Neil McSweeney announces UK dates

Sheffield songwriter Neil McSweeney returns next month with a new album “A Coat Worth Wearing” which is produced by noted folk producer Andy Bell and his first release for the new Hudson Records label, which also gave us The Furrow Collective’s Wild Hog late last year. The release is accompanied by a video for the track Land Of Cockaigne which you can have a gander at below. Neil will be playing a series of dates in support of the release, the first of which, at The Biddulph Arms in Stoke on Trent, will feature his occasional trio Gluepot, which also includes MG Boulter and The Furrow Collective’s Lucy Farrell.  Continue reading “Neil McSweeney announces UK dates”

Justin Currie announces new solo album, video and UK dates – Watch

Ex Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie will release a new album “This Is My Kingdom Now” on May 12th this year on Endless Shipwreck Records, and you can see the video for the title track below. Currie will support the release with a headline tour with his band The Pallbearers, culminating at Islington Assembly Hall on June 2nd.  Incidentally the blurb we got sent on this describes Curry “fannying about” from 2003 for 4 years before “pulling his finger out”, and notes that he describes himself as “suicide in a saucy shirt”, so it wins the award already for best press release of 2017.  As they say of Justin: “The question mark was missing, perhaps denoting an answer reached: “the future is miserable and I shall sing it”.  Continue reading “Justin Currie announces new solo album, video and UK dates – Watch”

Ryan Adams on ‘Summer of 69’: “as fine a bridge as I have ever crossed”

Ryan Adams has written an op-ed for the New York Times recounting the “heckler” incident which happened back in 2002 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium when he was in the middle of performing Bartering Lines with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. “Sometime between the fifth and sixth songs, a warbly, cruel male voice yelled out a song request. The voice became louder and more frequent, even in the middle of a song during a hushed moment. It was impossible to ignore, being only one person up there onstage, two old-fashioned microphones turned up loud so I could play as quietly as I did. The voice got so loud that it was making its way into the mikes and shooting back to the audience. This dream show was turning into a fight to survive my own nerves.”   Continue reading “Ryan Adams on ‘Summer of 69’: “as fine a bridge as I have ever crossed””

Matthew E White & Flo Morrissey to play Union Chapel

 

Sometimes you meet someone and everything just clicks right away – and that’s what Matthew E White and Flo Morrissey found when they performed together at the Barbican’s Lee Hazelwood celebration back in 2015. At Love and Other Crimes they duetted on Some Velvet Morning, found that they had a real musical connection and in fact things went so well for the duo that they resolved to work on a series of re-imaginings of well known songs.   Continue reading “Matthew E White & Flo Morrissey to play Union Chapel”

Lucinda Williams to play End of the Road 2017

The line-up has just been announced for this year’s End of the Road festival has been announced and it looks pretty spectacular, certainly better than last year’s wash out in more ways than one (Teenage Fanclub notwithstanding dear americana fans).  Father John Misty and Mac DeMarco have been confirmed as headliners but also on the bill are The Jesus And Mary Chain, Band Of Horses, Amadou & Mariam, Ty Segall, Real Estate and Parquet Courts. Tickets are available via their site here. There are more acts to be announced but here’s the line-up so far.  Continue reading “Lucinda Williams to play End of the Road 2017”

Frontier Ruckus head to UK for dates next month

“Enter the Kingdom” is the new album by Detroit indie-folk band Frontier Ruckus which we reviewed last week here and is due out on 17th February in the UK via Loose. It’s their fifth and arguably most lush record to date, exploring the struggles of modern day American suburbia. “It’s a literal description of his father losing his job and relying on disability cheques in order to survive, talking of the disintegration of American dream, growing up in the 90s, delving into the darkness but balanced by a sense of humour.” And God do we need a sense of humour at the moment. Anyway you can catch them parading their suburban wares across the UK next month at any of the places below, with more to be announced.  Continue reading “Frontier Ruckus head to UK for dates next month”

Jason Isbell posts short preview of new album

MORE bloody Isbell news, from Rolling Stone this time who report: “Jason Isbell’s new album is coming – and it is heavy. “Stay Tuned. . .” reads the inscription above a 33-second teaser video that appeared on the singer’s Facebook. Featuring a montage of in-the-studio footage from Isbell’s recent recording session, the clip also includes a half-minute snippet of guitar feedback, orchestral strings and Zeppelin-worthy riffage, presumably lifted from a new song.   Continue reading “Jason Isbell posts short preview of new album”

Jason Isbell to appear on Don Williams tribute album

And Alison Krauss too! And some other people. Rolling Stone reports: “Less than a year after Don Williams announced his retirement, the so-called Gentle Giant looms large over an upcoming tribute album featuring John Prine, Jason Isbell and Garth Brooks. “Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams” will be released May 26th, one day before Williams’ 78th birthday. Produced by Garth Fundis, who began working with Williams during the 1970s, the 11-track album rounds up country-pop chart climbers, Americana all-stars and iconic songwriters. Continue reading “Jason Isbell to appear on Don Williams tribute album”

Consequence of Sound ranks Ryan Adams’ albums from best to worst

This is quite an entertaining list if you have time to click through, although given how prolific he’s been over the years you may want to book the rest of the day off work. Consequence of Sound reports: “I’m not the first person to compare Ryan Adams to Neil Young (hi, Stephen King!), and I certainly won’t be the last. It’s not that their voices or personalities are all that similar — where Adams has an eccentric silliness to him, Young is just plain eccentric — or that they even appreciate the same music — Young has a genuine love for country; Adams hates the stuff, despite having recorded an endless amount of it. But their careers are astoundingly twin-like. Both found success in roots music and recorded some of their best work with a reliable, shaggy-dog backing band, only to alienate some of their stuffier fan base with a string of genre experiments. Critics have since warmed up to Young’s forays into jazz and rockabilly, but many still wince at Adams’ stab at metal, including us.  Continue reading “Consequence of Sound ranks Ryan Adams’ albums from best to worst”

The Handsome Family arrive in UK next week – here’s the tour dates

The Handsomes (they of the “True Detective” theme if you don’t already know them from their days of touring with pictures of dressed up cats) return to UK shores next week for one of their regular jaunts around the country, this time promoting their latest album “Unseen” which Mojo described as their “masterpiece”.  They’re supported by Courtney Marie Andrews and William the Conqueror (not literally).  Feast your eyes and ears on the dates below which you can buy tickets for from here. Continue reading “The Handsome Family arrive in UK next week – here’s the tour dates”