The Decemberists “I’ll Be Your Girl” (Capitol Records, 2018)

Everything you’ve heard about ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ is true – it’s a glorious confection that is spectacularly different from everything that has gone before. And yet it’s also so recognisably in keeping with everything that The Decemberists have ever done. The big difference is that synthesizers and keyboards are given a prominence not heard … Continue reading “The Decemberists “I’ll Be Your Girl” (Capitol Records, 2018)”

Video: Rachael Yamagata “Let Me Be Your Girl” (Official Video)

This new video is the third track to be released from Rachael’s forthcoming album, Tightrope Walker which is out via Thirty Tigers on November 11th.  Directed by Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), it stars the Emmy Award winning Allison Janney (Masters Of Sex/The West Wing/10 Things I Hate About You) in an abstract … Continue reading “Video: Rachael Yamagata “Let Me Be Your Girl” (Official Video)”

Pick of the Political Pops: Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls “Maralinga (Rainy Land)”

British nuclear tests at Maralinga occurred between 1956 and 1963 at the Maralinga site, part of the Woomera Prohibited Area in South Australia and about 800 kilometres north-west of Adelaide. Indigenous people who lived in the vicinity of the test sites suffered displacement, injury and death, not to mention the service personnel from several countries … Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls “Maralinga (Rainy Land)””

Track Premiere: Brad Byrd “Sunset Girl”

This track premiere features a song that is taken from Brad Byrd’s fourth album ‘Phases’ which will be out on May 3rd.  It’s an album of contrast with an amplified rock song one minute and a stripped-down folk ballad the next.  ‘Sunset Girl‘ falls into the last category, it is an acoustic love song – failed … Continue reading “Track Premiere: Brad Byrd “Sunset Girl””

AmericanA to Z – Indigo Girls

Even within such a broad church as Americana, “whatever that is”, as No Depression magazine accurately put it aeons ago, some may be exercised as to whether or not Indigo Girls qualify or should instead fit into folk, folk-rock, alt.something or other or whatever the latest pigeonhole is called.  As far as this writer is … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Indigo Girls”

Malojian “Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home (Deluxe)” (Quiet Arch, 2018)

In this case weirdness would seem to be a sardonic view of the world, somewhat akin to the albums of Father John Misty – and, like Josh Tillman, Northern Irish singer Stephen Scullion has adopted an anonymous moniker – Malojian – to perform under. Unlike Josh Tillman, Malojian’s music sits in a softly rocking folk … Continue reading “Malojian “Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home (Deluxe)” (Quiet Arch, 2018)”

New Indigo Girl Amy Ray album features an abundance of special guests

Indigo Girl Amy Ray will release her sixth solo album ‘Holler’ on November 2nd on Daemon Records, referencing traditional country, Southern rock, mountain music, gospel and bluegrass, Ray tipping her hat to the great Jim Ford 1969 release ‘Harlan County’ on the collection. Recorded live to analogue tape at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville, NC, Ray says that the “friction, freedom … Continue reading “New Indigo Girl Amy Ray album features an abundance of special guests”

Courtney Hartman and Taylor Ashton “Been On Your Side” (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)”

Decemberists will tour the UK in November

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice ! This November will see the long awaited return to these hallowed shores of, arguably, the greatest band in the world currently touring.  A strong claim, but one which you don’t really want to disagree with – we’re more than happy to argue the point.  Endlessly.  And anyway, why argue ?  Isn’t … Continue reading “Decemberists will tour the UK in November”

Girl from the North Country, The Noel Coward Theatre, London

A West End musical based entirely on the songs of Bob Dylan has to rank quite highly in the list of things that will never exist. And yet Girl from the North Country is that very thing. After a short run at the Old Vic it has now transferred with near sell-out success for what … Continue reading “Girl from the North Country, The Noel Coward Theatre, London”