Jimmy LaFave “Peacetown” (Music Road Records, 2018)

This album arrives under the banner ‘Austin Legend, The Late Jimmy LaFave..’ and as such presents a reviewer with a potentially thorny problem. What if it’s no good? Is there anything to be gained from constructive criticism as the artist themselves will not be able to respond or react?  Luckily any concerns were brushed aside by … Continue reading “Jimmy LaFave “Peacetown” (Music Road Records, 2018)”

James Houlahan Has “Memories of Outer Space”

LA based singer-songwriter James Houlahan is gearing up for the release of his new album ‘The Wheel Still in Spin‘, which will be his fourth album.  ‘Memories of Outer Space‘ is the lead single from the album – it has a sound that is equal parts folk and dream pop, with the melody – fairly … Continue reading “James Houlahan Has “Memories of Outer Space””

Loudon Wainwright III announces new 2 disc rarities retrospective

The literal legend Loudon Wainwright III will release ‘Years in the Making’, a two-disc compendium of 45 years of Loudon’s offbeaten, rare and unissued tracks on September 14th via StorySound Records. Described a true “audio-biography” it includes orphaned album cuts, live recordings, radio appearances, home demos, and more, that come together to offer a new perspective on Loudon’s public … Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III announces new 2 disc rarities retrospective”

Steve Earle, Tom Waits and more appear on new protest album by Marc Ribot

“Every movement which has ever won anything has had songs,” says accomplished New York City guitarist Marc Ribot. For his new political album ‘Songs of Resistance 1942 – 2018’ – which comes out on September 14th on ANTI Records – Ribot set out to assemble a set of songs that spoke to this political moment with … Continue reading “Steve Earle, Tom Waits and more appear on new protest album by Marc Ribot”

Marc Ribot “Srinivas” – Listen

Srinivas Kuchibhotla was a Sikh immigrant to the USA who was murdered in February 2017 by a racist who mistook him for a Muslim – as if that was a valid excuse.  His is one of eleven stories told on Marc Ribot’s new album ‘Songs of Resistance 1942 – 2018‘, which features notable guest vocalists … Continue reading “Marc Ribot “Srinivas” – Listen”

Jeffrey Foucault “Blood Brothers” (Blueblade Records/Tone Tree, 2018)

Time is precious. Things to do. People to see. So straight to the point. ‘Blood Brothers’ by Jeffrey Foucault is a bloody marvellous album. There are many albums that are slow growers, gradually getting under the skin, each play revealing another layer, another subtle nuance. Let’s be clear, this isn’t one of those albums. This … Continue reading “Jeffrey Foucault “Blood Brothers” (Blueblade Records/Tone Tree, 2018)”

Sons of Bill “Oh God Ma’am” (Loose Records, 2018)

It’s been almost 4 years since we had an album release from Sons of Bill and it’s fair to say that the Wilson brothers, Sam, Abe and James haven’t let the grass grow under their feet. Their new offering ‘Oh God Ma’am’ sees them move away from their Virginia/Appalachian roots into a more Indie sound … Continue reading “Sons of Bill “Oh God Ma’am” (Loose Records, 2018)”

Willie Nelson on border separations: “Christians everywhere should be up in arms”

If you forget the glimmer of hope from earlier in the week (which was not without its humour), it’s been another depressing week for the US and Willie Nelson has something to say about it. RS Country report that Nelson “has issued a statement on the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the … Continue reading “Willie Nelson on border separations: “Christians everywhere should be up in arms””

Bread and Roses musical features songs of Joe Hill

A new musical is coming to Oldham, not that we generally run stories on musicals here at AUK, but this one is worth a mention, featuring as it does the songs of Joe Hill, more on him in a moment. ‘Bread & Roses’ is a new play by writer Ian Kershaw, based on the real-life story … Continue reading “Bread and Roses musical features songs of Joe Hill”

Ciara O’Neill “Arrow” (Independent, 2018)

‘Arrow,’ the second album from the Ciara O’Neill, a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from  Portadown, Northern Ireland really is quite a special record. There’s no doubting Ciara’s origins; her voice has that Celtic folk inflexion that is instantly recognisable and has a tendency to make the listener stare into space with wistful homesickness no matter … Continue reading “Ciara O’Neill “Arrow” (Independent, 2018)”