Hannah Rose Platt has a new album, ‘Letters Under Floorboards‘, out on October 25th. This is the first single from it and very good it is, the ideal way to start your weekend. The video’s good too, with remixed and remastered sound.
This is the new single from The Blue Highways, taken from their debut EP which is out on Friday. With a distinct Southside Johnny feel to it it’s a driving rock’n’roller whose narrator wants more for his children than he had. We like it a lot.
Yet more excellent country from down under, this time in the shape of the latest single from Hayley Marsten. It’s taken from her new album ‘Spectacular Heartbreak‘, out on 30th August.
You may not be familiar with the names but Portland Brothers are Steven Adams and Timothy Victor of the late lamented Broken Family Band, The Singing Adams and other fine outfits. this is the lead track from their new EP, called, er… ‘First EP‘ and out on all the digital platforms on August 23rd. Both track and EP are very good indeed, you should check them out.
This is rather lovely from Boston’s Alice Howe, reminiscent of the late Sixties/early Seventies golden age of folk-ish singer-songwriters. It’s taken from her debut album ‘Visions‘, out now. UK dates will be announced soon, definitely worth catching.
This week’s retro slot features the late great John Hartford, known generally for ‘Gentle On My Mind‘ but also the writer of many other fine songs including this classic sad and regretful piece. Have a great weekend everyone.
Michigan-born Beth Bombara is a relatively new name around these parts, though she’s released a couple of EPs and four albums prior to this one. Judging by its contents though they should be well worth investigating because ‘Evergreen’ has ten excellent songs that blend contemporary folk and Americana to very good effect indeed, not to mention the great tunes and hooks she deploys to boot. The songs range from ‘Tenderhearted’, a wonderful paean to her husband, via the Stones-y rock’n’roll of ‘Good News‘ to the delicate ‘Growing Wings’ where her plaintive vocal recalls early Neil Young. Continue reading “Beth Bombara “Evergreen” (Lemp Electric, 2019)”
From their latest album “Carrying On“, produced by Jeff Tweedy and out on October 4th, comes this slightly eerie, cinematic song from the Canadian folk duo. A wonderful video too.
This is the new single from Pete Gow’s outstanding album ‘Here There’s No Sirens‘. It’s out on September 6th and the B-side is a live version of Nick Cave’s ‘Into Your Arms‘. Pretty essential listening and acquiring we reckon.
Now in its 55th year, an impressive achievement in itself, Cambridge Folk Festival continues to go from strength to strength and this year’s event was one of the best. At the top of the bill there were a lot of heavy hitters and they all delivered. Lucinda Williams wiped away memories of her dreadful appearance a few years ago with an outstanding set that, while it wasn’t the complete airing of ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’ that she’s been touring was nevertheless full-on, committed, and contained a lot of fan-pleasers. Her backing trio Buick 6 was also outstanding, particularly Stuart Mathis on guitar. Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 1st-4th August 2019”