For the return of the retro slot this week we go way back to the well and the immortal Louvin Brothers. Nothing more needs saying really except have a great weekend everyone.
One of the many good things at last week’s wonderful Ramblin’ Roots Revue was Izzie Walsh. Filmed in Toronto, this is a live version of her latest release and very good it is too.
It’s fair to say we don’t often cover Randy Travis on AUK but we make an exception when it comes to fellow North Carolinians the Avett Brothers whose 2012 taping of CMT Crossroads is considered by RS Country as “one of the best, most seamless Crossroads, a testament to the musicianship of the Avetts and the singing prowess of Travis, who no longer performs after suffering a stroke in 2013.” The Avetts gave a nod to that during a concert they played last week in Mississippi when they performed Travis’s number one single ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’ which also happens to be the title of his autobiography, due out next month.
This is the title track of Niall Kelly’s new album, out on May 24th. From northern Ireland but based in London, Kelly has plenty of soul and a way with a song. We like it.
Widespread Panic and Jason Isbell with his 400 Unit headed the bill at Sweetwater 420 Fest which took place in Atlanta last weekend, the festival ending on the highlight of two Southern roots-based bands who played the main stage with back-to-back performances on Sunday. Jason Isbell performed the first of those sets with his band but then he stuck around with his guitar and joined Athens, Georgia’s Widespread Panic for a version of ZZ Top’s classic ‘Jesus Just Left Chicago.’ Watch it below. Isbell has previously played with Widespread Panic in 2016, where he joined the band for a version of J.J. Cale’s ‘Ride Me High’ in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Another track from the great Ordinary Elephant, taken from their forthcoming album “Honest”, out on May 3rd. It’s an ultimately triumphant love story about interracial love and is quite beautiful.
Now this is rather good from Glasgow’s Anton & The Colts. It’s the new single from their album “No End Of The Line”, out now and has real heart and soul. Nice video too. Anton is on a solo tour of the US starting today – dates on his Facebook page – and our friends are highly recommended to check him out.
From their latest album “Carolina Confessions“, out now, this is The Marcus King Band with a nice slice of soulful heartland rock accompanied by a fine video There are UK dates in June too.
Yet more fine Americana from Scandinavia, this time the new lo-fi and intense single from A Choir Of Ghosts, from their (his?) debut album “An Ounce Of Gold” out later this year.
It’s always wonderful to see a band still making great music after twenty years together and such is the case with Minnesota’s Six Mile Grove. This is the heartfelt and powerful title track of their new album, out now, and we like it a lot.