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”
Seminal Americana band, the Buffalo Springfield cum Byrds of the Eighties, and very much The Long Ryders of the 21st Century, have announced their imminent European tour – which includes a good handful of UK dates.
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”
Time for another in our series looking at the routes our writers have taken into Americana and just what it is that makes it our favourite genre. This week we are warmed by Clint West’s pathological dislike of country music and how the poacher turned a gamekeeper.
“I think that live music is something that the internet can never kill” – Jim James (My Morning Jacket). In an age when we can access our favourite music in so many ways and so many forms, for me the best way remains – live. I’m not talking massive stadium or arena gigs, but small … Continue reading “The best gigs of 2019: a personal reflection”