Bob Wooton reflects on legendary Cash gig with RS Country

RS Country reports on another recent death by way of a chat they recently had with legendary Guitarist Bob Wootton who joined Johnny Cash’s band in 1968, “the only man who could fill the shoes of the late Luther Perkins. Within less than a year, he was accompanying the Man in Black at one of Cash’s most infamous concerts at San Quentin State Prison in California, and he would continue to be a mainstay in the band until Cash’s retirement from touring in 1997. This past February, Rolling Stone conducted an interview with Wootton, who died Sunday, about the concert that would become 1969’s At San Quentin for an upcoming article. At the time, his wife and manager said that because of health reasons, he could only do an interview via e-mail. It took Wootton less than a day to respond with insightful, candid answers that reflected the pride he felt playing alongside Cash. Wootton’s wife reported that the interview made him smile as he reminisced. Here is everything Wootton had to say about playing with Cash.  Continue reading “Bob Wooton reflects on legendary Cash gig with RS Country”

Barry Marshall Everitt – RIP

One of americana’s greatest supporters in the UK, promoter Barry Marshall Everitt has died following a lengthy battle with cancer. His wife Bex posted on his Just Giving page over the weekend: “Sadly after a monstrous battle and rapid decline last week Barry passed away on Easter Sunday …, while staying at a Hospice he was being treated for severe pain control, he was also under the medication from the private Harley Street COC cancer clinic as well as being privately administered a course of RSO. Continue reading “Barry Marshall Everitt – RIP”

John Prine to publish first ever songbook

You can catch John Prine (if you’re quick) in the UK next week when he plays dates in London, Glasgow and Manchester (details here), but in the meantime is it too early to start putting a Christmas wishlist together? Rolling Stone report: “Last July, John Prine was awarded the prestigious PEN Songwriting Award alongside Tom Waits, having contributed a wealth of indelible lyrics (“there’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes,” among many others) to the musical canon since releasing his debut album in 1971. On April 18th, Prine’s label Oh Boy Records will give some insight into his creative process with John Prine Beyond Words, his first-ever songbook.  Continue reading “John Prine to publish first ever songbook”

Listen to Margo Price concert via NPR

Margo Price was easily one of the most memorable acts of the last year’s (wet) End of the Road. NPR Music report: “Breakout country artist Margo Price makes her debut on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Civic Center Little Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Price grew up surrounded by music, whether it came from personal favorites like Joni Mitchell and Tom Petty or family relations like her great-uncle Bobby Fischer (the legendary Music Row songwriter who penned over 500 songs for artists like George Jones, Conway Twitty and Reba McEntire).
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Debut Sammy Brue record due out June

Teen Americana sensation (how often do you hear those words together?) Sammy Brue is set to release his debut album “I Am Nice” (the ego of the child…) on 16th June via New West Records. The twelve-song set was produced by John Paul White of the Civil Wars and Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and recorded at their Sun Drop Sound studio in Florence, Alabama. Hailed as a “prodigy” by Rolling Stone and a “wunderkind” by American Songwriter – and currently only 15-years old ­– Sammy has “an ear for melody and sophisticated compositions embody the sort of wisdom, empathy and insight that is usually associated with more experienced songwriters and caught the attention of The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Fader, and more.” In other words, God he’s precocious. “Oj!” as the kids say, he’s really very talented – see for yourself when you watch the new video for the track “I Know” below.  Continue reading “Debut Sammy Brue record due out June”

Indigo Girls announce first new UK dates in a decade

“Along with Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rank at the very top of all-time great duos.” So says The Boston Herald (one of many glowing press quotes we could have used) and you can test the theory (probably by then going to see Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers and taking notes) by catching the girls this July where they will be playing dates in Manchester, Bristol, and London as well as a main stage slot at the Cambridge Folk Festival on the 28th of the month.  In 2015 they released their 14th studio album, One Lost Day, produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin and mixed by Brian Joseph.  Here are those dates.  Continue reading “Indigo Girls announce first new UK dates in a decade”

“Outlaw Music Festival Tour” announced with the best line-up ever

Imagine if you will your dream line-up for a single night out and it probably doesn’t get much better than this. Oh for Star Trek style transporters.  RS Country reports: “Willie Nelson is assembling a genre-defying roster of artists for a new summer package tour. The Outlaw Music Festival Tour will kick off July 1st in New Orleans with Sheryl Crow, the Avett Brothers and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Bob Dylan, Jason Isbell, My Morning Jacket, Margo Price, Hayes Carll, and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will appear on select dates of the six-city run. Additional shows and artists are forthcoming.  Continue reading ““Outlaw Music Festival Tour” announced with the best line-up ever”

New Ani Di Franco album due out June, UK dates

Singer-songwriter-activist Ani DiFranco has announced her twentieth studio album “Binary” which is set to hit stores and the interweb on June 9th. The iconic singer/songwriter/ activist/poet/DIY trendsetter returns to territory that brought her to the world’s attention more than twenty-five years ago now we’ve got another headcase in the Whitehouse. European Fans can pre-order the album now and exclusively in CD, and vinyl formats from Ani DiFranco’s PledgeMusic campaign page. Pledgers who pre-order the album will receive three “instant gratification” tracks and access to exclusive artist updates and bonus content. Fans will also be able to order special memorabilia including lyric books, t-shirts, screen-printed posters, totes, socks, signed guitars, and art prints.  Continue reading “New Ani Di Franco album due out June, UK dates”

RS Country streams entire Chris Shiflett album ahead of release

This is becoming a bit of a habit but a welcome one! RS Country reports: “A case could easily be made that Chris Shiflett is the busiest (and most hyphenated) man in rock & roll. However, last summer the singer-songwriter-guitarist-bandleader-podcaster was able to find a small hole in his packed schedule to travel to Nashville’s RCA Studio A to work with celebrated producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell). The result is West Coast Town, Shiflett’ss third solo album of punk pedigree meets California country, hitting stories April 14th via SideOneDummy Records. (Listen to the full album [here].) Continue reading “RS Country streams entire Chris Shiflett album ahead of release”

Stream new Sam Outlaw album ahead of its release – Listen

It’s not out until this Friday but the wonderful NPR Music have made Sam Outlaw’s new album available in its entirety to stream now. Stop what you’re doing for 42 minutes and click play. (Actually you can multi-task while streaming so feel free to continue whatever it was, providing it’s legal).  NPR Music report: “Every artist working in the shadow of country music lineage since Willie and Waylon were first branded as “outlaws” has had that designation at their disposal. The same goes for marketing execs and music critics. “Outlaw” is useful shorthand, an expedient way of advertising a performer’s resistance to mainstream norms and general aversion to docility. Often, it’s paired with a brawny aesthetic.  Continue reading “Stream new Sam Outlaw album ahead of its release – Listen”