The Sadies “Northern Passages” (Yep Roc Records, 2017)

The Sadies are enjoying a fantastic run of form. Their last two records have both been brilliant autumnal works and this one begins in pretty much the same vein – the opening chords of Riverview Fog are a quite specific swirl of acoustic country psychedelia; it’s like they’ve captured the sound of light dappling the … Continue reading “The Sadies “Northern Passages” (Yep Roc Records, 2017)”

Carter Sampson announces UK dates

Oklahoma’s Carter Sampson returns to the UK in April and May for a short run of dates that include two shows at the Kilkenny Roots Festival.  She’s not long been out of the UK so she must quite like us. Sampson’s latest album ‘Wilder Side’ has been picking up some rather nice reviews in the … Continue reading “Carter Sampson announces UK dates”

The Unthanks announce new album and UK dates

Forming the latest in their series of album projects, the Tyneside band The Unthanks will release Diversions Vol. 4: “How Wild The Wind Blows: Performing The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake” at the end of May, and are touring around the UK extensively to promote it.  The album is based on poems by the … Continue reading “The Unthanks announce new album and UK dates”

Aimee Mann releases first video from new album – Watch

The new album by Aimee Mann ‘Mental Illness’ will be released on March 31st via SuperEgo/Membran, and she’s released her first video from it today. If you’ve ever seen any of her videos previously you’ll know she sets the bar high and this new track “Patient Zero” is ostensibly a song about Hollywood disappointment, influenced … Continue reading “Aimee Mann releases first video from new album – Watch”

Torgeir Waldemar “No Offending Borders” (Ja.Jansen plateproduksjon, 2017)

Torgeir Waldemar’s second solo album is a simply stunning offering – a beautifully balanced combination of visionary acoustic songs, full of strong and vivid imagery, and more strident West Coast rock songs, sweetly melodic but shot through with bursts of fuzzed up guitar adding depth to lyrics of loss and despairing pain. It’s a pure … Continue reading “Torgeir Waldemar “No Offending Borders” (Ja.Jansen plateproduksjon, 2017)”

Sturgill Simpson slims down for new tour

Not literally.  Rolling Stone reports: “Sturgill Simpson has made key changes to his band, debuting a stripped-down, lean lineup at a performance in Florida this past weekend. Simpson addressed the transformation, which bids farewell to his touring horn section and, most noticeably, longtime lead guitarist Laur Joamets, on Facebook. “We’ve been trying to keep it … Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson slims down for new tour”

Fleet Foxes preview forthcoming album with new track – Listen

More small furry omnivorous mammal news from Rolling Stone: “Fleet Foxes will return June 16th with Crack-Up, the follow-up to 2011’s Helplessness Blues. The band announced the album on Tuesday and released “Third of May/Ōdaigahara,” which shows that their harmony-heavy folk-rock remains intact. “Third of May/Ōdaigahara” is an ambitious composition with string orchestration, multiple voices rising … Continue reading “Fleet Foxes preview forthcoming album with new track – Listen”

Bill Kirchen & Austin De Lone “Transatlanticana” (Proper Records 2017)

Bill Kirchen should be familiar to many here as a founding member of 70’s country rockers Commander Cody And his Lost Planet Airmen before going on to carve out a career that has led to his nickname of Titan Of The Telecaster. Austin De Lone? Well, he’s every bit as hallowed as Kirchin although the … Continue reading “Bill Kirchen & Austin De Lone “Transatlanticana” (Proper Records 2017)”

Sturgill Simpson joins fight against scalpers

Reassuring of course that the whole world is getting screwed and not just us. News from Rolling Stone this morning:  “When Pearl Jam launched their now infamous fight against Ticketmaster in 1994, trying to protect concertgoers from inflated service charges, they could have never imagined that those few extra dollars would now seem like small … Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson joins fight against scalpers”

Interview: Bill Kirchen

When it comes to unique talents in the field of guitar players and entertainers, Bridgeport, Connecticut born, Ann Arbor, Michigan raised and now Austin Texas-based, Bill Kirchen is up there with the best. What a wonderful musical history comes with this unique act. He grew up at a time when pop music was in its … Continue reading “Interview: Bill Kirchen”