Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit album have got a new album out next month ‘Reunions’ which we have been tantalisingly drip-fed tracks from over recent weeks, but the wait is almost over, particularly if you live in North America. Yesterday Isbell announced plans to release the album exclusively to independent record stores in the U.S. and Canada on May 8th, one week ahead of its official release date of May 15th. Continue reading “Isbell lets indie stores sell new album a week early”
We heard this week of the inevitable cancellation of more festivals, with most choosing to cancel instead of postpone to the autumn because of the continuing uncertainty around when public gatherings might be permitted again (and perhaps more importantly when the public might feel like gathering again). Among the cancellations announced this week are the Larmer Tree Festival which was due to be headlined by Frank Turner in July, and the Rotterdam bluegrass festival in June, and today we heard the sad news of the cancellation of one of our favourites, Black Deer which moves much of the same line-up to 2021. Continue reading “Black Deer 2020 is cancelled – but back next year!”
Accompanied by his sons Lukas and Micah, Willie Nelson was the guest on an episode broadcast this week of ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’, playing ‘Hello Walls’ which Willie wrote for Faron Young’s 1961 album of the same name. You can watch the clip below. Continue reading “Watch Willie Nelson and sons perform on Colbert”
Jackson Browne has unveiled a new song ‘Downhill From Everywhere’ just in time for Earth Day today – you can listen to it below. The song will be released as a single paired with his recent track ‘A Little Soon to Say’ as the B-side, both tracks being included on his upcoming studio album, out October 9th. Continue reading “Jackson Browne releases new song for Earth Day – Listen”
Peter Bruntnell released his tenth studio album ‘King Of Madrid’ last year. Described by Mojo as “unashamedly lush, lovely, classic pop”, it featured in the magazine’s Top 10 Americana Albums of 2019, garnering further praise across the board, including from the Scottish Express who awarded it a five-star review, declaring that Bruntnell is “one of the best songwriters in Britain”. We ourselves described it as “raising an already excellent bar to even greater heights.” Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell’s entire back catalogue to be digitally available”
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls have announced the release of a new digital album ‘Live In Newcastle’ – Due out on April 24 via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor, the album was recorded during Turner & The Sleeping Souls’ set in late 2019 at O2 City Hall Newcastle, during a headline tour in support of his UK Top 3 album release, ‘No Man’s Land’. Continue reading “New Frank Turner live album lands on Friday”
RS Country has started to publish what they’re calling “Social Distancing” interviews with some of the better-known names in music including Lucinda Williams and Jess Malin where they ask them a standard set of questions about all kinds of things including what they’re doing, what they’re listening to and how they think we’re going to get out of all this (spoiler alert – nobody knows). Continue reading “RS Country publishes “Social Distancing” interviews with Williams and Malin”
Jason Isbell has gathered his 400 Unit assemble who are currently scattered around Nashville in their own respective quarantine holes to perform a remote version of their classic ’24 Frames’. Although the track is a live favourite they’ve recorded a much more laid back version here, with guitarist Sadler Vaden and Isbell himself leading the song with acoustic guitars, and the usual drums being quietened down with a snare. Here it is.
The lovely Ruston Kelly whose last album ‘Dying Star’ was one of our records of 2018 has returned with a new song ‘Brave’ which you can watch the video for below. Dedicated to his mum, it was shot last month at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on the night of his sold-out, headline debut performance. It also features footage and photos that highlight various periods of Kelly’s life from his childhood to the present. In conjunction with the song, Kelly has also released a new “Brave” t-shirt with a design featuring his handwritten lyrics, all proceeds from which will be donated to the charity MusiCares. You can order that here and, er, wear it around the house once it arrives.
Sturgill Simpson has announced in a lengthy Instagram post that he has tested positive for COVID-19, writing that he received the diagnosis on Friday after almost a month of not exhibiting symptoms. Simpson describes his frustration at not being tested in mid-March after his tour of the US was cut short, but appears to be doing OK at the moment, although clearly exasperated at the baby-king’s response nationally. Here’s the post: Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson tests positive for Covid-19”