From his new album “Some Of Us Are Free, Some Of Us Are Lost?”, out now, this is California man Bob Hillman delivering a hooky slice of rootsy rock that will improve your day.
Neil Young has announced the release of a new live album from his archives, called ‘Tuscaloosa’. The album was originally recorded on February 5th, 1973 at the University of Alabama, and heralds from a particular Neil Young tour with his backing band the Stray Gators, which was subsequently documented on his ‘Time Fades Away’ record. You can hear the track ‘Don’t Be Denied’ from it below, all eight minutes of it, along with the track listing. The album comes out June 7th. Continue reading “Neil Young announces new live album – Listen”
When Hannah Aldridge played at the Lexington in London last year it was to perform a show that was in the style of the Grand Ole Opry, with a selection of her favourite musical friends encouraged to perform along with her. The Lexington was also chosen as the venue to record a live album on that tour, and tonight was the official London launch of last July’s recording, entitled ‘Live in Black and White.’ Continue reading “Hannah Aldridge + The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, The Half Moon, Putney, London, 23rd April 2019”
W.C. Beck’s new album is ‘First Flight‘, and it really isn’t as it’s his ninth album. That’s a little confusing, but there’s no confusion in his music, as represented by the first single ‘The Long Way Home‘ which is as clear and engaging as any soulful country ballad, with intimate and personal lyrics. And maybe that’s the first flight being referenced – a new path for W.C. Beck after his switch from Portland to New York and a new focus in his own music following a period of studying in Paris (France).
We had news on Friday of Bruce Springsteen’s new album ‘Western Stars’ which is due out in June, and now we have the first taste of what to expect from it with the first single ‘Hello Sunshine’. As he told RS, “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangement.” So you know what to expect before you hit play. Simply lovely.
From Minneapolis by way of Ireland, Leslie Rich has a great voice, writes a mean song and can rock with the best of them. Check this out, the title track from his new EP, and see for yourself.
Leaving you this weekend dear reader with news that Bruce Springsteen’s first new studio album in five years has been announced, which draws inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey with additional recording in California and New York. Columbia Records will release Springsteen’s 19th studio album on 14th June. ‘Western Stars’ will be available for pre-order from today. Continue reading “Springsteen announces new studio album “Western Stars””
Wandering singer-songwriter Alex Seel has been from Devon to London to Ireland and back again, picking up on as many musical influences as possible along the way. On his second record, ‘Spell On A Tin Drum’, he went to the dysfunctional method of writing the majority of it in a caravan on the west coast of Ireland and recording under a bed in London. Continue reading “Alex Seel “Spell On A Tin Drum” (Independent, 2019)”
This week sees the fortieth anniversary of the death of Blair Peach. For those unfamiliar with his case or for those who had simply forgotten here are the brief facts: Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Ralph McTell – “Water of Dreams””
For their 30th anniversary year Dervish have released the album ‘The Great Irish Songbook‘, which features songs you’ll know sung by a range of guests such as Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Earle, Kate Rusby and, on this spirited and gritty take on ‘The Rocky Road to Dublin‘ the great Brendon Gleeson (of ‘The Guard‘, ‘Alone in Berlin‘ and ‘Calvary‘ fame). It sounds fine, more than fine, and is a taster of things to come – Dervish have big tour plans for the year including an album premiere on September 19 at the London Palladium. Kate Rusby and David Gray are confirmed as guests with more to be announced.