Karen Jonas “Lucky, Revisited” (Independent, 2019)

“Hang on to your hats boys”… and so begins the first bit of advice from Karen Jonas at the start of ‘Ophelia’ the first song on ‘Lucky, Revisited’. It would be well to take heed because what follows is a rip-roaring hoe down played with the sort of gusto any thrash-metal band would be proud … Continue reading “Karen Jonas “Lucky, Revisited” (Independent, 2019)”

Jason Isbell first two albums to be remastered

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s first two albums (the self-titled debut and 2011’s ‘Here We Rest’) will be remastered and reissued this autumn. Collaborator and producer Dave Cobb will oversee the updated versions of the albums. Isbell’s solo debut ‘Sirens of the Ditch’ was repackaged as a deluxe edition last year.

Van Life – Johnny Dowd

Ithaca NY’s Johnny Dowd has been patrolling the dark, uneasy, unclassified byways and B-roads of the American heartlands for over two decades. A blistering, uncompromising guitar slinger and songwriter, Dowd is set to release his new album ‘Family Picnic’ this month, an ‘americana’ gem that returns to the topics and themes that inspired his legendary … Continue reading “Van Life – Johnny Dowd”

Josh Okeefe, Water Rats, London, 10th January 2019

The Water Rats was hosting the roving folk club that is Folk on Monday (yes, this was a Thursday). It’s a venue that is also particularly appropriate seeing as its former incarnation,’The Pindar of Wakefield,’ was the site where Dylan made his first UK folk club appearance. There’s even a Blue Plaque by way of … Continue reading “Josh Okeefe, Water Rats, London, 10th January 2019”

Van Morrison Announces New Album : Versatile

Rolling Stone reports (here) that, just three months after his last release Roll with the Punches, Van Morrison is preparing to releases his 38th studio LP. Where Roll with the Punches saw Van revisiting his blues and early rock and roll roots, the new album, Versatile, mixes jazz standards with new originals from the man … Continue reading “Van Morrison Announces New Album : Versatile”

Jason Isbell picks all female artists for Nashville residency

One day this won’t even be news. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Jason Isbell will perform six sold-out concerts at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in October, a run that will further raise his profile as the face of the Americana genre. And the singer-songwriter, who will be backed by his longtime band the 400 Unit, is using … Continue reading “Jason Isbell picks all female artists for Nashville residency”

Listen to John Prine’s rare live album from 1978

Not here sorry, over at RS Country. To embed or not to embed, that’s the question. They report: “John Prine was cleaning his basement when he stumbled upon an old concert recording. But it wasn’t just any concert recording: It was Prine, in his late Seventies prime, playing full-on rock & roll with an electric … Continue reading “Listen to John Prine’s rare live album from 1978”

The August List “Ramshackle Tabernacle” (Ubiquity Project Records, 2017)

Husband and wife duo, Martin and Kerraleigh Childs or The August List as they’re known, return with their second release following 2014’s ‘O Hinterland’ which see’s them mature as songwriters and grow into quite the formidable duo. On first listen, the first track of the nine on offer, the bluesy ‘Old Rip’ sees The August … Continue reading “The August List “Ramshackle Tabernacle” (Ubiquity Project Records, 2017)”