Kalyn Fay “Good Company” (Horton Records, 2019)

Three years on from her 2016 debut album ‘Bible Belt’, Oklahoma singer-songwriter Kalyn Fay releases her follow up ‘Good Company’. In the ensuing three years Fay has moved to Arkansas to pursue a Fine Arts degree. It’s clear from the songs that she misses her home state, even describing the album as “a love letter to the place I love best”. Continue reading “Kalyn Fay “Good Company” (Horton Records, 2019)”

MARBL “The Mechanism Of All Temporary Things” – Listen

MARBL’s new single is a dreamy slice of folk electronica, which floats from scene to scene, and thought to thought, through a disconnected and disturbing soundscape.   Words fall like leaves from a tree, to be carried away downstream – there’s a relationship built on sand that’s falling apart, like it was always going to do.  ‘The Mechanism Of All Temporary Things‘ is the second single of the upcoming EP ‘The Flight of the Hawks’ that will be released later during the year.

Molly Tuttle’s new song features Isbell and Sierra Hull – Listen

‘Million Miles’ is the new single from award-winning songwriter-guitarist Molly Tuttle which is taken from her forthcoming debut album ‘When You’re Ready’ which lands on Friday, April 5th via Nashville’s Compass Records. The single features Jason Isbell on backing vocals and Sierra Hull on mandolin. Continue reading “Molly Tuttle’s new song features Isbell and Sierra Hull – Listen”

Justin Townes Earle announces new record, due May – Listen

We leave you this weekend dearest of readers with news that Justin Townes Earle has announced news of a new album – due out May 25th on the New West label, ‘The Saint of Lost Causes’ sees Earle reunite with his erstwhile producer Adam Bednarik in Nashville following his sojourn to Omaha for 2017’s ‘Kids in the Street’ record which he recorded with Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis (which coincidentally used to be the name of my rabbit – Bright Eyes that is, not Mike Mogis).  Continue reading “Justin Townes Earle announces new record, due May – Listen”

Chatham County Line “Sharing the Covers” (Yep Roc, 2019)

‘Sharing the Covers’ is Chatham County Line’s eighth album, which means fans of this Raleigh-based fourpiece know by now they’ll likely be in for a faultlessly produced and smoothly performed collection of bluegrass music  – and they won’t be disappointed. And given this band’s proven ability to create an entire song’s lyrics  ‘Ringing in My Ears’  out of lines borrowed from Paul Simon, George Harrison, Willie Nelson et al, as well as their having versioned ‘I Shall Be Released’  way back on their second LP, a CCL covers album isn’t such a surprise in itself. Continue reading “Chatham County Line “Sharing the Covers” (Yep Roc, 2019)”

Teenage Fanclub return with new line-up, video – Watch

Teenage Fanclub are back after the departure of their founding bassist-singer Gerard Lovetap and there’s a bit of a new vibe to their first song ‘Everything is Falling Apart’ which you can watch the video for below. It’s a bit less jaunty than the Fannies of recent years, with lines such as “Walk, don’t run, but run from the miserablites / Who believe in no fun, unless it’s what they think is right.” Which miserablite are they talking about? Continue reading “Teenage Fanclub return with new line-up, video – Watch”

Pick of the Political Pops: 10CC “The Sacro Illiac”

Our eagle-eyed reader (we’ve established that there is one of you) will remember that last week we were somewhat nervous at being summoned unto the company of The Big Boss Editor. Fear not gentle reader – not only did we survive but we came away with a fulsome sense of responsibility, a warm feeling of loyalty and a belly full of gin. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: 10CC “The Sacro Illiac””

Charles Wesley Godwin “Seneca” (Independent, 2019)

Charles Wesley Godwin’s debut album, ‘Seneca’, is traditional country music in a very literal sense: these songs are tales of the rural landscapes and working people of his West Virginian home. Musically and lyrically, the album is an incredibly well-realised sonic picture of the Appalachians, almost an immersive concept album that transports the listener to the region’s mountains, valleys, creeks, mills and mines. The hard-working people of these narratives are: “…the backbone of a nation,” as Godwin sings on ‘Here in Eden’. This is their story. Continue reading “Charles Wesley Godwin “Seneca” (Independent, 2019)”

Track Premiere – China “Crossing The Ohio”

Crossing The Ohio‘ is the new single from  folk-rock band China’s album ‘And then nothing happened‘, released through Royal Oakie Records.  China take their musical cues from the likes of Neil Young, The Byrds, and The Band.  Theirs is not a revival sound though – they consider themselves revisionists -reinterpreting those classic sounds through the lens of the last 30 years of indie rock and underground music. Continue reading “Track Premiere – China “Crossing The Ohio””