Video: Leonard Cohen “Thanks for the Dance”

Is there a more darkly distinctive voice in music than Leonard Cohen’s?  Last year his son, Adam, completed and released a set of songs they had begun working on before Cohen’s death.  This posthumous collection was an unexpected final flourish of undimmed creativity from an inspiring artist. Leonard would be pleased with the outcome. 

Pick of the political pops: Leon Rosselson “World Turned Upside Down”

In April 1649 about 20 men assembled at St. George’s Hill, Surrey, and began to cultivate the common land. These Diggers held that the English Civil Wars had been fought against the king and the great landowners; now that Charles I had been executed, land should be made available for the very poor to cultivate. … Continue reading “Pick of the political pops: Leon Rosselson “World Turned Upside Down””

Forgotten artists: Leon Russell

Elton John, surprisingly to me, declared great respect for Leon Russell as Russell’s career and life were coming to an end. Indeed I felt a bit affronted that the king of tinsel, both visually and musically, could be associated with a talent like Russell. However if you consider John’s early incarnation as an honorary west … Continue reading “Forgotten artists: Leon Russell”

Leon III “Leon III” (Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)

Leon III (or Leon the Third if you prefer, their PR blurb mentions both) are a side project of two members of a Virginia alt-country band, the Wrinkle Neck Mules, a band this reviewer had never heard of. Before we get to the main thrust of this review however, do yourself a favour and check … Continue reading “Leon III “Leon III” (Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)”

Leon Russell RIP

The idea that God moves in mysterious ways is being pushed to its logical limits this year.  The Guardian of many reports:  “Leon Russell, who emerged in the 1970s as one of rock’n’roll’s most dynamic performers after playing anonymously on dozens of pop hits as a much in-demand studio pianist in the 1960s, died on Sunday … Continue reading “Leon Russell RIP”

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Gordon Sharpe

You lucky people: whilst we are all (hopefully) self-isolating – watch how quickly that comment dates – you will have plenty of time to read the latest instalment of “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway” in which our writers and contributors tell us what, why and where they got into Americana. This week top bloke … Continue reading ““What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Gordon Sharpe”

Video: Barry Jones “The Journey”

Barry Jones is one half of Liverpool’s Southbound Attic Band who have become something of a sensation around these parts for a particular song of theirs which involves a sausage. Probably the best song ever to involve a sausage we’d wager after LadBaby’s ‘I Love Sausage Rolls’. Barry indeed once upon a time was AUK’s … Continue reading “Video: Barry Jones “The Journey””

Driftwood Soldier “Stay Ahead of the Wolf” (Bloodshot Records, 2019)

Describing themselves as “Gutterfolk for the masses” this duo from Pennsylvania may have created a new category of Americana. If by ‘Gutter’ they mean sticking up for the underdog, that looks right. And in its context of absorbing stories ‘folk’ is accurate too. Whatever, Driftwood Soldier draw from their personal experience to a broader observation of … Continue reading “Driftwood Soldier “Stay Ahead of the Wolf” (Bloodshot Records, 2019)”

Video: Cabane feat. Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Bostegehio “Take Me Home (Part 2)”

The New York Times describes the new material from Cabane as: “An atmospheric wisp… with glimmers of Leonard Cohen and Serge Gainsbourg.”  Perfect description.  This song is taken from ‘Grand Est La Maison’, the new project from Cabane; their leader is the Belgian composer Thomas Jean Henri who explains: “I worked on ‘Take Me Home … Continue reading “Video: Cabane feat. Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Bostegehio “Take Me Home (Part 2)””

The Song Remains: Chris Darrow 1944-2020

Chris Darrow’s death on 15th January from complications following a stoke received coverage across the American music press reflecting his involvement with some of the most influential artist of the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Recognised by those in the know as one of the architects of west coast country rock and by a wider audience … Continue reading “The Song Remains: Chris Darrow 1944-2020”