Brit-Rock hitmakers Terrorvision. As ever it’s a shared love of the music that brought the duo together, and they recorded the initial tracks for an album of covers re-worked in their unique style in Wright’s coffee/print-shop in Otley, Yorkshire. The album launch coincides with a gig at St. Pancras Old Church, part of a short UK tour.
Made in Kentucky but with nods to Wigan. Now that is a strange thought on which to begin any review but for this, their 6th album, Horse Feathers have built upon the guitars, strings and keyboards that have been their backbone until now and added just a touch of Northern Soul to the mix. 45 seconds into the opening track ‘Without Applause,’ acoustic guitars are joined by Hammond organ and these unlikely but highly impressive bedfellows are exposed for the world to see. Continue reading “Horse Feathers “Appreciation” (Kill Rock Stars, 2018)”
Taken from her new album Dancing With The Beast, a career high for the ineffably classy Gretchen Peters, this is a powerful song well worth your time.
Patience is a virtue, which is a good job as Frank Turner has announced dates which don’t land now until early next year. Playing a string of arenas running through early 2019, the tour is called the “Be More Kind World Tour” and although Frank was famously not very kind about socialists and the left in general, he was on good form at the AMA-UKs earlier in the year so forgiveness is pending. The album represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. Continue reading “Frank Turner announces 2019 dates”
‘Steampowered Blues’ is the first single from Phil Cook’s upcoming second solo album ‘People are my drug’, which is due in June. It’s n appropriate choice as it was also the first song recorded for the album. It’s a groovy footshuffler as Phil says “I’ve long been drawn to the swing and swagger of New Orleans’ step rhythms. The left-right bass lines get my feet stepping, whereas the drums channel my hip movements and the weightless carefree melodies often coax my arms from my sides toward the sky.” Us too Phil, us too.
It’s all going on for the Sons of Bill as they announce the release of their new album ‘Oh God Ma’am’ which comes out on 29th June via our dear friends over at Loose. The first single taken from the album, which you can listen to below, is called ‘Believer/Pretender’ and pitched as a “sort of a meditation on continuing to make music in adult life; especially in a superficial cultural and economic climate that continues to devalue the arts”. Lead singer James continues: “There is this Chinese finger trap you can get yourself into in adult life where you’re never quite sure which part of you is still genuine and which part of you has learned to fake it– which part of you plays music just for the love of it, and which part of you just desperately wants to be loved. Especially in an industry town like Nashville where it feels like posturing is half of being an artist.” Continue reading “Sons of Bill return with tour, new single, new album”