Yeah all right mate! Have a good weekend dear readers, leaving you today with news from the AMA awards on Wednesday night where several artists were outspoken on topics ranging from gun control to country music feeling like “purgatory”. If you’ve ever listened to Luke Bryan’s last album, you’ll know exactly what they mean. RS Country reports: “As the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards drew to a close at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Wednesday night, the star power came out in full force. Continue reading “Tyler Childers: “Americana ain’t no part of nothing””
Well this is lovely. Longtime Woodstock resident, guitarist Peter Walker recorded two albums for the Vanguard label in the late Sixties in a style best described as American folk-raga. Rediscovered by Tompkins Square in 2006 after decades out of sight, Walker has remained active into his 8th decade, recording for Jack White’s Third Man label, and now, collaborating anew with fellow Upstaters, Harmony Rockets. Joined in a mighty super-session with Harmony Rockets (Mercury Rev), Martin Keith, Nels Cline (Wilco), and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), ‘Atropos’ is a mind-melting inter-generational collaboration that could only have coalesced around the wool sweaters, warm teacups and moldering bookstores of “Old Old Woodstock”, both the real and mythologized versions.
The 2018 Americana Music Association Awards took place last night, hosted by the lovely Milk Carton Kids, and no surprises for guessing who won a number of them (literally no surprises as we told you in the headline). Rolling Stone Country reports: “Jason Isbell reinforced his status as the king of the Americana genre at the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards. Continue reading “Jason Isbell dominates at 2018 AMAs”
Jason Isbell did an interview with Pod Save America co-host Tommy Vietor last month who used to be a spokesperson for President Obama but also happened to be a passionate Isbell fan. He caught up with Jason after his show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and talked about a lot of interesting stuff, much of it political given recent events. Rolling Stone has highlighted six of the most interesting things to come out of the conversation. You can hear the whole thing below if you have a spare half an hour. Continue reading “Isbell: If the Dixie Chicks had been Tim McGraw, nobody would have cared”
Nathan Bowles’ upcoming new album Plainly Mistaken, out 5 October on Paradise of Bachelors, extends his acclaimed solo banjo and percussion practice into the full-band realm for the first time. The album’s newest single ‘Now If You Remember’ is a cover of a 1976 Julie Tippetts song that “welcomes you into Bowles’ exploration of a new world of unfamiliar melodies spun from familiar folk sounds.” Bowles’ ethereal rendering represents a rather radical departure from his previous recordings; his placidly plaintive singing has been stripped of its otherwise genial, ursine gruffness, and the brief song floats by on the sedative ebb tide of banjo and pianos both acoustic and electric.
The 2018 Americana Music Festival and Conference kicks off in Nashville today, and Americana UK’s Mark Underwood is there covering the festival for us. Until he gets his wi-fi sorted, RS Country have published a list of 21 artists they recommend for you to see if you’re there (moneybags), including Will Hoge, Lilly Hiatt, Erin Rae, Amanda Shires and Ruston Kelly. We second that. All of the above. Read the whole list here and if you can’t get over there, console yourself with this little number from Aaron Lee Tasjan (also on the list). Continue reading “AmericanaFest 2018 begins today in Nashville”
Ana Egge returns to the UK next month for a run of dates to support ‘White Tiger’, her recently released tenth album which we were glowing about a few months back. Egge grew up with parents who “dropped out,” choosing to raise four girls in a lovingly cobbled together combination of a small farmhouse on the North Dakota plains, a bus on the California Coast, and a hot springs commune in rural New Mexico. Continue reading “Ana Egge announces UK dates – October”
Well it’s the end of the week dear readers and we leave you with a story courtesy of Spin who marked the sad passing of Burt Reynolds (whose best film ever was Boogie Nights imho but horses for courses) by remembering a country hit that he had in the 1980s. As they describe it: “After an early-career dalliance as an easy-listening country recording artist he returned to the music world in 1980 with “Let’s Do Something Cheap And Superficial,” for the soundtrack to 1980’s Smokey And The Bandit II… It was frivolous, it was fun, it was a hit to some degree, and it didn’t ask that you take it any more seriously than it took itself. You could do a whole lot worse on a Saturday night.” Amen to that. RIP Burt. Have a good weekend.
Larkin Poe – aka Atlanta, Georgia-born sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell -have announced details of their new album ‘Venom & Faith’ which will be released November 9, 2018. The Nashville-based sister duo have also announced a headline European tour in support of the new album, starting in London at Islington Assembly Hall on November 21 and taking in dates in Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain. “It’s a celebration of American roots music as translated by two sisters who are playing the blues in a modern age,” says Rebecca about their new album. Continue reading “Larkin Poe announce new album “Venom & Faith””
Passenger’s beauty of a new album ‘Runaway’ is currently sitting at number 5 in the midweek album chart here in the UK, which we described as “one of the definitive americana albums of 2018” full of lapsteel and harmonised loveliness as it is. He’s playing a tightly packed Manchester Albert Hall tonight which is sold out but fear not if you haven’t got a ticket as he’s broadcasting a kind of soundcheck come free performance live below from 4.30pm. Click play, stick your headphones on and pretend you’re working on a spreadsheet if you’re still at work. Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ recently hit 2 billion streams on YouTube. Mind you, next year we might be saying the same for this track, God help us all.