Storm alert! Emily Barker’s Hurricane hits the UK this week

The always lovely antipodean americana singer-songwriter Emily Barker whose latest album ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’ received a glowing review from us last year, is touring around the UK this week. The AMA-UK artist of the year for 2018 played Winchester on Saturday if you are Dr Who or have a time machine – and is playing other dates which you can peruse below. She’s also released a new video for the song ‘No. 5 Hurricane’ which you can watch below. Continue reading “Storm alert! Emily Barker’s Hurricane hits the UK this week”

Chicago “In Terms of Two” – Listen

Peter Cetera is performing live tonight at the Barbican, his first UK show in over three decades. Woefully under-rated as both a songwriter and a vocalist (his voice still being one of the most distinctive of his time), he’s still filed under “guilty pleasure” but always had an ear for a melody. And that includes this song which he wrote for the Chicago VI album from 1973 which spent five weeks at number one in the US that year. It’s the most country-leaning track on the album, featuring as it does Gerry Rafferty on pedal steel, but you could honestly pick out any of the 10 tracks on the record as evidence of what the band collectively represented at a key point in US history. Chances are Cetera won’t be playing it tonight, but he should.

Jim James does a tiny but beautiful desk concert for NPR

Well we leave you this week dear readers with one of those lovely little desk concerts (concerts you can watch at your desk) from NPR, this time featuring My Morning Jacket’s Jim James who does three tunes including ‘I’m Amazed, Same Old Lie’ and the politically astute ‘Over and Over.’ As NPR put it, “After 20-some odd years of putting out music, Jim James is full of fervor and compassion for others as he sings, “How can we make / The same mistakes / and still carry on / Living the same we did yesterday / Have we learned nothing at all?“” Have a good one.

Jason Isbell’s Ryman residency wins RS plaudits

Jason Isbell has begun six nights of performances in Nashville this week for this year’s residency (which have been happening since 2014) and RS Country has been writing about them in glowing terms. They wrote of the first night: “On Monday, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit performed like a renewed band, kicking off this year’s six-show Ryman takeover with a set that sounded studied, but no less soulful. The group’s arrangements have become more deliberate, with each dynamic shift emphasized by a light show that doubled down on the music’s unique punch. Continue reading “Jason Isbell’s Ryman residency wins RS plaudits”

GospelbeacH announce new album “Another Winter Alive” – Listen

The lovely, lovely GospelbeacH have announced their new album, seasonly titled ‘Another Winter Alive’ (which is how life feels on earth at the moment) which comes out on November 30th via Alive Naturalsound Records. The album features five previously unreleased studio tracks recorded during the band’s sessions for last years’ ‘Another Summer Of Love’ plus five live songs recorded in London during their California Fantasy tour, revisiting stripped-down live versions of songs from their debut album ‘Pacific Surf Line’. Continue reading “GospelbeacH announce new album “Another Winter Alive” – Listen”

Mark Knopfler announces UK Dates for 2019

Mark Knopfler, he of Dire Straits and “and Emmylou Harris” fame has announced details of a world tour with his band in 2019. The ‘Down The Road Wherever’ tour commences in Barcelona in April and will continue all over Europe finishing in Verona in July before heading to the US through August and September. You can find the UK dates below. Continue reading “Mark Knopfler announces UK Dates for 2019”

Steve Earle announces lineup for December benefit show

Not this side of the pond as it were, we’ve got Steps to co-ordinate our charity gigs and I know who I’d rather have (I suspect you might do too). Leaving you this weekend dear reader with news that Steve Earle has announced the lineup for his John Henry’s Friends benefit show which he hosts annually, taking place this year on December 3rd in New York.  Continue reading “Steve Earle announces lineup for December benefit show”

RS Country interview Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

RS Country are running a nice little (not so little actually) interview today with Americana royalty (in a Republican way) (that’s Republican in the UK sense) (why did I start this?) Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires who talk to them about their new albums, how they both met and speaking out in the era of Trump. Continue reading “RS Country interview Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires”

Amy Rigby “Tom Petty Karaoke” – Listen

Ahead of her forthcoming UK tour, Amy Rigby will be releasing her first solo album in a dozen years ‘The Old Guys’ in the UK on 30th November, and she’s shared a brand new single from it, ‘Tom Petty Karaoke’, inspired by J Mascis singing “Don’t Do Me Like That” at karaoke. Amy explains more about the track: “Tom Petty is a guardian angel for me, like he was and is for many musicians. I’ve written about him on my blog a lot because anytime I’m on the road it’s like Tom is there on my shoulder, saying “that’s cool” or “you can do better”. This was true when he was alive and even more now that he’s gone.” Rigby hits the UK for dates next month – catch them below.

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El Coyote “Tip Jar” – Listen

El Coyote describe themselves as an “alt-country-folk, Nashville influenced Canadiana band sound” who’ve been individually playing for years but have come together for their self-titled debut record, of which they’re sharing the ace track ‘Tip Jar’ with us here at AUK this morning. They told us: “The opening bars of dobro and hi-hat set the mood for the song, which soon settles into a driving groove joined by upright bass and acoustic guitar, reminiscent of 1970s JJ Cale. Moore’s lilting vibrato sings a commiseration with anyone who tires of the daily grind and feels stuck in a holding pattern, joined in an uplifting chorus with Tompkins and Desveaux.” Oh and half their site is in French which we always like. Bien joué El Coyote!

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