David Crosby has shared the title track with Billboard from his forthcoming third solo album “Sky Trails” which he wrote with singer songwriter Becca Stevens. He told them: “We both spend a lot of time on the road and when you’re on the road, after the second or third week you don’t know where you are. You’re out there somewhere, and all the cities look roughly the same, and you lose track. I know it sounds funny, but it happens to us road musicians all the time, and that leads to a kind of disorientation. There’s no instruction book for this, you know?” But there is David!
Hamilton-based folk/alt-country trio Elliott Brood will release their new album “Ghost Gardens” on September 15, 2017 via Paper Bag Records, and they’ve released the second single to be taken from the album. Dig A Little Hole is a jaunty little number which would be quite good background music if you were actually digging a little hole (a very little hole, it only lasts for two minutes). Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country’ although not much sign of death or blackness here tbh, which is good given we’re on the verge of the next apocalypse.
Charlotte Carpenter has announced her new EP “Shelter” which will be released on October 20th via her own label Let It Go Records. Born in Northampton, Carpenter has been free-wheeling her blues driven songs around the UK via a series of EP releases and festival appearances and is building towards the release of her debut album, calling to mind artists such as Cat Power, PJ Harvey and Courtney Barnett and lead track Shelter is both melodic and immediate with a real pace to it. Head below the clip for those dates.
Blue Rose Code is aka singer-songwriter Ross Wilson and they’ve/he’s unveiled the first cut from their/his (we could go on like this…) forthcoming new album “The Water Of Leith” which is due out 27th October on Navigator Records. Love Is… is a duet with folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis, and talks of ideals and anticipation, although without mentioning the famous comic strip of the same name. He’s playing a veritable feast of dates around the UK starting later this month to promote the new record – you can have a gander below. Look out for a review on AUK soon.
Peter James Millson’s last album was produced by Danny Champ and his new one “Mobile” is produced by Boo Hewerdine – what better credentials do you need? Talking about the track Somewhere from his new record, he told us: “I can’t get anything done if there’s too much stimulation: too much noise, too much sound, too many people. I wrote this song about finding a place to go when you want to remember who you really are. The verse about a butterfly and washing on the line is a genuine transcription of events as they unfolded when writing this on a summer morning just outside the back door.”
Nashville singer songwriter Becky Warren’s debut solo album “War Surplus” is out now, the tale of a relationship between an Iraq bound soldier (Scott) and his girlfriend (June), and she’s sharing a bonus track with us “I’m Leaving” which is not included on the album. She told us: “I wanted a song where it was clear how much June struggles with the decision to leave Scott, both because she loves him and because she knows the way he’s been acting is a result of PTSD and she has a lot of sympathy for that.” The song was recorded with the string band Big Chimney, with Alex Sens on dobro, John Seebach on mandolin and acoustic guitar, Avril Smith on electric guitar, and Jeremy Middleton on upright bass.
M.C. Taylor’s band Hiss Golden Messenger have a new album “Hallelujah Now” which arrives September 22nd and he’s dropped a couple of advance tracks from it online including the track Domino (Time Will Tell). He told Uncut: “‘Domino’ is an acknowledgement that what I do for a living is, on its face, funny. But this life has a pull for me; travelling for a living has been existentially good. It’s hard, and hard things are good, I think. When you travel a lot, so many perceived differences between people are flattened, and you realize how small the world is, and how everybody wants the same things—love, warmth, shelter, food, happiness. Things that are simple in description but also deeply rich and, for many, hard to get at.”
“Two Horses” is the new EP by Pennsylvania raised singer-songwriter Caroline Reese which lands on September 8th, and Gawd bless her she’s shared a track from it with us to delight both of your ears (or one if you’re listening in mono). It’s a lovely piece of subtle alt-country of which she told us: “Nicotine” is about the summer I turned 18, when I was working on a Montana ranch and fell head-over-heels in love with the state and a boy I met at the gas station all at the same time. I had to leave them both to go to college and it broke my heart, but I thought that, eventually, I would get over it. I never did, and seven years later I finally got the courage to move back out there. So “Nicotine” is reminiscing about the past, but is also poised at the present, at the moment before I changed my life dramatically.”
Amongst the many fine songs on Lydia Ramsey’s most recent album, Bandita, this song Ghosts is a real stand out. A hypnotic guitar line, a little banjo and a gorgeous fiddle melody blend together to give the song a suitably haunting tone. It draws on Lydia Ramsey’s growing interest in her family tree as she explains “I began to learn of my roots in Appalachia and further back in Ireland, and how many of my ancestors shared a love of musical creation. I found it fascinating that this love of making music was passed on through generations, and now here I was, doing the same thing, picking tunes, loving it. I wanted to tell their stories”.
Michigan based Cameron Blake has his new album “Fear Not” coming out on November 17th – with an ensemble of nearly 50 musicians, he deals with a variety of subjects including the Tiananmen Square protests, Baltimore race riots and this track which we’re premiering this morning. Cameron says of the track: “After Sally is about the effect a trauma (loss of a child) can have on a relationship. I had some friends who went through this recently. I noticed that they both grieved differently as individuals but were forced by the situation to grieve together. I imagine it was a difficult dance between selflessness and self-care.”