Bear’s Den release new song ahead of Christmas charity bash – Listen

bears-denBear’s Den have today released a surprise new song in advance of their special Christmas charity show next week. The song, ‘Berlin’, was written during sessions for the band’s Top 10 album, ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’, and was recorded last month when the band had a short break in a hectic year of touring.  Andrew Davie, he of the Den, says, “We’re so excited to be sharing “Berlin” with the world. It’s a song we started writing a year ago and finished writing over the last few days of our last tour. Feels like a small way for us to say thank you to all the people who’ve supported us all over the world over the last year and made it such an incredible year for us as a band.”  Continue reading “Bear’s Den release new song ahead of Christmas charity bash – Listen”

Carter Sampson Announces UK Dates

carter-sampsonFive of them, to be precise. Carter Sampson, aka the ‘Queen Of Oklahoma’, has announced a short run of UK shows in January to tie in with her showcase at the Americana Music Association UK conference on Feb 1st. UK media support for Wilder Side, her fourth studio album, has been widespread with Bob Harris (R2), Ralph Mclean (BBC), Ricky Ross (BBC Scotland), Cherrie Mcilwaine (BBC NI), Iain Anderson (BBC Scotland), Bonanza And Son (Resonance FM), CMR,  all playing her album (but not at the same time).  Continue reading “Carter Sampson Announces UK Dates”

Old Crow Medicine Show “best of” collection will include new material

ocmsRolling Stone Country reports: “It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 12 years since Old Crow Medicine Show released their studio debut O.C.M.S., having spent several years busking and playing festivals before signing a record deal in the early 2000s. To celebrate, the Grammy-winning band is releasing Best Of, a 14-song collection of some of their most beloved songs due out via Nettwerk on February 10th.  Continue reading “Old Crow Medicine Show “best of” collection will include new material”

Ryan Adams releases first track from new album – Listen

ryan-adams-2Remember when this used to happen about six times a year? Rolling Stone reports: “Ryan Adams released the first single, a power ballad called “Do You Still Love Me,” from his forthcoming new album Prisoner, set to arrive February 17th. The anthemic track is rife with hair metal power chords and an organ intro reminiscent of Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.” Adams detailed the LP in an Instagram post where he shared the album artwork which is this:  Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases first track from new album – Listen”

Jim Lauderdale: new album and UK tour dates, February

jim-lauderdaleOne of those iconic people in americana, songwriter Jim Lauderdale releases his new studio album London Southern on February 3rd 2017 and will take part in the hugely popular Transatlantic Sessions tour in February, starting in Glasgow at Celtic Connections and then touring the UK.  Himself recipient of the Wagonmaster Award at this year’s US Americana Honors & Awards, a special lifetime achievement honour reserved for the most valuable contributors to the course and history of the format, presented to him by George Strait, Jim has been invited to present an award at the second UK Americana Awards in London next February.  Continue reading “Jim Lauderdale: new album and UK tour dates, February”

Normafest festival returns for third year

normaNormafest, a weekend in celebration of all things to do with folk music legend and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Norma Waterson MBE will be taking place in early January for the third year running.  With guest performers including American folk veteran (and old friend of Norma’s) Peggy Seeger, young folk bands Stick In The Wheel and The Furrow Collective, from Ireland the much-lauded Lynched plus a rare performance by The Waterson Family, the two days will finish off with a performance by The Gift Big Band which will include Norma, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Neill MacColl & special guest Richard Hawley. Richard has long been an admirer of Norma’s having first met her whilst researching a BBC documentary and whose friendship partly inspired Richard to write the single Heart Of Oak on his 2015 top ten album Hollow Meadows.   Continue reading “Normafest festival returns for third year”

Tom Paxton heads to UK for dates – January

tom-paxtonTom Paxton, that cheeky chappie with the avuncular face, is heading to the UK next month for some dates, with support from Cathy and Marcy (no surname provided). Tom has had a music career spanning more than 50 years, with thousands of live performances around the world, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2009.  “We are all born singing Tom Paxton songs” says Nancy Griffith’s, although having just spoken to my mum I can confirm I definitely wasn’t.  I couldn’t sing until I was three apparently.  The dates…  Continue reading “Tom Paxton heads to UK for dates – January”

Natalie Bouloudis streams her new single – Listen

natalie-bNatalie Bouloudis is a native of East Sussex who first got her musical education in childhood, having played clarinet in jazz bands and had a few guitar lessons at school.  Her debut EP is her first proper recording, all recorded live at Wax Studios in London and produced by Robert Strauss, and she’s releasing her new single online – ‘Burning Pier’ is set in a fictionalised amalgamation of the burnt-out husks of Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne piers – “Essentially a meditation on how disasters can both evoke nostalgia and make us question our future in a new light.” Continue reading “Natalie Bouloudis streams her new single – Listen”

Two free Passenger tickets for Manchester tonight!

Due to unforeseen circumstances a la life, if you want to go and see the rather wonderful Passenger at the Apollo in Manchester tonight (Wed November 30th) I’ve got two tickets you can have for free – the only thing is you need to be able to collect them from Liverpool city centre today.  Give me a shout via our contacts page if you’d like them.

Brothers duo the Cactus Blossoms head to the UK – January

cactus-blossmsBrothers Jack and Page Burkhum aka The Cactus Blossoms are bringing their blend of country-tinged rock and roll to these shores in January for a short run of dates for that will be their first UK tour including a headline show at Bush Hall, London on January 23rd.  Born and raised in Minneapolis, the brothers found themselves drawn to classic folk and country music, honing their songwriting skills with weekly gigs at former country 1940s honkytonk The Turf Club in St. Paul, MN. A chance gig opening for JD McPherson brought him on board as a fan — he became the producer no less behind their debut album You’re Dreaming, songs from which you can hear at one of their dates. Continue reading “Brothers duo the Cactus Blossoms head to the UK – January”