David Crobsy “Sky Trails” – Listen

David Crosby has shared the title track with Billboard from his forthcoming third solo album “Sky Trails” which he wrote with singer songwriter Becca Stevens. He told them: “We both spend a lot of time on the road and when you’re on the road, after the second or third week you don’t know where you are. You’re out there somewhere, and all the cities look roughly the same, and you lose track. I know it sounds funny, but it happens to us road musicians all the time, and that leads to a kind of disorientation. There’s no instruction book for this, you know?” But there is David!

Tami Neilson “Don’t Be Afraid” (Outside Records 2017)

Tami Neilson is a Canadian born, New Zealand based singer and songwriter who has won a host of awards in her adoptive country. Her previous album, “Dynamite”, released in 2014, was one of The Guardian’s Top Ten Country Albums for that year. So, she has form – and she has pedigree; her father was talented Canadian musician Ron Neilson, who was a full time musician throughout his life and Tami’s early experience was with the family band, The Nielsons, touring throughout North America.  Continue reading “Tami Neilson “Don’t Be Afraid” (Outside Records 2017)”

Interview: Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly is a big deal in Australia – his latest record went straight to number one and he supported Bob Dylan on his 2011 Aussie tour, although he still remains one of his country’s best-kept secrets for UK audiences. (But everyone knows what Neighbours is. Oh the injustice). The new album “Life is Fine” is a collection alive with energy and good humour, described by the Guardian as containing some of his “best songs in years”.  Mark Whitfield caught up with him at the start of the UK leg of his current tour and chatted about how the new record came about, writing songs from poetry and why nobody does Hank Williams songs like Hank Williams. Continue reading “Interview: Paul Kelly”

Margo Price announces new album for next month

Any album that has a track called Cocaine Cowboys is probably going to be ace. Consequence of Sound report: “Margo Price took country music by storm with her 2016 debut Midwest “Farmer’s Daughter”, a record she followed up with this summer’s “Weakness” EP. Now she’s announced her next full-length effort, “All American Made”, is set for an October 20th release via Third Man Records.  Continue reading “Margo Price announces new album for next month”

Elliott Brood “Dig a Little Hole” – Listen

Hamilton-based folk/alt-country trio Elliott Brood will release their new album “Ghost Gardens” on September 15, 2017 via Paper Bag Records, and they’ve released the second single to be taken from the album. Dig A Little Hole is a jaunty little number which would be quite good background music if you were actually digging a little hole (a very little hole, it only lasts for two minutes). Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country’ although not much sign of death or blackness here tbh, which is good given we’re on the verge of the next apocalypse.

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers “The Long Awaited Album” (Rounder Records, 2017)

The Long Awaited Album is Steve Martin’s sixth and a half album of banjo music, his initial foray being the B-side of The Steve Martin Brothers way back in 1981, with the first full album being 2009’s all-star collaboration The Crow. This was followed up with
Rare Bird Alert, an album which also featured The Steep Canyon Rangers as his backing band – they’d been supporting him out on tour as well. Continue reading “Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers “The Long Awaited Album” (Rounder Records, 2017)”

Kev Minney “Stories of the Sky” (Independent, 2017)

An astronomically-themed album cover heralds an interesting debut from Northampton-based acoustic virtuoso Kev Minney. Working closely with Mercury-nominated producer Jag Jago, Minney has crafted an album of dreamy soundscapes, often based around the themes of space. As an admirer of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Nick Drake, the songs are driven by personal storylines and given the precious time to develop and breathe. This is helped by an impressive range of contributing musicians and measured production that ensures the acoustic nature of the songs is never swamped. Continue reading “Kev Minney “Stories of the Sky” (Independent, 2017)”

Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017

That’s summer over and  our roving reporters have been out and about at various festivals in search of the sun and fine music. A few got lost on the way back so it’s only now that we can offer another report on Summertyne which we had already looked at here. There’s more from the indoor set ups this time, maybe our man forgot to bring his umbrella. Continue reading “Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017”

Justin Vernon blasts Hillary Clinton in Twitter wrangle

This is a really interesting thread if you can follow it through. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has got involved in a Twitter spat after attacking Hillary Clinton’s recent comments about Bernie Sanders. It comes after leaked excerpts of her new book suggest that she “harbors a fair amount of animosity toward Sanders following the brutal 2016 election” as Stereogum put it, writing: “[Sanders] didn’t get into the race to make sure a Democrat won the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party.” Which does seem a bit nonsensical given that many commentators agree he had a much better chance than the flawed Clinton candidacy. Anyway, Vernon tweeted: Continue reading “Justin Vernon blasts Hillary Clinton in Twitter wrangle”