New Ani Di Franco album due out June, UK dates

Singer-songwriter-activist Ani DiFranco has announced her twentieth studio album “Binary” which is set to hit stores and the interweb on June 9th. The iconic singer/songwriter/ activist/poet/DIY trendsetter returns to territory that brought her to the world’s attention more than twenty-five years ago now we’ve got another headcase in the Whitehouse. European Fans can pre-order the … Continue reading “New Ani Di Franco album due out June, UK dates”

Stream new Sam Outlaw album ahead of its release – Listen

It’s not out until this Friday but the wonderful NPR Music have made Sam Outlaw’s new album available in its entirety to stream now. Stop what you’re doing for 42 minutes and click play. (Actually you can multi-task while streaming so feel free to continue whatever it was, providing it’s legal).  NPR Music report: “Every artist … Continue reading “Stream new Sam Outlaw album ahead of its release – Listen”

Jackson Browne inducts Joan Baez into Hall of Fame

Rolling Stone have a piece this morning on a chat David Browne (no relation) had with Jackson Browne following Joan Baez’s induction into the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can see a clip of the speech he gave below.  He reports: “Browne and Baez have crossed paths multiple times over the years, with … Continue reading “Jackson Browne inducts Joan Baez into Hall of Fame”

The Brother Brothers “Tugboats EP” (Independent, 2016)

The Brother Brothers are in fact the identical Moss brother twins, Adam and David, and I should perhaps beg forgiveness from Adam and David now if I mix them up at any stage in this review.  Originally hailing from Illinois but now based in Brooklyn, NY, and with both pursing individual career paths, this six … Continue reading “The Brother Brothers “Tugboats EP” (Independent, 2016)”

Colin Hay, Union Chapel, Islington, London 4th April 2017

When a panel voted recently on the best Australian songs of the modern era, three of the top ten were penned by Scots. The Easybeats’ “Friday On My Mind” topped the list, co-written by George Young whose brothers Angus and Malcolm were behind the number nine, AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to Rock”. Neither of … Continue reading “Colin Hay, Union Chapel, Islington, London 4th April 2017”

Dirty Dozen: Seafoam Green

Seafoam Green is the brainchild of Dublin-born troubadour Dave O’Grady. The band formed in 2011 following a chance meeting with Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes whilst O’Grady was recording in Nashville. The pair struck up a friendship that led to several tour supports across the US and Europe and soon the pair were writing … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Seafoam Green”

Over The Rhine, Cecil Sharp House, London, Sunday 2nd April 2017

On Sunday night, Over The Rhine brought their uniquely American sound to the home of English Folk Music. The Kennedy Hall in Cecil Sharp House is an imposing room and appeared to be full. While their albums and live shows in the U.S often feature a full band the essence of Over The Rhine is … Continue reading “Over The Rhine, Cecil Sharp House, London, Sunday 2nd April 2017”

Adult Karate “Indoors” (Plug Research, 2017)

This might be a hard sell, and to be straight from the outset there is not a shred of what most people would define as Americana in this release. Nor is there a touch of roots, or for that matter rocking. Adult Karate – which is for all intents and purposes KC Maloney – is … Continue reading “Adult Karate “Indoors” (Plug Research, 2017)”

Robert Cray announces UK Tour 2017

There are some artists who chip away at the coal face of an existing musical genre, and there are those who through the dint of their efforts take a form that is in danger of becoming moribund and predictable and give it an effective and new direction. Robert Cray is one of the latter – … Continue reading “Robert Cray announces UK Tour 2017”

Dirty Dozen: Beth Bombara

Beth Bombara has built her career on an evolving sound that blurs the lines between genres. To those who make their living onstage, she’s a musician’s musician — a road warrior who writes her own exemplary material, plays multiple instruments, and fronts her own band, often a duo with her husband. Can you tell us … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Beth Bombara”