Old Sea Brigade announces UK dates, Christmas song

Ben Cramer aka Old Sea Brigade will be touring Europe for the first time ever in February. He will be supporting Portland, Oregon based folk group Joseph on 13 dates across Europe, including 6 UK shows (Glasgow, Belfast, Manchester, Brighton, London, and Bristol). The Atlanta-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter released his debut, self-titled EP earlier this year, featuring … Continue reading “Old Sea Brigade announces UK dates, Christmas song”

Radical Face, The Scala, London – Tuesday 22nd November 2016

The Scala’s stage had been transformed into a magical winter forest – with bare skeletal trees adorned with tiny lights and a drifting mist from the smoke machine making for a Narnian backdrop for both Radical Face and their opener Austin Basham. In a checked shirt and bearded, of course, and sporting a wholly unnecessary … Continue reading “Radical Face, The Scala, London – Tuesday 22nd November 2016”

Interview: John Paul White

Producer, songwriter and recording artist Alabama-born and breed, John Paul White returns to a solo career after the break-up of the four-time Grammy winning duo Civil Wars. Enjoying a pace of life befitting the history of the American south, family man White has been doing things at his own pace. Working on other projects prior … Continue reading “Interview: John Paul White”

Sam Gleaves “Ain’t We Brothers” (Community Music, 2015)

Sometimes timing really is everything. The ‘Donald’ is everywhere. A man who, in the course of a presidential campaign unlike any other, managed to insult and denigrate just about every minority on the planet. And so it was, in the midst of the gloom and the bile emanating from across the pond, that a CD … Continue reading “Sam Gleaves “Ain’t We Brothers” (Community Music, 2015)”

Lewis & Leigh Announce ‘Keep Your Ghost’ Tour for 2017

Lewis & Leigh – Al Lewis from Wales and Alva Leigh from Mississippi – released their debut album ‘Ghost’ on Celticana Records in August of this year to rather impressive reviews, The Observer describing it as featuring “songs and harmonies that carry as much sweetness as sorrow.”  Which makes for a nice change.  It’s the culmination of … Continue reading “Lewis & Leigh Announce ‘Keep Your Ghost’ Tour for 2017”

Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time

“If you can taste the dirt through your ears, that’s Americana.” Slightly late to the party with this one, and you can read some further analysis here courtesy of the Houston Press, but Billboard reported last week: “On the Billboard charts dated Oct. 22, four full-length releases that qualify for the Americana/Folk Albums chart — BonIver’s 22, A … Continue reading “Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time”

Blue Rodeo Announce New Album – November

News of a new record from songwriter/vocalist/guitarist combo Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo are one of Canada’s most iconic bands with millions of records sold, an induction into the Canadian Hall of Fame, and a host of accolades. 1000 Arms is their 14th studio album and apparently “finds the band in their prime — tuning in and turning … Continue reading “Blue Rodeo Announce New Album – November”

Bruce Springsteen “Chapter and Verse” (Columbia Records, 2016)

As is probably obvious from the title, this is the companion album to The Boss’ recent biography Born To Run – the songs chosen by him – and as such covers the breadth of his career, including a few pre-E Street Band recordings. It’s not exactly a best of, but with five previously unreleased tracks … Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen “Chapter and Verse” (Columbia Records, 2016)”

Jimmy Webb: The Stables, Wavendon – 21st September 2016

Jimmy Webb is, without a doubt, a songwriter of some high ability – even if he’s not best known for what are his most interesting compositions. His reputation in the UK has been burnished in recent years by appearances on “Later…” and “Songwriters Circle” where he has been able to mix songs with some autobiography … Continue reading “Jimmy Webb: The Stables, Wavendon – 21st September 2016”

Lucky Strikes Frontman M G Boulter Announces UK Dates

Lucky Strikes frontman M G Boulter has announced a UK tour for the Autumn. Boulter, who has also served with Simone Felice and The Duke & The King, released his second solo album With Wolves The Lamb Will Lie to great acclaim earlier in the year. He’s spent much of the Summer playing shows in … Continue reading “Lucky Strikes Frontman M G Boulter Announces UK Dates”