Richmond Fontaine Hit UK and Ireland for Final Dates

We’ve got a live version of their song “Night in the City” at the end of this story, recorded in Dublin this year, so click on!  All good things come to an end and in their final final farewell tour, Willy Vlautin and his cult Portland outfit arrive in Ireland on Saturday before heading out around … Continue reading “Richmond Fontaine Hit UK and Ireland for Final Dates”

Michael Rank “Red Hand” (Louds Hymn, 2016)

Michael Rank continues ploughing his exceptionally productive furrow which has seen him release six albums in four years. His previous offering, 2015’s ‘Horsehair’ was described by No Depression as “a superb album” while Americana Music Show stated that Rank was “creating some of the most interesting twangy rock and roll today”. This was both with … Continue reading “Michael Rank “Red Hand” (Louds Hymn, 2016)”

Bruce Springsteen “Chapter and Verse” (Columbia Records, 2016)

As is probably obvious from the title, this is the companion album to The Boss’ recent biography Born To Run – the songs chosen by him – and as such covers the breadth of his career, including a few pre-E Street Band recordings. It’s not exactly a best of, but with five previously unreleased tracks … Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen “Chapter and Verse” (Columbia Records, 2016)”

Chip Taylor “I’ll Carry For You” (Train Wreck Records, 2016)

Chip Taylor is a musician who has deservedly earned much respect over the years so it seems a litle churlish to offer criticism of such a revered artist. However, even though he has written many great songs and recorded many great albums, this is not one of them. The CD is really an EP featuring … Continue reading “Chip Taylor “I’ll Carry For You” (Train Wreck Records, 2016)”

Little Country Giants “Dead Reckoning” (Independent, 2016)

Little Country Giants comprise husband and wife duo Cameron Federal and Russell Cook and were formed in 2004 and are one of the best kept secrets of the traditional country genre. If you liked the “Oh Brother” soundtrack and the various offshoots from that style then chances are that you will fall in love with … Continue reading “Little Country Giants “Dead Reckoning” (Independent, 2016)”

Pele to Release 25th Anniversary Edition of “Fireworks”

The “silver” version if you will.  2017 will be 25 years since Ian Prowse’s first ever album with his Liverpool based band Pele, one of the pioneers of the “folk rock” genre of the time, a well received debut album which gained Prowse’s songwriting its first ever set of fans when the band toured the UK constantly in … Continue reading “Pele to Release 25th Anniversary Edition of “Fireworks””

TD Lind Premieres Video for New Single “Bow Down”

Acclaimed singer-songwriter TD Lind has debuted a new song and politically charged music video for the first single “Bow Down” (Surfdog Records) from his upcoming new studio album, to be released later this year. Featuring animation by award-winning artist and cartoonist Walt Taylor, wittily illustrating Lind’s lyrics, “Bow Down” weaves a story capturing today’s current … Continue reading “TD Lind Premieres Video for New Single “Bow Down””

Dirty Dozen: Roger Roger

Roger Roger is a sibling folk/roots duo from Winnipeg, Canada. Twins Lucas and Madeleine Roger are both singer-songwriters who have joined forces, each playing guitar and shamelessly harmonizing all over each others’ songs. The offspring of producer/engineer/musician Lloyd Peterson, the twins have a knack for songwriting that must have something to do with growing up … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Roger Roger”

Dirty Dozen: Gallery 47

  For the last 5 years, Nottingham’s Jack Peachey (AKA Gallery 47) has been crafting lyrical folk music from various apartments, studios and other large rooms in Nottingham. Influenced heavily by other artists, writers, and the inherited chaos of the Beat Generation, Gallery 47 writes songs about a radical range of topics, from skin pigment … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Gallery 47”

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry “Shine A Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)

Bragg and Henry recorded these thirteen railway themed songs whilst travelling for 65 hours along the 2,728-mile rail journey from Chicago to LA. The songs were guerrilla recorded at station stops along the way – the railroad is present at all times in the subject of the songs or adding ambient sounds to the recordings. These … Continue reading “Billy Bragg & Joe Henry “Shine A Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)”