Hear Eric Burdon’s take on For What It’s Worth

Eric Burdon has been talking to Uncut about his new take on the Buffalo Springfield classic For What It’s Worth to mark his 76th birthday, fifty years on from the song’s original release. Why this song and why now? Well, as Burdon explains: “The message is clear. Racism is back, stronger than it ever has been. The struggle between the sexes is at a boiling point. Violence is out of control. Continue reading “Hear Eric Burdon’s take on For What It’s Worth”

Listen to the Mountain Goats’ new album, Goths

John Darnielle’s the Mountain Goats release their latest album Goths on May 19th. NPR are streaming it from today and you can listen to it here. For their 16th full-length album, Darnielle takes a conceptual detour. As its title suggests, it’s about growing up goth — about establishing a place for yourself among other outcasts — but it also finds the band shedding guitars and adding a fourth permanent member in multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas. Continue reading “Listen to the Mountain Goats’ new album, Goths”

Aaron Lee Tasjan tour including End Of The Road Festival appearance

Hot on the heels of the announcement that he’s a nominee for this year’s Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award modern day cosmic cowboy Aaron Lee Tasjan heads to the UK for a slot at the End Of The Road Festival after which he heads to Ireland for Electric Picnic. After that he’s back to the UK for further dates. Continue reading “Aaron Lee Tasjan tour including End Of The Road Festival appearance”

Richard Thompson releasing two new acoustic collections and touring in October

Following the success of his Acoustic Classics album in 2014 when the celebrated singer songwriter and guitarist revisited his back catalogue Richard Thompson returns to the format with two new albums which will be released simultaneously on August 11th. Continue reading “Richard Thompson releasing two new acoustic collections and touring in October”

David Starr announces UK tour dates

David Starr is an Americana singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who has been making music since the age of 10. He has seven releases under his belt both as a solo artist, duo artist and member of the David Starr Band. Influenced by Southern California singer songwriters such as Jackson Browne, Delta bluesmen and Levon Helm he is set to release a new six-song EP entitled The Head And Heart produced and arranged by John Oates in April 2017.  The project was recorded at Addiction Sound in Nashville in February and features five David Starr originals and his own take on California Dreaming. Continue reading “David Starr announces UK tour dates”

Wilco release Spotify singles – listen

Americana legends Wilco have released two singles as part of the Spotify Singles series. First of all there’s “If I Ever Was a Child,” which is taken from last year’s “Schmilco” album, and then there’s also a cover of Nick Lowe/Elvis Costello’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.” Spin describes both songs as having “folksy Americana textures going on, with simple guitar and drum arrangements, featuring just a little bit of organ” to which we heartily concur. You can listen to the singles via Spotify below.  Continue reading “Wilco release Spotify singles – listen”

Jason Isbell and Drive-By Truckers Duo reunite for AMA performance – watch

First of all Steps and now this. When will the wheels fall off the reunion bandwagon? Rolling Stone Country report: “Wearing an acoustic guitar and a wide grin, Jason Isbell rejoined his former bandmates in Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, during yesterday’s nomination ceremony for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards. Seated in a row, the three Alabamans strummed their way through a nostalgic performance of Isbell’s “Outfit,” with Hood singing harmonies and Cooley chiming in on lead guitar. Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Drive-By Truckers Duo reunite for AMA performance – watch”

Rare UK appearance by Naim Amor

There’s a rare opportunity to catch Parisian by way of Tucson musician Naim Amor on his first appearance on UK soil in over nine years when he plays a solo show this Friday. Amor started out in the Parisian underground scene before relocating to Tucson in the late 1990s as one half of the Amor Belhom duo releasing an album ABBC recorded in collaboration with Calexico. Continue reading “Rare UK appearance by Naim Amor”

New Martin Simpson album out September

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson has announced the release of his 20th solo album in 40 years ‘Trails & Tribulations’ which is out on September 1st 2017 via Topic Records. The new studio album, his first new solo work since 2013’s ‘Vagrant Stanzas’, will be available in standard and deluxe CD, digital download and standard vinyl (the latter through Vinyl 180). It’s described as “a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. Continue reading “New Martin Simpson album out September”