Dylan LeBlanc heads to UK next month for dates

Following on from the release of his new album, ‘Renegade’ which we waxed lyrical about earlier this summer, Dylan LeBlanc will return to Europe this month for a series of dates including three in the UK before we pull up our drawbridge and never allow anyone in again. Continue reading “Dylan LeBlanc heads to UK next month for dates”

Birds of Chicago set to tour through the Brexit deadline

The last release by Birds of Chicago ‘Love In Wartime’ may prove to be a prescient title before too long given reports from the UK food industry that in the event of a no-deal Brexit the Government will have to put the population on a command-economy war footing for the purposes of rationing and co-ordination of food resources. Quite how the British public will respond to such circumstances is uncertain, although expecting some kind of stoical response along World War II lines is probably fanciful seeing as the Police had to ask people to stop calling 999 when KFC ran out of chicken last February.
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Americana acts cover David Berman songs in tribute – Watch

With thanks to BrooklynVegan for highlighting this – tributes are still coming in for David Berman who died last week (we now know sadly from suicide) and some artists have covered songs from Silver Jews over the weekend, including Phosphorescent who performed ‘Trains Across the Sea’ from the 1994’s album ‘Starlight Walker’ and Hiss Golden Messenger who covered the wonderful ‘Dallas’ from 1996’s ‘The Natural Bridge’ album. You can watch both of those performances below. The Brooklyn band Activity, Pennsylvania’s The Districts and the National have also covered Berman’s songs in recent days. Continue reading “Americana acts cover David Berman songs in tribute – Watch”

Bruce Springsteen “I’ll Stand By You” – Listen

Want to hear a previously unreleased Springsteen track ?  Well, you’re in luck because that’s just what we’ve got for you here.  And, as you’ve probably already noticed, it’s all thanks to the new feel good movie ‘Blinded by the Light‘ which explains how embracing The Boss can give your life purpose.  But we knew that already, right ?

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GospelbeacH new album on the way, new single out now – Listen

GospelbeacH have announced their return with a new album ‘Let It Burn’ which is due out October 4th on limited edition vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Alive Naturalsound Records. Continue reading “GospelbeacH new album on the way, new single out now – Listen”

Charley Crockett tours with Jaime Wyatt following major health scare

A few years ago, Texas country-blues singer Charley Crockett wrote a song called ‘How Long Will I Last’ about an uncertain love affair. Little did he know the song title would also prove a prophetic metaphor for his recent struggle with heart disease. Purely by chance when he was seeking medical advice for repairing a hernia in January, Crockett learned he also had bicuspid aortic valve stenosis, a disease where, instead of having three aortic flaps that allow the blood to flow, two are fused together. “The cardiologist determined I was one year away from heart failure. It was really, really good luck that I found out what was wrong with me.” Continue reading “Charley Crockett tours with Jaime Wyatt following major health scare”

Ralph McTell announces new album and extensive tour

Veteran folk singer Ralph McTell will be releasing a new album on September 20th. It’s been some time in the coming since ‘Hill of Beans‘ is McTell’s first album of new material since his 2010 release ‘Somewhere Down the Road ‘, and sees the singer reuniting with Tony Visconti who provided arrangements on 1968’s ‘Eight Frames A Second‘ but now, of course,  has the producers role. Continue reading “Ralph McTell announces new album and extensive tour”

Illinois’ Ohtis set to tour UK for the first time

An album that’s gained increasing acclaim through five star reviews and word of mouth is Ohtis’ ‘Curve of Earth’. What makes the back story to this debut release so compelling is that it’s an album fully 15 years in the making. Continue reading “Illinois’ Ohtis set to tour UK for the first time”

John Hiatt to receive performing-rights honour next month

Rolling Stone is reporting that americana legend (and he genuinely is) John Hiatt, whose songs have been recorded by everyone from Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson to Bob Dylan and Iggy Pop, is going to be honoured in September by the performing-rights organization BMI with the presentation of its Troubadour Award. Continue reading “John Hiatt to receive performing-rights honour next month”