Green Day and Miranda Lambert “Ordinary World” – Listen

Ordinary World is the new song from Green Day taken from their new collection “Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band.”  The song’s first iteration came in a 2016 film starring frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as an aging punk rocker and was later released, in a stripped down, acoustic fashion, on Green Day’s 2016 album “Revolution Radio”. The new version features country singer Miranda Lambert’s harmonies, and as RS note, this isn’t the first time Armstrong and Lambert have sung together as they performed the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved” at the Grammy awards in 2014.

Straw Bear “Venetian Gothic” – Listen

Taken from their forthcoming album “Fiction” set for an early 2018 release, indie folksters Straw Bear have released the first track Venetian Gothic, a beautifully-crafted, guitar-drenched gem. The band, whose fans include Cerys Mathews, Bob Harris and Tom Robinson (the best co-contestants you could wish for in an episode of Come Dine With Me) (although are they decent cooks?) will be announcing news of the album shortly.

Josh McGovern “Love Left Lost” – Listen

Love Left Lost is the new single from Brighton singer-songwriter Josh McGovern. Blessed with a deep baritone with a fantastic timbre it’s fortunate that he also has the knack for writing dark and moody folk songs that vibrate with tension and a sombre precognition of bleakness to come. Josh has said of this song “I wrote ‘Love Left Lost’ after falling off the rails and spending a few months in my own head. It was in the dead of winter and I had felt inadequate in the wake of some rough times, so I locked myself away in my old friend Jim’s house whilst he was away and wrote the song. It may sound clichéd but I’ve always found writing music helps me get through those phases we all experience from time to time”.  Whilst it’s heavy stuff it’s mostly heavy with portent and meaning.

Ferris & Sylvester “Better in Yellow” – Listen

So, your friend has thrown out all her fashion clothes and is stalking around in an all black urban camouflage. What do you do? Well, if you are Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester then you proffer some advice in the form of this song. Taken from their upcoming Made In Streatham EP it see’s the duo widening out their folky/blues palette with some funky horns. And all recorded in their kitchen. In Streatham. See what they did there?

Sarah Clanton “Silver Lining” – Listen

Sarah Clanton is that unusual thing – a Nashville based cellist/singer-songwriter. It’s a twist that gives a very different sound to her beautifully sung and thoughtful lyrics. Take Silver Lining for example – which was inspired by a nearby church burning down just after…you know …his… inauguration. One event saw the community rally round to make things better, the other started putting up barriers between people. Makes you think – seems more can be achieved if people work together. Made Sarah Clanton think too – hence this song which is a call for compassionate conversation, which Sarah co-wrote with fellow award-winning Nashville-based songcrafter Mary Bragg.

Dan Michaelson “Careless” – Listen

There’s nothing careless about this track – the string section is magnificent, Dan Michaelson’s cracked vocal is simply embodying the distress of unravelling love.  Someone should check Dan’s ok.  But before you do that take a listen to the second single from his upcoming album First Light, which will be out early December.

The Travelling Band “Mopping Forwards” – Listen

New single Mopping Forwards sees the Travelling Band’s trademark “Mancunian Americana” take the inspiration for lyrics sparked after long night at a bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter where lead singer and songwriter Jo Dudderidge used to play a regular Country DJ set: “There was a new guy working his first shift and at the end of the night, he got the mop and bucket out ready to clean the floor. But he started pushing the mop forwards instead of backwards: he was walking the dirt off his shoes right into the floor he’d just cleaned… and he carried on regardless; I’m not sure he even noticed what he was doing. I thought it made a wry metaphor for life, and the lyrics to Mopping Forwards stemmed from there.” If you’ve ever tried mopping forwards, it’s actually quite difficult to do.

Harry Pane “Here We Stay” – Listen

Harry Pane’s new song Here We Stay is a story of lovers, set amongst a tragedy, with some rather nice lyrics and Harry’s signature intricate fingerpicking on the guitar creating a touching soulful sounding folk track.  It comes after the release of his latest EP “The Wild Winds” earlier this year which saw him crowned as BBC Introducing’s Featured artist and picked to collaborate with Frank Turner at The Roundhouse for Frank’s Lost Evening’s with OneFest, which as cruel and unusual punishments go is particularly harsh. What must he have done in a past life?

H.C. McEntire “A Lamb, A Dove” – Listen

H.C. McEntire, frontwoman of Mount Moriah, is striking out on her own with her debut solo album Lionheart which sees the light of day in January, and she’s shared the album opener “A Lamb, A Dove,” along with a lyric video. She’s collaborated on the record with many of her favourite musicians, including Kathleen Hanna, Angel Olsen, Amy Ray, Tift Merritt, William Tyler, Mary Lattimore, and Phil Cook. She says of the album: “In music, there are no rules. You make your own language. You can be both the Southern rock outlier and the twangy gospel conduit. You can be both the cherubic, honey-tongued innocent and the ardent punk. To get here—to find my lion heart—I had to become them all.” Like a shape shifter.