Interview: Chuck Prophet in San Francisco on fires and Dan Penn

Chuck Prophet has had a long and fruitful career as a singer-songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, beginning with the groundbreaking Green On Red in the ‘80s before launching a successful solo career that has delivered a new album every two or three years. These albums have been remarkably consistent, building to a very impressive body of work. Continue reading “Interview: Chuck Prophet in San Francisco on fires and Dan Penn”

Jim White returns with new album, single – Listen

Americana stalwart Jim White is back and has confirmed the release of his “most upbeat, hallucinogenic record to date”, ‘Misfit’s Jubilee’, set for release on 30th October via our friends over at Loose. To accompany the announcement, White has shared the first single from the album, the ‘ebullient 80’s indie folk-rockesque’ ‘Sum Of What We’ve Been’ which you can listen to below – although be warned, it’s so damn catchy you’ll be stuck with earworm for the rest of the day. Continue reading “Jim White returns with new album, single – Listen”

John Prine 7 disc box-set announced

John Prine, who passed away in April, was one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of his generation and recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the GRAMMYs – indeed Rolling Stone once called him “The Mark Twain of American songwriting”. As part of various posthumous releases this year, the Rhino label have announced a newly remastered seven-CD boxed set that includes the first seven studio albums of his career, recorded with Atlantic Records and Asylum Records. ‘Crooked Piece of Time: The Atlantic & Asylum Album (1971-1980)’ will be available as a limited edition on October 23rd and is available for pre-order now here. Continue reading “John Prine 7 disc box-set announced”

Justin Wells “The United State” (Singular Records, 2020)

Justin Wells’ new solo record ‘The United State’ released on Singular Records is a narrative which Wells has written describing the journey between birth and death.  It is bookended by two short instrumental pieces with the songs in between detailing the path through life, choices made and roads travelled down and others avoided.  Wells has stated that he wanted the album to find the Universal in these divided times but to not be political in nature. This could have ended up an overblown concept album about the human condition but it is in fact an album which is full of hope, wistfulness and a really enjoyable listen. Continue reading “Justin Wells “The United State” (Singular Records, 2020)”

Austin Lucas returns with new album “Alive In The Hot Zone!” – Listen

Austin Lucas has announced the release of a new album ‘Alive In The Hot Zone!’ which lands on October 30th 2020 via Cornelius Chapel Records, along with the first single ‘Already Dead’. Written and recorded in the earliest days of the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter/American uprising, the album is described as representing “a new direction for Austin, yet retains his distinctive voice and hyperliterate writing style. Contained are ten songs that serve as direct commentary regarding the ongoing global situation, isolation, fear and the indomitable spirit required to stand up against systemic racism and fascism, in a world spiralling out of control.” Continue reading “Austin Lucas returns with new album “Alive In The Hot Zone!” – Listen”

Peter Bruntnell classic gets vinyl release for Record Store Day

Peter Bruntnell is the dictionary definition of a UK americana icon, having been receiving much the same consistently high praise since his debut album ‘Cannibal’ was released in 1995, and this weekend sees the release of a limited edition vinyl of one of his best-known records. Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell classic gets vinyl release for Record Store Day”

UK americana festivals go virtual for the end of summer

Sadly in the end there were none – all the hopes americana festival-goers had for a late summer blow out were dashed by news earlier this month that Red Rooster wouldn’t in fact be going ahead as planned with social distancing, but the organisers have announced another virtual version of it (they previously did something in May) which will take place from 4th-6th September. Continue reading “UK americana festivals go virtual for the end of summer”

Justin Townes Earle dies at 38

Some very sad news to wake up to on a Monday morning – Justin Townes Earle, americana singer-songwriter and son of Steve, has died at the age of 38. On a post on his Instagram page, it states: “It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father and friend Justin. So many of you have relied on his music and lyrics over the years and we hope that his music will continue to guide you on your journeys.” Continue reading “Justin Townes Earle dies at 38”

Pick of the Political Pops: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young “Teach Your Children”

A relatively short Political Pops this week because whilst we have sort of worked out how this happened we cannot fathom why. So no students sat A-Level exams this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the fact that schools were closed. Firstly reflect on that – the schools were closed (or only open to a small minority of students whose parents were key workers). So the schools were, largely, empty. A perfect place then for responsibly distanced written examinations to take place then? Apparently not. No – examinations had to be cancelled and a method found to award grades to students which reflected what they would have got. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young “Teach Your Children””

Tom Petty “Wildflowers” box set details revealed

Warner Records have announced the release of ‘Wildflowers & All The Rest’, the long-awaited reissue of Tom Petty’s 1994 ‘Wildflowers’ album, which will land on October 16th. The compilation was curated by Tom’s daughters, Adria and Annakim Petty and his wife Dana Petty who call it, “Many, many hours of pure sonic joy,” as well as Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, and was produced by Tom’s longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate. Continue reading “Tom Petty “Wildflowers” box set details revealed”