Yola Carter “It Ain’t Easier” (Demo) – Listen

Yola Carter has released a demo from her forthcoming album called ‘It Ain’t Easier’. In her own words: “Here’s a demo of the song ‘It Ain’t Easier’ from my new album. As I get closer to the end of writing it the more I’m falling in love with it. Falling in love doesn’t make it easier though – just means you’ve gotta try harder to do right by it.” You can catch her in Scotland on tour from 21st of this month, or tonight at the Borderline in London if you can stand the suspense of not having the telly turned on at 10pm.

Erin Rae “Like The First Time” – Listen

Known as East Nashville’s go-to harmony girl – if you’re listening to a record by Margo Price, Anderson East, Andrew Combs or chatting to Richard Thompson or Aaron Lee Tasjan – they will sing the praises of Erin Rae. She is on tour in the UK this month and today releases her new single Like The First Time which premiered on The 405, who described the track as, “drawing from country but infusing with 60s psych, Rae is capable of drawing genres and ideas that are seemingly at odds with one another into something quite remarkable”. The track will be officially released on 9 June.

Old Sea Brigade “Cover My Own” – Listen

Atlanta-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ben Cramer, aka Old Sea Brigade has recently shared another new track “Cover My Own”.  Earlier this year in January saw the release of his second EP entitled “Wash Me Away,” and in the following month saw him embark on his first ever European tour, supporting the Portland trio Joseph. He’ll be returning to Europe for selected festival appearances, as well as a planned UK tour – look out for dates here soon.

Juanita Stein “I’ll Cry” – Listen

‘I’ll Cry’ is the latest single to be taken from ‘America’, the debut solo album by Juanita Stein, out on 28th July on Nude Records. Says Stein: “’I’ll Cry’ is a musical ode to the all-American greats I took my cues from as a budding songwriter. Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and the work of Phil Spector, all of whom made a significant imprint on my heart, I’m forever channeling that soulful sadness.” And if you want to feel that vibe live, she’s just announced a brace of UK shows, in Brighton (1st August) and London (2nd Aug) to coincide with the album’s release.  Full list of dates here.

Jason Isbell “White Man’s World” – Listen

This from Rolling Stone Country this morning: “Much of Jason Isbell’s forthcoming LP, The Nashville Sound, is about balancing the intimate with the external: even when we are isolated, we’re never alone, and no decision we make is ever without context or repercussion. On “If We Were Vampires,” it’s love with the modifier of death, and on “White Man’s World” it’s the insular comforts of a more privileged existence surrounded by so much suffering. Continue reading “Jason Isbell “White Man’s World” – Listen”

Ray Wylie Hubbard “Tell The Devil I’m Gettin’ There As Fast As I Can” – Listen

Ray Wylie Hubbard is a Texas legend in all but name and “Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can” is the title track from his forthcoming new album, featuring two americana giants Lucinda Williams and Eric Church, the latter of whom name-checked Hubbard in the song “Mr. Misunderstood” RS Country reports Hubbard telling them: “‘Tell the Devil’ is a rock & roll fable about hanging your life on a guitar, holding onto a dream no matter what or how long it takes, wagering your soul in a crooked game and falling in love with a badass tattooed woman. . . hmmm, maybe it isn’t a fable”

Jason Wilber “I’d Love Another Saturday Night” – Listen

John Prine’s long-time guitarist Jason Wilber has previously worked alongside Willie Nelson, Justin Townes Earle, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris & Iris Dement, and Peter Cooper, museum editor for the Country Music Hall of Fame has hailed Wilber as “a master musician who found a voice to match.” His new album “Reaction Time” is out August and this is the first single from it.  And hey Jason, you can have another Saturday night, in 3 days time!

Nathan Xander : “Over you, over me”

Nathan Xander is a troubadour in the Texas sense, when he’s in Texas. Or in the California sense when he’s there. Or the Chicago sense, oh, OK. You get it. The man writes like he travels: well and often. Nathan’s new collection of songs, Blue House (17th July, Trailer Fire Records), was recorded in a big blue barn in Upstate New York and represents the work of a writer in the prime of his craft.

Track premiere: Viking Moses “Clown School”

Brendon Massei, aka Viking Moses, has been writing, recording music since he was a teenager. He’s toured with Deer Tick, Scout Niblett and Nat Baldwin of the Dirty Projectors. Strongly lyrical, his songs are played out through tunes that flirt with pop, soul and Americana, all strung together with a unique pulsing guitar, and by Massei’s robust voice, which ebbs from delicate whispers to throaty howls.  This track is from the new split 7″ from our good friends at Song, By Toad which also features the track “Oxygen” by Sam Goodwill who accompanied Viking Moses on his recent tour – there are more tour dates coming up listed below.

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Howie Payne “Some Weekend Night” – Listen

Former Stands frontman Howie Payne has lifted this new version of ‘Some Weekend Night’ from the forthcoming boxset ‘The Stands Recordings 2003-2005’, due for release June 23rd on limited edition vinyl. The serious Ennio Morricone guitar vibes here come from Noel Gallagher, a longstanding fan of Howie’s, and hey, how we can resist a track from our Scouse comrades?