Fruit Bats sign to Merge for new album – Listen

There are few bands named after an animal/bird who are actually better than the animal/bird themselves (Owl City anyone?) but Fruit Bats are one such band, and they’ve just announced details of their new album ‘Gold Past Life’ which will be their debut full-length for Merge, due June 21st. You can hear the first single and album opener ‘The Bottom Of It’ below, which primary Fruit Bat Eric D. Johnson describes as “a song about simple victories, told a little bit through the notion of finding strange and fortuitous totems (round stones, turkey feathers, dead deer) and keeping them as trophies.” Continue reading “Fruit Bats sign to Merge for new album – Listen”

Jess Klein heads back to the UK for dates

And to her green too apparently, or so her new album would have you believe. Renowned folk-americana singer-songwriter Jess Klein has announced details of her April-May UK & Ireland tour, in support of new album ‘Back to My Green’ – please see below for further information, tour itinerary and streaming link to the full album. Continue reading “Jess Klein heads back to the UK for dates”

Courtney Marie Andrews releases acoustic EP today – Listen

We leave you this weekend dear reader not with Brexit but with something much nicer – Courtney Marie Andrews has just celebrated the first anniversary of her hugely acclaimed album ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ and is following it up today with the release of acoustic versions of ‘May Your Kindness Remain, I Took You Up, Rough Around The Edges’ and ‘Border’. Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews releases acoustic EP today – Listen”

Buddy and Julie Miller are back with “Breakdown on 20th Ave. South” – Listen

It has been an absolute age since americana legends Buddy Miller and Julie Miller (they’re related you know) have released an album together, and they’ve both been involved in a fair bit of stuff since the last including Buddy’s involvement with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s Raising Sand tour and the ‘Nashville’ TV series. Anyway, they’re back with a new album entitled ‘Breakdown on 20th Ave. South’ which is due out June 21st on New West. Continue reading “Buddy and Julie Miller are back with “Breakdown on 20th Ave. South” – Listen”

Steve Earle talks to RS about new Guy Clark tribute album

RS Country have published a nice little interview with Steve Earle where he talks about the new Guy Clark tribute album he’s recorded with the Dukes due out the end of this week – we’ll have an AUK review any day now. He tells them: “It’s my fucking Guy Clark record, so I’ll do the ones that I was more personally connected to.” So there you go. Continue reading “Steve Earle talks to RS about new Guy Clark tribute album”

Jessie Buckley’s star bursts in new movie ‘Wild Rose’

We’ve got news of a new movie coming out next month which you’ll probably want to put on your “to do” list along with verruca plasters and noodles. With a UK release of April 12th, ‘Wild Rose’ is a Cinderella story with the City of Nashville itself representing the prince. Jessie Buckley plays Rose-Lynn Harlen, a “Glasgow ne’er-do-well with talent, a dream and a ‘three chords and the truth’ tattoo.” She’s supported by an impressive cast including Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo. Continue reading “Jessie Buckley’s star bursts in new movie ‘Wild Rose’”

Amber Cross announces Ireland and UK tour for next month

We leave you this weekend dear reader with news that ascendant California-based Americana singer-songwriter Amber Cross has announced her debut Ireland & UK tour dates in April, in support of her widely praised third album ‘Savage on the Downhill’. It is a brave person that chooses to cross that channel next month too. Continue reading “Amber Cross announces Ireland and UK tour for next month”

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”