Shovelin Stone “Shovelin Stone” (Independent, 2019)

Shovelin Stone lead vocalist Makenzie Willox believes there’s an acoustic and folk “revolution” going on right now – name checking the likes of Tyler Childers, Billy Strings and Sturgill Simpson as comrades leading the charge – and it’s a revolution he and his bandmate Zak Thrall wholeheartedly embrace. The Denver, Colorado based duo’s debut self-titled … Continue reading “Shovelin Stone “Shovelin Stone” (Independent, 2019)”

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”

Video Premiere: Jerry Joseph with Drive By Truckers “Days of Heaven”

Though less well-known on our side of the pond, Jerry Joseph is a hugely respected songwriter, championed by the likes of Jason Isbell and Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers. Indeed the Truckers are such fans of his work that Hood has produced Joseph’s upcoming album and the band have backed him on the new … Continue reading “Video Premiere: Jerry Joseph with Drive By Truckers “Days of Heaven””

AmericanA to Z: Asleep At The Wheel

The late ‘60s were a strange and interesting time so it shouldn’t be seen as too surprising that a Jewish Philadelphia born jazz fan, who had actually managed to shake John Coltrane’s hand, formed a Western Swing band in Paw Paw, West Virginia, after attending a Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen gig. The … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Asleep At The Wheel”

Forgotten Artists – Roger Tillison

Roger Tillison is not a name many will have come across in the first place let alone forgotten. However, he is a fine example of the Tulsa Sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s, which included Leon Russell and J J Cale as its standard-bearers. Additionally, he spent time in Woodstock when Dylan and The Band … Continue reading “Forgotten Artists – Roger Tillison”

10 country rock tracks by UK artists

Country rock is a genre of music that was developed in America in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s by American rock musicians adopting country flavourings and as a genre lasted until the end of the’70s. That’s a fairly standard definition of country rock but this list looks chronologically at  10 country rock tracks by … Continue reading “10 country rock tracks by UK artists”

Diana Jones announces new album, UK dates

Nashville singer-songwriter Diana Jones has announced a new album ‘Song to a Refugee’ which is due out April 24th on Proper Records in the UK, followed by some UK dates in May and June. Acclaimed for earlier albums inspired by the almost mystical connection to her birth family and the music of rural Tennessee, Jones … Continue reading “Diana Jones announces new album, UK dates”

Classic Americana Album: Various Artists “This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark”

Describing ‘This One’s For Him’ as a classic Americana album might seem surprising given it’s entirely made up of cover versions. Also, in no way does ‘This One’s For Him’ constitute a “breakthrough”  moment in the history of Americana like – to cite an obvious case – Uncle Tupelo’s ‘No Depression’. Nor yet is ‘This … Continue reading “Classic Americana Album: Various Artists “This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark””

Interview: JP Ruggieri

From the woods of Connecticut to Nashville via New York, Jon Paul Ruggieri has come a long way. Growing up with a severe stutter limited his speech and meant that Ruggieri was compelled to find new ways to communicate. As a child, he discovered that he could express himself through music and never looked back. … Continue reading “Interview: JP Ruggieri”

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”