21st Century is the new single from lead singer and songwriter for The Felice Brothers Ian Felice (or “H Felice” as Steps fans would say) taken from his debut solo album ‘In The Kingdom Of Dreams’. He told The Bluegrass Situation: “21st Century’ is a three-chord song about the paranoid breakdown of someone’s reality. I wrote it on the banjo right after the November election as geese flew clockwise into the red sky. My brothers Simone and James accompanied me, as well as my friend Josh Rawson on bass guitar.” Catch him on tour in November – dates below.
Toronto-based duo Harrow Fair are aka Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner and they’ve just announced their return to the UK this autumn including shows in Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Bristol and London’s Green Note on Wednesday 8th November (full dates below). We described their most recent record in rather glowing terms: “It’s the balance of crunching guitar and unsettling percussion coupled with edgy fiddletunes that forms the musical palette for Call to Arms…. As debut’s go this is darn near to perfect.” And you can’t get better than that (apart from actually being perfect). And while you peruse the list of dates, why not listen to their cover below of Memphis Minnie Led Zepplin covered track When The Levee Breaks. Continue reading “Harrow Fair return to UK for autumnal dates”
The music of Canadian band Port Cities balances Nashville with Nova Scotia into a rustic and atmospheric sound, with an indie intimacy that betrays the band’s globe-trotting ambitions – 2017 sees them embark upon their second cross-Canadian and European tours. Their new single Where Have You Been has some nice oozing harmonies and intricate slide guitar. As band member Carleton Stone explains, “One thing we all seem to connect with lyrically is showing a less-than-perfect idea of love, and not being scared to talk about how everything is not great, or call out a lot of what normal, traditional love songs would be about.” As a bonus the song has been marked “clean” too so you can play it to your mum.
If you’re a fan of the mawkish show then why not soundtrack your own life with its original music? Pitchfork reports:”The music from the first season of “This Is Us”—NBC’s tear-jerking, time-jumping drama series about a tight-knit family in Pittsburgh, Penn.—will be collected on a new soundtrack album, due September 15 via uME. The set features songs by Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, Paul Simon, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Jim James, and more, as well as a cover of Little Feat’s “Willin’” by Mandy Moore, who also stars in the show. See the full tracklist below. “This Is Us” returns to NBC for its second season on September 26.” Continue reading “Nick Drake and Wilco appear on “This is Us” soundtrack”
The country music legend that was Glen Campbell died last week following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease – we published an array of tributes to him including some from the americana community. On Thursday last week americana star Chris Stapleton paid tribute to him by covering “Rhinestown Cowboy” (which was itself a cover) during his show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Have a gander at the performance here. Continue reading “Chris Stapleton covers Glen Campbell in tribute”
NME reports this morning – nothing to see here, thankfully: “Willie Nelson had to cut his concert short last night (August 12), after he experienced breathing problems. The concert took place in Salt Lake City and saw Nelson check in to hospital due to the respiratory issues. A few hours after the incident, Nelson took to his official website to ease the minds of worried fans. Continue reading “Willie Nelson cuts set short due to altitude sickness”
Rolling Stone this morning reporting on probably the best dollar you’ll spend your money on today (that’s about £15 at current UK exchange rate): “Wilco have released a new song titled “All Lives, You Say?” Monday night to help raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Fans can download the track for $1 at Wilco’s Bandcamp page, with proceeds going to the SPLC in the memory of Jeff Tweedy’s father Robert L. Tweedy, who died on August 4th. Continue reading “Wilco release new political track for benefit – Listen”
This is from Uncut this afternoon: “Neil Young has provided an update on his latest studio album. Young has reunited with Promise Of The Real for the new album. The band, headed up by Lukas Nelson, have their own record due on August 25 via Fantasy Records. Posting on his Facebook page, Young wrote “Yesterday, when we finished our new album, we were playing it back for the first time. Lukas was on the floor of the studio signing hundreds of these vinyl LUKAS NELSON AND PROMISE OF THE REAL albums for you. A while a go, we heard this on the bus and it sounds amazing!” As yet, the album has neither a title nor a release date.” Which makes this probably our most boring story of the week so far and it’s only Monday. Continue reading “Neil Young posts Facebook update on his new album”
This is absolutely lovely. “Sun to My Moon” is the second studio album from Lucy Kitchen, a journey spanning fragile stripped back confessionals to Americana, to psychedelic-tinged harmony laden anthems. It’s out September 1st and this particular track from it features some gorgeous strings and more than a nod towards Sandy Denny. Catch her on the cosiest run of dates you’ll see this year (below the clip)
Stereogum are previewing a track from the country-rock pioneer Chris Hillman, a founding member of both the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, who is putting out his first album in over a decade next month. “Appropriately entitled Bidin’ My Time, the LP was produced by Tom Petty, and Hillman decided to show his appreciation by including a cover of Petty’s own “Wildflowers” on the tracklist. His version is warm, lived-in, and lovely, starting out with just guitar and Hillman’s tender vocals before gradually building up into a lush front-porch symphony.” We can’t embed it sorry but you can hear it over at Stereogum here, and you can hear the lovely original below. Continue reading “Stereogum premieres new Tom Petty cover by Chris Hillman”