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”

Ryan Lee “Always A River” (Independent, 2016)

Ryan Lee doesn’t perform like most singer-songwriters since he marches to the beat of a different drum. His style of work reminds me of the anguished torment associated with much of the work of the late Vic Chesnutt, as he weaves images awash in intricate artful beauty. Honest and unbending the lyrics are given flight by his … Continue reading “Ryan Lee “Always A River” (Independent, 2016)”

The Waterboys announce UK dates for autumn 2017

Mike Scott’s Scottish folk legends (and we don’t use that word lightly) The Waterboys have signed to BMG Records and will release a brand-new studio album later in the year. Further details will be announced soon, but in the meantime the band have announced a series of dates for October across the UK (plus one … Continue reading “The Waterboys announce UK dates for autumn 2017”

Gin Blossoms reflect on their classic album 25 years on

If you’ve never heard “New Miserable Experience” and you want a new not all that miserable experience, it really is worth digging out. Nice little piece (well, not so little) in Rolling Stone this morning about the Gin Blossoms classic: “It’s a miracle that the Gin Blossoms’ breakthrough album, New Miserable Experience, exists at all. When … Continue reading “Gin Blossoms reflect on their classic album 25 years on”

Matt Hannah “Dreamland” (Gamine Records, 2017)

Matt Hannah’s Dreamland is an album of roots-tinged rock, with just enough pedal steel, upright bass and accordion to make it rock that bit easier, and that’s appropriate as the title song, and album opener, explains.  Here Hannah contrasts two sleep states, a pair of dreamlands – the one of his youth where he’d rock … Continue reading “Matt Hannah “Dreamland” (Gamine Records, 2017)”

Ryan Adams cancels UK shows next month

Like a roller coaster ride, no sooner are they announced – we’ve just had this note through: “Due to an unforeseen personnel change, Ryan Adams has been forced to cancel his April UK trip – including recently-announced shows at Parr Hall, Warrington and The Assembly, Leamington Spa. Ryan regrets the inconvenience and looks forward to … Continue reading “Ryan Adams cancels UK shows next month”

Rodney Crowell “Close Ties” (New West Records, 2017)

Americana defies easy classification but perhaps the legendary Rodney Crowell, by way of an introduction to his outstanding new album Close Ties, has come up with as good a definition as any. “All the people who represent Americana share a common thread and that thread is poet. Whether they are actual poets or their music … Continue reading “Rodney Crowell “Close Ties” (New West Records, 2017)”

Dirty Dozen: Talitha Rise

Talitha Rise are Jo Beth Young and Martyn Barker. Their songs are a combination of Art Pop and Progressive Folk inviting the listener into a world of ethereal landscapes and bohemia. Accomplished live performers, their chemistry together offers any audience an opportunity to step outside of their heads and witness a psychedelic, raw and tribal … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Talitha Rise”

The Buttertones “Gravedigging ” (Innovative Leisure, 2017)

Well, at last here’s an album with plenty of twang – of course in this case it’s the treble high guitar twang of a surf band, given a somewhat harder edge with a heavy dose of Garage Rock.  An album like Gravediggin’ is what results when you’ve spent too much time listening to Dick Dale and … Continue reading “The Buttertones “Gravedigging ” (Innovative Leisure, 2017)”

Interview: Aimee Mann

If Stewart Lee is the comedian’s comedian, then Aimee Mann is the songwriter’s songwriter. The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer is a hugely observant student of human behaviour, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends, and her new album ‘Mental Illness’ (which you can now stream … Continue reading “Interview: Aimee Mann”