Blitzen Trapper return with new album “Holy Smokes Future Jokes”

We’re fans here at AUK of Portland, OR-based “competent” Blitzen Trapper (that’s what it says on their Twitter feed) and they’ve announced they will be making their Yep Roc Records debut with the release of new album ‘Holy Smokes Future Jokes’ on September 11. You can hear the first track from it, ‘Magical Thinking’ below. Led by existential questions about life and death, the new album finds frontman Eric Earley ruminating on the intermediate period between a person’s separate lives on earth, “and what it means to escape the cycle of birth and rebirth.” Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper return with new album “Holy Smokes Future Jokes””

Lucinda Williams to broadcast live stream tonight

Last Friday, Lucinda Williams has released her new album ‘Good Souls Better Angels’ to it’s fair to say across the board acclaim, including ourselves who awarded it one of our rare 10s. If you’ve been enjoying the record, Rough Trade have announced that Lucinda will be broadcasting an exclusive Instagram TV Transmission to fans on the @roughtrade & @roughtradenyc Instagram TV feeds tonight (Tuesday 28th April) at 6pm UK time. This transmission will be free for all to view, and will remain on Instagram TV for the foreseeable future. Rough Trade Transmissions is a new IG TV series curating exclusive artist content, broadcasting on weekdays. Continue reading “Lucinda Williams to broadcast live stream tonight”

Amanda Shires: “I’m just going to play music every day”

RS Country has a nice feature up at the moment on Amanda Shires’ fundraising ‘I So Lounging’ shows which have been broadcast live each evening over the last month and which feature her other half Jason Isbell, and Seth Plemmons among others. Continue reading “Amanda Shires: “I’m just going to play music every day””

Buy Heartbreaker Mike Campbell’s new song and help feed America

Mike Campell aka one of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers has released a new song online ‘Lockdown’ – odd title, we’re not sure what it’s about? He’s releasing it to raise money for the charity Feeding America which runs much needed at the moment food banks across the US. Continue reading “Buy Heartbreaker Mike Campbell’s new song and help feed America”

Steve Forbert is standing in the Early Morning Rain

Forty Two years on from his debut ‘Alive on Arrival‘, Steve Forbert is returning with his 21st Studio album.  And for only the second time in his career the new release is a collection of covers – back in 2002 there was ‘Any Old Time‘ the Grammy-nominated tribute to Mississippi legend Jimmie Rodgers.  For ‘Early Morning Rain‘ it is not a single artist being celebrated, as Steve Forbert explained: “I recorded this album in an attempt to renew people’s appreciation for the fine craftsmanship these songs represent and as an acknowledgement of how much good ‘ol songs like these have meant to me.”  Continue reading “Steve Forbert is standing in the Early Morning Rain”

Isbell lets indie stores sell new album a week early

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”

Black Deer 2020 is cancelled – but back next year!

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!”

Watch Willie Nelson and sons perform on Colbert

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 releases new song for Earth Day – Listen

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’s entire back catalogue to be digitally available

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”