The title track of John Smith’s new album, out on June 30th, this is very good, and is indeed, live in a boat in Switzerland.
The best country/americana programme on national UK radio hits BBC Radio 2 tonight at 7pm as usual, where Bob Harris is joined by Steve Earle in the studio for a special live session celebrating the release of his new album “So You Wanna Be An Outlaw”, his first album to be made in Texas (ironically given his roots). You can catch up on iPlayer here, even if you’re not in the UK (it’s only pictures the BBC doesn’t like crossing our borders). Continue reading “Steve Earle is live on Bob Harris show tonight”
Ray Wylie Hubbard is a Texas legend in all but name and “Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can” is the title track from his forthcoming new album, featuring two americana giants Lucinda Williams and Eric Church, the latter of whom name-checked Hubbard in the song “Mr. Misunderstood” RS Country reports Hubbard telling them: “‘Tell the Devil’ is a rock & roll fable about hanging your life on a guitar, holding onto a dream no matter what or how long it takes, wagering your soul in a crooked game and falling in love with a badass tattooed woman. . . hmmm, maybe it isn’t a fable”
Following on from the beautiful Ones You Love The Most, this is the next single from Kate Ellis, taken from her debut album Carve Me Out, out on June 2nd, and very good it is too.
Eric Ambel is a celebrated guitar-player who has made enduring music as a solo artist and as a member of the Del-lords, the Yayhoos and his own legendary combo Roscoe’s Gang. His inventive guitar work has graced albums by everyone from Steve Earle to Joan Jett to Run-DMC. He is also a producer of note, most recently having produced the latest Bottle Rockets album. Ambel has just released his 4th studio record titled ‘Lakeside’. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Eric Ambel”
John Prine’s long-time guitarist Jason Wilber has previously worked alongside Willie Nelson, Justin Townes Earle, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris & Iris Dement, and Peter Cooper, museum editor for the Country Music Hall of Fame has hailed Wilber as “a master musician who found a voice to match.” His new album “Reaction Time” is out August and this is the first single from it. And hey Jason, you can have another Saturday night, in 3 days time!
More sad news over the bank holiday weekend (how often have we said those words?) and today Rolling Stone Country reports: “Jackson Browne remembered Gregg Allman as “one of the most gifted singers of the last 50 years” in a touching tribute posted to Facebook. Allman died Saturday of complications from liver cancer at the age of 69. As Browne noted, he and Allman became friends in Los Angeles in the late Sixties, when Gregg and his brother Duane were fronting their pre-Allman Brothers outfit Hour Glass. Hour Glass recorded the Browne-penned song “Cast Off All of My Fears” for their debut album, and later Allman rearranged Jackson’s song “These Days” for his 1973 solo album, Laid Back. Continue reading “Jackson Browne pays tribute to Greg Allman”
One of the Americana highlights of the year, in the UK at least, is the annual SummerTyne festival which runs – rather appropriately, in the Summer at the prestigious Sage Gateshead. Three days crammed full of simply the finest music. It’s a combination of main stage appearances at Sage One and Sage Two and Latelounge gigs featuring upcoming musicians and bands that are destined to be the headliners of the future, as well as the ever popular riverside Jumpin’ Hot Stage. Continue reading “Summertyne Americana festival runs July 21st-23rd”