Dolly Parton gives $1Million to Coronavirus research

The Country music legend that is Dolly Parton has a long history of charitable generosity – her Imagination Library for example has been responsible for providing more than 130million books to children.  As a side shoot from that endeavour – and as an assistance to relieving the boredom of children during the current lockdown – Ms Parton is launching a YouTube channel called ‘Goodnight With Dolly‘ which will feature readings of classic stories – starting with ‘The Little Engine That Could.‘   There’s even a little singing at the end – well, we are a music website after all. Continue reading “Dolly Parton gives $1Million to Coronavirus research”

Audrey And Hugh “Witness (Hey Ho)” – Listen

Audrey has no neck, Hugh has no body – that’s one mutilated guitar they’re holding between them.  Similar twisted evil infects ‘Witness (Hey Ho)‘ the lead single from the duo’s new album ‘Sisterman‘ which hits the streets tomorrow. Continue reading “Audrey And Hugh “Witness (Hey Ho)” – Listen”

Margo Price has bad news and good news

Margo Price has announced something bad and something good – whether it’s in equal measure is for you, our reader, to decide – but on the whole at the moment any good news in these strange days is welcome so we’re inclined to take what we can get.  Shall we get the bad news done with straight off ?  The release date for her new album ‘That’s How Rumors Get Started‘ has been pushed back and the tour, naturally enough, is also delayed. Continue reading “Margo Price has bad news and good news”

Track Premiere: Little Shrine “One More Chance”

Little Shrine is a San Francisco Bay area band led by singer/songwriter Jade Shipman.  They first came together as a multi-band side-project in 2014, all the participants were already in other bands, and Jade Shipman needed some kindred spirits to turn her songs into music.  With the help of guitarist Tony Schoenberg, violinist Ryan Avery, drummer Andrew Griffin, and keyboardist Garrett Warshaw this aim was achieved – Jade Shipman’s songs emerged brimming with a punk pathos reminiscent of Blondie and with a little of that Jonathan Richman college rock vibe going on in the background. Continue reading “Track Premiere: Little Shrine “One More Chance””

Ralph McTell extends Streets of London

These are not normal times, that much is for sure.  And in these days of self-isolation Ralph Mctell has asked his listeners to consider the plight of those who can’t self-isolate: how do you stay at home when you have no home?  It’s prompted the folk singer-songwriter to do what he has always refused to do before – add a new verse to ‘Streets of London.Continue reading “Ralph McTell extends Streets of London”

Jonathan Hultén “Where Devils Weep” – Listen

We can’t tell you how often we hear the question “Hey, Americana UK, why don’t you say more about Death-Metal to folk crossover artists, huh ?” And if it is you that has been filling our Email Inbox with this request, well, today is very much your lucky day.  For Jonathan Hultén is just such a one – lead guitarist of Swedish monsters of death-metal Tribulation, he has this year released an introspective acoustic album. Continue reading “Jonathan Hultén “Where Devils Weep” – Listen”

Luke Sital-Singh “Undefeated” – Listen

‘New Haze’ is the upcoming EP from Luke Sital-Singh, which will be released on April 3rd.  In advance of this is the single ‘Undefeated’ which is a co-write with Matt Hales of the band Aqualung.  The song – and in fact the whole EP – was recorded in LA, the city that Luke Sital-Singh relocated to last year. Continue reading “Luke Sital-Singh “Undefeated” – Listen”

Ten great “Los Angeles” songs

Los Angeles seems like some kind of paradise from its iconic images and its magnetic pull on many who work in the visual and audio arts. Yet in song it can seem a much bleaker place than the constant sunshine of the sunshine state might lead one to imagine – it seems to retain the darkness of the long vanished LA of Phillip Marlowe. In music it’s a place that people seem to be going to go, or going from, pining for or wishing they could throw off. Let’s take a bit of a stroll down those wide boulevards – but let’s at least try and save Hollywood for another occasion. Continue reading “Ten great “Los Angeles” songs”

Bob Dylan’s new unheard song: “a song that rolls slow”

It’s been almost eight years since Bob Dylan released brand new music – the albums that followed ‘Tempest‘ were, in general terms, the Sinatra Covers Years. In these strange times though the Nobel prize winning poet has chosen to release a new song that has been years in the making. Continue reading “Bob Dylan’s new unheard song: “a song that rolls slow””