Pinegrove “Marigold” (Rough Trade, 2020)

In 2017, Pinegrove founder and principle songwriter Evan Stephens Hall issued a statement saying that a woman with whom he’d had a brief relationship, had accused him of “sexual coercion”. The band’s ‘Skylight’ album was put on hold, the band took a break from touring and Evans underwent therapy. The alleged victim never made a … Continue reading “Pinegrove “Marigold” (Rough Trade, 2020)”

Video Premiere: Mock Deer “Twisted Forms”

‘Twisted Forms’ is the first single from Mock Deer’s forthcoming album, ‘The Art of Loneliness’, to be released on 14th February.  Through the song and video, Mock Deer (also known as Ricky Damiani) addresses the impact of social media on our lives and examines the nature of human connections. 

Book Review: Bryan Wagner “The Wild Tchoupitoulas” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)

There will be many who have never heard of ‘The Wild Tchoupitoulas’ but this was a seminal record in establishing an earthy, roots-based aspect of New Orleans music – as such it’s of major interest to anyone who seeks knowledge of some of the more obscure aspects of Americana. This book, from American academic, Bryan … Continue reading “Book Review: Bryan Wagner “The Wild Tchoupitoulas” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)”

Mail The Horse “Mail The Horse” (Baby Robot Records, 2019)

Three albums and an EP into their career, Mail the Horse are grabbing the present by channelling times past on a new album of county-tinged blues rock.  So used are we to viewing time as a linear, that we are conditioned to thinking that the passing of time is inextricably linked to progress. From this … Continue reading “Mail The Horse “Mail The Horse” (Baby Robot Records, 2019)”

Andy Shauf “Things I Do” – Listen

Andy Shauf’s 2016 album ‘The Party‘ was a really interesting singer-songwriter release featuring interconnecting songs and characters at the titular gathering.  He returns with his new album ‘The Neon Skyline’ which will be released on January 24th via ANTI- with a European tour following in March and April 2020.   Again it will feature interconnected songs, … Continue reading “Andy Shauf “Things I Do” – Listen”

Allah Las “LAHS” (Mexican Summer, 2019)

In introducing ‘LAHS’, their fourth LP, the Allah Las are very keen to emphasise their move away from the sound of their Los Angeles roots. The travel metaphors sprinkled liberally across the record (‘Holding Pattern’, ‘In the Air’ ‘On Our Way’), the singing in Portuguese (‘Prazer em te Conhecer’) and the postcard related artwork are … Continue reading “Allah Las “LAHS” (Mexican Summer, 2019)”

Jason Tyler Burton “Date Night At The Dairy Queen” – Listen

Jason Tyler Burton’s song, taken from his new album ‘Kentuckian‘, and it’s another finely crafted look through another’s eyes.  This time it’s the conflicted emotions of someone trapped in a one-horse town who, at the same time, feels so connected to it that he can’t leave.

Americana acts cover David Berman songs in tribute – Watch

With thanks to BrooklynVegan for highlighting this – tributes are still coming in for David Berman who died last week (we now know sadly from suicide) and some artists have covered songs from Silver Jews over the weekend, including Phosphorescent who performed ‘Trains Across the Sea’ from the 1994’s album ‘Starlight Walker’ and Hiss Golden … Continue reading “Americana acts cover David Berman songs in tribute – Watch”

The Local Honeys + Rachel Harrington, Sage 2, Gateshead, 20th July 2019

The Local Honeys are from Kentucky, and they make sure their audience know it, repeatedly. They are not just proud, they are bursting with it, and a gig with them is both a history and geography lesson as much as a musical event. The music itself is sublime, old-time Appalachian from a very thoughtful, traditional … Continue reading “The Local Honeys + Rachel Harrington, Sage 2, Gateshead, 20th July 2019”

Eilen Jewell “Gypsy” (Signature Sounds, 2019)

Press releases can be a little overblown at times but in listening to Eilen Jewell’s new release ‘Gypsy’ I would agree with one thing: it’s varied. The subject matter is widespread and the arrangements, instrumentation and vocals vary from track to track – which makes for interesting listening. It’s the eighth studio recording in Jewell’s … Continue reading “Eilen Jewell “Gypsy” (Signature Sounds, 2019)”