A classic for this week’s retro slot, with Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, Sneaky Pete Kleinow at al from 1969 (or possibly 1970). Whatever, it’s a fabulous tune to start the weekend. Have a good one everyone.
To finish the week we have a great version from 1973 of this classic song from a line-up that includes Chris Hillman, Al Perkins and Byron Berline. Have a great weekend everyone.
Billard Blossom seem like a pretty okay group of fellas. They have a few videos posted on YouTube that feature the band playing out or working in their rehearsal room. From the available evidence, it seems like they’d be a good time if you stopped in for a beer and they just happened to be … Continue reading “Billard Blossom “Change Your Grip” (Independent, 2019)”
If Americana is an umbrella term for all roots-based American music – bluegrass, blues, country, folk, jazz, rock, and soul (which is how I define it, anyway) – then you’d be hard-pressed to find another group more worthy of the Americana label than New Grass Revival.
The next instalment of our regular feature sees serial funster Rick Bayles tells us what floats his boat and aims to make lots of new friends with his views on Neil Young:
It’s taken a hell of a long time for Phil Lee to get in the saddle and corral his Crazy Horse buddies, Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot, into the studio to record an album with him. His online notes for his 2013 album ‘The Fall And Further Decline Of The Mighty King Of Love’ state, … Continue reading “Interview: Phil Lee on how he finally saddled up with Crazy Horse”
This month long-serving staff writer Paul Kerr gives us the lowdown on his introduction to Americana: Jim Reeves was the country crooner of choice in my household as I was growing up and it wasn’t until my pimply adolescence that Top of The Pops and Alan Freeman’s top 20 countdown entered my life.
First things first. If you haven’t discovered the excellent 33 1/3 series of books from Bloomsbury Publishing you’re seriously missing out. This is a series of short books about popular music and it focuses on individual albums by a very wide range of artists. Obviously not all of these will be of interest to Americana … Continue reading “Book Review: Rachel Lee Rubin “Okie From Muskogee” (33 1/3 Bloomesbury Academic, 2018)”
Not every A-Z artist is a complete unknown, sometimes it’s good to remember just how good some of the seminal bands really were. The Byrds are the band that spawned a thousand jangly guitar bands, seemingly destined to be ‘rediscovered’ every ten years or so. The Byrds famously invented country-rock on ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo‘ … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z : The Byrds”
Down boy! Quadruple Juno Award-winning Canadian quintet The Sheepdogs were described by Uncut as sounding like “Badfinger picking up The Flying Burrito Brothers’ bar tab” and they have today announced a string of UK shows throughout June and July, including a headline set at Borderline, London on June 29th. News of the dates arrive following the band’s recent sell-out UK tour … Continue reading “The Sheepdogs change colours across the UK – June”