If you play with iconic figures like Gillian Welch and Bruce Molsky, as Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves have, then you’re probably going to be pretty good at what you do and so it proves on the duo’s debut album. Lots of people play old time music, quite a few people play it pretty well, but few play it as well as this couple. Continue reading “Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves “Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves” (Free Dirt Records, 2018)”
Here’s the latest single from the excellent Orange Circus Band, out on March 1st. It’s a high energy foot-stomper, with a fun video taken at various festivals where they played last year, that captures their live experience perfectly. You can catch them on tour from March 1st too, and you should.
From his imminent new album, Halfway Home By Morning, out on March 22nd, this is Canadian bluesman Matt Anderson with Amy Helm and a seriously soulful slice of of the blues. He’s also on tour in the UK soon: Dingwalls on March 22, Leeds Brudenell Social Club on the 23rd, Glasgow’s Blue Arrow on the 24th and the Bodega in Nottingham on the 25th. Well worth checking out. You can pre-order the album here too: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Halfway-Home-Morning-Matt-Andersen/dp/B07MJMC9SN
A new name to Americana UK, this is New Orleans man’s Conor Donohue and a track from his new album Let Love Contaminate, out on April 12th. A bit bluesy, a bit country and a lot Big Easy, it’s really rather good and you can pre-order it here: https://conordonohue.bandcamp.com/album/let-love-contaminate
From her new album Steady Heart, out now, this is Minneapolis singer-songwriter Vicky Emerson singing about the storm rolling in. A driving, dramatic and every so slightly gothic country song , it’s a delight. Great video too.
Back to 1998 for this week’s retro slot and the much missed Jolene, who released five great albums around the turn of the century. This is Pensacola from In The Gloaming. Have a great weekend everyone.
This is the excellent new single from Elaine Palmer, taken from her Desert Songs EP. It’s out tomorrow and there’s a launch show on the 17th at the Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe with more dates afterwards, all with the great M G Boulter. Well worth your time.
Form his new album Bruise out soon, this is the new single from Scotland’s Jamie Sutherland, released this Friday 15th. An excellent driving acoustic guitar driven song that explores current relationships in the light of old ones it bodes extremely well for the album and we like it a lot.
Taken from their latest album, Moves, out now, this is Portand Oregon outfit Hearts Of Oak. Aptly labelled “shoegazer country”, there are distinctly psychedelic overtones to their take on Americana. Great video as well. We like them.
This is the great new country-pop single from Australian singer-songwriter Kate Hindle. An honest story of a difficult relationship and how hard it is to leave it, there are eternal verities and hard won lessons in her writing. Good video too.