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”
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)”
From her new album Steady Heart, out now, this is Minneapolis singer-songwriter Vicky Emerson singing about the storm rolling in. A driving, dramatic and every so slightly gothic country song , it’s a delight. Great video too.
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”
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)”
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 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.
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)”
If you like your music drenched in pedal steel and with a singer with a warm vocal, then you’re going to like Smith Allen. If you like your backup vocals performed by Miranda Lee Richards then you’re really going to like Smith Allen’s new single ‘Pouring Rain‘.
This is the great new country-pop single from Australian singer-songwriter Kate Hindle. An honest story of a difficult relationship and how hard it is to leave it, there are eternal verities and hard won lessons in her writing. Good video too.