The Allman Brothers Band “Hell & High Water : The best of the Arista years” (Retroworld ,2017)

The Arista Years were 1980 and 1981. This was a battered and bruised Allman Brothers Band which had taken casualties along the way – quite literally – and had seen frequent changes of personnel. And the drugs had also taken their toll. The band released just two albums for Arista – Reach for the sky … Continue reading “The Allman Brothers Band “Hell & High Water : The best of the Arista years” (Retroworld ,2017)”

Old Crow Medicine Show “50 Years of Blonde on Blonde” (Columbia, 2017)

This was always going to be a major undertaking anyway you dice it. Old Crow Medicine Show, all fiddles and banjos, decided to perform Dylan’s iconic “Blonde on Blonde” album in its entirety to mark its 50th anniversary. The members of this band weren’t even born when the original album was recorded! But they’re on … Continue reading “Old Crow Medicine Show “50 Years of Blonde on Blonde” (Columbia, 2017)”

Fairport Convention announce ‘Come All Ye – The First 10 Years’

Fairport Convention have announced the forthcoming 28th of July release on UMC of a massive 7CD box set covering their first decade as a band.   It has been compiled by Andrew Batt, the curator of the very successful show, The Lady – A Tribute To Sandy Denny, which toured the UK in 2012, this collection celebrates … Continue reading “Fairport Convention announce ‘Come All Ye – The First 10 Years’”

Bob Cheevers “Fifty Years Sampler” (Howling Dog Records, 2017)

In recognition of a half century of songwriting Bob Cheevers has pulled together a comprehensive 5CD, 83 song retrospective which covers, it’s claimed, ten genres of music, and taking a mix of songs from his albums as well as some unreleased recordings. I’m not completely sure what the ten genres are meant to be but … Continue reading “Bob Cheevers “Fifty Years Sampler” (Howling Dog Records, 2017)”

Gin Blossoms reflect on their classic album 25 years on

If you’ve never heard “New Miserable Experience” and you want a new not all that miserable experience, it really is worth digging out. Nice little piece (well, not so little) in Rolling Stone this morning about the Gin Blossoms classic: “It’s a miracle that the Gin Blossoms’ breakthrough album, New Miserable Experience, exists at all. When … Continue reading “Gin Blossoms reflect on their classic album 25 years on”

Dweezil Zappa tours 50 Years Of Frank

Frank Zappa certainly out did other fathers – nothing as simple as a Boy named Sue for Frank. Moon Unit, Dweezil, these are names of distinction. Well, they’re distinctive. So Dweezil got an interesting start – he also got to hang around with a lot of guitar players and got to be a master of … Continue reading “Dweezil Zappa tours 50 Years Of Frank”

Fleet Foxes to play first new music in 5 years

News from Pitchfork on our favourite furry small-to-medium-sized omnivorous mammals: “Fleet Foxes have announced four new shows at Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall. They are part of Australia’s annual Vivid LIVE festival, and take place from Friday, May 26 through Monday the 29th. The band will play material from their forthcoming third LP at the festival. In conjunction … Continue reading “Fleet Foxes to play first new music in 5 years”

Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen

Ace news from Spin who report: “It’s hard to believe five years have gone by since Aimee Mann’s last studio album, Charmer. That’s half a decade and yet it feels like only a couple of years ago. Oh well, that’s what happens when you get old — time just drifts without pause. Fortunately it’s brought … Continue reading “Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen”

Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single

Alison Krauss will release her first solo album in 17 years this year (imagine what you were doing back in 2000 – taking it easy after the millennium bug’s non appearance probably). “Windy City” is out through Decca in the UK in March, and out of the blue today she’s also releasing the first single … Continue reading “Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single”

Alison Krauss to Release First Solo Album in 17 Years

17 years.  Seven-teen years.  Before George W Bush, Facebook and Strictly.   How did we live?  Rolling Stone reports: ” Ask Alison Krauss about her new album, and chances are she’ll begin talking about a man named Buddy Cannon. Cannon is a veteran Nashville producer and songwriter who’s worked with everyone from Willie Nelson to George Strait … Continue reading “Alison Krauss to Release First Solo Album in 17 Years”