Tom Paxton heads to UK for dates – January

tom-paxtonTom Paxton, that cheeky chappie with the avuncular face, is heading to the UK next month for some dates, with support from Cathy and Marcy (no surname provided). Tom has had a music career spanning more than 50 years, with thousands of live performances around the world, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2009.  “We are all born singing Tom Paxton songs” says Nancy Griffith’s, although having just spoken to my mum I can confirm I definitely wasn’t.  I couldn’t sing until I was three apparently.  The dates…  Continue reading “Tom Paxton heads to UK for dates – January”

Natalie Bouloudis streams her new single – Listen

natalie-bNatalie Bouloudis is a native of East Sussex who first got her musical education in childhood, having played clarinet in jazz bands and had a few guitar lessons at school.  Her debut EP is her first proper recording, all recorded live at Wax Studios in London and produced by Robert Strauss, and she’s releasing her new single online – ‘Burning Pier’ is set in a fictionalised amalgamation of the burnt-out husks of Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne piers – “Essentially a meditation on how disasters can both evoke nostalgia and make us question our future in a new light.” Continue reading “Natalie Bouloudis streams her new single – Listen”

Two free Passenger tickets for Manchester tonight!

Due to unforeseen circumstances a la life, if you want to go and see the rather wonderful Passenger at the Apollo in Manchester tonight (Wed November 30th) I’ve got two tickets you can have for free – the only thing is you need to be able to collect them from Liverpool city centre today.  Give me a shout via our contacts page if you’d like them.

Brothers duo the Cactus Blossoms head to the UK – January

cactus-blossmsBrothers Jack and Page Burkhum aka The Cactus Blossoms are bringing their blend of country-tinged rock and roll to these shores in January for a short run of dates for that will be their first UK tour including a headline show at Bush Hall, London on January 23rd.  Born and raised in Minneapolis, the brothers found themselves drawn to classic folk and country music, honing their songwriting skills with weekly gigs at former country 1940s honkytonk The Turf Club in St. Paul, MN. A chance gig opening for JD McPherson brought him on board as a fan — he became the producer no less behind their debut album You’re Dreaming, songs from which you can hear at one of their dates. Continue reading “Brothers duo the Cactus Blossoms head to the UK – January”

Courtney Marie Andrews Releases First Single – Listen

courtneyRising americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews has released her debut UK single ‘Put The Fire Out’ which is available now. She also releases her new album ‘Honest Life’ in Europe, out on 20 January 2017 on Loose Music, and if you’re a UK fan you will no doubt be delighted to learn Courtney will be coming to the UK early next year, supporting husband and wife gothic Americana group, The Handsome Family on their much anticipated UK tour, making her London debut at The Union Chapel.  Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews Releases First Single – Listen”

Wilco film new session in Utretch – Watch

wilcoIf you caught them on one of their dates here this month, why not pen a quick review for us and we’ll publish it for the masses. Pitchfork report: “Wilco has filmed a new “Take Away Show” session for La Blogothèque and Le Guess Who?. Directed by Hugo Jouxtel, the performance features the band playing songs from 2016’s Schmilcoat the Museum Speelklok’s restoration studio in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It was recorded during Wilco’s appearance at this year’s Le Guess Who? festival, which the band co-curated. Below, you can find video of the band playing “Normal American Kids” and “If I Ever Was A Child.”  Continue reading “Wilco film new session in Utretch – Watch”

Billy Bragg to publish new book on skiffle

billy-braggNews from Uncut on americana’s resident poet laureate: “Billy Bragg has announced details of a new book, Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed The World. It’ll be published on June 1, 2017 by Faber. “Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive generation of working-class youth, the songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle – Britain’s first indigenous pop movement,” runs the press release.  Continue reading “Billy Bragg to publish new book on skiffle”

Vote for your favourite stuff from 2016 and win some promos!

electric-guitarIt’s that time of year again when Christmas is round the corner and the creaking signs of post-capitalism eating itself are evident in every snow filled shop window dressed by George Osborne’s (RIP) living wage.  Let’s face it, there might not be a world around to celebrate Christmas next year, so on that cheery note, why not turn your attention to better things, such as who have been your saviors over the last eleven months and made the year feel worth living.  Read more here.

Neil Young latest archives out Friday

neil-youngAlthough you may need to hot foot it over to the States for a copy – best go before the end of the year if you’re not white Caucasian.  Uncut reports: “Neil Young will reissue a fresh batch of archival albums on Record Store Day’s Black Friday, November 25. Young will release a 5 album box set, Official Release Series Discs 8.5 – 12, which includes: Long May You Run, American Stars “N” Bars, Comes A Time, Rust Never Sleeps and Live Rust. This is the first remaster of Long May You Run in any form since the original 1990s CD. This ORS 8.5 – 12 is the latest in Young’s ongoing vinyl reissue programme. For last year’s Black Friday, Young released the Official Release Series Discs 5 – 8, which included remastered vinyl reissues of On The Beach, Tonight’s The Night and Zuma alongside the long-unavailable Time Fades Away. Continue reading “Neil Young latest archives out Friday”