Alison Krauss chats to Guardian readers about all kinds of stuff

But crucially is evasive when it comes to the mayonnaise vs salad cream question. What is she trying to hide?  Alison Krauss took the time to chat to Guardian readers this morning – The whole webchat is over at the Guardian site here and covers some really interesting topics including what British female singers have inspired her (“Sonia”), plans for a live album (“yes, I have a tour planned with Climie Fisher”) and why she picked Brenda Lee songs (“loved her cookery programmes in the eighties”).  Paraphrasing, probably best to go and have a look at her reponses yourself.  “Windy City” is out in the UK now, number 1 in Amazon’s Country Chart and already garnering some lovely reviews – look out for ours shortly.  Continue reading “Alison Krauss chats to Guardian readers about all kinds of stuff”

Neil Young shares video for ‘Peace Trail’ – Watch

NPR are being good to us again this week – they’re carrying the new Neil Young video (which is really quite lovely) with the following blurb: “When Neil Young gets fired up, sometimes his best music comes to pass. Just weeks after the election, Neil Young released his second album of 2016, the quietly optimistic Peace Trail, recorded in “about a week” according to The Los Angeles Times, with drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Paul Bushnell. The largely acoustic record’s title track closes with classic electric-Neil, but is driven by classic lyrical-Neil:  Continue reading “Neil Young shares video for ‘Peace Trail’ – Watch”

Alison Krauss: new Union Station album on the way?

“Windy City”, the new album by Alison Krauss goes live today in the UK and she was on BBC Breakfast this morning chatting about it and meeting Adele in Nashville: “I had been getting messages from all over the country that she had talked about us in her show and it was very endearing and very sweet, when she came through Nashville I saw her play and she was adorable… she was amazing when we met, very kind and generous. It was quite the compliment.” She also exclusively revealed that a new album with Union Station is currently being considered – “I would love to do another band record with Union Station, I’ve got a folder of great songs sitting behind my desk”. You can watch the whole interview on BBC iPlayer (it’s right at the end to save you scrolling). Continue reading “Alison Krauss: new Union Station album on the way?”

Andrew Combs announces UK dates, new video – Watch

The annoyingly talented and handsome Andrew Combs has announced a UK tour today which accompanies the release of the video for new single ‘Blood Hunters’ which you can watch below in all its creepy glory. The Ry Cox directed film is cinematic in scope with nods to sci-fi and horror, not too distant from Netflix hit show ‘Stranger Things’ and there’s an album on the way too: “Canyons Of My Mind” is released on April 7th, 2017 via Loose in Europe. The 11-song set was co-produced by Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose) & Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell, Caitlin Rose) and recorded at Battle Tapes Studio in East Nashville.  Here’s those dates and tracklisting for the new record. Continue reading “Andrew Combs announces UK dates, new video – Watch”

Sturgill Simpson joins fight against scalpers

Reassuring of course that the whole world is getting screwed and not just us. News from Rolling Stone this morning:  “When Pearl Jam launched their now infamous fight against Ticketmaster in 1994, trying to protect concertgoers from inflated service charges, they could have never imagined that those few extra dollars would now seem like small change in the era of online scalpers. It’s a battle for which Eric Church recently took aggressive action, cancelling 25,000 bot-generated orders for his Holdin’ My Own Tour. Now Sturgill Simpson, according to a Facebook post earlier this week, is joining the crusade for fair and accessible ticketing.  Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson joins fight against scalpers”

Hurray For the Riff Raff stream new album in its entirety

NPR have been very nice of late, possibly getting in their freebies before Trump privatises/abolishes it (alarmingly on the cards without hyperbole), and they’ve decided to stream the new album “The Navigator” from the lovely Hurray for the Riff Raff in its entirety prior to its release on ATO Records a week today.  You can hear that stream over at the NPR site here and while you’re doing so read a fascinating interview with Alynda Segarra who tells NPR: “”I just wanna prove my worth on the planet Earth and be something!”  This sentiment expands to speak for outsiders of all kinds – LGBTQ kids, immigrants, women, working class people, the “colonized and hypnotized.””  In the meantime, watch their new video “Hungry Ghost” from that new record below.  Continue reading “Hurray For the Riff Raff stream new album in its entirety”

Rackhouse Pilfer head to UK for dates

Stomping Irish Americana-bluegrass sextet Rackhouse Pilfer have announced an extensive UK tour from March 11-April 2, performing songs from their acclaimed 2014 album “Love and Havoc”, where they’ll also be previewing material from their anticipated third album, due for release in the summer. It’s been recorded with producer Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Josh T. Pearson).  Here’s those dates along with a clip from the band so you can whet your whistle, try before you buy as it were.  Continue reading “Rackhouse Pilfer head to UK for dates”

New Justin Townes Earle Due May

And you can listen to the track “Champagne Corolla” from the new record below. Rolling Stone reports: “Justin Townes Earle – despite a name that evokes both father Steve and his dad’s mentor, Townes Van Zandt – has always had a knack for forging a strong and unusual relationship between roots music’s past and its newest arbiters. He made songs about wandering the Lower East Side of Manhattan feel natural against his sledgehammer strums and the beat of an upright bass, and despite his taste for everything that rested outside of country’s borders – Memphis soul, swing, blues and rockabilly – he’d never ventured beyond his native Tennessee to record an album or work with an outside producer. Continue reading “New Justin Townes Earle Due May”

John Mellencamp: I left label because of racist President

No not that racist president. Stereogum report today: “John Mellencamp paid a visit to Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show earlier this morning, and he shared for the first-time his account of why he left Columbia all the way back in 2001. In Mellencamp’s words:

I was on Columbia Records and I made a record called ‘Peaceful World.” And it was climbing up the charts, it was right before 9/11. And my manager went in and was talking to the record company, and the president of the record company — who I won’t mention his name but you could probably figure it out — said, ‘I don’t know why Mellencamp insists on having these [n-words] singing with him. It makes it impossible to get him [on radio]. 
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Lucy Rose releases new single/video online – Watch (and listen!)

Lucy Rose has announced details of a new single, her first through Communion Records, and the first music to be lifted from a new album project. It follows a film trailer which launched last week, detailing news of a documentary showing Rose playing for and living with her fans in Latin America. ‘Floral Dresses’ is produced by Tim Bidwell at his home studio in Brighton and featuring his house/studio band alongside the harmonies of The Staves. ‘Floral Dresses’ is the first new music from Lucy Rose since the release of her top 10 second album ‘Work It Out’ back in 2015.  Have a gander at the new video below, along with a trailer for the new documentary. Continue reading “Lucy Rose releases new single/video online – Watch (and listen!)”