Oh Susanna “A Girl in Teen City” (Continental Song City, 2017)

Everyone has been, or will be, a teenager at some point in their lives and although we all have different personal experiences throughout those years, the feelings we have; the sense of hope for the future, the sense of adventure and as you grow older, the sense of nostalgia you have looking back is something that everyone can relate to. Oh Susanna makes an attempt to channel that sense of nostalgia into the twelve songs present on her newest release ‘A Girl In Teen City’ and she does a mighty fine job of it, so much so, that you feel like it could have been your story she is telling. Continue reading “Oh Susanna “A Girl in Teen City” (Continental Song City, 2017)”

Sarah Jane Scouten “Bang Bang” – Listen

Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten has announced the release of new album “When The Bloom Falls From The Rose” on June 16th, which includes the new bluesy-rockabilly single Bang Bang. The album has flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths, Old Crow Medicine Show and a wealth of old-time and bluegrass music, although the new single rocks along at a rather less genteel pace.

Dirty Dozen: The Americans

The Americans are a four piece rock & roll band from Los Angeles. T-Bone Burnett describes them as “Genius twenty-first century musicians that are reinventing American heritage music for this century.” Reviewing the band’s newest single “The Right Stuff” for Pitchfork, Greil Marcus writes, “From the first rolling guitar notes, carrying sadness and defiance like dust, this sweeps me up: I want to know everything about where that feeling came from, and where it’s going.” Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Americans”

Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child

The Most Ugly Child are a 6-piece country powerhouse, with rabble rousing fiddle breaks and pedal steel swells to make you weep. They can have you dancing on the tables or break your heart with a song. Centered around the songwriting partnership of Daniel Wright and Stevie-Leigh Goodison, the band is made up of some of the finest musicians in the Midlands. Current line up includes Matt Cutler and Max Johnson (The Broomhill String Band), Nicole J Terry (The Rip-Roaring Success) on fiddle and ‘Big’ Jim Widdop (The Sadies, Los Pacaminos, Cold Light Of Day, Buck Shot Soup) on pedal steel and dobro. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child”

Toby Hay “The Gathering” (Cambrian Records, 2017)

A quotation from Basho, the sixteenth century Zen Buddhist monk and poet, adorns The Gathering’s inlay sleeve: I like to wash / The dust of the world / In the droplets of dew. Basho, of course, is most famous for his haiku: Listen! A frog / Jumping into the stillness / Of an ancient pond. This album is anything but plop! Listening to Hay’s amazing collection of instrumental six-string and twelve-string acoustic guitar suites, one is struck by his Basho-like attention to the beauty of nature. There is a pastoral feel to his inventive and immersive oeuvre; the result of quiet contemplation, time spent reflecting on the wonders of creation.  Continue reading “Toby Hay “The Gathering” (Cambrian Records, 2017)”

Our First 100 Days project ends with Phosphorescent playing Woody Guthrie – Listen

Possibly the most worthwhile music project of the century so far, ambitious in scale and a delight from start to finish, Paste report: “Saturday marked the 100th day of the new regime, and that number feels even more trivial and arbitrary now that we’re on the other side of it—especially when it means that Our First 100 Days, the playlist that’s been getting us through with a new song every day, was forced by virtue of its own name to come to a close.  Continue reading “Our First 100 Days project ends with Phosphorescent playing Woody Guthrie – Listen”

Carrie Elkin announces UK tour dates

“I’m thinking Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith and Iris DeMent…. spellbinding” So says Bob Harris about Austin-based folk-Americana singer-songwriter Carrie Elkin who has announced a May-June UK tour, accompanied by husband Danny Schmidt. The tour is in support of new solo album “The Penny Collector”.  Written in a year that was bookended by the birth of Elkin’s first child and the process of caretaking her father through the dying process, “The Penny Collector” is her own personal full circle around the human lifecycle in one single year.   Continue reading “Carrie Elkin announces UK tour dates”

Natalie Merchant to release deluxe box set

Nonesuch Records have announced the release of “The Natalie Merchant Collection” which will be a deluxe ten-CD box set compiled by Merchant herself and released on June 23rd. The discs include all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades, a new studio set featuring four new songs and six reinterpreted selections from her catalog called “Butterfly” and a final disc featuring a collection of fifteen rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1998 and 2017, including home studio demos, album outtakes, live tracks, and collaborations with artists like Billy Bragg, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, and Amy Helm.  Continue reading “Natalie Merchant to release deluxe box set”

Justin Townes Earle announces UK dates

Just a handful mind you but if you’re in or about Bristol, York or London then you’re in luck (as you are if you have tickets to the Maverick Festival in July). Earle is set to release his New West Records debut “Kids in The Street” on 26th May which we posted the first video for yesterday. The 12-song set was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) at his ARC Studios, and is the first time in his career that Earle has worked with an outside producer.  Here are those dates, and keep an eye out for a review of the new record soon on AUK. Continue reading “Justin Townes Earle announces UK dates”