Jason Isbell: “I’d like this mask to protect me from Van Morrison” – Watch

You may have seen Van Morrison in the press last week raging against restrictions because of Covid with a new batshit song which goes: “No more lockdown / No more government overreach / No more fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace… No more taking of our freedom / And our God-given rights / Pretending it’s … Continue reading “Jason Isbell: “I’d like this mask to protect me from Van Morrison” – Watch”

Jason Molina “Eight Gates” (Secretly Canadian, 2020)

There’s a lot that could be said about this record; the fascinating and moving chronicles of Jason Molina that lead to its recording, the myths and tales Molina told (liaisons with Hendrix’s parakeets and poisonous spider bites for starters) to bolster its creation and the many personal and emotional echoes that inform its intensity.  That … Continue reading “Jason Molina “Eight Gates” (Secretly Canadian, 2020)”

Something for the weekend: Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell play in support of Mighty Writers

Well that’s a wrap from us this week everyone. Enjoy the blistering weather, hopefully while listening to the wonderful new Charley Crockett album (but spare a thought for the poor folks in Abadan, Iran Climate change is “fake news” of course…) We leave you anyway this week dear reader with a clip of Amanda Shires … Continue reading “Something for the weekend: Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell play in support of Mighty Writers”

AmericanA to Z: Jason Isbell

In Nik Cohn’s history of pop and rock Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom, his chapter on The Beatles opens  “Next come the Fab Four, the Moptop Mersey Marvels, and this is the bit I’ve been dreading. I mean what is there possibly left to say about them?” And in Americana, these days, it’s easy to feel the same … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Jason Isbell”

Something for the weekend: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “Overseas”

So here we are again as Cher said in 1989. If you really do want to be distracted from the absolute state of things for 5 minutes (and who could blame you now we have the homegrown toe-curling embarrassment of Dominic Raab’s ‘Game of Thrones’ comments yesterday) can we suggest taking some time out dear … Continue reading “Something for the weekend: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “Overseas””

Jason Simon “A Venerable Wreck” (BYM Records, 2020)

Few artists reviewed by AUK have had a Peel Session, but back in 2001, Jason Simon (as part of his still extant band Dead Meadow) recorded one for John Peel in Fugazi’s home studio. An energetic mix of psychedelia and heavy rock, Dead Meadow settled into a career of stoner rock. Simon has had a … Continue reading “Jason Simon “A Venerable Wreck” (BYM Records, 2020)”

Jason Isbell & 400 Unit to stream live Rough Trade show tonight

Following on from the release of his new album ‘Reunions’ last week which we described as having “sharp songwriting and excellent production which make this a great addition to his stellar catalogue”, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit have announced they will play an exclusive Instagram TV Transmission to fans on the @roughtrade & @roughtradenyc … Continue reading “Jason Isbell & 400 Unit to stream live Rough Trade show tonight”

Video: Pharis and Jason Romero “Bet on Love”

The latest single from Pharis and Jason Romero, features a beautiful, effortless vocal performance.  This is authentic, timeless music from the Juno Award-winning duo.  It’s the title track from the much-loved Canadian couple’s new album.  To record the album, they converted their banjo workshop into a studio and the result is a warm, homely sound … Continue reading “Video: Pharis and Jason Romero “Bet on Love””

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “Reunions” (Thirty Tigers, 2020)

Jason Isbell is the kind of artist who can always be relied on to draw from experience and speak the truth exactly as he sees it, so it’s good to see he’s sticking to what makes him stand out from his contemporaries on ‘Reunions’. But there is a different kind of introspection too, one that … Continue reading “Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “Reunions” (Thirty Tigers, 2020)”

Jason Isbell to play livestream gig for album release day

Jason Isbell’s new album ‘Reunions’ is out on Friday – our review should be landing with you tomorrow – and in celebration of its release, he’s announced a live performance of it from the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville. The acoustic livestream concert, will air free via fans.com at 8 p.m ET in the US (so … Continue reading “Jason Isbell to play livestream gig for album release day”