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”

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Union Chapel, London, 16th January 2017

Serendipity – it happens all the time, that accidental crossing of life’s tentative threads that seem to indicate something significant when a connection is made. Travelling in London by train one inevitably comes into contact with the free newspapers, and tonight the Standard is proclaiming the death of the £300K home. Seems there has been … Continue reading “Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Union Chapel, London, 16th January 2017”

Dirty Dozen: Dusty Wright

“Cinematic Americana” was how someone once described Dusty Wright’s music. For a guy that loves to write, and not just music, it aptly described his vignettes of love, loss, and the mysteries of life. Darkness abounds, wonderful darkness. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Dusty Wright”