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”

Sam Baker “Horses and Stars” (Independent, 2019)

Coming 15 years after his debut album, ‘Mercy’, Sam Baker has released his first live album and ‘Horses and Stars’ is a corker of a record that captures everything that is great about his live performances. Recorded at the Imagine Event Center in Buffalo, NY in July 2018, Baker, in his own inimitable semi-spoken style, … Continue reading “Sam Baker “Horses and Stars” (Independent, 2019)”

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”

Clem Snide “Don’t Bring No Ladder” – Listen

Clem Snide (the recording name that Eef Barzelay goes under) has released his new single ‘Don’t Bring no Ladder’which is taken from his Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers releases ‘Forever Just Beyond‘.  His first new album in almost five years was producer by Scott Avett – and this song was, says Snide “the first song I sent … Continue reading “Clem Snide “Don’t Bring No Ladder” – Listen”

Cave Flowers “Cave Flowers” (Hard Bark Records, 2020)

Opening your first album, first track with the classic one beat drum thump straight into a fast guitar lick may be generic, but it’s a surefire announcement of arrival and intent, and done as well as this lets you immediately know what’s coming. Which is essentially a melange of every US band that has ever … Continue reading “Cave Flowers “Cave Flowers” (Hard Bark Records, 2020)”

Clem Snide announce first studio album in 5 years

Well this is exciting news for a Monday morning. Clem Snide aka Eef Barzelay has announced the release of a new album called ‘Forever Just Beyond’ which lands on March 27th via Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers. Produced by Scott Avett from the Avett Brothers, he has already shared the first single ‘Roger Ebert’ which you can … Continue reading “Clem Snide announce first studio album in 5 years”

AmericanA to Z – Buffalo Springfield

B is for… Could it be The Byrds, Bardo Pond, The Band, Bill Mallonee, The Bible, Bill Fay, Bennett Wilson Poole, Ben Howard, Ben Folds, Beck, Band of Heathens, Band of Horses, Barzin or any of the countless others in my collection beginning with B that could be considered Americana? Well it could but for … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Buffalo Springfield”

Carter Sampson Trio + Sean Duggan, St Pancras Old Church, 30th October 2019

A Thursday night in the capital and there’s an embarrassment of riches on offer for the fan of Americana music. Slightly to the north of us, Ana Egge is playing at the Green Note in Camden, Caroline Spence is just up the road in Islington and Tyler Ramsey, former lead guitar player for Band of … Continue reading “Carter Sampson Trio + Sean Duggan, St Pancras Old Church, 30th October 2019”