Bob Gemmell “Parts and Labor” (Sterno Bums International, 2019)

‘Parts and Labor’ is the first solo album from Big Medicine Head’s singer-songwriter, Bob Gemmell. It’s packed full of tales of the road, the struggles of working people and themes of personal redemption. Ranging from banjo-led songs to tracks that wouldn’t be out of place in a speakeasy piano bar, it’s a bit of a … Continue reading “Bob Gemmell “Parts and Labor” (Sterno Bums International, 2019)”

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”

First Aid Kit release song for International Women’s Day – Listen

And it’s available as a digital download from today. NME report: “First Aid Kit have shared a new song that condemns sexual violence. Titled ‘You Are The Problem Here’ the Swedish duo released the single in honour of International Women’s Day today (March 9). The band shared a statement along with the song. “Today is … Continue reading “First Aid Kit release song for International Women’s Day – Listen”

Interview: Andrew Combs on new album, politics and how fatherhood is shaping his future

Tennessean Andrew Combs, an artist who has managed to make big strides  both in the indie and Americana worlds over four beautifully crafted albums, is an increasingly regular visitor to these shores over the last few years. His excellent live shows are perfectly accompanied by albums that resonate soulfully, emotionally and politically. With ‘Ideal Man’  just … Continue reading “Interview: Andrew Combs on new album, politics and how fatherhood is shaping his future”

Karine Polwart, The Barbican, London, 27th November 2019

Karine Polwart came to The Barbican to showcase her latest album ‘Scottish Songbook’ which consists of re-imagined songs by Scottish pop artists – using the term pop quite loosely – of the last fifty years. The album (available on Vinyl, CD and, yes, even cassette, at all good Merch stalls) came out of a show … Continue reading “Karine Polwart, The Barbican, London, 27th November 2019”

The Band “The Band (50th Anniversary Edition)” (Capitol/UMe, 2019)

It could have been called ‘America’, but it is justifiably called ‘The Band’. Legend has it that it  was conceived as a concept album relating to different aspects of America and the Deep South. It is carefully planned and structured, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, awesome as those parts … Continue reading “The Band “The Band (50th Anniversary Edition)” (Capitol/UMe, 2019)”

The Lone Bellow “Wonder” – Listen

The Lone Bellow – Zach Williams, Kanene Donehey Pipkin, Brian Elmquist – have announced the release of their new album, ‘Half Moon Light‘ (Dualtone Records, an Entertainment One Company).  It’s  the band’s fourth studio LP and their first since 2017, it’ll appear on 7th February 2020.  ‘Wonder‘ is the first single – it is dense, … Continue reading “The Lone Bellow “Wonder” – Listen”

Er… Alison Krauss to receive arts award from POTUS

Well this beats finding out that George Bush Jr. had the Thrills on his iPod.  Alison Krauss has been chosen to receive the National Medal of Arts which will be presented by President Trump on Thursday at a special ceremony. Other artists to receive the award include actor Jon Voight (who’s a known Trump supporter) … Continue reading “Er… Alison Krauss to receive arts award from POTUS”

Bonny Light Horseman “Deep In Love” – Listen

What a beautiful sound Bonny Light Horseman make – at times vintage American Folk, and at times striding fearlessly into Incredible String Band territory.  It comes from a deep love of British folk that infuses their upcoming eponymous album. But who are Bonny Light Horseman, and what is it that makes their music sound so … Continue reading “Bonny Light Horseman “Deep In Love” – Listen”

The Divine Comedy + Man & The Echo, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, 6th October 2019

Launching their tour at Dublin’s old Gas Board offices allowed an apt backdrop for the six-piece The Divine Comedy’s presentation of their latest symphony of songs ‘Office Politics’. The scene was set, much like the album cover, in an office with all the office equipment & technology you could imagine, and it made for a … Continue reading “The Divine Comedy + Man & The Echo, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, 6th October 2019”