It seems that nearly everyone you speak to arrived at this thing we call Americana via a different route. One area of commonality though, is that The Long Ryders were an important step on that journey, or indeed, for some, the beginning of it. For this reason, the band continue to be held in high … Continue reading “The Long Ryders + The Hanging Stars, Gorilla, Manchester, 10 April 2019”
This is a great time to be an admirer of the Long Ryders – not only is the band back together but with this release the excellent series of expanded original albums is complete. The third – and so far last – Long Ryders album was originally released in 1987, the torturous tale of the … Continue reading “The Long Ryders “Two Fisted Tales” (Cherry Red Records, 2018)”
The Long Ryders’ second album, the one that opens with the powerful ‘Looking for Lewis and Clarke‘, has been given the deluxe 3-disc box set treatment for this reissue on Cherry Red Records. It hardly seems worth saying that the original album is one of the finest ever releases in the genre that didn’t yet … Continue reading “The Long Ryders “State Of Our Union” (Cherry Red Records, 2018)”
For the retro slot we have one of the great live bands, in fact great bands period and an incendiary performance of Looking For Lewis & Clark. Have a great weekend everyone while The Long Ryders take it away.
And in this week’s retro slot we have the great Long Ryders, with Sid Griffin on lead vocals, and the classic Gunslinger Man. Filmed in 1986 in Hollywood California. Have a great weekend everyone.
The Long Ryders are one of those truly seminal bands in americana and they’re back with their first new song in thirty years when the UK was feeling the worst excesses of Thatcherism and things felt very different to now… oh wait. Songwriter Tom Stevens says of it: “The message is complex. I wrote this … Continue reading “The Long Ryders “Bear in the Woods” – Listen”
We don’t deserve this, really we don’t. The Long Ryders have just announced the release date for their new album ‘Psychedelic Country Soul‘ as the 15th of February 2019 – get that in your diaries. It’s a collection of twelve songs – eleven of them Long Ryders originals and a cover of perhaps the greatest … Continue reading “Long Ryders have new album next year, expanded old albums this year”
Back in 1985 ‘The Elite’ to me was anyone with access to MTV or a video cassette recorder, or both. Exploring new music was not easy, you could read about new bands in the weekly inkies, but getting to hear them was another matter. So thank heavens for Whistle Test. By ’85 it had dropped … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Lone Justice”
This month long-serving staff writer Paul Kerr gives us the lowdown on his introduction to Americana: Jim Reeves was the country crooner of choice in my household as I was growing up and it wasn’t until my pimply adolescence that Top of The Pops and Alan Freeman’s top 20 countdown entered my life.
It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”