Video Premiere: Carl Street “Bunking the Midnight Train”

The new single from Carl Street brings Johnny Cash to mind and could have been written any time in the last seventy years.  There’s a real old-time, traditional, earthy quality to the song, which is accompanied by a charming video, directed by and starring Street’s brother, Zachary.  Continue reading “Video Premiere: Carl Street “Bunking the Midnight Train””

Video Premiere: Mock Deer “Twisted Forms”

‘Twisted Forms’ is the first single from Mock Deer’s forthcoming album, ‘The Art of Loneliness’, to be released on 14th February.  Through the song and video, Mock Deer (also known as Ricky Damiani) addresses the impact of social media on our lives and examines the nature of human connections.  Continue reading “Video Premiere: Mock Deer “Twisted Forms””

Interview: Frank Turner talks about the perils of purity, and Chas & Dave

After eight studio albums and almost two and a half thousand shows, Frank Turner has gathered legions of loyal fans and earned a reputation for exciting live performances. Recent release, ‘No Man’s Land’, was Turner’s fourth consecutive top-three album, a level of commercial success that may have seemed unlikely when he emerged from punk band Million Dead in 2005. Always looking for new inspiration, methods and approaches, Turner’s latest studio album reflects his love of history: a selection of stories about significant women, whose lives and contributions to society have been largely overlooked. The audio and video recording of ‘Show 2000 Live at Nottingham Rock City’ has also just been released, capturing the energy of Turner and The Sleeping Souls and their sing-along communion with their passionate audience. Andrew Frolish of Americana UK, caught up with Frank Turner backstage at the Alexandra Palace just before he took to the stage on the recent ‘No Man’s Land’ tour. Continue reading “Interview: Frank Turner talks about the perils of purity, and Chas & Dave”

Video: Charles Wesley Godwin “Coal Country”

Here’s a gorgeous video for a gorgeous song.  ‘Coal Country’ is the lead single from Charles Wesley Godwin’s debut album, ‘Seneca’, which was released to critical acclaim in 2019.  The album transports the listener to the mills, mines, rivers, valleys and mountains of Godwin’s West Virginia home.  Continue reading “Video: Charles Wesley Godwin “Coal Country””

Video Premiere: Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts “Can I Get an Amen”

Here is the first single from the forthcoming album by Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts.  Co-written by Stevie Van Zandt, ‘Can I Get an Amen’ is a rootsy rocker of a song.  As well as the usual digital locations, it’s available on coloured vinyl and backed by an excellent, unexpected cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Ordinary World’.  Hamilton returns the UK for acoustic ‘storyteller’ shows in February.

Video: Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald and Friends “Women of the World”

Here is a lovely, lush version of Ivor Cutler’s ‘Women of the World’, taken from the tribute album ‘Return to Y’Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler’.  This is the second single from the album, which will be released on 24th January.  In challenging times, this song is a joy.  The highlight is the lead vocal performance from Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura).  Nice way to start your week!

Video: Rosanne Cash “Tennessee Flat Top Box”

For this week’s retro video, we’re travelling back in time to November 1987 when Rosanne Cash released her version of her Dad’s ‘Tennessee Flat Top Box’.  Originally a hit for Johnny Cash in 1961, reaching number 11 on the Billboard Country chart, the story of a boy who dreamed of becoming a country music star has long been a fan favourite.  Continue reading “Video: Rosanne Cash “Tennessee Flat Top Box””