So it’s the end of another week. Don’t forget Ken Burns’ fabulous documentary on country music tonight at 9.30pm on BBC4. We leave you with a lovely clip of John Prine playing Cowboy Jack Clement’s 1958 Johnny Cash hit ‘Ballad of a Teenage Queen’ on Clement’s guitar. Earlier this week during an afternoon ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Clement’s legacy was honoured with the donation of his Gibson J-200 guitar to the museum’s permanent collection. The guitar was played over the years by the likes of Bobby Bare, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Presley, and John Prine does that list justice with this performance. Have a good one.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a retro post on a Friday and there couldn’t be a better way to restart than with the great Gene Clark recorded live in 1988. Have a great weekend everyone.
Now here’s something important. It’s the powerful new single from the Gary Douglas Band, just out, and it deals with the dreadful consequences of the DuPont Corporation dumping cancer-inducing chemicals in the Ohio river. As well as being a musician, Douglas is a legal eagle and was the trial attorney who helped bring Dupont to justice in the courts. Good on him we say.
From their new album, ‘Live At Zion‘, recorded to celebrate the centenary of the Zion National Park in Utah and released yesterday, this is the amazing bleached desert sound of the great 3hattrio.
This is the new single from AUK favourite Leeroy Stagger, taken from his latest, excellent, album “Strange Path“, out now. It’s a powerful song about, as you’ve probably already worked out, mothers and matriarchy and has a great video to go with it too. He’s also in the UK for three dates this month: Wednesday 27th @ Broadcast, Glasgow, Thursday 28th @ The Castle Hotel, Manchester and Friday 29th @ The Slaughtered Lamb in London.
From New Zealand comes this new single from country singer Tami Neilson. It’s a fun song and video with a serious message taken from her album ‘Chickaboom‘, out on February 14th next year.
We leave you this week dear reader with a new video from Jesse Malin for the song ‘Chemical Heart’. It’s taken from his ‘Sunset Kids’ album which was released in August and produced by Lucinda Williams and Tom Overby. We described the record as “a brilliant album of future classics.” He’ll be performing it live in its entirety for the first time on December 19th in New York, with Williams joining him as a special guest. Have a good one.
From their fourth album ‘Malin Head‘, available now, this is the new single from Scots outfit Ardentjohn. It’s out on November 22nd and has a great tune, beautiful guitars and is rich in the sort of melancholy that is heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting. We like it.
This is the new single from KaiL Baxley, out now, a new name at AUK Towers but one we’ll hopefully hear a lot more from. It’s a powerful and atmospheric meditation on regret and moving on, and well worth your time.
Here’s the new single from the very wonderful Hanging Stars, taken from their album ‘A New Kind Of Sky‘, out in February next year. It has a proper cosmic american, classic Byrdsian feel to it and we like it a great deal.