Emmylou and Earle headline songwriters festival

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear as the saying goes but imagine being taught the art of writing a song by anyone on this list. Rolling Stone reports: “It’s still summer but music fans anticipating the mid-winter blahs are already planning a trip to Florida’s South Walton County next January for the ninth annual 30A … Continue reading “Emmylou and Earle headline songwriters festival”

Various Artists “The Social Power Of Music” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2019)

This characteristically vast collection from Smithsonian Folkways tackles a multitude of musical forms and interpretations of the term “social power” over four jam-packed CDs. The four discs are, more or less, themed – CD1 is ‘Songs of Struggle‘, CD2 is ‘Sacred Sounds‘, CD3 is ‘Social Songs & Gatherings‘ whilst the final CD closes the circle … Continue reading “Various Artists “The Social Power Of Music” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2019)”

Interview: Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll has been making albums for nigh on two decades with a smile on his face and a knowing glint in his eye. A surveyor of people and situations, Carll writes songs that could have been written from the watchful eye of a barfly documenting the world around him. Like a Texan Todd Snider, Carll … Continue reading “Interview: Hayes Carll”

Jackson Pines “Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings” (Independent, 2019)

Acoustic duo Jackson Pines are singer-songwriter guitarist Joe Makoviecki and stand-up bassist James Black.  Originally from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey they are now based in Philadelphia and have received multiple local awards (Asbury Music Awards/Jersey Acoustic Music Awards).  On tour they have opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, The Avett Brothers, … Continue reading “Jackson Pines “Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings” (Independent, 2019)”

Angus McOg head to UK for dates next week

Italian alt.folk and Americana band (not a phrase we use that often) Angus McOg return to the UK for the first time in six years to play dates in support of acclaimed third album ‘Beginners’. Angus McOg is the group project of singer-songwriter Antoni Tavoni from Modena, in the north of the country, renowned as … Continue reading “Angus McOg head to UK for dates next week”

Jane Kramer “Valley of The Bones” (Famous Brown Boots Music, ASCAP 2019)

Jane Kramer is a social worker, former domestic violence counsellor and avid humanitarian. Visiting prisons, classrooms, hospitals and rescue missions she has a message to share about the power of music for healing, connection and compassion. On the evidence of this, Kramer’s third studio album, it is a passion for which she is perfectly suited.

Jess Klein “Back To My Green” (Blue Rose Records, 2019)

Just as the generations have always offered up explosions of outstanding peer collectives down the ages,  so it seems that lately there has been an outbreak of gifted female americana singer-songwriters. Not that Jess Klein is exactly hot off the press – her career spans nearly two decades. She does, however, have an uncanny knack … Continue reading “Jess Klein “Back To My Green” (Blue Rose Records, 2019)”