Track Premiere: Michael Colton “Leave The Light On”

Today’s song is the upcoming new single from Michael Colton, which will be generally available from tomorrow and precedes an upcoming EP which will be released this Autumn.  ‘Leave the Light On‘ is a ballad which draws on Colton’s experiences as a father. Continue reading “Track Premiere: Michael Colton “Leave The Light On””

Josiah Johnson “Woman In A Man’s Life” – Listen

So what do we have today?  Well, a song about love – nothing too surprising there although this one is particularly lush in its arrangement – but more than that: it’s a questioning of roles and in particular what it means to be a man.  Is it OK for men to show emotion, and “embrace their feminine side“?  Err…yeah, obviously.  Not everyone sees that though, as Josiah Johnson explains when talking of ‘Woman in a Man’s Life.’ Continue reading “Josiah Johnson “Woman In A Man’s Life” – Listen”

Ben Harper & Rhiannon Giddens “Black Eyed Dog” – Listen

A collaboration between two artists who really do require no introduction – but when has that ever stopped us ?  Ben Harper of rootsy blues fame, and also noted for work with legends such as Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite.   And Rhiannon Giddens who broke into worldwide recognition with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and has since released a clutch of solo albums and is Jason Isbell’s closest rival in the winning awards for pure excellence in Americana stakes. Continue reading “Ben Harper & Rhiannon Giddens “Black Eyed Dog” – Listen”

The Northern Belle “Late Bloomer” – Listen

Nordicana – we love it, especially when it comes in the form of West Coast harmonies, and claims influences from all the best people – Erin Rae, for example, and The Byrds.  Harmonies, guitars and just the right amount of swearing: “they say that girls can’t play guitar I don’t give a fuck“.  And neither do we.  Like we say, we love it. Continue reading “The Northern Belle “Late Bloomer” – Listen”

Track Premiere: Great Peacock “All I Ever Do”

I could be your lover, I could be a friend / We could find a place no one else has ever been” sings Andrew Nelson on this, the first single from Great Peacock’s new album ‘Forever Worse Better‘ which is out on October 9th.  It’s a song about searching for certainties – and finding them hard to get hold of.  It bursts with colour, expanding roots-rock in the direction of psychedelia.  Continue reading “Track Premiere: Great Peacock “All I Ever Do””

Something for the weekend: Dawes “St. Augustine at Night”

Well that’s it from us until Monday, and we leave you this week dear reader with a quiet but sparkly new song from LA’s Dawes: ‘St. Augustine at Night’ is taken from the band’s seventh studio album ‘Good Luck with Whatever’ which has been produced by Dave Cobb at Nashville’s RCA Studio A, and comes out 2nd October on Rounder. “‘St. Augustine at Night’ is a song about one’s relationship to their hometown,” says Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, “but also is a song about the varying degrees in which we all watch our lives pass us by.” Look out for our review of the full album next month. Have a good one.

Drew Young “Wondering Where This Will End” – Listen

Not, as you might think, a song about these strange times, New Orleans singer-songwriter Drew Young is actually thinking about the strange times we used to have – you know, when you could meet people and a simple connection might go somewhere or nowhere or anywhere. Continue reading “Drew Young “Wondering Where This Will End” – Listen”

Track Premiere: Cary Morin “Come the Rain”

Come the Rain‘ which we are premiering today is the lead single from Cory Morin’s new album ‘Dockside Saints‘, which is out on August 7th.  It’s an album that showcases Morin’s recently developed finger-picking guitar style, across a blend of blues, jazz, rock, bluegrass, country which make up a real Americana blend. Continue reading “Track Premiere: Cary Morin “Come the Rain””

Juanita Stein “Snapshot” – Listen

Onetime Howling Bells singer Juanita Stein has announced her third solo album, ‘Snapshot‘, which will be released on Nude Records on October 2nd.  It’s an album that has come out of the most personal of spaces, “It feels fundamental to understanding the devastation and eerie silence thrust upon us after his sudden death, it was a daunting task to sum up the life of one man such as my father. He was endlessly inspiring, charming, deeply talented and passionately spiritual. He admirably, and at times frustratingly, carried the torch for his own musical career until the very end.Continue reading “Juanita Stein “Snapshot” – Listen”