Graham Nash announces UK summer dates

Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash hits the road in July for a new batch of UK tour dates as he continues to support the release of ‘Over the Years’, a 2-disc collection of Nash’s best-known songs from the past 50 years plus more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes. Continue reading “Graham Nash announces UK summer dates”

Black Deer adds Billy Bragg and Yola to the line-up

Black Deer is our americana festival of choice at the moment, boasting as it does a stellar lineup featuring americana and country artists from every bit of the genres, and today they’ve announced more names for the return to the picturesque Eridge Park this June. Billy Bragg, Yola, Ethan Johns and more will join Band Of Horses, John Butler Trio, The Staves, Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers, The Mavericks and Neko Case for the weekend. Continue reading “Black Deer adds Billy Bragg and Yola to the line-up”

Fruit Bats sign to Merge for new album – Listen

There are few bands named after an animal/bird who are actually better than the animal/bird themselves (Owl City anyone?) but Fruit Bats are one such band, and they’ve just announced details of their new album ‘Gold Past Life’ which will be their debut full-length for Merge, due June 21st. You can hear the first single and album opener ‘The Bottom Of It’ below, which primary Fruit Bat Eric D. Johnson describes as “a song about simple victories, told a little bit through the notion of finding strange and fortuitous totems (round stones, turkey feathers, dead deer) and keeping them as trophies.” Continue reading “Fruit Bats sign to Merge for new album – Listen”

Songs for the apocalypse: Sparklehorse “Junebug”

Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous had the rare but very rock and roll feat to have “died twice”, the first time in 1996 when his heart stopped beating for a few minutes following a drug overdose. That he returned and gave us one of the most beautifully fragile records ever recorded, ‘Good Morning Spider‘ was both a personal blessing and a gift to everyone else, albeit the sombre tone perhaps reflecting his experiences. Sadly Linkous committed suicide in 2010 but left a legacy behind of tracks such as ‘Junebug’ with its naturalistic evocative imagery: “Your cousins… they’re gods to the seas. The March afternoons. The sun and the moon.”

Roo Panes “Commentator” – Listen

The lovely ethereal UK singer-songwriter Roo Panes is back this week with a new single ‘Commentator’. Recorded at Urchin Studios, it’s one of three new tracks to appear on the deluxe edition of ‘Quiet Man’ due out April 26th alongside live tracks recorded at Roo’s headline show at Shepherds Bush Empire last year. Roo is also playing the HowTheLightGetsIn Festival next month, and has a headline UK show on 4th December at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Jess Klein heads back to the UK for dates

And to her green too apparently, or so her new album would have you believe. Renowned folk-americana singer-songwriter Jess Klein has announced details of her April-May UK & Ireland tour, in support of new album ‘Back to My Green’ – please see below for further information, tour itinerary and streaming link to the full album. Continue reading “Jess Klein heads back to the UK for dates”

Courtney Marie Andrews releases acoustic EP today – Listen

We leave you this weekend dear reader not with Brexit but with something much nicer – Courtney Marie Andrews has just celebrated the first anniversary of her hugely acclaimed album ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ and is following it up today with the release of acoustic versions of ‘May Your Kindness Remain, I Took You Up, Rough Around The Edges’ and ‘Border’. Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews releases acoustic EP today – Listen”

Buddy and Julie Miller are back with “Breakdown on 20th Ave. South” – Listen

It has been an absolute age since americana legends Buddy Miller and Julie Miller (they’re related you know) have released an album together, and they’ve both been involved in a fair bit of stuff since the last including Buddy’s involvement with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s Raising Sand tour and the ‘Nashville’ TV series. Anyway, they’re back with a new album entitled ‘Breakdown on 20th Ave. South’ which is due out June 21st on New West. Continue reading “Buddy and Julie Miller are back with “Breakdown on 20th Ave. South” – Listen”

Steve Earle talks to RS about new Guy Clark tribute album

RS Country have published a nice little interview with Steve Earle where he talks about the new Guy Clark tribute album he’s recorded with the Dukes due out the end of this week – we’ll have an AUK review any day now. He tells them: “It’s my fucking Guy Clark record, so I’ll do the ones that I was more personally connected to.” So there you go. Continue reading “Steve Earle talks to RS about new Guy Clark tribute album”

Songs for the apocalypse: The Tyde “Your Tattoos”

Tracing their roots to early 1990s LA indie band Further, formed by Darren Rademaker and brother Brent (who went on to form another classic americana band Beachwood Sparks), The Tyde cite Felt, The Beach Boys and The Byrds as major influences and you can hear them and more all over this track from their debut album ‘Once’ from 2001 which still sounds as fresh today as when it came out 18 years ago.  Listen to that sublime instrumental break at 2.22 and the refrain that follows: “You made me wish I was your man”. A timeless sentiment but one that rarely sounds as heartfelt as the last minute of this song. I still love it more than life itself (and it taught me how to spell the word “tattoos”).