Campbell Woods “Oxford Street” (Independent, 2017)

Oxford Street, in this case, is not the glitzy miles long street of vast temples of consumerism, awash with gee-gaws and superficially attractive but ultimately empty and worthless baubles. No, this is an Oxford Street of attractive clapboard houses – maybe in Halifax or Victoria, but definitely anchored down in a small Canadian city, with easy access to wider country around. That suits the songs – intimate and civic, rooted in relationships, but with an open and expansive feel to them. Continue reading “Campbell Woods “Oxford Street” (Independent, 2017)”

Hear track from new Dylan album – Listen

Which never ceases to be an exciting thing! Paste report: “Bob Dylan  has just released “Stardust,” the third track from his forthcoming triple album Triplicate, a continuation of his grizzled take on popular jazz standards. The single has just the right amount of swing and country shuffle, and it might be the best that Dylan has sounded in the recent jazz releases. “Stardust” follows previous singles “My One and Only Love” and “I Could Have Told You” leading up to the release of the full album. Continue reading “Hear track from new Dylan album – Listen”

Interview: Bronwynne Brent

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Bronwynne Brent has recorded two albums, the 2011 Deep Dark Water and 2014’s Stardust. Her music and songs have an air of self-confessed melancholy that are delivered with a wonderfully distinctive voice that has been described as sounding like Southern sunshine. Bronwynne topped the female artist category in both 2015 & 2016 Americana-UK polls beating off the likes of Kacey Musgraves and Lucinda Williams so she certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed over here.  Continue reading “Interview: Bronwynne Brent”

Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors “Souvenir” (Magnolia Music 2017)

The definition of country music or indeed Americana varies immensely with conflicting views everywhere. However, if your view is that such music should be about real subjects, unpolished and delivered with passion and sincerity then you will fall in love with this album. Recorded in East Nashville there is no trace of trucks, drinking or other such subjects that appear so much in vogue amongst the country establishment.

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Wilco post their gear for sale to general public

And that means you if you have a spare few grand lying around (or why not treat yourself to a used pass for the more modest devotee). Pitchfork report: “In the past, Wilco have used the online musicians’ marketplace Reverb to sell off some of their instruments and gear, kept in the Chicago headquarters dubbed the Wilco Loft. Now, the official Wilco Loft store has gotten an update, with new guitars, pedals, instruments, and memorabilia from the band up for sale to the public. While much of the inventory has already sold out, there are some pieces left; check out the offerings here. Last year, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine also listed several of his guitars on the website.”  Continue reading “Wilco post their gear for sale to general public”

Willie Nelson jams with the Avett Bros at birthday bash – Watch

Not his own mind you – who wants to work on their own birthday? Rolling Stone reports: “Asleep at the Wheel bandleader Ray Benson’s annual birthday bash kept the special surprise guests coming until late in the evening Tuesday night, getting the legendary Willie Nelson on the road again after he was briefly sidelined by illness last month.  Continue reading “Willie Nelson jams with the Avett Bros at birthday bash – Watch”

Bronwynne Brent, Ritz Acoustic, Burnham on Sea, 16th March 2017

How an unassuming and talented artist from the Mississippi Delta ends up playing at venues such as the cosy and intimate Ritz Acoustic Club in Burnham on Sea is one of the great joys of the music business and a real treat for us music lovers.  Appearing with Johnny Sangster (Guitar), the Seattle based producer of her last album Stardust and Brit, Jay Darwish (Bass), Bronwynne Brent brought her fabulous songs to life in this windy corner of Somerset.  Continue reading “Bronwynne Brent, Ritz Acoustic, Burnham on Sea, 16th March 2017”

Hurray For The Riff Raff “The Navigator” (ATO Records 2017)

Imagine a Latin American, gypsy troubadour, Bowie aficionado with a chip on her shoulder and a score to settle with The Donald. Sound scary? Introducing Alynda Lee Segarra, leading lady with Hurray for the Riff Raff. What’s more, she and her band are on their w ay over here for some dates in support of their new opus, The Navigator. On first listen you could be forgiven for downright bemusement. Here’s a girl from the Bronx, based out of New Orleans and shot through with Puerto Rican activistic feminist ideals. She’s singing through the voice of a Ziggy-style conceptual alter-ego with the soul of a Patti Smith/Carlos Santana lovechild. Yeah, there’s a lot of forces at work here but stick around because it’s a ride worth taking.  Continue reading “Hurray For The Riff Raff “The Navigator” (ATO Records 2017)”