Gill Landry “Love rides a dark horse” (Loose Music, 2017)

Gill Landry had it all – he was in the Old Crow Medicine Show, had just won his second Grammy with that band, and moreover he was in love – not just in love but all set to be married. Feeling a need to move on musically he decided to go solo, recorded an album … Continue reading “Gill Landry “Love rides a dark horse” (Loose Music, 2017)”

Lean Year “Waterloo Suns” – Listen

Lean Year are Richmond, VA based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker / musician Rick Alverson and their new single is one last taster from their debut album which is now out. “Waterloo Suns” was premiered via Brooklyn Vegan who called it; “a modern, atmospheric take on ’60s folk, and it sounds very pretty.” Stereogum described it as “a gorgeous piece of … Continue reading “Lean Year “Waterloo Suns” – Listen”

Neil Young produces animated video for “Hitchhiker” – Watch

A nice little double helping of videos for you today, your eyes can thank you later. Rolling Stone reports: “Neil Young offers an illustrated journey across America in the new video for “Hitchhiker,” the title track from his just-unearthed 1976 LP. The images correspond to Young’s lyrics throughout the video: During the second verse, when Young’s titular … Continue reading “Neil Young produces animated video for “Hitchhiker” – Watch”

Paul Messinger “America 2.0 – Assorted Tales and The New Myth” (Independent 2017)

America 2.0 is an extraordinary album that attempts to examine the very concept of what America is in the Trump era and what it means to be part of the great American melting pot. It is massive in its ambition and scope and it very nearly pulls it off. Messinger is patently a very savvy … Continue reading “Paul Messinger “America 2.0 – Assorted Tales and The New Myth” (Independent 2017)”

Fleet Foxes “Crack-Up” (Nonesuch, 2017)

Fleet Foxes have not been exemplifying the work ethic – having dramatically emerged onto the music scene in 2008 with the Sun Giant EP and then their eponymous debut it was a full three years until the follow up Helplessness Blues. That was three years in which the Foxes achieved an ubiquity rarely accorded a … Continue reading “Fleet Foxes “Crack-Up” (Nonesuch, 2017)”

Jason Isbell: “I didn’t grow up wanting to be a country singer”

A good piece in RS Country over the weekend which dissects a recent interview Jason Isbell gave with Mens Journal: “Jason Isbell’s second musical act has been underway now for nearly as long as his first, but he’s the first to admit that he’s still getting used to it. It’s been five years since the Alabama … Continue reading “Jason Isbell: “I didn’t grow up wanting to be a country singer””

Tim Grimm and the Family Band “A Stranger In This Time” (Cavalier Recordings 2017)

One of the leading Folk and Americana exponents, Tim Grimm, delivers his latest album rich in imagery and potent of lyrics. The personal, the political and the social are all examined, alongside tunes of real beauty delivered with glorious textured vocals. Tim is supported, in writing and recording, by his sons Jackson and Connor alongside … Continue reading “Tim Grimm and the Family Band “A Stranger In This Time” (Cavalier Recordings 2017)”

Why country music sings about drugs

Great article in RS Country today on a subject dear to my heart (since my other “head” is being a researcher in this field – not so much field work mind you) on a new study which finds that country lyrics contain more references to weed, cocaine and meth than rock or rap.  They report: “Drug … Continue reading “Why country music sings about drugs”

Jackson Browne inducts Joan Baez into Hall of Fame

Rolling Stone have a piece this morning on a chat David Browne (no relation) had with Jackson Browne following Joan Baez’s induction into the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can see a clip of the speech he gave below.  He reports: “Browne and Baez have crossed paths multiple times over the years, with … Continue reading “Jackson Browne inducts Joan Baez into Hall of Fame”

Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante” – Listen

From this month’s Friends Of compilation (out now on digital download!) there’s been some discussion of a striking track by Hurray for the Riff Raff called “Pa’lante” which is an incredible listen. Pitchfork have written a piece about it here which is worth a read while you absorb the track – the audio is below. … Continue reading “Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante” – Listen”