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Believe it or not, there is an Israel in the world that doesn’t kill unarmed protestors with an eerie regularity and he’s much more fun to spend some time with. Texas’ genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash has announced his fifth studio album ‘Lifted’ which Loose (the label he’s on these days) describes as “a modern-day hippie-spiritual, which finds Nash continuing his tradition of creating a sonic landscape that is at once both vast and intimate – soaring and untamed at times, placid and sincerely personal at others.” Nash is accompanied by his longtime band, with arrangements by Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake), horns by members of Austin’s cumbia/funk compadre’s Grupo Fantasma, and strings from Kelsey Wilson and Sadie Wolf (Wild Child), Nash, alongside co-producer and engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, The Rolling Stones). Continue reading “New Israel Nash album will lift you up in July”
The new country, Americana and roots festival The Long Road has announced a second wave of artists today for its inaugural event which takes place in Leicestershire from 7th-9th September. Joining the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg, Angaleena Presley, The Shires, Catherine McGrath, The Wandering Hearts, Una Healy and Danielle Bradbery will be a string of US country acts including Joshua Hedley (whose new album we were preening over last week), Charlie Worsham, Elizabeth Cook, Caroline Spence, Zack Logan, Dori Freeman and American Young, chart-topping British duo Ward Thomas, slide guitarist and singer Luke Winslow-King, Texas-born singer-songwriter Jarrod Dickenson, as well as Swedish guitar duo Dimpker Brothers and Liverpool-born former lead singer of pop band Lawson, Andy Brown. Continue reading “The Long Road announces additions to line-up”
RS Country are carrying a clip this morning, which we embed for you below dear reader, of a surprise appearance by Sturgill Simpson at Tyler Childers’ current shows at the Ryman opening for Margo Price. They report: “Adding a fiery solo to “Whitehouse Road,” Childers’ song about the drugs, desolation and muted dreams of modern Appalachia, Simpson elicited a thunderous roar from the audience – but it wasn’t the first time the crowd got on their feet that night. Childers had already received a standing ovation by the time he got to his second song, proving just how emotionally rousing the Kentucky native’s music can be.” The man who shot the clip was promptly arrested at the end of the gig for copyright infringement.
This is quite exciting news late in the day (literally). The Jayhawks have announced the release of a new album, ‘Back Roads and Abandoned Motels’, which arrives in the UK on July 13th (which is a Friday, lucky for some). The album features 11 tracks written by Gary Louris, most of them in collaboration with a whole array of stars including Dixie Chicks, Jakob Dylan, Emerson Hart (of Tonic), Ari Hest, Scott Thomas and Carrie Rodriguez. Continue reading “The Jayhawks announce new album, due July – Listen”
It has just been announced that on Friday June 8th the Lost Brothers, Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, will have very special guests at their homecoming gig at Dublin’s historic Liberty Hall Theatre on Eden Quay. For one night only the Irish duo will be joined onstage by the Tuscon Arizona band with whom they recorded their recent critically acclaimed album. Continue reading “The Lost Brothers announce special Dublin show with Howe Gelb”
As we pack our bags for the weekend (and try to escape to the most nationalistic bit of Scotland – friendly advice please…), we leave you with the new track by Neko Case which is taken from her forthcoming album ‘Hell-On’ which is due out June 1 via the ANTI label and features appearances from (in no particular order) Beth Ditto, k.d. Lang, AC Newman, Eric Bachmann, Kelly Hogan, Doug Gillard, Laura Veirs and Joey Burns. “That lot” as Alan Partridge would say. ‘Curse of the I-5 Corridor’ is an epic seven-minute affair and features some rather lovely vocals from Mark Lanegan. Have a good one dear readers.
Following on from the track we posted yesterday, Yep Roc Records have announced the simultaneous release of two records from Nashville legend Jim Lauderdale on 3rd August – ‘Time Flies’ and ‘Jim Lauderdale and Roland White’. Both are “new,” but only the former was recently recorded. Lauderdale’s 30th and 31st studio albums respectively, the records mark the two-time Grammy award-winner’s long-awaited return to the ace Yep Roc roster after a decade apart. Continue reading “More on those new Jim Lauderdale albums”
Aussie alt-country/Americana outfit Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have announced their return to the UK next month including an appearance at Maverick Festival; along with the European release of their fourth album ‘Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music’ on June 29th. The album opens with the band’s semi-political brand new single ‘I Hope That I’m Wrong’ which you can hear below. Continue reading “Lachlan Bryan & the Wildes head to UK for ripper dates”
The new single from Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins, aka I’m With Her is predictably classy and delightful, as is the album from which it’s taken, ‘See You Around.’