Ryan Adams hits number one in 3 US Charts

And he’s number one in the UK’s americana chart too. Billboard reports: “Ryan Adams takes no prisoners as he arrives at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts (dated March 11) with his new LP, Prisoner. Adams’ 16th studio album, and first of new material since his self-titled 2014 set, opens with 45,000 equivalent album units (42,000 in traditional album sales) in the week ending Feb. 23, according to Nielsen Music. Continue reading “Ryan Adams hits number one in 3 US Charts”

Punch Brothers’ Noam Pikelny Performs “Old Banjo” in preparation for new album release – Watch

This is rather fine if you have 5 minutes to spare, some nice covers on the way too. Rolling Stone reports: “Sometime last winter, Noam Pikelny grew restless. He’d recently wrapped up a tour with the Punch Brothers, plucking his banjo strings to songs from the group’s chart-topping album, The Phosphorescent Blues. Back in Nashville after the tour’s final gig, though, he found himself sitting at home, missing the road he’d just left behind. “I wound up booking some solo dates as an experiment, to see what sort of material I could perform that would stand alone without a band backing it up,” says the award-winning banjo phenom, who had mostly performed as a member of larger groups. This time, though, the gigs were different. Pikelny took the stage alone. He sang. He played. He told jokes in a stone-faced deadpan. He wasn’t just a bandmate; he was the entire band.  Continue reading “Punch Brothers’ Noam Pikelny Performs “Old Banjo” in preparation for new album release – Watch”

Noble Jacks announce UK dates

Foot-stomping folksters Noble Jacks will release their long-awaited debut album “What The Hammer” on March 24th on Union Music Store, and Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes will be unveiling ‘Noble Jacks,’ a special limited-run brew to coincide with the album release from the Sussex based alt.folk band of the same name. Drink while you listen. Recorded at The Metway Studio in Brighton (The Levellers’ studio) and produced by Jamie Freeman, the album follows on from ‘Gun Hill’ EP, and they’ll be performing all around the UK in March and April – dates below, along with the video for single “Ramblers Steam”. Continue reading “Noble Jacks announce UK dates”

Martha Tilston announces UK dates, new video – Watch

Martha Tilston, whose new double A-side we recently featured, has announced details of her new album “Nomad” which will be released via Squiggly Records on May 12th, which will include “expansive electric guitar, slide guitar, rolling beats, deep bass, banjo and string arrangements.” Martha’s seventh album to date, NOMAD will be preceded by that double A-side single ‘Nomad Blood’/‘Little Arrow’ with UK live dates to follow throughout late April, May and June and a headline date at London’s King’s Place on May 18th. Watch the new video for “Nomad Blood” below while you peruse the dates (or one after the other realistically).  Continue reading “Martha Tilston announces UK dates, new video – Watch”

Fleet Foxes to play first new music in 5 years

News from Pitchfork on our favourite furry small-to-medium-sized omnivorous mammals: “Fleet Foxes have announced four new shows at Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall. They are part of Australia’s annual Vivid LIVE festival, and take place from Friday, May 26 through Monday the 29th. The band will play material from their forthcoming third LP at the festival. In conjunction with the concert announcement, frontman Robin Pecknold has shared a playlist of music that influenced him and the band while making the album. It includes tracks by Curtis Mayfield (whom he covered), Karen Dalton, Stravinsky, and more. Check it out [here]. Scroll down for Fleet Foxes’ upcoming tour itinerary.  Continue reading “Fleet Foxes to play first new music in 5 years”

Ryan Adams covers Springsteen for Radio 1 – Watch

Some other nice clips on the bigger BBC site, and you don’t need to be 13 to watch them. Billboard reports: “In anticipation of BBC Radio 6’s celebration of the year 1994, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams covered one of the year’s biggest hits, Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia,” in the 6 Music Live Lounge. “Streets of Philadelphia,” written for the 1993 film Philadelphia, won an Academy Award for best original song, as well as four Grammys, including song of the year, best rock song, best male rock vocal performance and best song written specifically for a motion picture or for television.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams covers Springsteen for Radio 1 – Watch”

Grandaddy return with first new album in over a decade

Lovely news from Consequence of Sound – like the prodigal son returning (although there’s no evidence they’ve done anything wrong).  They report: “Ever since Grandaddy reformed six years ago, fans have been begging for a new record from Jason Lytle and the boys. On March 3rd, their prayers will finally be answered when the reunited alternative rockers release Last Place via Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records. In anticipation, the record is streaming in its entirety below (via NPR) [if you live in the US – sorry UK subjects].  Continue reading “Grandaddy return with first new album in over a decade”

RS Country talks to Rhett Miller

And what better excuse for sticking a picture of Rhett Miller up for a Friday morning than a new RS Country interview with him where he talks about the Old 97s’ new record. They report: “When the Old 97’s decided to record their new album Graveyard Whistling in the same West Texas studio they’d recorded in 20 years ago, it was anything but a safe decision. Sonic Ranch, a recording studio built into an old hacienda on a giant pecan orchard in the border town of Tornillo, outside El Paso, hadn’t changed much over the years. But the lives of singer Rhett Miller and his band mates couldn’t have been more different.”  Continue reading “RS Country talks to Rhett Miller”

Alasdair Roberts begins UK tour and releases new video – Watch

Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts kicks off his fairly extensive UK tour tonight, just before the release of his new album which lands on Friday, and in commemoration of both (sort of) he’s released a new video for the treeeeeeemendous (remember that?) new song “Pangs” which finds Alasdair hitching a ride through hostile counties, standing on the rock of Hadrian’s Walk (the ancient Roman wall built in the north of England to mark the boundary of their empire) and returning, prodigal-son style to a remote castle where children play and a preacher leads his flock. There’s magic involved, via a selenite Crystal Wand, and an evocation of end times. A stark but compelling vision that reminds us to consider others as we do ourselves. With a guitar solo too!  Here’s those dates and the video. Continue reading “Alasdair Roberts begins UK tour and releases new video – Watch”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy releases new song on benefit EP – Listen

A new album would be quite nice, but in the meantime Pitchfork reports on our favourite prince since Caspian: “Bonnie “Prince” Billy has shared a new song called “Treasure Maps.” It appears on a new four-song compilation where all the proceeds are going to the Southern Poverty Law Center. It’s out May 5 via the Oxford, Mississippi record store, the End of All Music. It also features songs by William Tyler, Patterson Hood, and Adam Torres. Check out the song, the artwork (by Maude Schuyler Clay from the book Mississippi History), and tracklist below.  Continue reading “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy releases new song on benefit EP – Listen”