Not seen since 2009’s ‘Whatever Happened to the Great American Bubble Factory’, Drivin N Cryin are back with a powerful and accomplished album produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan. The album, ‘Live the Love Beautiful’ is a great rock album, edgy with punk in places, steeped in fantastic melodies and insightful lyrics. It feels like an … Continue reading “Drivin N Cryin “Live the Love Beautiful” (Independent, 2019)”
As it’s that weekend again here’s Mr Young there in 2009 with an incendiary “Rockin’ In The Free World” followed by a lovely version of “A Day In The Life“. Have a great weekend wherever you are.
There is a reward for those of us still in thrall to the concept of an album rather than a download. It comes in the form of the good old-fashioned sleeve notes and the added value it gives to the music. If by looking at the list of collaborators on an album we are given … Continue reading “Jamie Freeman “Dreams About Falling” (Union Music, 2019)”
Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard are seen as the pioneering women of bluegrass music. ‘Sing Me Back: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969’ is a raw, unproduced album that highlights the duo’s quality, recorded in Gerrard’s kitchen on a reel-to-reel recorder – their authentic talent does shine through. Some of the songs will be familiar when listening to … Continue reading “Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard “Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes 1965-69” (Free Dirt Records, 2018)”
For this, his third full-length album, JP Harris has enlisted the production skills of Morgan Jahnig (Old Crow Medicine Show) to help capture some of his life stories. JP’s had a rootless existence, with a background resembling that of a latter-day hobo. But what of the music? The album’s songs can best be classed as … Continue reading “JP Harris “Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing” (Free Dirt Records 2018)”
This is the debut album offering from two friends and fine musicians who have honed their art in the industry for a number of years. Courtney Hartman was until very recently part of Della Mae a five-piece all-girl bluegrass group from Boston and a nominee for the 2017 Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year … Continue reading “Courtney Hartman and Taylor Ashton “Been On Your Side” (Free Dirt Records, 2018)”
Lovely to hear about this award whenever it crops up, and nice to see at least one Rosanne talking sense this year! RS report: “Four-time Grammy winner Rosanne Cash, who has actively advocated against gun violence for more than two decades and spoken out on myriad other issues throughout her career, will be the latest … Continue reading “Rosanne Cash will receive Americana award for free speech”
‘Hasia Dreams’ is the new EP from Jamie Freeman, a set of recordings influenced by his love of 60’s bands like Buffalo Springfield, The Who and The Beatles, charting a psychedelic course through Americana with the help of Larkin Poe among others. This track which Jamie is sharing with AUK this morning features Lucy Powell (Los Feliz) on … Continue reading “Video premiere: Jamie Freeman “Hasia Dreams””
If you’re looking for a vocal that’s as clear as a mountain stream then Dori Freeman has the vocal you’re chasing. On Letters Never Read she defines a modern form of Appalachian country – there’s no affectation here but there’s a lot of variety. Her back story is worth recounting again – growing up in … Continue reading “Dori Freeman “Letters Never Read” (Blue Hens Music, 2017)”
Taken from her imminent new album Letters Never Read, this lovely song features one Richard Thompson on guitar and has a truly sweet video to accompany it.