5 dates for Aaron Lee Tasjan starting this Halloween

During AmericanaFest in Nashville last month it was difficult to walk into any bar, club or backyard and not bump into Aaron Lee Tasjan. The singer-guitarist who released the excellent ‘Karma for Cheap’ album back in August popped up initially at the Basement East venue where he performed a bombastic version of Helen Reddy’s ‘I Am Woman’ at the Show Up and Sing! tribute night; following which he played at least one show each day, culminating with three different gigs on the Saturday – all the while dressed in a different gaudy outfit. Continue reading “5 dates for Aaron Lee Tasjan starting this Halloween”

Rebecca Riedtmann “Not all Who Wander Have Lost Their Way” (Independent, 2018)

Veteran readers (and I mean that in the ‘I got to see all the best bands’ sense) will remember a time when music was wrestled back into the gift of everyone – ‘here is a guitar chord, here is another and here is a third – now go form a band’ we were told.  Was it simpler then? The major hurdle was getting your music in front of an audience, social media would surely have made punk a different beast.  Now anybody and everybody is a couple of clicks away from sharing anything. The difficulty is how to be heard when the internet is jam-packed with shoals of would-bes. But in among the masses is serious talent, and Rebecca Riedtmann is in that category for sure. So let’s have a shout out for Rebecca and promise ourselves that we will check out her debut album ‘Not All Who Wonder Have Lost Their Way’. Continue reading “Rebecca Riedtmann “Not all Who Wander Have Lost Their Way” (Independent, 2018)”

Micah P. Hinson “The Sleep of the Damned” – Listen

You’ll recall that Micah P. Hinson’s upcoming album carries the title ‘When I Shoot At You With Arrows, I Will Shoot To Destroy You‘ and is credited to Micah P. Hinson and the Musicians of the Apocalypse.  The full album is due 26th of October, but this is the latest track given an early release.  Unsurprisingly there’s more than an allusion to an ongoing spiritual struggle. Continue reading “Micah P. Hinson “The Sleep of the Damned” – Listen”

Davey Woodward and the Winter Orphans “Davey Woodward and the Winter Orphans” (Tapete, 2018)

A firm favourite of the late great John Peel and championed by 6 Music, Davey Woodward has been a prolific songwriter for decades with bands like The Brilliant Corners, The Experimental Pop Band and Karen. Most recently he decided he wanted to swerve away from his indie comfort zone and record an album of songs quickly with people he had never worked with before, intending, he asserts, to have the songs sound effortless and hark Continue reading “Davey Woodward and the Winter Orphans “Davey Woodward and the Winter Orphans” (Tapete, 2018)”

Dawn Landes “Meet Me At The River” (Yep Roc, 2018)

Take an innovative Indie singer/songwriter with a crystal-clear voice and pair her with a legendary country producer and the result should be a great musical collaboration. That was the theory which led Dawn Landes to approach the legendary 87-year-old Fred Foster whose production history includes working with the greats such as Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson (with whom he co-wrote ‘Me and Bobby McGee’), to produce her latest album ‘Meet Me At The River’. Continue reading “Dawn Landes “Meet Me At The River” (Yep Roc, 2018)”

Willie Nelson performs new political song at rally – Watch

RS Country are reporting today that while Willie Nelson was headlining a free concert for Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke on Saturday night in Austin, he ended his set with a new song called ‘Vote ‘Em Out’ which you can watch a clip of below. They report: ““Here’s a new song we’re going to spring on y’all tonight. Take it home with you, spread it around,” said Nelson, before launching into the bouncy sing-along: “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out / that’s what Election Day is all about / and the biggest gun we got / is called the ballot box / if you don’t like who’s in there / vote ’em out.” Continue reading “Willie Nelson performs new political song at rally – Watch”

Malcolm Holcombe “Come Hell or High Water” (Gypsy Eyes Music, 2018)

Malcolm Holcombe’s latest release ‘Come Hell or High Water’ seems to reflect a man reaching an age where he looks around the place where he lives, casting back over the years and unconsciously puts into song his feelings about what he sees around him. His songs certainly conjure up a picture of wooded mountains, changing seasons, times and the fortunes of the people living there. Continue reading “Malcolm Holcombe “Come Hell or High Water” (Gypsy Eyes Music, 2018)”

Track premiere: Rebecca Blasband “Those Happy Days”

Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Rebecca Blasband has been recording for over two decades now, and she’s sharing her new track ‘Those Happy Days’ from her new album which (wait for this…) she wrote with the spirit John Lennon, with whom she had (in her mind) a very real relationship with from 1991-2000. “It’s a tongue in cheek song about looking back on the happy old days of early rock and roll which were simpler, straightforward and fucking fun. The song is meant to be simple in structure, it was fun to write and it was written to have fun to listen to, reminiscent but not nostalgic. I thought it might have been a throwaway but fell in love with it and it’s a big part of the story behind the album which has very much to do with John Lennon.” And being based in Liverpool, we can’t resist anything Lennon related.