Micah P. Hinson has new album & a UK tour in 2017

A few years ago, after several well received albums it seemed as if Micah P. Hinson was more interested in political commentary rather than finely crafted songs.  We’ll draw a veil over his strange opinions on universal health care provision,  and similarly neglect to comment on his characterising President Obama as the murderer of the American Dream and just note that thankfully Micah P. Hinson returns in 2017 with a new album.  He has described Micah P Hinson Presents The Holy Strangers as being a “modern folk opera”.  It tells the story of a war time family, going from birth to love, to marriage and children, to war and betrayal, murder to suicide – spanning all of the strange and glorious places life can lead.

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Jackson Browne pays tribute to Greg Allman

More sad news over the bank holiday weekend (how often have we said those words?) and today Rolling Stone Country reports: “Jackson Browne remembered Gregg Allman as “one of the most gifted singers of the last 50 years” in a touching tribute posted to Facebook. Allman died Saturday of complications from liver cancer at the age of 69. As Browne noted, he and Allman became friends in Los Angeles in the late Sixties, when Gregg and his brother Duane were fronting their pre-Allman Brothers outfit Hour Glass. Hour Glass recorded the Browne-penned song “Cast Off All of My Fears” for their debut album, and later Allman rearranged Jackson’s song “These Days” for his 1973 solo album, Laid Back. Continue reading “Jackson Browne pays tribute to Greg Allman”

Summertyne Americana festival runs July 21st-23rd

One of the Americana highlights of the year, in the UK at least, is the annual SummerTyne festival which runs – rather appropriately, in the Summer at the prestigious Sage Gateshead.  Three days crammed full of simply the finest music.  It’s a combination of main stage appearances at Sage One and Sage Two and Latelounge gigs featuring upcoming musicians and bands that are destined to be the headliners of the future, as well as the ever popular riverside Jumpin’ Hot Stage. Continue reading “Summertyne Americana festival runs July 21st-23rd”

Fairport Convention announce ‘Come All Ye – The First 10 Years’

Fairport Convention have announced the forthcoming 28th of July release on UMC of a massive 7CD box set covering their first decade as a band.   It has been compiled by Andrew Batt, the curator of the very successful show, The Lady – A Tribute To Sandy Denny, which toured the UK in 2012, this collection celebrates Fairport’s first 10 years, beginning with their eponymous debut for Polydor in 1968, through all of their seminal albums for Island Records and finishing with tracks from their two albums for Vertigo, The Bonny Bunch of Roses and Tippers TalesContinue reading “Fairport Convention announce ‘Come All Ye – The First 10 Years’”

Nashville songwriters release anti-Trump comp

Looks like somebody has heeded the clarion call from RS Country a few months back.  Paste reports: “As the epicenter of America’s typically patriotic country-music scene, Nashville is officially combating the hate and bigotry seeping out of Washington. A collective of Nashville songwriters, featuring Mary Gauthier, Derek Webb and Radney Foster, have recorded Strange Freedom: Songs of Love and Protest, a Nashville Resistance Compilation. The album will be released by Nashville indie label Cafe Rooster Records on July 14, with all proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood.  Continue reading “Nashville songwriters release anti-Trump comp”

Chuck Prophet returns to the UK for shows this July and November

With his latest album, Bobby Fuller Died For your Sins, still ringing in folks’ ears and widely acclaimed as one of his best, Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express have announced plans for two short tours of the UK. Their last appearances here back in February received rave reviews with many of the shows selling out. No Depression reviewed the London show saying that it “was a perfect demonstration of why rock and roll needs people like Prophet. Leading his tight and talented band for over two hours Prophet mixed high energy rock and roll with songs that both provoked deep thoughts and amused”.  Continue reading “Chuck Prophet returns to the UK for shows this July and November”

Yep Roc to reissue six long out-of-print Nick Lowe titles

Gone are the days when he was known as “Basher”. These days Nick Lowe is somewhat venerated as a senior statesman of UK rock music but over the past five decades he’s been a pub rocker, a punk rocker, a pop star and a country rocker in addition to his prodigious output as a producer. Continue reading “Yep Roc to reissue six long out-of-print Nick Lowe titles”

Paul Simon doesn’t feel groovy

Famously cantankerous master songsmith Paul Simon takes great pleasure in distancing himself from the songs that made him famous in the first place.  The very songs which many people of judgement actually prefer.  But of all the songs of his youth it is 59th Bridge Street Song which attracted his ire during his recent appearance on The Late Show. Continue reading “Paul Simon doesn’t feel groovy”

Whitehorse are on a roll

Rolling Stone, no less, have described Whitehorse as a “Superduo whose music swirls together the swampy swagger of the Bible Belt, the minor-akey melancholy of film noir soundtracks and the raw stomp of rock & roll.”  Not that they’re satisfied with just that.  Their latest album, their fourth, has the genre chameleons furthering their sonic breadth –  encompassing a driving Americana image with psychedelic surf, arid border rock, lo-fi ingenuity and icy 80’s sparseness.  It’s called Panther In The Dollhouse, and it is out in the first week of August.   Continue reading “Whitehorse are on a roll”

The Turtles swim free again

May 2017 has seen many peculiar events popping up in the news, an almost daily dose of incredulity. Here comes another one. Somewhat unheralded Edsel Records have re-issued deluxe expanded versions of all six original albums by The Turtles. Yes indeed – It ain’t me Babe, You Baby and Happy Together all as mono and stereo versions, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands and Turtle Soup with a disc of bonus tracks and the final, post break up release, Wooden Head has some more unused tracks added to it. Continue reading “The Turtles swim free again”