Video: Tré Burt “Real You”

This is the brilliant new single from Tré Burt, taken from the album ‘Caught it From the Rye’, which is due to be released by John Prine’s Oh Boy Records on 31st January.  It’s about the end of a relationship and Burt says of the song: “We were never able to see each other for who we really were, despite our incredible magnetism towards each other. It left me mourning what could have been and why it wasn’t.”

Video: My Sister, My Brother “Nothing Without You”

Ahead of a forthcoming EP release on 6th March, this song writing supergroup have put out a debut single.  At a song writing retreat, Sean McConnell, Garrison Starr and Peter Groenwald began a collaboration that grew into a new project.  Their connection is evident in the beautifully sung  ‘Nothing Without You’, which was written on the first day of the retreat.  Look out for My Sister, My Brother’s live dates in the UK and Ireland in February.

Video Premiere: Maz O’Connor “Loved Me Better”

Described by The Guardian as: ‘One of folk’s brightest young talents,’ Maz O’Connor has been building on the success of her debut, 2016’s ‘The Longing Kind’, touring with the likes of Rosanne Cash and working on song writing commissions for the UK Parliament and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her recent album release, ‘Chosen Daughter’, is a very personal feminist statement, informed by the stories of her female ancestors.  We’re delighted to share the video premiere for the latest single from the album.  Beautiful stuff.

Video: Jerry Leger “Read Between the Lines”

Here’s the lovely new animated video for ‘Read Between the Lines’ by the fabulous Jerry Leger. Produced by Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies, the song is reminiscent of 1960s pop and rock with echoing backing vocals and soaring, melodic singing from Leger. It’s taken from his recent studio album, ‘Time Out for Tomorrow’.  This is what AUK had to say about the album: “A masterful example of Americana songcraft and accomplished musical performance.”

Video: Modern Hinterland “The Lights”

Here is the tongue-in-cheek new video for ‘The Lights’ by Modern Hinterland.  It’s taken from their forthcoming album, ‘The Longest Part of the Night‘, due for release on 31st January.  The band are inspired by the likes Wilco, Neil Young and Damien Jurado and create an engaging blend of melodic Americana, folk and indie.  Songwriter, Chris Hornsby says of the new material: “We want our music to reflect real life – there has to be some sort of truth in it that allows us to get to something real and honest.”  Check it out.

Video: Ned Roberts “The Songbird”

‘The Songbird’ is the second single from the forthcoming album from Ned Roberts.  ‘Dream Sweetheart’ will be released on 4th February, with the album launch at The Slaughtered Lamb.  This is melodic folk with engaging vocals from the London-based Roberts, who said it’s: “…a song of memory and loss – about how shared experiences can be remembered differently, in a different light.  Each verse is a call and response, one fragment of memory answering another.  It’s only in the final verse when the memories coalesce.”

Video: Yola “I Don’t Wanna Lie”

Here’s AUK favourite, Yola’s excellent recent live performance on The Tonight Show, celebrating her four Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist.  The 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on January 26th – fingers crossed for her.  Here, also, is her brilliant Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music, which showcases that incredible, soaring voice.

Video: Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson “Pancho and Lefty”

This week’s retro video is a true classic written by the legendary Townes Van Zandt.  If you watch closely, you might spot Van Zandt making an appearance or two in the video!  As you would expect, the characterful vocals from Nelson and Haggard are excellent.  Legend has it that the character of Lefty was based on Daniel Antopolsky, who toured with Van Zandt back in the day…read my interview with him here.

Video: Nathaniel Rateliff “And It’s Still Alright”

It’s Nathaniel Rateliff.  What’s not to like?  This is the title track from Rateliff’s first solo album in seven years, due out on 14th February.  It’s a beautiful song, showcasing Rateliff’s characterful vocals and masterful song writing.  It’s theme is the passing of his friend Richard Swift, who produced two albums for Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Continue reading “Video: Nathaniel Rateliff “And It’s Still Alright””