Rolling Stone interviews Jay Farrar on new Son Volt record

Good interview here which muses what Woody Guthrie would think about world events unfurling today. Rolling Stone Country reports: “”The title is obviously a nod to the blues, which ended up becoming the framework of this entire record,” states singer-guitarist Jay Farrar about Son Volt’s adventurous new album Notes of Blue. “Over the years I’ve done … Continue reading “Rolling Stone interviews Jay Farrar on new Son Volt record”

Martin Simpson has a new album and a big tour

The new Martin Simpson album ‘Rooted‘ emerges on Topic Records on August 30th (the deluxe 2CD version of the album will include a companion disc ‘Seeded‘).  And if that title conjures up images of zipping up boots and such, well the singer-songwriter does have a theme in mind for this album, as he explains “The … Continue reading “Martin Simpson has a new album and a big tour”

Feathered Mason “Limbo Boy”(Jungle Strut Music, 2018)

If you were a fan of Feathered Mason’s 2017 release ‘Mary’s Kitchen Sessions,’ you will find something to like in his most recent offering. Whether you like it more or less will speak to your preference in production values more than the songwriting or performances on ‘Limbo Boy’. For the uninitiated, a brief overview seems to … Continue reading “Feathered Mason “Limbo Boy”(Jungle Strut Music, 2018)”

The Young‘uns “Strangers” (Heretu Records 2017)

Here is an astonishing album, musically and harmoniously spot on, that sweeps you up and teaches you a thing or two about people, places and events, leaving you with a sense of wonder. To encourage you, to listen to and buy the CD, to make every effort to see the Young’uns perform, here is, hopefully, … Continue reading “The Young‘uns “Strangers” (Heretu Records 2017)”

John Carter Cash takes the fight to white nationalists

And he won’t back down. Rolling Stone reports: “Earlier this week, NPR reported that American Recordings and Universal Music had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Stormfront Radio, the weekly radio show for the white supremacist site Stormfront, over its regular use of Johnny Cash’s cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” At the time, Rosanne Cash, … Continue reading “John Carter Cash takes the fight to white nationalists”

RS Country streams entire Chris Shiflett album ahead of release

This is becoming a bit of a habit but a welcome one! RS Country reports: “A case could easily be made that Chris Shiflett is the busiest (and most hyphenated) man in rock & roll. However, last summer the singer-songwriter-guitarist-bandleader-podcaster was able to find a small hole in his packed schedule to travel to Nashville’s … Continue reading “RS Country streams entire Chris Shiflett album ahead of release”

The Grahams announce new album, UK dates

Nashville-based Americana duo The Grahams have announced the release of The Grahams and Friends (Live in Studio), a combined collection of songs from Rattle the Hocks (the soundtrack from the film), and the deluxe edition of their 2015 album Glory Bound, none of which have previously been released in the UK or Ireland. Those “friends” … Continue reading “The Grahams announce new album, UK dates”

Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time

“If you can taste the dirt through your ears, that’s Americana.” Slightly late to the party with this one, and you can read some further analysis here courtesy of the Houston Press, but Billboard reported last week: “On the Billboard charts dated Oct. 22, four full-length releases that qualify for the Americana/Folk Albums chart — BonIver’s 22, A … Continue reading “Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time”