Video: Ida Mae “Boom Boom Boom”

Here’s a forceful new performance of the opening track from Ida Mae’s debut album, ‘Chasing Lights’.  What a year it has been for Ida Mae. They have played 80 shows in the USA and 35 in the UK and Europe, supporting the likes of Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson and Josh Ritter. their debut reached number 8 on Billboard’s Americana / Folk album chart, which is a phenomenal achievement for a new UK band over in the States. Continue reading “Video: Ida Mae “Boom Boom Boom””

Video: Arborist “Here Comes the Devil”

Taken from the album ‘A Northern View’, this is the new single from Arborist.  It’s a well-directed, moody affair, beautifully sung and with a lovely rhythm.  This collection of songs tells of life from the Northern Irish viewpoint of song writer, Mark McCambridge, both personal and political.  ‘Here Comes the Devil’ is about the monster lurking within is all.  Unsettling.  In a good way.

Video: Amigo The Devil “Delilah”

Currently on tour in the UK and Europe to promote 2019’s ‘Everything is Fine’, Amigo The Devil has released a unique take on the classic ‘Delilah’,  made famous by Tom Jones in 1968. Amigo The Devil (also-known-as Danny Kiranos) says of the cover: “I remember hearing Tom Jones songs around my parents and their friends when I was young. At the time, I didn’t process how dark some of them really are. ‘Delilah’, for example, is usually such a drunkard karaoke sing-along that I feel like most people still don’t notice it. My version came from wondering what it would sound like to match the mood of the song with the content of the story being told.” 

Video Premiere: Andrew Hibbard “Runnin’ From the Enemy”

‘Runnin’ from the Enemy’ showcases Andrew Hibbard’s knack for creating a lovely vocal tune and we are delighted to be sharing this  exclusive video premiere.  This is Hibbard’s second single from his forthcoming third studio album, which is due for release in May.   Hibbard is a prolific song writer, who has written hundreds of songs while he has been honing his craft.  He’s a genuine talent, releasing his debut album at the age of just 17. Continue reading “Video Premiere: Andrew Hibbard “Runnin’ From the Enemy””

Video: Jonathan Hultén “The Mountain”

This is a beautifully animated video, which perfectly complements Jonathan Hultén’s delicate new song.  His debut album, ‘Chants From Another Place’,  is due to be released on 13th March and, judging from ‘The Mountain’, it is certainly one to look out for. Hultén’s quietly melodic voice and gentle finger-picking guitar have been likened to such artists as Sufjan Stevens, Nick Drake and Fleet Foxes.  That’s good company to keep.  Enjoy.

Video: Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley “Brown-Eyed Women”

Country legend Vince Gill supplies vocals on this new song from the Grammy-nominated duo, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley.  It showcases their excellent finger-picking and slide guitar and the pair’s vocal performance offers a very hummable tune.  Ickes has been the International Bluegrass Music Association Dobro player of the year no less than fifteen times while Hensley first played at the Grand Ole Opry when he was aged just eleven.  Fine credentials.  ‘Brown-Eyed Women’ is taken from new album, ‘World Full of Blues’.

Video: Drive-By Truckers “Thoughts and Prayers”

Here’s a marvellous new lyric video from Drive-By Truckers.  It’s full of images of gun-control marches with lyrics displayed on protest signs – clever presentation and totally engaging.  ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ is taken from new album, ‘The Unraveling’, which dropped on 31st January.  Through ‘The Unraveling’, the Truckers take a long, hard look at the state of things in the USA in election year.  Continue reading “Video: Drive-By Truckers “Thoughts and Prayers””

Video Premiere: Ian Roland & the Subtown Set “Butterfly”

Beautifully sung and beautifully played, this is the new video from Ian Roland & the Subtown Set, taken from forthcoming album ‘Double Rainbow’, which will drop on 28th February.  Roland says the song is about the walks he took with his children and about his own childhood experiences.  The lovely video sees the modern-folk trio performing on a hillside in the South Downs.  Enjoy.

Video: Christopher Paul Stelling “Lucky stars”

Christopher Paul Stelling has a new album, ‘Best of Luck’, coming out on 7th February.  Producer, Ben Harper, says of the record: “I really believe this record is the intersection where folk and soul meet.”  This single is a simple, melodic love song enhanced by effective lap steel.  Stelling says: “It’s about gratitude and the mysteries of the universe.  Even to just be here and marvel at it all is enough for me most times.  Even if it’s meaningless, it’s beautiful.”

Classic Album Review: Rosanne Cash “Seven Year Ache” (Columbia,1981)

Rosanne Cash’s second album for Columbia Records was a turning point in her career. Although Grammy Awards came later, it was with ‘Seven Year Ache’ that Cash announced herself to the world as a major songwriting and singing talent. It was a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Country Chart and number 26 on the mainstream Billboard Chart. Two of the album’s three Country Chart-topping singles were written by Cash herself, ‘Blue Moon with Heartache’ and the title track, ‘Seven Year Ache’, which also reached number 22 on the pop charts. Continue reading “Classic Album Review: Rosanne Cash “Seven Year Ache” (Columbia,1981)”