Steve Earle is live on Bob Harris show tonight

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”

The Byrds “Live At The Fillmore – February 1969” (Floating World Records, 2017)

Oh to have been there – February 7th and 8th 1969 at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West! The irony is that The Byrds were a warm up act on this occasion, a sound check for others including Paul Butterfield, and just happened to be recorded by the Columbia engineers who were there and thankfully the tapes were kept. This is a fantastic record of one of the great bands in their 1960’s country rock heyday featuring the line up of Roger McGuinn on lead vocal and guitar, John York on bass, Gene Parsons (not Gram!) on drums and one of the truly great guitarists and innovators Clarence White whose distinct style shines through here and really lights up the performance.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard “Tell The Devil I’m Gettin’ There As Fast As I Can” – Listen

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”

Micah P. Hinson has new album & a UK tour in 2017

A few years ago, after several well received albums it seemed as if Micah P. Hinson was more interested in political commentary rather than finely crafted songs.  We’ll draw a veil over his strange opinions on universal health care provision,  and similarly neglect to comment on his characterising President Obama as the murderer of the American Dream and just note that thankfully Micah P. Hinson returns in 2017 with a new album.  He has described Micah P Hinson Presents The Holy Strangers as being a “modern folk opera”.  It tells the story of a war time family, going from birth to love, to marriage and children, to war and betrayal, murder to suicide – spanning all of the strange and glorious places life can lead.

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Dirty Dozen: Eric Ambel

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”

Jason Wilber “I’d Love Another Saturday Night” – Listen

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!

Jackson Browne pays tribute to Greg Allman

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”

Summertyne Americana festival runs July 21st-23rd

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”