Robert Earl Keen showcases two new songs – Listen

Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen recorded tracks for an LR Baggs acoustic session at Soundcheck in Nashville earlier this week, and in doing so premiered two previously unreleased ballads, ‘The Unknown Fighter’ and ‘Silver Spurs and Gold Tequila,’ alongside a version of the John Prine classic ‘Hello in There.’ Continue reading “Robert Earl Keen showcases two new songs – Listen”

Jim Lauderdale announces new record “From Another World”

Yep Roc Records have announced details of a new album from americana legend Jim Lauderdale ‘From Another World’ which arrives intergalactically on June 21st. It’s preceded by the first track to be taken from it ‘The Secrets of the Pyramids’ which you can watch the video for below, described as “a progressive take on traditional country, the mysteries of the human heart and the eternal, never-ending search for greater love and understanding.” The track includes harmonies from Third Man country singer-songwriter Lillie Mae and her brother Frank Rische, and the video co-stars Nashville-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook and is directed by Australian filmmaker Jeremy Dylan. Continue reading “Jim Lauderdale announces new record “From Another World””

NPR post Kaia Kater Tiny Desk Concert – Watch

Leaving you this weekend dear readers with news that NPR have just posted the latest in their brilliant small but perfectly proportioned Tiny Desk Concerts, this time with Kaia Kater whose way with a banjo can bring grown men, and women, to a trembling halt. Continue reading “NPR post Kaia Kater Tiny Desk Concert – Watch”

Strands of Oaks perform with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires – Watch

We have a veritable smorgasbord of videos for you today but this one is worth a watch – evolving indie rock outfit Strand of Oaks performed live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with a cast of musicians, including Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. They performed their new single ‘Ruby’ which comes from the new album ‘Eraserland’, which will be released on March 22nd via Dead Oceans. Isbell appears on the album itself, and Strand of Oaks performed at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion last night.

The Long Road Festival announces its 2019 line-up

Following the success of the first Long Road festival last year, the 3-day “music and lifestyle” event will return to Stanford Hall in Leicestershire this summer. Running from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September, the festival has announced the first wave of acts confirmed to perform at this year’s event including its two headliners, country singers Kip Moore and Josh Turner. Continue reading “The Long Road Festival announces its 2019 line-up”

The Waterboys are back with a new album, single – Listen

The Waterboys have announced the release of a new album ‘Where The Action Is’ which comes out in the UK on May 24th via Cooking Vinyl. Its title is apparently inspired by the chorus of Robert Parker’s 1960s mod / northern soul classic ‘Let’s Go Baby’, and the track’s update of the Parker classic – with lyrics to reflect lead singer Mike Scott’s own preoccupations – is described as “a cyclone of a song, all swirling Hammond, lead guitar solos played by Steve Wickham on his fuzzboxed-up fiddle, and female vocals provided by the band’s fabulous Jess and Zeenie.” Continue reading “The Waterboys are back with a new album, single – Listen”

BJ Barham: “Anything Americana is gonna have 50/50”

American Aquarium’s BJ Barham is featured in the latest Walking the Floor podcast courtesy of RS Country where he’s talking again with host Chris Shiflett about various things including today’s alt-country scene and the political allegiances of its audience, at least over in the US. Continue reading “BJ Barham: “Anything Americana is gonna have 50/50””

Maverick Festival 2019 adds further names to the line-up

We leave you this weekend dear reader with news of one of our favourite long-running americana festivals (one of the originals as it were) Maverick which takes place Friday 5th-Sunday 7th July at Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge and showcases music from both sides of the Atlantic.  Continue reading “Maverick Festival 2019 adds further names to the line-up”

It’s Hackney, so Hold Steady

The Hold Steady return with a new single ‘The Last Time That She Talked to Me‘, which is their ninth new release in the last fifteen months.  You can hear the new song here.  In partial celebration of this fact The Hold Steady will be taking hold of downtown Camden and either further downtown Hackney for the weekend of 8th-10th March.  What, exactly, does that mean? Continue reading “It’s Hackney, so Hold Steady”

Listen to new Townes Van Zandt album in full

Well that’s it for this week dear readers, and what a wretched one it’s been in various ways. We leave you anyway with something decidely not-wretched. The lovely people over at NPR Music are currently streaming a new Townes Van Zandt record on their site which comes out a week today. Continue reading “Listen to new Townes Van Zandt album in full”