Kacy & Clayton “The Siren’s Song” (New West Records, 2018)

When an album cover brings to mind the swirling pop art of the hippy revolution of the 60s it creates an expectation of what might be expected from the music contained within. Hailing as they do from rural Canada, cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum (ex Deep Dark Woods) have brought swirling guitars and haunting … Continue reading “Kacy & Clayton “The Siren’s Song” (New West Records, 2018)”

Justin Townes Earle “Kids In The Street” (New West Records, 2017)

  For his eighth album Justin Townes Earle has adopted some different approaches. It’s the first time he has worked with a producer (Mike Mogis -Bright Eyes and First Aid Kit) and the first album he’s recorded out with Nashville, travelling to Omaha, Nebraska to lay it down. On a more personal level Earle says, … Continue reading “Justin Townes Earle “Kids In The Street” (New West Records, 2017)”

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives “Way Out West” (Superlatone, 2017)

Sometimes it’s good to get outside your comfort zone and listen to something that you wouldn’t normally expect to enjoy. As the late, great George Michael said – “Listen without Prejudice” Most people know Marty Stuart as the guy who used to play guitar for Johnny Cash and as a big part of the Nashville … Continue reading “Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives “Way Out West” (Superlatone, 2017)”

Interview: Mike Cooley – Drive By Truckers

Drive By Truckers released their new album, American Band, on September 30th and it is already causing quite a stir, both within their fan base and beyond. The band, fronted by founder members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, are celebrating twenty years together this year and release the album on the cusp of the US … Continue reading “Interview: Mike Cooley – Drive By Truckers”

Interview: Carson McHone

There’s an old expression about dying with your boots on. Carson McHone certainly lives up to that. Interview ready in her dressing room,  she’s attired in a raggedy white cotton t-shirt, with a pair of jogging bottoms tucked into her cowboy boots. A Texan from top to bottom, Carson undergoes something of a transformation later … Continue reading “Interview: Carson McHone”

Book Review – Michael Washburn “Southern Accents” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)

Here we have the latest in Bloomsbury Academic’s excellent 33 1/3 series. For those of you not familiar with these books they are, basically, album liner notes on steroids! For anyone that really wants to get inside a favourite record these books are among the most comprehensive analytical writing you’re likely to find. Artist biographies … Continue reading “Book Review – Michael Washburn “Southern Accents” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)”

Interview: Russ Tolman. From Paisley Underground to Laurel Canyon vibes

The so called Paisley Underground has been back in the news recently with The Long Ryders releasing a new album and touring while a Record Store Day release of an album, ‘3X4’, featured The Bangles, The Dream Syndicate, The Three O’Clock and The Rain Parade. And now Russ Tolman, a founding member of another Paisley … Continue reading “Interview: Russ Tolman. From Paisley Underground to Laurel Canyon vibes”

Jess Klein heads back to the UK for dates

And to her green too apparently, or so her new album would have you believe. Renowned folk-americana singer-songwriter Jess Klein has announced details of her April-May UK & Ireland tour, in support of new album ‘Back to My Green’ – please see below for further information, tour itinerary and streaming link to the full album.

The Waterboys are back with a new album, single – Listen

The Waterboys have announced the release of a new album ‘Where The Action Is’ which comes out in the UK on May 24th via Cooking Vinyl. Its title is apparently inspired by the chorus of Robert Parker’s 1960s mod / northern soul classic ‘Let’s Go Baby’, and the track’s update of the Parker classic – … Continue reading “The Waterboys are back with a new album, single – Listen”