The Long Road announces additions to line-up

The new country, Americana and roots festival The Long Road has announced a second wave of artists today for its inaugural event which takes place in Leicestershire from 7th-9th September. Joining the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg, Angaleena Presley, The Shires, Catherine McGrath, The Wandering Hearts, Una Healy and Danielle Bradbery will be a string of US country acts including Joshua Hedley (whose new album we were preening over last week), Charlie Worsham, Elizabeth Cook, Caroline Spence, Zack Logan, Dori Freeman and American Young, chart-topping British duo Ward Thomas, slide guitarist and singer Luke Winslow-King, Texas-born singer-songwriter Jarrod Dickenson, as well as Swedish guitar duo Dimpker Brothers and Liverpool-born former lead singer of pop band Lawson, Andy Brown. Continue reading “The Long Road announces additions to line-up”

Odetta Hartmann “Misery” – Listen

All the instruments on this “future folk” murder ballad are played by Odetta Hartmann, and it’s also one of the first songs that she wrote on the banjo.  It moves from a stark folk sounds to move into mixed media sounds – a bit Flaming Lips, or Larkin Poe perhaps – which certainly suggests a lot of bodies being left behind.  Strange, but as Odetta explains: “this song has haunted me since I first visited the New Mexican deserts. The jury is still out over who killed who, but one thing is certain: the only justice found is that which we serve ourselves”.    Hmm…well, try it on and see how it grabs ya’.

Low Cut Connie “Dirty Pictures (Part 2)” (Contender Records, 2018)

Philadelphia six-piece Low Cut Connie return with the second of their ‘Dirty Pictures’ records. Where the first primarily centred on the nitty-gritty rock and roll they have become renowned for, this latest instalment is a far more uplifting experience, while still focusing on the unique, oddball characters which they have an incredible knack of exposing through their songs. Continue reading “Low Cut Connie “Dirty Pictures (Part 2)” (Contender Records, 2018)”

Sturgill and Tyler play Nashville’s Ryman – Watch

RS Country are carrying a clip this morning, which we embed for you below dear reader, of a surprise appearance by Sturgill Simpson at Tyler Childers’ current shows at the Ryman opening for Margo Price. They report: “Adding a fiery solo to “Whitehouse Road,” Childers’ song about the drugs, desolation and muted dreams of modern Appalachia, Simpson elicited a thunderous roar from the audience – but it wasn’t the first time the crowd got on their feet that night. Childers had already received a standing ovation by the time he got to his second song, proving just how emotionally rousing the Kentucky native’s music can be.” The man who shot the clip was promptly arrested at the end of the gig for copyright infringement.

The Jayhawks announce new album, due July – Listen

This is quite exciting news late in the day (literally).  The Jayhawks have announced the release of a new album, ‘Back Roads and Abandoned Motels’, which arrives in the UK on July 13th (which is a Friday, lucky for some). The album features 11 tracks written by Gary Louris, most of them in collaboration with a whole array of stars including Dixie Chicks, Jakob Dylan, Emerson Hart (of Tonic), Ari Hest, Scott Thomas and Carrie Rodriguez.  Continue reading “The Jayhawks announce new album, due July – Listen”

The Lost Brothers announce special Dublin show with Howe Gelb

It has just been announced that on Friday June 8th the Lost Brothers, Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, will have very special guests at their homecoming gig at Dublin’s historic Liberty Hall Theatre on Eden Quay. For one night only the Irish duo will be joined onstage by the Tuscon Arizona band with whom they recorded their recent critically acclaimed album. Continue reading “The Lost Brothers announce special Dublin show with Howe Gelb”

Kerri Powers “Starseeds” (Independent, 2018)

Kerri Powers newest release ‘Starseeds‘ is the first full-length album since her debut record ‘You, Me and a Redhead’ released back in 2001 and after a brief hiatus, a self-titled EP in 2014. Having had the time to hone her craft and take inspiration from her personal experience over those tumultuous years, this largely picks up where she left off with her brand of lyrically rich, vocal-driven folk music and should only see her build upon her previous successes as she expands on what made the first two records so appealing with more ambitious lyrical content and versatile musical arrangements. Continue reading “Kerri Powers “Starseeds” (Independent, 2018)”

Interview: Kyle Craft

Few records hit you square between the eyes like ‘Full Circle Nightmare‘ the wonderful new album from Portland-based Kyle Craft. A veritable beast of a record drawing influences from the likes of Bowie, Lennon – christ, I can even hear Steve Harley – ‘Full Circle Nightmare‘ is a strident, swaggering and utterly brilliant take on a broken heart and one that leaves the heart racing and the mind alive.  Recorded in Portland with The Decemberist’s Chris Funk in the producer hot seat, Craft has left behind the simplicity and straight-ahead nature of his debut and delivered something altogether more bold and fresh.   Released on Sub Pop ahead of Craft’s first UK shows later this month, AUK caught up with the singer-songwriter. Continue reading “Interview: Kyle Craft”

Rebekeh Rolland “Standing Still” – Listen

Rebekeh Rolland has past releases with the band Run Boy Run, but this slice of folk perfection comes from her upcoming debut album ‘Seed & Silo’ it conjures up the vastness of the open prairie and focuses in on tiny events that seem insignificant but really carry the greatest import.  Oh, and with its wonderful layering of instruments it’s a full 10 out of 10 on the musical beauty scale.  The album is due on the 20th of July and should be worth more than one listen.