Chris Cornell to appear on new Johnny Cash “poetry album”

But will it match up to “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”? Pitchfork report this morning: “Chris Cornell is one of a handful of artists who will appear on an upcoming album featuring Johnny Cash’s poetry, titled Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music. Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, invited Cornell to participate before his death. In 2016, Carter Cash published a book of his father’s poetry, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, but he told Rolling Stone the “precursor to this project” started when country artist Brad Paisley set one of those poems to music for his new album, Love and War. Besides Cornell and Paisley, Jewel, T-Bone Burnett, Kacey Musgraves, and more took part in the album. No release date has been set.  Continue reading “Chris Cornell to appear on new Johnny Cash “poetry album””

Jeff Tweedy performs “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” on Seth Meyers – watch

News from Spin this morning on this lovely little performance: “Last night Jeff Tweedy made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform an acoustic take of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.” The bare-bones performance features Tweedy on acoustic guitar, vocals rough yet shining through. Wilco is currently on tour for their latest album, Schmilco, released last year. Tweedy’s new solo project, a collection of acoustic takes of songs from throughout his career, is called Together at Last, and is out June 23. Watch the Seth Meyers performance below. Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy performs “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” on Seth Meyers – watch”

Pete Seeger’s political sailboat heads for DC

God it’s a great feeling in the era of presidential toddlers to have people like Pete Seeger still with us. Billboard reports: “Five decades after the late folk music icon Pete Seeger sailed to the nation’s capital to call for passage of federal Clean Water Act, his Hudson River sloop Clearwater has again cast off for Washington, D.C. to challenge President Trump’s rollback of environmental protections. Musicians and activists gathered June 17 during Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, a two-day folk-rock festival on the river’s edge in New York’s Westchester County, and loaded the sloop with a “cargo of concern” — petitions, municipal resolutions, and testimonials from individuals, citizen groups and elected officials.  Continue reading “Pete Seeger’s political sailboat heads for DC”

North Mississippi Allstars new album and tour dates

Those sons of the infamous Southern behemoth that was James Dickinson, North Mississippi Allstars have announced several UK dates in support of their latest album, Prayer For Peace. Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the Allstars have forged a reputation for combining true Southern grit with elements of soul, blues and even hip hop. Continue reading “North Mississippi Allstars new album and tour dates”

Steve Earle discusses new album with RS

Happy Monday morning everyone. If you’re sitting in an air conditioned freezing office looking at the sun through tinted windows, warm yourself with this piece from RS Country: “For the vast majority of Steve Earle’s studio LPs, beginning with the 1986 neo-traditional classic Guitar Town, he has used other inspiring works to build a sonic template before recording. For his latest, the raucous So You Wannabe an Outlaw, out today, the Texas-born musician, novelist and actor unapologetically channels Waylon Jennings – in particular, the rebellious, monumentally influential Honky Tonk Heroes-era Waylon, who took creative control of his musical destiny with that 1973 album, largely penned by fellow renegade Billy Joe Shaver.  Continue reading “Steve Earle discusses new album with RS”

Jason Isbell “Nashville Sound” reviews round up

The reviews have started to come in for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s new album “The Nashville Sound” which is out today.  Rolling Stone has given it 3 and a half stars out of 5, describing it as “an album that ultimately hews closely to the laid-back roots-country palette Isbell has honed over his past several albums with producer Dave Cobb.”  The Daily Mail takes 5 minutes off calling Jeremy Corbyn a terrorist sympathiser to describe it as “not as consistently transcendent as the last two [but] that’s a high bar – and nothing here will harm Isbell’s soaring reputation.”   Continue reading “Jason Isbell “Nashville Sound” reviews round up”

Jack White’s Third Man Records signs Joshua Hedley

Did you know if you go to Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nasvhille you can record a vinyl record which one of those machines spits out like some kind of voodoo magic?  Anyway, RS Country report this morning on one of their finds coming good: “In November, Rolling Stone Country spotlighted country purist Joshua Hedley as a new country artist worth hearing. Now, he’s the latest country music addition to Jack White’s Third Man Records. Hedley signed to the label earlier this week.  Continue reading “Jack White’s Third Man Records signs Joshua Hedley”

New Richard Thompson acoustic album lands August

As we reported last month, folk legend Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Classics Vol. II on his own Beeswing record label, distributed via Proper, on August 11. On the heels of Acoustic Classics in 2014, the follow-up will feature acoustic renderings of classic songs from his catalogue, some previously recorded by other singers, some previously available only in a band format. A second album Acoustic Rarities will be released later in the year featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.  Continue reading “New Richard Thompson acoustic album lands August”

Sarah Jane Scouten heads to UK for dates

Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten will release her new album “When The Bloom Falls From The Rose” tomorrow which includes the new bluesy-rockabilly single Bang Bang that we previewed last week.  Observant and outspoken, the new album shines a light on the wind-whipped highway of Scouten’s life as a songwriter, scholar of roots music history, and travelling musician, with flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Old Crow Medicine Show.  Here are those dates.  Continue reading “Sarah Jane Scouten heads to UK for dates”

RS Country publishes track by track guide to new Jason Isbell

Only one day to wait now for the new Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit album and in order to whet your appetite RS Country have published an extensive track by track guide to it with clips thrown in for the songs we know already: “It’s been five years since Jason Isbell left Alabama and moved to Nashville, still reeling from the wilder, wetter days that had nearly derailed his solo career. Clean and clear-eyed for the first time in years, he moved into a townhouse with Amanda Shires. There, not far from the north shore of Percy Priest Lake, he wrote Southeastern, an album that would mark his official transformation from bar-band cult hero to Americana kingpin.  Continue reading “RS Country publishes track by track guide to new Jason Isbell”