Wilco post their gear for sale to general public

And that means you if you have a spare few grand lying around (or why not treat yourself to a used pass for the more modest devotee). Pitchfork report: “In the past, Wilco have used the online musicians’ marketplace Reverb to sell off some of their instruments and gear, kept in the Chicago headquarters dubbed the Wilco Loft. Now, the official Wilco Loft store has gotten an update, with new guitars, pedals, instruments, and memorabilia from the band up for sale to the public. While much of the inventory has already sold out, there are some pieces left; check out the offerings here. Last year, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine also listed several of his guitars on the website.”  Continue reading “Wilco post their gear for sale to general public”

Willie Nelson jams with the Avett Bros at birthday bash – Watch

Not his own mind you – who wants to work on their own birthday? Rolling Stone reports: “Asleep at the Wheel bandleader Ray Benson’s annual birthday bash kept the special surprise guests coming until late in the evening Tuesday night, getting the legendary Willie Nelson on the road again after he was briefly sidelined by illness last month.  Continue reading “Willie Nelson jams with the Avett Bros at birthday bash – Watch”

“Why Americana is one of the most deceptive labels in music”

A great little article from the Guidelive.com site which was published a couple of weeks ago and we’ve just come across, which discusses the difficulty of defining the genre. Believe me, we’ve had some heated discussions ourselves. If you can guess their final definition you win a Twix. They report: ” The musical genre Americana is nearly as vast as the country it’s named for. Take a look at award-winning Americana musicians and you’ll see the problem: Legendary soul singer William Bell won a trophy for Best Americana Album at the Grammys recently. Bon Iver topped Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums Chart for its electronic-focused, completely twangless album 22, A Million. That same chart more recently listed albums by pop poster boy Ed Sheeran, classic soft-rockers Simon & Garfunkel and even “Fire and Rain” man James Taylor. Major label country artists Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson topped the same chart. But, hey, it’s all Americana?  Continue reading ““Why Americana is one of the most deceptive labels in music””

Margo Price wins US music prize

Some more news we’re spectacularly late with – honesty comes before a fall, or whatever the saying is. News from Pitchfork who report: “Margo Price has won the second annual American Music Prize for Best Debut Album. Her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter was released last year by Jack White’s Third Man Records. Other finalists for the prize included Whitney, Julien Baker, EL VY, Big Thief, Gallant, Empress Of, case/lang/veirs, and Julien Baker. Price received $25,000 as part of the award. Watch her get surprised with the award at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters below (via The Tennessean). She said of the win in a statement:  Continue reading “Margo Price wins US music prize”

Hurray for the Riff Raff perform on Conan – Watch

And hurray it hasn’t been blocked for UK viewing!  Stereogum report: “Last week, Alynda Segarra released her sixth studio LP as Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Navigator, an assured, compelling work that runs through how her past became her present while incorporating the music of her youth into her folk-driven narratives. Last night, Segarra paid a visit to Conan to perform the album’s safe-space spiritual “Hungry Ghost,” delivering with contagious conviction the incandescent song with her four-piece backing band. Watch the performance below, and then check her out tonight at our SXSW showcase.”  Continue reading “Hurray for the Riff Raff perform on Conan – Watch”

Dolly Parton former manager Don Warden dies

And so it begins for 2017.  Billboard report: “Don Warden, who worked as Dolly Parton’s manager and played steel guitar as a founding member of the Porter Wagoner Trio, has died. According to a tribute post from the entertainer on Parton’s official website, Warden died on March 11th. He was 87. A 2008 inductee into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, Warden was also a Grand Ole Opry member beginning in 1957. He first met Parton when the singer joined TV’s Porter Wagoner Show in 1967. She would go to affectionately refer to him as “Mr. Everything.” “He was like a father, a brother, a partner and one of my best friends,” Parton writes. “I feel like a piece of my heart is missing today. Certainly a huge piece of my life is gone. Rest in peace Don and know for sure that I will always love you.”  Continue reading “Dolly Parton former manager Don Warden dies”

Big Star remembered in new film to premiere at SXSW – Watch

And if you think that’s just the name of a Jayhawks song, here’s a story on a band that will join the dots for you. Billboard reports: “Big Star will get another opportunity to reclaim a positive legacy next week during the music portion of South by Southwest. Few will forget frontman Alex Chilton’s unexpected death on March 17, 2010, just days before Big Star was due to perform at the festival. That show became an all-star memorial for Chilton, while friend and The dB’s co-founder Chris Stamey launched a series of concerts celebrating the 1978 Third album (later known as Sister Lovers) later that year. This year’s SXSW will see the launch of the new concert film Thank You Friends: Big Star’s Third Live…And More, captured last April at the appropriately selected Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calif.  Continue reading “Big Star remembered in new film to premiere at SXSW – Watch”

RS Country discusses Jason Isbell’s new album

RS Country have a really interesting piece up about the forthcoming new Jason Isbell album which talks about its politics, the label it’ll be out on and its overall sound:  “New songs. Rock & roll influences. Danceable tempos. A collaborative dynamic that shines a spotlight not only on the frontman, but on the band behind him, too. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s upcoming album The Nashville Sound will unveil all of the above on June 16th, hitting stores two years after the songwriter’s Grammy-winning Something More Than Free. Continue reading “RS Country discusses Jason Isbell’s new album”

Ryan Adams improvises a song about long-lasting freshness – Watch

News from Stereogum on the best product placement since Half Man Half Biscuit sang in National Shite Day: “There’s a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Millets”: “Ryan Adams is currently on tour in support of his most recent album, Prisoner, and last night at his show in Charleston, SC, he improvised a song about the odor eliminator Febreze. According to tipster Douglas Thompson, the song came about after someone in the audience yelled out a suggestion to play a song that sounded like “Febreze.” “What the fuck song is ‘Febreze? Sometimes people yell out songs and I’ll be like what the fuck because I can’t hear shit up here,” Adams apparently said. “They could be calling out ‘Free Bird’ and I’d be like ‘ok ‘Too Legit To Quit,’ here we go.” He incorporates some of that intro into the song itself. Watch below.”  Continue reading “Ryan Adams improvises a song about long-lasting freshness – Watch”

Carter Sampson announces UK dates

Oklahoma’s Carter Sampson returns to the UK in April and May for a short run of dates that include two shows at the Kilkenny Roots Festival.  She’s not long been out of the UK so she must quite like us. Sampson’s latest album ‘Wilder Side’ has been picking up some rather nice reviews in the press and picking up plays on Bob Harris at Radio 2 who described the album as ‘impeccable’.  She will be touring alongside BJ Baartmans – here’s those dates.  Continue reading “Carter Sampson announces UK dates”