Ryan Adams’ inaugural Beats 1 Radio Show airs

Are you sick of Ryan Adams news yet?  Fear not, plenty more to come. Pitchfork reports: “Ryan Adams’ inaugural episode of his Beats 1 radio show “The Midnight Wave” aired last night, and featured music selections from the singer-songwriter as well as discussions between Adams and his friends Todd, Marshall, Charlie, and Robox about various topics. The group play a game of “Who Said It: Trump or Morrissey?”, talk about what “taking an L” means, and even write a song on the spot. Check out the full episode here and watch a trailer for the show below. Adams recently released Prisoner.”  You can listen to the show on iTunes or via Pitchfork hereContinue reading “Ryan Adams’ inaugural Beats 1 Radio Show airs”

Lucinda Williams discusses Steve Earle and more on podcast

We can’t embed this sorry but the audio is just a click away here if you’ve got a spare hour and 21 minutes. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Chris Shiflett spent Valentine’s Day in the company of Lucinda Williams, who invited the Foo Fighters guitarist to her L.A. home to tape the newest instalment of Walking the Floor. The episode finds the two diving into Williams’ early days as a songwriter in Texas and California, struggling to be heard in a business whose executives didn’t always know what to do with a left-of-center folk-singing female.  Continue reading “Lucinda Williams discusses Steve Earle and more on podcast”

Loudon Wainwright III – ‘Survivng Twin’

It’s fair to say that growing up Loudon Wainwright III had some mixed feelings about his father, a columnist for LIFE magazine which he has summed up himself in a typically forthright and candid manner: “When they first were published in the magazine in the 1960s and 70s I mostly ignored them because having a famous father had been, by in large, kind of a drag. I was the son of the famous LIFE magazine writer Loudon Wainwright. Wasn’t that great? Wasn’t I proud? Those 2 questions always led to a third, which I invariably asked myself: How the hell was I going to top that?”. Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III – ‘Survivng Twin’”

Cormac O Caoimh “Shiny Silver Things” (Independent, 2017)

The fourth solo outing for singer songwriter O Caoimh continues where his previous efforts left off. This is a collection songs that belie their often ‘lightweight’ production with hidden depths or lyrical touches that make the listener sit up and take notice. On the back of the wave of positivity concerning his last release not least from this very website (‘this album is a tour de force’) O Caoimh has his work cut out – not many artists have more than one tour de force in their careers. This reviewer can but think of a couple, if that.  Continue reading “Cormac O Caoimh “Shiny Silver Things” (Independent, 2017)”

Wayne Graham “Mexico” (K & F Records, 2016)

Wayne Graham is a duo, Hayden and Kenny Miles, brothers from Whitesburg, South-East Kentucky, where their father founded a church and they backed the services on drums and bass. Wayne Graham is a composition of both their grandfather’s first names. Both were coal miners, as were their father and uncle, until the closure of the mines, following the strikes of the United Mines Workers in the 1970’s. Barbara Kopple’s Oscar winning film “Harlan County USA” depicts the area at the time – a reminder of the miners strikes in the UK. Continue reading “Wayne Graham “Mexico” (K & F Records, 2016)”

Chuck Prophet plays live on Andrew Marr

Chuck Prophet, whose new album “Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins” came out a few days ago (and which we reviewed rather glowingly) popped into the Andrew Marr Show yesterday morning to play the song Bad Year for Rock and Roll from that record which you can watch over on the iPlayer here. The clue is in the name for the song’s theme, reading like a gloomy roll call. Chuck is in the middle of a series of UK dates at the moment – you’ve still got time to catch him in Bristol’s Tunnels tonight and London’s Garage tomorrow evening. Or if you don’t want to risk the chance of seeing Liz Truss talking about Brexit, you can at least hear the song in all its original glory below.  Continue reading “Chuck Prophet plays live on Andrew Marr”

Jackalope Tales “Let Me Tell You a Story” (Independent, 2017)

‘Let Me Tell You a Story’ is the second full-length album from the Sheffield based folk trio Jackalope Tales. It is comprised of three previously released EPs plus a couple of bonus tracks, the band mainly performing songs written by their American songwriter Linda Lee Welch. The album opens with a group composition A Jackalope Tale. What’s a jackalope you ask?  Well… a jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore (a fearsome critter) described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns. Thanks Wikipedia. Still no wiser; the track appears to be an attempt at an adult nursery rhyme listing as it does things related or pertaining to this creature. It swings along but the vocals unfortunately are not good or idiosyncratic enough to bring any charm in the lyrical nonsense to the fore, and consequently the track doesn’t escape the boundaries of some naive lyricism and rudimentary bluegrass.
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Elouise “Deep Water” (Independent, 2016)

Well, here’s a thing we’ve been waiting for: another subdivision of the Americana genre, with Elouise Walker and her band declaring their sound to be Blackgrass. It’s distinctive from the already familiar Southern Gothic by (for the most part) eschewing the overtly “spooky” overtones and concentrating more on dissipation, disassociation and a generally downtrodden and bleak outlook on life – and then coupling that with reworked Bluegrass and Old Timey standards. Amazing Grace, to just take one such, swings back and forth like a drunken addict mumbling to herself in a cracked and wheezing vocal which carries little conviction of the reality of the salvation that’s being claimed. Continue reading “Elouise “Deep Water” (Independent, 2016)”

Martha Tilston releases double A-side to preview new album: Listen

Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album “Nomad” which will be released via Squiggly Records on May 12th. Her seventh album to date, it will be preceded by the double A-side single Nomad Blood/Little Arrow, and there’ll be UK tour dates to follow.  Previously part of the duo Mouse, Martha Tilston – who is the daughter of Steve Tilston – has gone on to pursue a nice little solo career, receiving a nomination for Best New Act at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards alongside collaborations with Zero 7, J-Spool and Tru Thoughts Records. The new album was born while Tilston and her collaborators were recording her previous album “The Sea” hidden away in a seaside cottage in Cornwall. Listen to (both sides of) the new single, which also has rather fetching cover art, below. Continue reading “Martha Tilston releases double A-side to preview new album: Listen”