If you can bear to sit through any of a finale of the Voice then this four minutes will at least prove that our Transatlantic partners get a much better deal than us. This week, Ryan Adams joined finalist and fellow North Carolinan Britton Buchanan to perform his ‘To Be Without You’ taken off his 2017 album ‘The Prisoner.’ Buchanan actually cites Whiskeytown as one of his influences – sadly he came second which in the world of americana feels just about noble and right.
Taken from their excellent new album 10,000 Days Like These, this is a live take of a powerful (and extremely pretty) song that from New England’s Low Lily.
From her forthcoming album Sassafras comes this classically-styled song and video from Canadian born, New Zealand resident Tami Neilson, written as a homage to the sound and style of Glen Campbell. It’s very good.
The latest single from Cornish band Ennor is a great folk-op song with plenty of echoes of California. Good video too.
From her duets album Plays Well With Others, out on June 22nd, this is Lera Lynn and John Paul White this is a gorgeous and subtle song with an atmospheric video.
We keep telling anyone who’ll listen that Passenger, aka Brighton’s Mike Rosenberg, is one of the finest contemporary songwriters around and today he’s today released new single ‘Hell Or High Water’ which is in a word fantastico. Directed by long-time collaborator Jarrad Seng, the video is a result of a three-week road trip across the USA, providing the perfect backdrop for the widescreen, Americana-influenced sound which bodes well for the new album. “The song is a personal inquisition,” says Rosenberg. “I came out of a relationship a few years ago, and I was just baffled by it. Was it something I’d done? Something she’d done? The video was shot over a few days in various national parks – Monument Valley, Valley Of Fire, Death Valley and Joshua Tree. These epic and vast landscapes really help to portray a feeling of being lost in a hopeless quest for answers.” You can catch Passenger headlining the Black Deer americana and country festival at the end of June.
In the retro slot this week is a very early sighting of Linda Ronstadt in 1967, with Mike Nesmith’s ‘Different Drum.’ Have a good weekend everyone.
The new single from Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins, aka I’m With Her is predictably classy and delightful, as is the album from which it’s taken, ‘See You Around.’
A great video to accompany the new single from Portland, Oregon outfit Horse Feathers, taken from their excellent latest album Appreciation, out now.
From her new album Edgeland, out now on Yep Roc, this is yet another great song from Americana UK favourite Kim Richey, who’s out on tour now with Gretchen Peters and solo.