And it could be you. The lovely people over at Black Deer, the UK’s newest americana and country festival, have been in touch with us to see if any of our readership might be the right person for their new Community and Social Media Manager post. They ask: “Are you a confirmed Americana music and lifestyle obsessive who can post on Instagram whilst pealing a banana and feeding the dog? Are you as sharp as a razor, able to write tweets in your sleep, quick to learn, willing to get under the skin of this fantastically progressive genre and help us to grow our community? Continue reading “Black Deer is looking for a community and social media manager”
Jeremy Porter & The Tucos are a rock and roll band from Detroit, Michigan who, according to their press release, “sound like guitars and whiskey, hooks and heartache, energy and passion. You’ll find everything from Cheap Trick to Gram Parsons, Hüsker Dü to Uncle Tupelo, Merle
Haggard to AC/DC on their turntables. The racket they make is a little bit of each. It’s Detroit rock and roll, even if Detroit isn’t quite ready for it.” So there you go. Continue reading “Jeremy Porter and the Tucos hits UK for dates next month”
Now this is a great song from Blair Dunlop. Taken from his album Notes From An Island, out now, it’s basically a fun piece but with a sting or two and lyrics that resonate. Great video too.
LA’s Nate Smith last graced our speakers back in 2016 with concept album ‘Around and Around’; the concept being his personal journey through love, fatherhood, and divorce. Can this new release match such depth of personal engagement or is there some new ground to cover for the Utah-born storyteller? Continue reading “Nate Smith “Some Kind of Dancing” (Independent, 2018)”
On their new single, William The Conqueror delve deep into the darkest recesses, gathering clues to unravel a mystery of misplaced worship, adolescence, addiction and the road to recovery. ‘Bleeding on the Soundtrack’ is the first track to appear from their forthcoming album of the same name, recorded at Real World and produced by Ethan Johns, he who’s produced Ryan Adams and the Jayhawks. Laid down in one blistering take, the track builds from controlled intensity to an explosive climax as Naomi Holmes’ looping bass and Harry Harding’s powerhouse drums drive Ruarri Joseph’s vocals to deliver the soulful confessions of the song’s dramatic narrative.
Drawing on Appalachian textures and filtering them through a trio format, acclaimed banjoist Nathan Bowles delivers his latest album, ‘Plainly Mistaken,’ with the addition of fellow band members Rex McMurry on drums and Casey Toll on double bass. Opening with a version of Julie (Driscoll) Tippett’s haunting ‘Now If You Remember,’ Bowles invites us along on a journey of ethereal soundscapes while stretching the limits of the instruments on display. Continue reading “Nathan Bowles “Plainly Mistaken” (Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)”
A founder member of Canadian supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Stephen Fearing’s 11th solo release is a bit of a departure from his usual routine. Featuring just him and his bespoke Manzer acoustic guitar, ‘The Secret of Climbing’ is a limited edition vinyl only release recorded by and available from Rega. Yes, the company which makes those fab turntables everyone raves about. Continue reading “Stephen Fearing “The Secret of Climbing” (Rega, 2018)”
This is a brilliant video to accompany the latest great country/folk single from Dusty Stray, a Dutch band fronted by Texan expat Jonathan Brown.
Drift Mouth’s singer/songwriter/ guitarist Lou Poster’s father was a West Virginia coal miner for 37 years. When he retired around 2006, Poster presented him with a recording of covers and originals that celebrated a career that not many can do, and even fewer can excel and retire from. On the strength of that project, after years of playing in cowpunk band Grafton, Poster, along with drummer Brad Swiniarski formed Drift Mouth and set about stripping their music down to its West Virginia/Ohio roots. Continue reading “Drift Mouth “Little Patch of Sky” (Wild Frontier, 2018)”