First Aid Kit pay tribute to David Berman with two songs

Sweden’s First Aid Kit have paid a terrific tribute to Silver Jews frontman David Berman who died earlier this month with two new recordings: one is a cover of the Silver Jews classic ‘Random Rules’ from the ‘American Water’ album (with possibly the best opening line to a song ever) and they’ve also recorded an … Continue reading “First Aid Kit pay tribute to David Berman with two songs”

First Aid Kit post new track from next album – Listen

The one time in life that a first aid kit is a good sign is when it’s the name of a Swedish band, and so rejoice on a Friday afternoon as Rolling Stone report: “For First Aid Kit, the angelic-sounding Swedish sister duo, life experience has brought them a more urgent connection to artists that … Continue reading “First Aid Kit post new track from next album – Listen”

First Aid Kit “It’s a Shame” – Listen

Swedish folkericana duo First Aid Kit have released a new single taken from their forthcoming as yes untitled album which they talked to Paste about: “We went to Los Angeles last spring and spent five weeks there writing. It was a tough time for the both of us. We were in this beautiful, sunny place but … Continue reading “First Aid Kit “It’s a Shame” – Listen”

First Aid Kit release song for International Women’s Day – Listen

And it’s available as a digital download from today. NME report: “First Aid Kit have shared a new song that condemns sexual violence. Titled ‘You Are The Problem Here’ the Swedish duo released the single in honour of International Women’s Day today (March 9). The band shared a statement along with the song. “Today is … Continue reading “First Aid Kit release song for International Women’s Day – Listen”

GospelbeacH + The Swells, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, 27th February 2020

2019 was a mixed year for GospelbeacH. Their fourth album ‘Let It Burn’ was released to critical acclaim in October, just two months after the death of Neal Casal, whose exquisite guitar playing is one of the features of the record. Tonight, GospelbeacH main man Brent Rademaker paid tribute to Casal with some warm words … Continue reading “GospelbeacH + The Swells, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, 27th February 2020”

Joan Shelley + Maiden Radio, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 10th October 2018

Joan Shelley is no stranger to Glasgow’s Glad Cafe. Returning to the venue for a fourth time, the Kentucky-born artist has built up a loyal following. Whether a long term fan or a relative newbie attracted by Shelley’s 2017 self-titled album, a sell-out crowd filled the intimate south side room anticipating a night of fine … Continue reading “Joan Shelley + Maiden Radio, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 10th October 2018”

Sylvia Rose Novak “Bad Luck” (Independent, 2020)

Here we find the sweetest of voices, but there’s clearly bad news and ‘Bad Luck’ up ahead in these songs from Alabama native Sylvia Rose Novak. She delivers an uncomplicated, simple sound; vocally reminiscent of Rosanne Cash (though it would be better if that voice was placed just a little higher in the mix). There’s … Continue reading “Sylvia Rose Novak “Bad Luck” (Independent, 2020)”

Thunder and Rain “Passing In The Night” (Independent, 2020)

Is it folk?  Country?  Bluegrass?  That’s not an unfair question to ask yourself when listening to ‘Passing In The Night’ the latest (and third) album from hard-working Colorado outfit Thunder and Rain.  Featuring main band members Ian Haegele on bass and with Dylan Mccarthy and Allen Cooke doing sterling work on mandolin and dobro respectively, … Continue reading “Thunder and Rain “Passing In The Night” (Independent, 2020)”

Roswell “Come Home EP” (Independent, 2020)

‘Come Home’ is the second EP from Indie Folk/Americana duo Roswell. Following on from the 5 track ‘Remedy’ (which won Fatea EP of the year in 2019) these 6 tracks will further whet the appetite for a proper full-length album. Having been writing and performing together for just two years, Zoë Wren and Jasmine Watkiss … Continue reading “Roswell “Come Home EP” (Independent, 2020)”

AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part two

The AMAUK conference is now into its fifth year, and one of the highlights of the conference is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony on 28th/29th January featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At six venues across Hackney, all within walking distance … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part two”