Interview: John Paul White

John Paul White, 2016Producer, songwriter and recording artist Alabama-born and breed, John Paul White returns to a solo career after the break-up of the four-time Grammy winning duo Civil Wars. Enjoying a pace of life befitting the history of the American south, family man White has been doing things at his own pace. Working on other projects prior to turning his attention to his own career White doesn’t make rash statements. He muses issues over in his mind before sharing his conclusion in a quiet, yet authoritative manner.  Continue reading “Interview: John Paul White”

AMA-UK Awards Nomination Party: Gibson Studios, London – 15th November 2016

The Christmas lights in Oxford Street are certainly pretty this year – simple glowing globes all done the centre of the street, their supports hidden in the gathering dark so they appear to hang unsuspended in the night. I’d show you a picture, but I forgot to pick up my camera before leaving. It was just as well, as it would have just gotten wet – I’d decided to gamble on it not raining and so had left my coat as well. I lost that bet. Which is a shame as I ended up wandering around for almost an hour in the drizzle as I’d got the start time wrong. So your intrepid reporter eventually approached the doors to the Gibson Studio with some trepidation Continue reading “AMA-UK Awards Nomination Party: Gibson Studios, London – 15th November 2016”

Dietrich Strause “How Cruel That Hunger Binds” (Independent, 2016)

"Dietrich-Strause-2016"With no prior knowledge of Strause, this album on its initial listening, harks back to a simpler era of music with nods to Gospel and R ‘n’ B and touches of Americana. The vocals are sweet and crystal clear, creating an image of a clean cut American teen idol singing his heart out on a 1940’s/50’s stage, wearing pressed trousers, a neat shirt and sporting a short and Brylcreemed hairstyle. The mixing has a faint echo on it, reminiscent of this bygone era and the use of a Wurlizer adds to the nostalgia. But it is fashioned with a modern edge and has a charming wistfulness about it. Continue reading “Dietrich Strause “How Cruel That Hunger Binds” (Independent, 2016)”

Amazon Music releases festive americana leaning playlist

trampledLike peanut butter and jelly, they were always destined to come together.  RS Country festively reports: “Trampled by Turtles might be getting ready to press pause while frontman Dave Simonett focuses on his solo project, Dead Man Winter, but first they’re offering a little slice of sardonic holiday cheer courtesy of John Prine. Recorded for Acoustic Christmas, a holiday playlist created for Amazon Music, the Turtles give Prine’s 1973 “Christmas in Prison” a makeover with a little mariachi flourish and Simonett’s raw vocal delivery, slowing the whole thing down like the agonizing passage of time behind those jailhouse bars. Listen to the exclusive premiere [over at RS Country here].   Continue reading “Amazon Music releases festive americana leaning playlist”

Dirty Dozen: T D Lind

T D Lind, 2016Born and bred in Buckinghamshire, TD Lind fell in love with rock n roll, jazz and blues at a very early age. He spent his early years skipping school to play piano in jazz clubs in Paris and eventually formed a band that toured extensively throughout the UK. He was discovered by an American label rep who moved him to New York City to begin is recording career. He’s shared the stage with artists large and small including Wilco, Paul Rodgers, and many others. His music found its way into several films and TV shows including Deadwood, The Unusuals and Driving Lessons. He fell in love with a girl from Montana and moved to Los Angeles, where he released his third solo album The Outskirts of Proper. Lind eventually moved back to the U.S. in 2014 and settled into Ojai, CA, where he resides currently. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: T D Lind”

Sarah Jarosz announces UK dates for 2017

sarah-jaroszFollowing a sold-out show at London’s Union Chapel last week, the first in a run of UK dates in support of her acclaimed Sugarhill Records release Undercurrent, Sarah Jarosz has announced new UK and Ireland tour dates for January and February 2017.  While the focus of 2016 was primarily on touring as a trio with Jedd Hughes and Jeff Picker, Jarosz found time for other collaborations, joining her bandmates Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan at a few special events, including the upcoming benefit, “Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt” for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, slated for December 11 in Los Angeles, and she and collaborator Parker Millsap did the Luck Mansion Sessions, which paired various musicians together to film and record two songs. You can get a sneak preview of those recordings – due out in 2017 – hereContinue reading “Sarah Jarosz announces UK dates for 2017”

The Coal Porters “No.6” (Prima Records, 2016)

coal-porters-2016On their latest studio album Sid Griffin’s alt-bluegrass rootsy Americana combo continue to do what they do best – proper bluegrass, there ain’t no drums in this here band boy, with a twist. No.6 finds the band in a reflective and slightly nostalgic mood with several songs that are like extended and expanded anecdotes which may, or may not, be completely true but certainly have elements of some kind of truth in them. Continue reading “The Coal Porters “No.6” (Prima Records, 2016)”

Sam Gleaves “Ain’t We Brothers” (Community Music, 2015)

"Sam-Gleaves-2015"Sometimes timing really is everything. The ‘Donald’ is everywhere. A man who, in the course of a presidential campaign unlike any other, managed to insult and denigrate just about every minority on the planet. And so it was, in the midst of the gloom and the bile emanating from across the pond, that a CD arrives from a young man from the mountains of Virginia who shouts, in his own understated way, of tolerance in the face of prejudice. Although released in the USA as long ago as November 2015 its relevance to the political discourse makes it feel current and relevant, and ripe for reviewing. Continue reading “Sam Gleaves “Ain’t We Brothers” (Community Music, 2015)”

Dirty Dozen: Freja Frances

Freja Frances, 2016Freja Frances has been writing music for most of her life and has developed a delicate piano led style. She has released tracks online through her own label ShimmerSun Music and written a song for a videogame trailer. Here she talks about influences, releases and hopes for her future career. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Freja Frances”