Video Premiere: Billy Raffoul “What Makes a Man”

Here is the video premiere of the excellent new single from Billy Raffoul.  He launches immediately into a harmonica blast and a forceful acoustic strum for this plea against systemic racism, You should have gotten three points // Not the point of a gun // They say we’ve come a long way // We’ve still a long way to come.”  It’s a stripped-back, sparsely-arranged protest song, and all the more emotional for it.  ‘What Makes a Man’ was the final song written and recorded for Raffoul’s new album. Continue reading “Video Premiere: Billy Raffoul “What Makes a Man””

Video: Kris Delmhorst “Wind’s Gonna Find a Way”

Check out the dreamy voice of Kris Delmhorst and the lovely melody in this new single from upcoming album ‘Long Day in the Milky Way’.  The album, due out on 14th August, is named after the opening line of this song, which is an uplifting, lyrical lesson in patience and taking time over important things in life.  ‘Wind’s Gonna Find a Way’ was written, surrounded by birdsong, in Delmhorst’s garden in Massachusetts. Continue reading “Video: Kris Delmhorst “Wind’s Gonna Find a Way””

Video: Levon Helm “Poor Old Dirt Farmer”

This is retro Friday.  And this is Americana.  Levon Helm was famously the drummer and one of the vocalists for The Band.  He also released fabulous solo material.  This is from the 2007 comeback album, ‘Dirt Farmer’, which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.  He would go on to win the Grammy for Best Americana Album twice.  Few could play the drums like Helm.  Few could sing like him.  Even fewer could do both at the same time.  Levon Helm was a rare talent indeed.  Enjoy.

Video: Ruston Kelly “Pressure”

Ahead of his new album, ‘Shape and Destroy’, Ruston Kelly has released his latest single.  The album, due on 28th August,  charts Kelly’s journey through difficult times and trying to remain sober.  He says of the record: “Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish: I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs.”  ‘Pressure’ is another fine song and vocal performance from Kelly.  Enjoy.

Video: Clanna “Get Out of My Mind”

Here is a beautiful interpretation of ‘Get Out of My Mind’, from Clanna.  Her emotive vocal is perfectly suited to this Ags Connolly heart-break song.  The video was shot at Green Noise studio in Northern Ireland, allowing us to see Clanna at work.  The County Armagh singer-songwriter has just released ‘Surprisingly Grounded’, a mixture of well-chosen covers and original material.  Clanna is known for bringing together various styles and genres, including country, bluegrass and Irish folk.  Enjoy.

Video Premiere: Eli Gardiner “The Right and The Wrong”

We are very pleased to premiere the new video from Eli Gardiner.  ‘The Right and The Wrong’ is the first single from Gardiner’s upcoming album, due out on 25th September.  It showcases excellent guitar work, complementing Gardiner’s fine vocal, which is full of character and soul.  The laid-back rhythm and melody contrast with the emotional resonance and empathy of lyrics, such as:  “I was lost so long in my head // When you lose this much // You wonder if you’re dead,” and, “Praying for the rain // Praying for the lost  // and the broken and the pain.”  Continue reading “Video Premiere: Eli Gardiner “The Right and The Wrong””

Video: Howe Gelb “Surrounded by Sound and Washed in Colour”

Whether creating solo material or records with his band, Giant Sand, Howe Gelb has been consistently turning out engaging music for decades.  The way he effortlessly blends genres and traditions is striking.  In this video, Gelb wanders into a jazz bar in Pennsylvania to perform and stir up old memories.  It begins with a fabulous conversation with the bar owner, Tunsie Jabbour, in which Gelb says: “I live like jazz: I’m improvising all the time.”  Lovely.  Then, we’re hooked before he even begins to play when he strokes his plectrum on the microphone.  Sit back and enjoy.

Video Premiere: Western Terrestrials and Georgette Jones “Who’s Gonna Fill These Boots?”

We’re delighted to premiere this nostalgic country romp from Western Terrestrials, featuring vocals from Georgette Jones.  This has the feel of a little piece of country history.  The singer and guitarist for the Western Terrestrials, Nick Charyk, wrote the song after hearing Georgette Jones’s album ‘Skin’ and wondering what it must have been like to grow up in the shadow of legendary parents, like George and Tammy.  Charyk was introduced to the album by Dean Miller, himself the son of the legendary Roger. Continue reading “Video Premiere: Western Terrestrials and Georgette Jones “Who’s Gonna Fill These Boots?””

Video: Emma Swift “Queen Jane Approximately”

With excellent playing and production and a strong, pure vocal, Emma Swift has created a terrific new version of a familiar song.  Covering Dylan takes courage but Swift approaches the task with confidence and makes ‘Queen Jane Approximately’ her own.  The single is taken from ‘Blonde on the Tracks’, Swift’s new album due out on 14th August.  The album, produced by Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, is a collection of new interpretations of Bob Dylan’s songs.  Continue reading “Video: Emma Swift “Queen Jane Approximately””

Video: Ferris & Sylvester “I Should Be On a Train”

With the contrast of the quieter lulls and the scorching emotional moments, this song is one of the most engaging yet from Ferris & Sylvester.  Searing lines, such as: “I can’t bear your touch,” are direct and punchy, just like the their sound when they turn it up.  ‘I Should Be On a Train’ is the title track from their upcoming EP, due out on 2nd October.  Written in February in the back of a tour bus between Prague and Vienna (on tour…those were the days…), the song follows a woman dreaming of escaping a relationship but lacking the courage to leave. Continue reading “Video: Ferris & Sylvester “I Should Be On a Train””