Fleet Foxes to play first new music in 5 years

News from Pitchfork on our favourite furry small-to-medium-sized omnivorous mammals: “Fleet Foxes have announced four new shows at Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall. They are part of Australia’s annual Vivid LIVE festival, and take place from Friday, May 26 through Monday the 29th. The band will play material from their forthcoming third LP at the festival. In conjunction … Continue reading “Fleet Foxes to play first new music in 5 years”

Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen

Ace news from Spin who report: “It’s hard to believe five years have gone by since Aimee Mann’s last studio album, Charmer. That’s half a decade and yet it feels like only a couple of years ago. Oh well, that’s what happens when you get old — time just drifts without pause. Fortunately it’s brought … Continue reading “Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen”

Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single

Alison Krauss will release her first solo album in 17 years this year (imagine what you were doing back in 2000 – taking it easy after the millennium bug’s non appearance probably). “Windy City” is out through Decca in the UK in March, and out of the blue today she’s also releasing the first single … Continue reading “Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single”

Alison Krauss to Release First Solo Album in 17 Years

17 years.  Seven-teen years.  Before George W Bush, Facebook and Strictly.   How did we live?  Rolling Stone reports: ” Ask Alison Krauss about her new album, and chances are she’ll begin talking about a man named Buddy Cannon. Cannon is a veteran Nashville producer and songwriter who’s worked with everyone from Willie Nelson to George Strait … Continue reading “Alison Krauss to Release First Solo Album in 17 Years”

Interview: Andrew Combs on new album, politics and how fatherhood is shaping his future

Tennessean Andrew Combs, an artist who has managed to make big strides  both in the indie and Americana worlds over four beautifully crafted albums, is an increasingly regular visitor to these shores over the last few years. His excellent live shows are perfectly accompanied by albums that resonate soulfully, emotionally and politically. With ‘Ideal Man’  just … Continue reading “Interview: Andrew Combs on new album, politics and how fatherhood is shaping his future”

AmericanA to Z – Ian Felice

Ian Felice, who many of you of course will know as lead singer/guitarist/songwriter for The Felice Brothers has spent better more than a decade carving up the grittier side of Americana. Overlooking the bequeathed politic outlook of his country, denouncing capitalism and greed and shedding light on the darker side of mental condition, are just … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Ian Felice”

AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part two

The AMAUK conference is now into its fifth year, and one of the highlights of the conference is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony on 28th/29th January featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At six venues across Hackney, all within walking distance … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part two”

The Song Remains: David Olney – 1948-2020

The sad death of David Olney has been widely reported, often in some pretty unlikely places (including the S*n, Daily Mail and Daily Express) by a media always looking for a novelty story – ‘folk singer dies live on stage’ fits the bill. It is sad, but true, that most of those reporting Olney’s passing, … Continue reading “The Song Remains: David Olney – 1948-2020”

Drive By Truckers “Thoughts And Prayers” – Listen

The latest single from the Drive By Truckers upcoming album ‘The Unraveling‘ (which is, by the by, totally superb) is ‘Thought and Prayers‘ a song that is powerful in its direct opposition to indiscriminate gun killing.  And more than that, there’s a lashing of anger reserved for the powerless powerful who wring their hands, say “so … Continue reading “Drive By Truckers “Thoughts And Prayers” – Listen”

Hope In High Water “Bonfire & Pine” (Fish Records, 2019)

Americana music defies geographic boundaries but “Mountain Music from the flatlands of Milton Keynes” might give even the most travelled aficionado pause for thought. Listen to ‘Bonfire & Pine’ and Hope In High Water’s sparse, haunting sound will take you far from concrete England to the clear mountain air of Appalachia. Josh Chandler Morris and … Continue reading “Hope In High Water “Bonfire & Pine” (Fish Records, 2019)”