Justin Townes Earle “Kids In The Street” (New West Records, 2017)

  For his eighth album Justin Townes Earle has adopted some different approaches. It’s the first time he has worked with a producer (Mike Mogis -Bright Eyes and First Aid Kit) and the first album he’s recorded out with Nashville, travelling to Omaha, Nebraska to lay it down. On a more personal level Earle says, … Continue reading “Justin Townes Earle “Kids In The Street” (New West Records, 2017)”

Morton Valence “Europa” (Bastard Recordings, 2017)

Were it not for the declaration on the album cover that “millions of us…consider ourselves as both citizens of the UK and Europe” Morton Valence’s latest release would represent the subtlest political album you’re ever likely to encounter. At first glance it’s a collection of multi-lingual cover versions, capped off with a reworking of the … Continue reading “Morton Valence “Europa” (Bastard Recordings, 2017)”

Dirty Dozen: The Harmaleighs

The Harmaleighs craft honest passionate and poetic songs cut from a pastiche of indie-folk, pop and Americana and released the Hiraeth EP on May 5. The Nashville duo released the empowering Americana anthem, “Lady Brain”, where delicate electric guitars entwine with hypnotic and heavenly vocals before crashing into an unforgettable refrain. And the inspiration for … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Harmaleighs”

Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Green Note, London, 4th May 2017

The Green Note was proving, and not for the first time, that its stage is just a little bit bijou – even for a duo. If that duo has several guitars, a drum kit and a ragtime washboard then that’s a lot that needs packing into a small space. The plus side to this, and … Continue reading “Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Green Note, London, 4th May 2017”

AMA announces nominees and awards, Sturgill leads the pack

So this happened yesterday evening, the nominees for the biggest night of americana’s year. Lovely to see Sam Outlaw in the list too, as well as our own socialist in residence Billy Bragg. Rolling Stone reports: “The Americana Music Association has announced the nominees for its 16th annual Americana Honors & Awards show and Sturgill … Continue reading “AMA announces nominees and awards, Sturgill leads the pack”

John Murry announces new album, UK summer dates

John Murry’s new album “A Short History of Decay” is out in July and he’s announced a handful of gigs/festival dates around the UK to promote it, one of which is tonight if you’re lively. The album was recorded in Toronto¬†and produced by Michael Timmins of The Cowboy Junkies, also featuring Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) … Continue reading “John Murry announces new album, UK summer dates”

MerleFest 2017 – RS lists the 11 best things they saw

We’re too lazy to reproduce all the photos they took although you can overcome our laziness by reading the original article here. Or you could just scroll here, you’re the boss. Rolling Stone Country reports: “This weekend’s celebration of the 30th MerleFest stirred up a North Carolina homecoming like no other. Native Tarheels and adopted … Continue reading “MerleFest 2017 – RS lists the 11 best things they saw”

Bob Dylan, London Palladium, London 28th April 2017

This was the first of three nights at The London Palladium, and this pretty theatre is by far the smallest venue I’ve ever seen Dylan in with just a 2,2866 capacity: Wembley Arena or The Dome this is not. Which means that even up in the Upper Circle the seats aren’t really that far from … Continue reading “Bob Dylan, London Palladium, London 28th April 2017”

Interview: The Lowest Pair

Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee, collectively known as The Lowest Pair, made quite a splash last year when they released two albums simultaneously. Uncertain As It Is Uneven was a continuation of their previous releases as a banjo playing duo while Fern Girl & Ice Man employed other musicians to create a fuller band … Continue reading “Interview: The Lowest Pair”

Conor Oberst “Salutations” (Nonesuch Records, 2017)

The lengthy follow up to last year’s acid confessional ‘Ruminations’¬†is an expanded version of that self-same album but with added band, tracks and dareonesayit self-acceptance. The bitter starkness has been replaced and perhaps displaced by an album that gladdens the heart and stimulates the brain. Lyrically Oberst has always been able to skewer his own … Continue reading “Conor Oberst “Salutations” (Nonesuch Records, 2017)”