We raved rabidly about his last album so expecting big things from this. Courtesy of Rolling Stone who report: “For any artist, quitting a day job to pursue art full-time represents a huge leap of faith. It’s even more potentially fraught in music, a profession that tends to involve prolonged stretches of travel and absence from loved ones. Against this backdrop, the title track to Hiss Golden Messenger’s new album Heart Like a Levee (due out October 7th on Merge Records) truly cuts like a knife. (Listen to the full album below.) Continue reading “Hiss Golden Messenger Stream New Album Online – Listen Now”
On Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band took the stage for the very last time at the Winterland Theatre in San Francisco. For the show, aptly billed as The Last Waltz, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson were joined by an all-star group of music pioneers, including Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young, among others. The evening was captured on film by director Martin Scorsese. Released theatrically in April 1978 to critical acclaim, The Last Waltz is still considered by many to be the greatest concert film ever made. Continue reading “The Band to Release 40th Anniversary Editions of “The Last Waltz””
Passenger has posted a nice little song (which is actually pretty funny – “If I hit number one I’m hoping I can show that I’ve got more songs than Let Her fucking Go”) he wrote about battling the Boss for the number one spot here – all will be revealed tomorrow! The album is also heading for number one in Germany, New Zealand and Australia. It is absolutely cracking in case we haven’t mentioned it before.
Chip Taylor, the recent inductee to the songwriting Hall Of Fame, whose songs have been recorded by likes of Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Shaggy will be playing two intimate shows at Slaughtered Lamb in London on 4th and 5th October as part of a short UK tour. Taylor, best known as the writer of both Wild Thing and Angel Of The Morning, releases his new album, Little Brothers, in the UK tomorrow. Continue reading “Chip Taylor to Play Intimate UK Shows Next Month”
“What would you give for a leader with soul?” the five piece Southern Tenant Folk Union ask on their recently released EP, which acts as a taster for the upcoming album “Join Forces”. They’ve made a collection of stirring and questioning political songs – and they’re now taking them out for the approval of the nation. Continue reading “Southern Tenant Folk Union Tour Dates”
Good article in the Guardian today who had other things on their mind (Jez we can…) but found the time to muse that thanks in part to Mumford and Sons, there are more UK artists making American roots music (this is their premise not mine before you reach for your mouse) – and there’s even government funding to help them in the US. It reports: “A six-day conference on Americana music would suggest that all the artists were from where we expect Americana music to originate: America.” Continue reading ““Could the future of Americana be … British?””
Lucky Strikes frontman M G Boulter has announced a UK tour for the Autumn. Boulter, who has also served with Simone Felice and The Duke & The King, released his second solo album With Wolves The Lamb Will Lie to great acclaim earlier in the year. He’s spent much of the Summer playing shows in the UK and Europe as part of Emily Portman’s Coracle Band. The Lucky Strikes, meanwhile, celebrate ten years together with the release of their fifth studio album The Motion And The Moving On through Harbour Song Records on 30 September. Continue reading “Lucky Strikes Frontman M G Boulter Announces UK Dates”
Incredible version too if you get a minute to watch below. Rolling Stone reports: “Jackson Browne delivered a poignant cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s 2000 track “American Skin (41 Shots)” during the New York City installment of The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday. Backed by the soulful voices of Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem, Browne belted heartbreaking lyrics that are as pertinent in 2016 as they were nearly two decades ago when Springsteen wrote them. “No secret, my friend,” sang Browne. “You can get killed just for living in your American skin.” A fan-shot clip from the Beacon Theater concert shows Browne strumming his acoustic guitar. The choir sways back and forth, clapping and adding harmonic color to the refrain of “41 shots.” Continue reading “Jackson Browne Covers Bruce Springsteen at Gun Violence Concert”
That’s the year, not over two thousand awards. Paste reports: “Last night, the 15th annual Americana Music & Awards Show was held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The Americana Music Association prides itself on honoring and preserving the roots of American folk music, which was reverently done with last night when Lifetime Achievement Honoree Bob Weir opened the ceremony with Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell Takes Home 2016 Americana Awards”
The new album by Passenger “Young as the Morning Old as The Sea” is out today in various formats (including Spotify streaming) and it’s a lovely a collection of gentle folk-pop songs as you’re likely to hear, with lyrics that will no doubt still cut you to your core if you’re not careful. Listen with caution. Watch this short “making of” documentary if you’re intrigued to see more.