Martha Tilston “Stories” – Listen

‘Stories’ is the second single to be taken from Martha Tilston’s forthcoming album “Nomad” which is set for release on Friday next week. Speaking about the song, she says: “‘Stories’ is about climbing up from the difficult stories of childhood that sometimes trap us in a loop, tapping into to deeper/older stories that have guided us for centuries and noticing the love that has always been there.” Apart from for the ugly duckling of course. Or Rumplestiltskin.

Sarah Jane Scouten “Bang Bang” – Listen

Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten has announced the release of new album “When The Bloom Falls From The Rose” on June 16th, which includes the new bluesy-rockabilly single Bang Bang. The album has flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths, Old Crow Medicine Show and a wealth of old-time and bluegrass music, although the new single rocks along at a rather less genteel pace.

Alan Getto “Into the Briars” – Listen

Alternative folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, Alan Getto has announced his debut album “Versus,” which will be out in August this year. The LP was recorded over one long weekend at Studio 101A in Southern New Hampshire.  Having recently located to an unfinished farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania from Brooklyn, Versus presents Getto’s personal confrontation with his own ambivalence: The album intentionally plays with cliché oppositions such as nature vs. the city, good vs. the bad and male vs. female.  One can’t exist without the other, and  for anything to exist, there must be a degree of conflict: “the versus.”  Although the chorus isn’t bad either.

Danny & the Champions of the World “Swift Street” – Listen

“Swift Street” is the first song to be shared from the forthcoming album (the sixth! how did that happen?) from Danny & the Champs, “Brilliant Light”, which will be out on June 23rd. Danny George Wilson co-wrote the song with Polly Paulusma and Carra Bacon: “Swift Street is the house where my mother grew up, the song is about 3 different photographs – one of me and my brothers playing in a billy cart in the driveway, the second is of my grandfather aged 14 standing with his mother outside his childhood home in Aberdeen – he left for Australia after the Second World War. The third is of my folks in the garden of the house in Swift Street before they left to live in London. Each photograph takes a verse. I was nervous about my mum hearing it, but she loves it.”

Chris Stapleton “Broken Halos” – Listen

So this is maybe a little more country than we usually “do” but hey, you can’t keep a good song down.  Chris Stapleton’s new song, “Broken Halos,” premiered late last week and is the first track unveiled from his new album, “From A Room: Volume 1”, which will be released May 5 on Mercury Records Nashville. It’s the first new music from Stapleton since 2015’s breakthrough solo debut “Traveller” and will be followed by “From A Room: Volume 2″—coming later this year.  Who knows, he might do a Chicago and call all his albums the same title with a different number from now on.

The Long Ryders “Bear in the Woods” – Listen

The Long Ryders are one of those truly seminal bands in americana and they’re back with their first new song in thirty years when the UK was feeling the worst excesses of Thatcherism and things felt very different to now… oh wait. Songwriter Tom Stevens says of it: “The message is complex. I wrote this song about a bear, a friendly one, approaching it like a children’s song. But what emerged under its surface was different. I likely had the state of politics on my mind. The bear in this song may not be the friendly, all-knowing guru that he appears. But in real life, it’s up to us to seek our best hopes and not our worst fears in our gurus. Lately I feel that too many have done the latter.” Yup, change is slow.

Okkervil River “Denomination Blues” – Listen

This has been an amazing project, we’ll miss it when it’s over for the time being at least. Consequence of Sound report: “We’re nearing the end of the ambitious Our First 100 Days project and, though the great orange beast is still in office, at least we can find respite in the onslaught of amazing new music and the charitable contributions made by this collaboration between the Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days. As a reminder, a donation of $30 to the project gets you downloads of all 100 songs and will directly benefit issues affected by Trump’s presidency, including climate change, reproductive rights, immigration, and more. Get more info here. Day 90’s contribution belongs to Okkervil River, who on “Denomination Blues” sing of religious hypocrisy in the age of Trump. “The follower follows whoever’s in front,” Will Sheff sings, “He’s weak and he’s hollow and his edge is blunt / He’s small / I bet he feels pretty tall.” Like the best Okkervil River songs, the rollicking track shambles along on rhythmic acoustic strums, jaunty piano plinks, and urgent percussion. Stream it below.”

Ferris & Sylvester: “Save Yourself” – Listen

‘Save Yourself’ is the debut single from Ferris & Sylvester (Ferris is no relation to Tweety Pie), and it’s a bittersweet love song, with some haunting harmonies and delicate guitars, recorded in Youth’s Space Mountain Studios in Spain. They will be touring Ireland this month in support of Ánie Cahill. The pair also have a number of London shows booked throughout April and May. You can find their full tour dates here.

Terry Allen “Stroll” – Listen

This is by way of Stereogum this morning who report that “Country singer Terry Allen is the latest artist to contribute a song to the anti-Trump Our First 100 Days project. He’s offered up a new track called “Stroll” that was recorded during the sessions for his most recent album, 2013’s Bottom Of The World.”  We’re probably going to be in need of our own 100 day project here in the UK beginning June 9th. Oh God…