First names for Black Deer’s 2019 line-up announced

The first names have been announced this morning for the americana and country festival Black Deer’s 2019 line up, and there are some belters on there. In a victory for equestrians, South Califonia’s Band of Horses have been confirmed as the first headliner, with other artists announced including Australian roots-rockers the John Butler Trio, Northumberland’s Jade Bird, Canadian bluegrass and hillbilly folk band the Dead South, Oscar-winning Ryan Bingham and Old Crow Medicine Show’s guitarist Chance McCoy. Continue reading “First names for Black Deer’s 2019 line-up announced”

Long Ryders have new album next year, expanded old albums this year

We don’t deserve this, really we don’t.  The Long Ryders have just announced the release date for their new album ‘Psychedelic Country Soul‘ as the 15th of February 2019 – get that in your diaries.  It’s a collection of twelve songs – eleven of them Long Ryders originals and a cover of perhaps the greatest Tom Petty song of them all ‘Walls‘.  That’s open to debate – but we can all agree it’s certainly well in the top two or three. Continue reading “Long Ryders have new album next year, expanded old albums this year”

BST Hyde Park announces Dylan and Neil Young as first headliners

We have to refer to Neil by his full name in case any of you think you’re buying tickets to Will Young and end up bitterly disappointed. Evil multiconglomerate Barclaycard has announced its first two headliners for its British Summer Time Hyde Park events for 2019 – and they’re both playing the same night which could make getting hold of tickets interesting – no less than Bob Dylan and  Neil Young are joint headliners.  Continue reading “BST Hyde Park announces Dylan and Neil Young as first headliners”

William the Conqueror announce new album, set to invade February

Leaving you this weekend dear reader with news that ‘Bleeding on the Soundtrack’ has been announced as the name of the new album from William the Conqueror, set for release on 15th February in the UK via Loose. It’s the second album from the band following 2017’s ‘Proud Disturber of the Peace’. Both form parts of a trilogy of autobiographical records capturing different periods in Joseph’s life. Whilst the debut celebrated a free and easy childhood spent in idyllic Cornwall (where Joseph now once again resides), the new record is a darker more disturbed foray into adolescence then adulthood: “A tale of addiction, divorce and crossroads.” Continue reading “William the Conqueror announce new album, set to invade February”

“The very soul of folk’s working class ideals” – Roy Bailey dies

We’re an americana site obviously but we do cover a fair bit of the best kind of folk too, and so it’s with sadness we learned of the passing of Roy Bailey who died yesterday. My own (rather late) introduction to him was seeing his superb ‘Writing on the Wall’ performances with Tony Benn who called Roy “the greatest socialist folk singer of his generation.” The Guardian published this lovely obit yesterday: Continue reading ““The very soul of folk’s working class ideals” – Roy Bailey dies”

Lucinda Williams and Richard Thompson are first Cambridge 2019 headliners to be announced

The organisers of Cambridge Folk Festival have announced the first 15 names confirmed for 2019’s line-up, with legendary artists joining relative newcomers to take to the stages of Cherry Hinton Hall. The biggest names is probably our very own americana icon Lucinda Williams, but there’s also some other ace stuff on the list including Swedish-Argentinian singer songwriter José González, Richard Thompson playing a solo acoustic set, Ralph McTell, Tunng, Fisherman’s Friends, Karine Polwart, Lisa O’Neill, Lil’ Jimmy Reed & The A Team, Talisk, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan & Friends, Sam Sweeney, Rura and finally Texan native Jarrod Dickenson.  Continue reading “Lucinda Williams and Richard Thompson are first Cambridge 2019 headliners to be announced”

John Paul White announces new UK dates and track

Just in time for our very own civil war too. Leaving you this weekend dear reader with news that Grammy Award-winner John Paul White has announced his return to the UK in January to play a string of shows. Currently in the studio working on the follow up to last year’s critically-acclaimed album ‘Beulah’, White has released his new song ‘My Dreams Have All Come True’ which is just delightful – you can hear it below.  Continue reading “John Paul White announces new UK dates and track”

Set sail with Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss on their maiden voyage

For their fifth album ‘Fair Lady London,’ due for release on the 23rd of November, Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss have teamed up with Del Day and Danny Wilson’s Maiden Voyage record label. To celebrate its release they’re also embarking on another one of their quirky tours – this time of independent record stores, including an ‘Invite Only’ playback at Del and Danny’s Union Music Store in Lewes on November 16th.  Continue reading “Set sail with Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss on their maiden voyage”

Howe Gelb to join Lost Brothers on dates next month

Giant Sand main man and indie legend Howe Gelb has been announced as a special guest on the upcoming Lost Brothers Irish Theatre Tour this December. Based in Tuscon Arizona since 1972 Howe has collaborated with artists such as M Ward, PJ Harvey and John Parish, and his band Giant Sand spawned and inspired bands such as Calexico who are part of Howe’s extended musical family.  Continue reading “Howe Gelb to join Lost Brothers on dates next month”

Neil Young’s home is lost to Californian fires

Neil Young has been raging against Donald Trump again following his response to the Californian fires also raging at the moment, and given that his own home has now apparently been destroyed he’s understandably not a happy man. Billboard have reported: “The Canadian rock legend broke the sad new with a post on the Neil Young Archives, in which he blasted Donald Trump’s reluctance to act on climate change and for the president’s steadfast denial of scientific evidence.  Continue reading “Neil Young’s home is lost to Californian fires”