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”

Ana Egge “Is It the Kiss” (StorySound, 2019)

When you’ve shared the stage with the likes of John Prine and James McMurtry; when Steve Earle says that it’s like you’re telling us your “deepest darkest secrets”; When Iris DeMent shows up to help you cover a Diana Jones tune . . . you’ve been doing something right. After twelve years, ten albums, and … Continue reading “Ana Egge “Is It the Kiss” (StorySound, 2019)”

Nicholas Altobelli “Vertigo” (Dalton Records, 2019)

“My name Nicholas. I write sad songs”. It’s an honest salutation written by the man himself on his Bandcamp page. And if first impressions stick, it seems to be the light in which Altobelli feels comfortable being illuminated; read past interviews and a certain self-deprecating melancholy figures almost as much as people conversant with his … Continue reading “Nicholas Altobelli “Vertigo” (Dalton Records, 2019)”

Book Review – Oliver Gray “Banjo On My Knee: Music Travels In The American South” (Sarsen Press, 2019)

Aside from being a music promoter and author, Oliver Gray is Americana UK’s very own version of Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent with his annual missives from Austin’s South By Southwest Festival. Surprisingly, for a man whose CV as a promoter is a veritable smorgasbord of vital Americana acts, Gray had never visited Nashville … Continue reading “Book Review – Oliver Gray “Banjo On My Knee: Music Travels In The American South” (Sarsen Press, 2019)”

Mark Martyre “Wait” – Listen

Gravel voiced singer Mark Martyre opens this song from his new album ‘Light Years‘ with the words ‘snow blows sideways, I spend another season alone‘, which might seem unseasonable but with the weather we’ve had so far this summer, well, who knows?  Mark Martyre found that ‘Light Years‘ opened and closed with winter-tinged songs, although … Continue reading “Mark Martyre “Wait” – Listen”

Grab a slice of American Pie – Don McLean heads to the UK this month

Singer-songwriter and folk-rock icon Don McLean is set to perform four UK dates later this month as part of his current transatlantic tour. McClean, responsible for ‘American Pie‘, which was listed as the number 5 song of the century by the Recording Industry of Association of America, is one of the most renowned country artists … Continue reading “Grab a slice of American Pie – Don McLean heads to the UK this month”

Rachel Harrington “Hush The Wild Horses” (Skinny Dennis Records, 2019)

It has been fully seven years since Rachel Harrington’s last album ‘Celilo Falls‘, and those intervening years have been eventful for her to say the least. After the touring to support ‘Celilo Falls‘ Rachel Harrington was exhausted – and she’d also taken up drinking again after nine dry years. Obamacare helped with medical issues, but … Continue reading “Rachel Harrington “Hush The Wild Horses” (Skinny Dennis Records, 2019)”

Book Review – “The 33 1/3 B-Sides” edited by Will Stockton and D. Gilson (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)

This is a lot of reading for the money! I’ve reviewed a number of books from this series over the past few months; usually a 33 1/3 book consists of an in-depth assessment of a key recording in an artist’s collected discography by an academic writer, usually someone who can bring a broader historical and/or … Continue reading “Book Review – “The 33 1/3 B-Sides” edited by Will Stockton and D. Gilson (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)”