Avett Brothers cover Soundgarden at Newport Folk Festival – Watch

So many ace performances coming out of Newport this year. Rolling Stone Country reports: “The Avett Brothers have become a mainstay at the Newport Folk Festival, and on Saturday afternoon at the legendary Rhode Island gathering, the group snuck in a personal tribute to friend and one-time collaborator Chris Cornell with a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”  Continue reading “Avett Brothers cover Soundgarden at Newport Folk Festival – Watch”

Ryan Adams wages Trump-style Twitter war on the Strokes

This will cheer you up over your cornflakes. Stereogum reports: “Did Ryan Adams just get around to reading Meet Me In The Bathroom? There’s a moment in the book, Lizzy Goodman’s great oral history of the early-’00s New York rock scene, where we learn that the Strokes got together to hold a meeting banning Ryan Adams, once a friend of the band, from hanging out with any of them anymore. The problem, it seems, was that the members of the band, Julian Casablancas in particular, thought Adams was a bad influence on Albert Hammond, Jr., who was starting to have serious problems with addiction. Continue reading “Ryan Adams wages Trump-style Twitter war on the Strokes”

Jason Isbell: most Nashville country is “real bad music”

Jason Isbell has given an interesting interview to Rolling Stone Country over the weekend – there’s a few gem quotes in it.  They report: “A few years ago, Jason Isbell was an ex-member of Drive-By Truckers, playing clubs and drinking way too much whiskey. Now, the Alabama native is headlining venues like Baltimore’s 19,000-seat Merriweather Post Pavilion while turning out sharp country-rock story-songs. (John Mayer has called him “the best lyric writer of my generation.”) Isbell’s new album, The Nashville Sound, gets heavier and more political than 2015’s Something More Than Free, which won Grammys, including Best Americana Album. Continue reading “Jason Isbell: most Nashville country is “real bad music””

Gillian Welch talks vinyl with Stereogum

After yesterday’s terrible Fleet Foxes related news (lol as the kids say), calm yourself with this nice little interview Gillian Welch has done with Stereogum where she talks about the vinyl reissue of her most recent album “The Harrow & the Harvest” which came out back in 2011.  She talks in detail about the process, telling them: “When we were actually cutting the lacquer for Harrow, since it was our first time cutting an album for an LP, it was really stressful and really difficult. Dave and [a few] of the guys doing the cutting with myself and Stephen Marcussen, they were reading this old mastering manual. Continue reading “Gillian Welch talks vinyl with Stereogum”

Surprise! Margo Price releases new “Weakness” EP

First Passenger and now Margo Price – although we still remember the time when it was a surprise to go a week without a new record from Ryan Adams.  Pitchfork report: “Margo Price has released a new four-song EP. It’s called Weakness, and like her 2016 debut Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, it’s out via Jack White’s Third Man Records. Tomorrow [today], the EP will be released on vinyl as a pair of two-song 45s. Price recorded the project at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis. She co-produced it alongside Matt Ross-Spang, Alex Munoz, and Jeremy Ivey. Earlier this year, Price won the American Music Prize for Best Debut Album.” Listen to the EP via Spotify below. Continue reading “Surprise! Margo Price releases new “Weakness” EP”

Passenger announces surprise new album, out tomorrow

Passenger has announced a new album, and if you saw any of the live stream last night (which you can catch below, but not live) (obviously), you’ll have heard that it’s his most americana-y record to date, with lots of lovely slide and Jayhawks style piano.  The record “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” lands less than a year on from last year’s “Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea” which went to number one in the UK and several other countries, and comes just a few days after Mike Rosenberg announced that he’d be taking a break from touring for a “very long time”.  The album will be available to buy from the official website only, although it will be available to stream on all the usual services if you’re a tight arse. Continue reading “Passenger announces surprise new album, out tomorrow”

Gregg Allman final album is out in September

Rounder Records has announced the release date for Gregg Allman’s final studio album, and you can watch the launch trailer below. “Southern Blood” arrives worldwide on Friday, September 8th and NPR premiered the album’s first song, “My Only True Friend” today. It’s his first record since 2011’s “Low Country Blues” and includes songs written by an array of big names including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn, meant to serve as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers. You can read an extensive piece about the record over at Rounder now. Continue reading “Gregg Allman final album is out in September”

Deer Tick announce new albums for September, two of them

For the first time in four years (imagine life back then if you will), Providence, RI quartet Deer Tick have announced the release of not one new album on September 15th but two, creatively entitled: “Deer Tick Vol. 1” and “Deer Tick Vol. 2”. The albums were recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN and reflect completely contrasting styles, both of which accurately represent the two distinctive musical personalities of Deer Tick in a kind of Low Anthem way — quiet and thoughtful / loud and raucous. You can listen to the melanchony “Sea Of Clouds” from Vol. 1 and the garage punk-infused “It’s a Whale” from Vol. 2 below. Continue reading “Deer Tick announce new albums for September, two of them”

Jon Langford announces new album

Jon Langford has announced details of his new record which comes out on September 22nd on the Bloodshot label.  The record was recorded on November 8th, the day after the 2016 election where the Welsh-bred, Chicago-based musician and a crew of “merry-makers and alchemists” filed into the NuttHouse studio, a one-story former bank building in Sheffield, Alabama and recorded it over the course of 4 days.  The album is described as “pure Americana, not just because of where it was recorded or who played on what track, but because it is beyond the news of the day. Continue reading “Jon Langford announces new album”

Hiss Golden Messenger announces new album

Some nice news this morning from Consequence of Sound on an AUK favourite. Awesome cover art too.  They report: “Last October, North Carolina folk artist M.C. Taylor released his latest album as Hiss Golden Messenger, Heart Like a Levee. Now, less than 12 months later, the indie folk songwriter is back with the follow-up. It’s titled Hallelujah Anyhow and due out September 22nd through Merge Records. Continue reading “Hiss Golden Messenger announces new album”