Aimee Mann releases first video from new album – Watch

The new album by Aimee Mann ‘Mental Illness’ will be released on March 31st via SuperEgo/Membran, and she’s released her first video from it today. If you’ve ever seen any of her videos previously you’ll know she sets the bar high and this new track “Patient Zero” is ostensibly a song about Hollywood disappointment, influenced by the writings of Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West  (‘Day Of The Locust’). The video is directed by Daniel Ralston and loosely based on Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play ‘The Dresser.’  Continue reading “Aimee Mann releases first video from new album – Watch”

Bill Callahan confirmed as headliner for EOTR 2017

The battle between Green Man and End of the Road for the best americana festival vibe this year continues as Uncut report: “Bill Callahan has been announced as the final headliner for this year’s End Of The Road Festival. Other new additions to the bill include Slowdive, Japandroids and Pond. They join Father John Misty, Mac DeMarco, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Lucinda Williams, Band Of Horses, Amadou & Mariam, Ty Segall, Real Estate, Parquet Courts and more at the festival, which runs from August 31 – September 3 at its usual home, Larmer Tree Gardens in south Wiltshire, England.”  In the meantime the Shins and Lambchop have been added to the Green Man line-up. If you have just £200 to spare it could be a life-changing decision (if one of the acts you consequently see changes your life).  Continue reading “Bill Callahan confirmed as headliner for EOTR 2017”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to release Merle Haggard covers album – Listen

You did read that headline correctly. Rolling Stone reports: “Merle Haggard’s influence knew no bounds, attracting fans from all genres of music. That powerful pull has inspired a new album from indie folk-rock artist Bonnie “Prince” Billy, a forthcoming collection of Haggard covers called Best Troubadour. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, also known as Will Oldham, is a longtime fan of the “Okie From Muskogee” Hall of Famer, having covered a Haggard song at his first public performance 25 years ago. He also interviewed the legendary songwriter for a magazine feature in 2009 and included a cover of “Because of Your Eyes” on a 7″ vinyl release in 2011.  Continue reading “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to release Merle Haggard covers album – Listen”

Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough announce UK Dates

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Brigitte DeMeyer and not Nashville based singer-songwriter-guitarist Will Kimbrough have announced some UK tour dates in support of their new album Mockingbird Soul which we described as “a wonderful thing to behold”. Though Kimbrough can play just about any noise-making object on the planet, he was named the Americana Music Association’s 2004 Instrumentalist of the Year and is renowned as a guitarist who’s collaborated and toured with Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffett and many others, while DeMeyer has opened for Bob Dylan and Gregg Allman and toured with John Mayall. So you know, they’re both quite good.  Here are those dates.  Continue reading “Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough announce UK Dates”

Cory Branan debuts “Another Nightmare in America” from new album – Listen

Cory Branan will release his new album ADIOS next month and he’s previewing another track from it. Alt Press reports: “”Another Nightmare In America” touches on social injustices and police brutality. It features talent from punk icon Dave Hause and Robbie Crowell, formerly of Deer Tick. Hause isn’t the only guest on Branan’s new record. Laura Jane Grace offers vocals on “I Only Know,” alongside Hause. The album was self-produced and recorded last spring at Tweed Studios in Oxford, Mississippi. Crowell is on drums and percussion while Amanda Shires is on fiddle and vocals. It hits stands on April 7 via Bloodshot Records and can be pre ordered here. Continue reading “Cory Branan debuts “Another Nightmare in America” from new album – Listen”

Sturgill Simpson slims down for new tour

Not literally.  Rolling Stone reports: “Sturgill Simpson has made key changes to his band, debuting a stripped-down, lean lineup at a performance in Florida this past weekend. Simpson addressed the transformation, which bids farewell to his touring horn section and, most noticeably, longtime lead guitarist Laur Joamets, on Facebook. “We’ve been trying to keep it under wraps to avoid the inevitable rumor mill, but last night’s gig in Okeechobee FL officially marks the beginning of a new chapter,” Simpson wrote. “We’re all very sad to say that after nearly four years Laur Joamets has decided it’s time to move on to pursue greener pastures and a gig with little more wiggle room for him to stretch out. It’s been a pleasure and an honor watching him grow into one of the baddest guitar players on the planet and everyone in the band wishes him the best in his future endeavors.”  Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson slims down for new tour”

Fleet Foxes preview forthcoming album with new track – Listen

More small furry omnivorous mammal news from Rolling Stone: “Fleet Foxes will return June 16th with Crack-Up, the follow-up to 2011’s Helplessness Blues. The band announced the album on Tuesday and released “Third of May/Ōdaigahara,” which shows that their harmony-heavy folk-rock remains intact. “Third of May/Ōdaigahara” is an ambitious composition with string orchestration, multiple voices rising in unison and marked shifts from loud to quiet. At several points during the nearly nine-minute song, the pounding piano falls to leave a lone singer, who sounds fragile and isolated. The band roars back to full volume, but in the final minutes of the song are voiceless and beat-less – just a soothing wash of strings.   Continue reading “Fleet Foxes preview forthcoming album with new track – Listen”

Johnny Cash Sun Records collection out next month

Charly Records have announced the release of a new rather lovely looking Johnny Cash box set – The Original Sun Albums 1957-1964 will arrive on 8 CDs with all kinds of extras on April 28th 2017. The release celebrates the 60th anniversary of the release of Johnny Cash’s first album in 1957, presenting for the first time all 7 classic Cash Sun albums in one collection, comprising 83 songs as they appeared on the original LPs, plus a bonus disc of alternate versions, rare recordings and outtakes, all newly remastered from the original Sun master tapes. Also included are every Johnny Cash 7-inch single A & B side originally released on Sun Records. Continue reading “Johnny Cash Sun Records collection out next month”

Thea Gilmore announces new album – Listen

Thea Gilmore – who Uncut once described as “the best British singer-songwriter of the last ten years – and then some” – has announced the release of her new album The Counterweight, which will be released June 2nd through our friends over at Cooking Vinyl. The first single to be taken from the album ‘Sounds Good To Me’, is out now. You can listen to it below, and Gilmore says of it: “I like to think of it as a bit of an anarchist’s polka… Calling the dispossessed, the downtrodden, the weary to arms. Lighting a fire… remembering there’s more than one way to live and who wants to walk when you can dance!” The album deals with issues such as Brexit, Orlando and the murder of Jo Cox. It may not be the feel-good album of 2017 but then we should count our lucky stars for protest singers in this day and age. Continue reading “Thea Gilmore announces new album – Listen”

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”