Stranger headlines have been written but not many. Leaving you this weekend dear reader with the news that Margo Price is going all Nancy Botwin on us and launching her own pot product with the americana weed kingpin Willie Nelson. Have a good one and don’t forget that SPF anything in the range of 30 to 50! RS report: “As if Margo Price doesn’t already have enough cred, she can now add a special ordainment from the godfather himself: Her own special strain of Willie’s Reserve, the personal marijuana brand of Willie Nelson. Continue reading “Margo Price joins Willie Nelson’s weed retail venture”
One of the interesting things about reviewing new music is that, every so often, an artist will throw a real curve ball with a new recording; and that’s exactly what we have here on the latest release from Parker Millsap, ‘Other Arrangements’. In 2014 Millsap was hailed as one of the Emerging Artists of the Year by the Americana Music Association. He has been feted for his traditional approach to roots music, with his last two albums both going to number one in the US Americana charts and his 2016 album ‘The Very Last Day’ being nominated for Album of The Year at the Americana Music Honours & Awards. To date all his recordings have been about a simple acoustic guitar, bass and fiddle combination. Continue reading “Parker Millsap “Other Arrangements” (Thirty Tigers, 2018)”
A welcome return to the UK for one of Australia’s most accomplished purveyors of vintage – but not, so far, old timey – music which sounds
fresh and vibrant in the hands of this aficionado of early jazz / blues / boogalooing rhythm and blues. On his last tour he was accompanied by a full band and concentrated on his then still recent album ‘Gon’ Boogaloo‘ which, as the name suggested, pushed his sound forward a decade or so to an all electric band, with no banjos in sight. Continue reading “C. W. Stoneking, Portland Arms, Cambridge 20th June 2018”
Mentioning Jeff Buckley in a review tends to incite the same reaction as playing ‘Stairway To Heaven’ did in Wayne’s World but with Roo Panes, unlike almost anyone else, the reference is justified and appropriate. A listen to opening track ‘A Message to Myself’ reveals emotional, soaring vocals and an aching falsetto that that tear at your heart, powerful lyrics that move you and that almost impossibly overwhelming sense of anguish that Buckley captured so well and Panes does equally, with perhaps less anguish but, whisper it softly, more depth. Continue reading “Roo Panes “Quiet Man” (CRC Records, 2018)”
This week we were struck by the fact that there are many politicians in Westminster and elsewhere who are decent, committed folk who conduct their political life with courage and conviction. And then of course there is Boz The Turk who would rather fly out of the country than stand by previous comments and do what he had promised to do. Presumably Afghanistan was the chosen destination because it’s a dangerous place and painted him in a better light. It doesn’t. Run away from the runway would make a decent song title but we’re going with this little ditty.
Rolling Stone are reporting this morning that Nashville americana artist Will Hoge has announced a politically-charged new album called ‘My American Dream’, a collection of eight songs that touches on social issues including immigration and the homeless. The album will be released October 5th. They report: “In November, the Tennessee native released “Thoughts & Prayers,” a protest song that took politicians and the NRA to task for the increasing amount of mass shootings in the United States. That song also appears on My American Dream, and Hoge released a lyric video for the track this week that juxtaposes the hollow tweets of politicians with hard facts about gun violence. Continue reading “Will Hoge sets out his American Dream – October”
‘Midnight Tequila’ is the second release from French chanteuse Clemence Freschard and the ubiquitous Stanley Brinks (who has reputedly released over one hundred albums) although the pair have collaborated on several projects over the years. With Brinks allied to the “anti-folk” NY movement and Freschard pleasantly naive sounding the songs herein have a deliberate simplicity, a strum along and sing along quality along with some quirky lyrics and listening one is reminded at times of Jeffrey Lewis or The Colorblind James Experience. Continue reading “Freschard & Stanley Brinks “Midnight Tequila” (Fika Recordings, 2018)”
This week’s retro slot goes back to 1995 with the sadly missed Vic Chesnutt and Strange Language from his great album Is The Actor Happy? Have a good weekend everyone.
Released in the U.S. to some nice critical acclaim earlier in the year, LA-via-Philadelphia five-piece Mt. Joy will release their self-titled, debut album physically in the UK through Dualtone/Entertainment One on 27th July. The band, who have racked up 37 million Spotify plays to date, have also just announced their first ever UK and European tour in October/November, in addition to the previously confirmed sold-out London show and a couple of festival appearances in July. Tickets for the Autumn tour on sale on Friday 29th June at 9AM at mtjoyband.com Continue reading “Happy Happy! Mt. Joy announce first ever UK/European tour”
‘Are We There Yet?’ is the fifth solo album by Glasgow based singer-songwriter Jill Jackson and her journey to this point has been intriguing to say the least. Relocating to Nashville led to an embrace of storytelling songwriting and a renewed source of inspiration. A tour of fifty states in fifty days speaks of her commitment to sharing her music far and wide. Previously being signed to a major label brings experience and self-knowledge. In short, Jackson knows what she wants and has the drive to make it happen. Continue reading “Jill Jackson “Are We There Yet?” (Independent, 2018)”