Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 1st December 2017

It doesn’t pay to be late to a Tom Russell gig, you might miss the opening act who takes the stage to do a little “guess that tune” as he plays snippets of road songs. A little bit of Pancho and Lefty, a little snippet of Guy Clark, it could be anything, even Leonard Cohen.  … Continue reading “Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 1st December 2017”

Tom Paxton announces UK Tour

Tom Paxton turned eighty on the 31st of October – belated Happy Birthday Tom ! – and he’s got a bit of a gift for us.  Tom Paxton has just announced that he’ll be touring the UK in April 2018 with the able accompaniment of Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo The Donjuans – Don Henry & … Continue reading “Tom Paxton announces UK Tour”

Jason Isbell and Jerry Douglas cover Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” – Watch

A match made in heaven as it were.  RS Country report: “”I’d like to bring out a very special guest,” Jason Isbell told a hometown crowd at the Ryman Auditorium last night, during the final moments of his band’s unprecedented, six-night run at the historic venue. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best musician in … Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Jerry Douglas cover Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” – Watch”

More Tom Petty tributes roll in

Chris Stapleton and Margo Price are the latest artists to have paid tribute to the late Tom Petty while performing live shows.  After he died, Margo Price told Stereogum that her favorite Petty song was “Have Love, Will Travel.” But says the site, “she’s been working the more well-known “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” into her opening sets … Continue reading “More Tom Petty tributes roll in”

Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, Wilco and more pay tribute to Tom Petty – Watch

Various tribute performances coming in for Tom Petty this week.  Firstly RS report that Bruce Springsteen opened his debut performance of Springsteen on Broadway with a tribute to Petty: “The singer-songwriter dedicated the first of his solo acoustic storyteller shows to the late singer-songwriter, along with Petty’s family and Heartbreakers bandmates, audience members told The New … Continue reading “Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, Wilco and more pay tribute to Tom Petty – Watch”

Eric Westbury “Atomic Wilderness” (Barreltown Records 2017)

There is something immediately striking about this album; that feeling of familiarity and reassurance you only really get when hearing something for the first time that just “sounds right”. And Atomic Wilderness certainly sounds right. It’s the third release by the Vancouver-based artist Eric Westbury, a gravel-voiced purveyor of Americana with a hint of Punk … Continue reading “Eric Westbury “Atomic Wilderness” (Barreltown Records 2017)”

Tom Russell “Folk Hotel” (Proper Records, 2017)

In the 1990’s Tom Russell was, along with Dave Alvin, hailed as the architect of what came to be known as Americana music. Folk Hotel is album number 36 for Russell and, in 2017, he has surely delivered one of the Americana albums of the year. This is a storytellers’ album with every song a … Continue reading “Tom Russell “Folk Hotel” (Proper Records, 2017)”

Stereogum premieres new Tom Petty cover by Chris Hillman

Stereogum are previewing a track from the country-rock pioneer Chris Hillman, a founding member of both the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, who is putting out his first album in over a decade next month. “Appropriately entitled Bidin’ My Time, the LP was produced by Tom Petty, and Hillman decided to show his appreciation by … Continue reading “Stereogum premieres new Tom Petty cover by Chris Hillman”

Dirty Dozen: The Anatomy of Frank

The Virginia based folk-rock trio The Anatomy of Frank explore nostalgia, relationships and mortality with the release of their latest album South America, out on 1st September 2017 via Polar Islands. Having formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2010 as a five-piece, in 2015 the band found themselves in a state of disarray with the departure … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Anatomy of Frank”

Passenger announces surprise new album, out tomorrow

Passenger has announced a new album, and if you saw any of the live stream last night (which you can catch below, but not live) (obviously), you’ll have heard that it’s his most americana-y record to date, with lots of lovely slide and Jayhawks style piano.  The record “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” lands less … Continue reading “Passenger announces surprise new album, out tomorrow”