For their fifth album ‘Fair Lady London,’ due for release on the 23rd of November, Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss have teamed up with Del Day and Danny Wilson’s Maiden Voyage record label. To celebrate its release they’re also embarking on another one of their quirky tours – this time of independent record stores, including an ‘Invite Only’ playback at Del and Danny’s Union Music Store in Lewes on November 16th. Continue reading “Set sail with Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss on their maiden voyage”
We all know that Dylan is one of the World’s great songwriters but how many of us knew that he’s also a very accomplished painter, illustrator and sculptor? A new exhibition, currently running at London’s Halcyon Gallery, brings Dylan’s wider artistic output to a wider audience. This isn’t the first time that Dylan’s art has been put on show but what makes this exhibition different is that it is aimed squarely at the fan of Dylan the musician. Continue reading “Exhibition: Mondo Scripto – The Lyrics and Drawings of Bob Dylan (Halcyon Gallery, 2018)”
Giant Sand main man and indie legend Howe Gelb has been announced as a special guest on the upcoming Lost Brothers Irish Theatre Tour this December. Based in Tuscon Arizona since 1972 Howe has collaborated with artists such as M Ward, PJ Harvey and John Parish, and his band Giant Sand spawned and inspired bands such as Calexico who are part of Howe’s extended musical family. Continue reading “Howe Gelb to join Lost Brothers on dates next month”
After a decade working as a minister Stuart Smith has returned to music, presenting us with a reflective set of songs about life, family, and his own personal journey into a new world. The record is musically diverse and interesting, with sparkling pedal steel, laid down by Nashville veteran Cowboy Eddie Long, being a particular highlight. The instrumentation complements Smith’s songwriting chops, and helps what may otherwise be fairly run-of-the-mill efforts to pop.
Continue reading “Stuart Smith “Warhorse” (Independent, 2018)”
The title track from the Joe Stamm Band’s recently released EP – it hit the streets on 26th October – opens with menace as a tale of bad choices in love on a trailer park is unfolded. Mama knew as a glance that “her beauty will fade as she digs her roots into your heart“, and as the country rock gets harder it turns out that Mama knew what she was talking about. A dark heart in a murder ballad with powering guitar riffs – does it get any better?
Another great song from Passenger, taken from his excellent new album Runaway. Always good to see some Americana in the mainstream music world.
A Scot, making Americana music out of New Zealand – and making a fine job of it too! It says much for this genre of music that it can take a lot of diverse influences and still retain its core sound and appeal. In 2014 Burkitt and his partner, Kara Filbey, relocated from Edinburgh, Scotland to Wellington, New Zealand, where the Frank Burkitt band was formed, adding double bass player James Geluk and mandolin and banjo player Cameron Burnell to Frank’s vocals and guitar and Kara’s flute. Continue reading “The Frank Burkitt Band “Raconteur” (Independent, 2018)”
“Every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coal, pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul” – ‘Blood on the Tracks‘ is arguably Dylan’s masterpiece in a gallery of great works. What this entry into the Bootleg series – again, arguably the most important on-going archival series by any artist – offers is an alternative ‘Blood on the Tracks’, the version of the album that Dylan first recorded when he took these songs into the studio with a very different record in mind. September 16th-19th 1974 saw Dylan in the A&R studios in New York cutting tracks that had been stripped back to their essence – guitar and harmonica, Dylan’s words and voice – there was “revolution in the air“. Continue reading “Bob Dylan “Bootleg Series 14: More Blood, More Tracks” (Columbia Records,2018)”
The incomparable Cam Penner is playing the Green Note tonight, with the esteemed Jon Wood. And this is a new song which, in the days we find ourselves living in, you might think that is about an obvious topic. And maybe it is, but mostly it’s about how hard times undermine confidence and how living on the bread line can pull you down into a maelstrom of despair. It certainly has immediacy and power – this is not a song to be ignored. Sing it out Cam, sing it out.
From their new album Everything’s Gonna Be Alright comes this deliciously retro slice of rock’n’roll from New York’s Handsome Jack, accompanied by a great 60s/70s-coloured video.