It’s been 10 years now since the Silver Jews left us, but praise the Lord, David Berman is back, this time in the guise of Purple Mountains, and he’s lost none of his lyrical wonder in the time that’s elapsed. The debut album comes out on Drag City on July 12th, and all our happiness is back.
A classic for this week’s retro slot, with Emmylou live in 1977 and a gorgeous version of “Making Believe”. The Hot Band included an astonishing array of talent including Albert Lee, Rodney Crowell, Emory Gordy and Hank DeVito. Have a great weekend everyone.
The first single from their new album “King Of The Forest”, out on June 21st, is this wonderfully mournful song from Canadian outfit Deep Dark River. Very good indeed.
We’re a little late to the party with this one but better late than never. This is the Rutland Troubadour himself with a live take of a track from his new album ‘Market Town’, out on June 21st on Clubhouse. it’s a beautiful song and a really nice video. You should get the album too, pre-order it even, it’s superb.
This is a rather lovely thing from Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie aka Tenement & Temple. It’s taken from their debut album which will be out in the summer.
Here’s a great video for a great song from UK-born, US-based Katy Vernon. It’s the title track from her latest album, which is out on Friday May 17th.
Some classic countrypunk for this week’s retro slot, with Jason and The Scorchers live in 85 with a song from their debut album Lost And Found. Have a great weekend everyone.
This is the new single from Leicester’s Mountaintop Junkshop, undoubtedly one of the best bands you’ve (almost certainly) never heard of. It’s out now and it’s really rather good, give it a listen.
Back when I used to promote americana you came across some lovely people and the ones who were let’s just say “higher maintenance”, but few were as nice as North Wales’ country-blues trio the Goat Ropers whose new album ‘Tall Grass’ we raved about recently and deserve all the success in the world – this is the hairs on the back of your neck opener from it.
This is the new single from London-based James Billett which has just been released. It’s a beautifully fragile piece of music with a lovely video to accompany it. He has an album due in the late summer as well.