Jason Ringenberg “Stand Tall” (Courageous Chicken Music, 2019)

“A few years back I had resigned myself to the fact that my days as a recording artist were probably over”: so begin the sleeve notes to Jason Ringenberg’s new album ‘Stand Tall’. And fans of his music were probably expecting this too: his previous solo album, ‘Empire Builders’, was released in 2004. So, what … Continue reading “Jason Ringenberg “Stand Tall” (Courageous Chicken Music, 2019)”

Jason Ringenberg announces new album, UK dates

What do you get when you place Americana music legend Jason Ringenberg (who Mojo described as “The Godfather of Americana”) in a grove of Giant Sequoias?  You end up with his new record ‘Stand Tall’, the (very) long-awaited follow up to 2004’s ‘Empire Builders’ and his first collection of new songs, outside of his Farmer Jason … Continue reading “Jason Ringenberg announces new album, UK dates”

Josh Ritter is back with Jason Isbell produced record

Rolling Stone Country have got a lovely little piece up today about Josh Ritter’s forthcoming new album which is more political than some of Ritter’s offerings to date, and which features the 400 Unit as his band. It basically sounds awesome. They report: “It’s a rainy November evening in Nashville and Josh Ritter and Jason Isbell … Continue reading “Josh Ritter is back with Jason Isbell produced record”

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “Live From the Ryman” (Southeastern Records, 2018)

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are rightly acclaimed as one of the best live acts doing the rounds today and it’s no surprise to find that they have released a live album in an attempt to capture the on-stage magic which is so beloved by fans.  Recorded over a six-night residency at that fabled … Continue reading “Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “Live From the Ryman” (Southeastern Records, 2018)”

Jason Isbell’s Ryman residency wins RS plaudits

Jason Isbell has begun six nights of performances in Nashville this week for this year’s residency (which have been happening since 2014) and RS Country has been writing about them in glowing terms. They wrote of the first night: “On Monday, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit performed like a renewed band, kicking off this … Continue reading “Jason Isbell’s Ryman residency wins RS plaudits”

RS Country interview Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

RS Country are running a nice little (not so little actually) interview today with Americana royalty (in a Republican way) (that’s Republican in the UK sense) (why did I start this?) Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires who talk to them about their new albums, how they both met and speaking out in the era of Trump.

Jason Isbell is the Twitter big hitter against right wing trolls

RS Country has a nice piece in it today about Jason Isbell’s excellent track record with combating Trump supporting Twitter combatants which, let’s face it, would be a drain on anyone. They describe how almost a decade on from first joining the social-media service in March 2009, he has evolved into a blackbelt of the platform, “spending … Continue reading “Jason Isbell is the Twitter big hitter against right wing trolls”

Jason Isbell dominates at 2018 AMAs

The 2018 Americana Music Association Awards took place last night, hosted by the lovely Milk Carton Kids, and no surprises for guessing who won a number of them (literally no surprises as we told you in the headline).  Rolling Stone Country reports: “Jason Isbell reinforced his status as the king of the Americana genre at the … Continue reading “Jason Isbell dominates at 2018 AMAs”

Van Life: Eilen Jewell & Jason Beek

Boise, Idaho’s Eilen Jewell and her husband (and drummer!) Jason Beek have been touring the US and Europe for a number of years, bringing their blend of country, americana, and old-time gospel to a loyal following both sides of the pond. Last year’s ‘Down Hearted Blues’ saw Jewell unearthing a number of old-time blues songs and … Continue reading “Van Life: Eilen Jewell & Jason Beek”