Ryan Adams sings on “The Voice” Finale – Watch

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.

Video: Passenger “Hell or High Water”

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.