Almost Charlie are a collaboration between Berlin based composer Dirk Homuth and New York based lyricist Charlie Mason and A Different Kind Of Here is their third album under the moniker. Recorded in Berlin the album features Homuth on various strings and things and vocals, his wispy voice couched in various settings, gentle pastoral reveries, woody string backed settings and piano based ballads with an occasional moment of briskness allowed to intrude. Continue reading “Almost Charlie “A Different Kind Of Here” (Words On Music, 2017)”
We only featured indie-folk rock country singer-songwriter Erin Rae a couple of weeks back when we premiered her new track Like The First Time, a two minute 60s psych meets indie country smash which has been compared to the Lemon Twigs, Michael Nau & Aimee Mann. She’s now releasing her debut single which Line of Best Fit previewed yesterday describing it as an “Americana ode… dappled with sunny strums and a very human warmth.” Check out Erin’s UK tour dates here.
This is the new single from Sam & Tyler, from their eponymous first album together, out in June. Sam’s solo debut Ain’t We Brothers deservedly made many Best Of lists in 2015 and this is just as good and not a little timely.
Indie-rock trio William The Conqueror have released their single ‘Tend To The Thorns’ – lead track from their debut album ‘Proud Disturber Of The Peace’ due to be released via our friends at Loose on August 4th. Hailing from the North coast of Cornwall, they draw influences from bands and artists as diverse as The Kings Of Leon, The Doors and Ryan Adams, with Mark Guarino from The Guardian describing them as “stomping country rock veering into stoner grunge”. Here’s that song, along with the album tracklist and forthcoming tour dates.
Those sons of the infamous Southern behemoth that was James Dickinson, North Mississippi Allstars have announced several UK dates in support of their latest album, Prayer For Peace. Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the Allstars have forged a reputation for combining true Southern grit with elements of soul, blues and even hip hop. Continue reading “North Mississippi Allstars new album and tour dates”
At a recently revamped Borderline, Yola Carter took to the stage amidst an air of anticipation with Carter having recently won UK Artist of the Year at the AMA UK Awards. Carter is an immediate stage presence, both warm and welcoming and clearly the leader of the band. She immediately engages with the audience and throughout the night is both humorous and open with her self-deprecating banter. Continue reading “Yola Carter, The Borderline, London. 8th June 2017”
Happy Monday morning everyone. If you’re sitting in an air conditioned freezing office looking at the sun through tinted windows, warm yourself with this piece from RS Country: “For the vast majority of Steve Earle’s studio LPs, beginning with the 1986 neo-traditional classic Guitar Town, he has used other inspiring works to build a sonic template before recording. For his latest, the raucous So You Wannabe an Outlaw, out today, the Texas-born musician, novelist and actor unapologetically channels Waylon Jennings – in particular, the rebellious, monumentally influential Honky Tonk Heroes-era Waylon, who took creative control of his musical destiny with that 1973 album, largely penned by fellow renegade Billy Joe Shaver. Continue reading “Steve Earle discusses new album with RS”
The thought of working with our sweet and loving partner may be enough to send many of us quivering into the corner (or perhaps the pub) but that’s exactly what husband & wife team Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish did when they formed My Darling Clementine. Is it a marriage made in music heaven? Or do I hear the sound of divorce bells and a guitar being inserted unceremoniously into a tetchy spouse’s rear end? By this stage – 3 albums and over 400 live shows since their inception in 2011 – we have to presume that something about it works for them and, with a good dynamic between the two singers, a complimentary vocal style and well-pitched harmonies, there is enough to choose from that does. Continue reading “My Darling Clementine “Still Testifying” (Continental Song City, 2017)”
Something a little different here but it’s truly outstanding. The video is by Yuliya Tsukerman, the music by Austin band Man, Woman, Friend, Computer. The marionette animation is astonishing and very moving and the music fits it perfectly. Give it a watch.
The reviews have started to come in for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s new album “The Nashville Sound” which is out today. Rolling Stone has given it 3 and a half stars out of 5, describing it as “an album that ultimately hews closely to the laid-back roots-country palette Isbell has honed over his past several albums with producer Dave Cobb.” The Daily Mail takes 5 minutes off calling Jeremy Corbyn a terrorist sympathiser to describe it as “not as consistently transcendent as the last two [but] that’s a high bar – and nothing here will harm Isbell’s soaring reputation.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell “Nashville Sound” reviews round up”