Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals is the songwriting project of guitarist and composer Stephen Griesgraber and while his heart normally lies in anti-folk (which used to be one of our bylines here at AUK) he decided to go a little bit country for his new single, a split single EP with Darlin Darlin. He told AUK: “‘Shelter’ is an honest story of a relationship that is failing, but it does it in an honest, compassionate, and not-too maudlin way by acknowledging what I’m experiencing, and what I love about the woman I’m losing, and how I basically do want the best for her.” The only disappointing thing about the video is that it doesn’t feature any animals handsome or otherwise. The EP comes out on May 7th.
A new video for the final track from their outstanding new album Extralife, this is the wonderful Darlingside, one of the best new bands to emerge in the last few years. They’re back in the UK intermittently this year and you really should see them.
To finish the week we have a great version from 1973 of this classic song from a line-up that includes Chris Hillman, Al Perkins and Byron Berline. Have a great weekend everyone.
This is a fun video to accompany this fine slice of layered folk pop from Covey’s album Haggerty, out now.
A great video here to accompany the heartfelt and powerful title track from Andy Sydow’s new album, out in May
Taken from his eponymous album, out now, this is a great groove with soul to spare from Lukas Nelson.
This is the new single from Grant-Lee Phillips, taken from his latest album Widdershins, out now, and very good it is too. He’s also on tour in the UK in April.
We’re full to the rafters with horses, women and rain in Liverpool today (which sounds like the title of a country compilation) and so we leave you for the weekend with this lovely clip of 3 americana legends in the one set and coinciding with the release today of the first new album of original songs in over 13 years from John Prine. ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ features collaborations with the Pat McLaughlin, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires among others and last night, Prine performed the song ‘Summer’s End’ from the album on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, alongside Sturgill and Brandi Carlile. Watch it below, and have a good one!
From the mid Nineties, and accompanied by a stellar set of backing singers including Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood, this is the wonderful Mary Chapin Carpenter with a song that sadly still has resonance today. Have a great weekend everyone.
Now this is powerful. Northern Irishman Ben Glover has a new album, Shorebound, out imminently, and this is a great taster for it.