Red Rooster line-up something to crow about

One of the highlights of the UK Roots Festival season, Red Rooster, the banjo pickin’ summer festival has announced its return for the fourth year, championing “the best in Americana, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country.” Located in the park and woodlands of Euston Hall in Suffolk, festival-goers can enjoy lip-smacking authentic ribs and soul food by … Continue reading “Red Rooster line-up something to crow about”

Robert Vincent “I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins” (At The Helm Records, 2017)

Of late fortune has smiled on Liverpudlian Robert Vincent. He was the first recipient of The Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at the inaugural Americana Association UK Conference and Awards last year. He was also invited to be a showcase UK artist for Nashville’s Americana Fest in September and ended up in Rolling Stone’s list … Continue reading “Robert Vincent “I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins” (At The Helm Records, 2017)”

RS Country talks to Rhett Miller

And what better excuse for sticking a picture of Rhett Miller up for a Friday morning than a new RS Country interview with him where he talks about the Old 97s’ new record. They report: “When the Old 97’s decided to record their new album Graveyard Whistling in the same West Texas studio they’d recorded … Continue reading “RS Country talks to Rhett Miller”

Alasdair Roberts begins UK tour and releases new video – Watch

Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts kicks off his fairly extensive UK tour tonight, just before the release of his new album which lands on Friday, and in commemoration of both (sort of) he’s released a new video for the treeeeeeemendous (remember that?) new song “Pangs” which finds Alasdair hitching a ride through hostile counties, standing on … Continue reading “Alasdair Roberts begins UK tour and releases new video – Watch”

Shirley Collins, The Barbican, London, 18th February 2017

Shirley Collins holds a unique place in the pantheon of English folk music – her 1959 song collecting journey in the USA, assisting Alan Lomax, is legendary enough but she also shook up the folk scene with collaborations with Davey Graham and her recordings with her sister Dolly which brought new arrangements to old songs … Continue reading “Shirley Collins, The Barbican, London, 18th February 2017”

Rolling Stone interviews Jay Farrar on new Son Volt record

Good interview here which muses what Woody Guthrie would think about world events unfurling today. Rolling Stone Country reports: “”The title is obviously a nod to the blues, which ended up becoming the framework of this entire record,” states singer-guitarist Jay Farrar about Son Volt’s adventurous new album Notes of Blue. “Over the years I’ve done … Continue reading “Rolling Stone interviews Jay Farrar on new Son Volt record”

Elouise “Deep Water” (Independent, 2016)

Well, here’s a thing we’ve been waiting for: another subdivision of the Americana genre, with Elouise Walker and her band declaring their sound to be Blackgrass. It’s distinctive from the already familiar Southern Gothic by (for the most part) eschewing the overtly “spooky” overtones and concentrating more on dissipation, disassociation and a generally downtrodden and … Continue reading “Elouise “Deep Water” (Independent, 2016)”

Surprise! New Dawes live album out now – Listen

Kind of a better surprise too than some of the nastier ones we’ve had in recent months. Paste report: “Dawes are a band that have largely built their reputation as road warriors, with shows that give a stronger sense of immediacy and power to Taylor Goldsmith’s songwriting than can be found on their studio releases, … Continue reading “Surprise! New Dawes live album out now – Listen”

Hear entire new Ryan Adams album “Prisoner” courtesy of NPR

Ryan Adams has a new album out later this week (which he believes will be better than his Whiskeytown output which he now describes as “pretty terrible”) and if you can’t wait until Friday, you can hear the whole thing now streaming online courtesy of NPR.  They report: “Musicians face many barriers to long careers, … Continue reading “Hear entire new Ryan Adams album “Prisoner” courtesy of NPR”

Old Crow Medicine Show ‘’Best Of’’ (Nettwerk, 2017)

Old Crown Medicine show are known for their amazing and energetic live shows and a fantastic folk repertoire throughout their discography. This greatest hits package comes exclusively from their three albums released with Nettwerk, including O.C.M.S in 2004, Big Iron World in 2006 and Tennessee Pusher in 2008. “Best Of” kicks off with Wagon Wheel their original … Continue reading “Old Crow Medicine Show ‘’Best Of’’ (Nettwerk, 2017)”