Band of Horses cull leaves them as trio

Some sad news this morning if you’re an equestrian or enjoy a bit of thoroughbred water polo. Billboard reports: “Mid-aughts folk heroes Band of Horses have a significant lineup change in the works. Guitarist Tyler Ramsey and bassist Bill Reynolds each took to social media Wednesday morning (May 3) to announce their respective departures from the … Continue reading “Band of Horses cull leaves them as trio”

Beat Circus “All the Pretty Horses” – Listen

This is something different – Beat Circus will be releasing ‘These Wicked Things‘, the third in the band’s Weird American Gothic trilogy, on March 22nd.  The album is an immersive experience, it’s a story told like a movie with spoken word, song and atmospheric instrumental tracks like ‘All the Pretty Horses‘.   The music covers a … Continue reading “Beat Circus “All the Pretty Horses” – Listen”

Karl Blau + The Empty House Band, The Boileroom, Guildford, 24th August 2017

Karl Blau took to the stage adorned in a dark suit that was splashed and stained with Jackson Pollock like whitewash. It’s a decent bet that the suit is something created by himself and indicative in a way of his career path. Based in the small town of Anacortes in Washington State, oyster farmer Blau … Continue reading “Karl Blau + The Empty House Band, The Boileroom, Guildford, 24th August 2017”

Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen

Not to get mixed up with horses, although they both begin with the letter ‘h’. Americana with the swagger of the Stones, Rolling Stone Country reports: “On a January morning in Austin, it’s chilly enough to snow. Hometown heroes the Band of Heathens are leaving their winter gear at home, though, and prepping for tropical weather … Continue reading “Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen”

Jackson Pines “Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings” (Independent, 2019)

Acoustic duo Jackson Pines are singer-songwriter guitarist Joe Makoviecki and stand-up bassist James Black.  Originally from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey they are now based in Philadelphia and have received multiple local awards (Asbury Music Awards/Jersey Acoustic Music Awards).  On tour they have opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, The Avett Brothers, … Continue reading “Jackson Pines “Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings” (Independent, 2019)”

First names for Black Deer’s 2019 line-up announced

The first names have been announced this morning for the americana and country festival Black Deer’s 2019 line up, and there are some belters on there. In a victory for equestrians, South Califonia’s Band of Horses have been confirmed as the first headliner, with other artists announced including Australian roots-rockers the John Butler Trio, Northumberland’s … Continue reading “First names for Black Deer’s 2019 line-up announced”

Susto, Omeara, London, 6th February 2018

“Is there anybody in there? / Smoking weed with God.” The song, ‘Waves,’ the fifth in their set tonight, typifies much of where Justin Osborne’s head is at: namely, in songs about his drug taking past and the religious undertones of what’s described as “soul loss” (the loose translation of the Latin American term, Susto). … Continue reading “Susto, Omeara, London, 6th February 2018”

Van Life – Justin Osborne (SUSTO)

East Carolina’s SUSTO have been making giant strides these last couple of years, generating huge acclaim for their live shows and acquiring a number of big-time fans including Band Of Horses’ Ben Bridwell. “I got an e-mail from him, telling me he loved the record and wanted to meet with me and Johnny. That was … Continue reading “Van Life – Justin Osborne (SUSTO)”

Do you like Good Music ? A year in review

There’s an inevitability that December brings some reflection on what has gone before, there’s this midwinter pause that offers an opportunity for this stocktaking. And this is a personal reflection – there’s some “best ofs”” down below, which in their own way are as inevitable as socks as Christmas presents, but they are in no-way … Continue reading “Do you like Good Music ? A year in review”