The very beardy Chris Staplegun was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night, and he didn’t turn up alone – hidden in the depths of his beard was surprise guest Sturgill Simpson, who joined his fellow Kentucky brother onstage to perform “Midnight Train To Memphis” and “Hard Livin’.” You can watch them perform together below via two different clips (thank you SNL for not blocking UK access). Continue reading “Sturgill plays SNL with Chris Stapleton – Watch”
If much of modern popular music seems to span an almost infinitesimal range of genres and sub-genres then it’s still fair to say that that category of singer/songwriters dedicated to people who went on to become Catholic saints is still a relatively uncrowded one. And devoted is the key watchword here given that Kathy Greenholdt’s is a religiously inspired combined CD and web-based historical project dedicated to humans canonised after their deaths. Chicago-based Greenholdt’s latest offering is a follow up to her previous record, The Pilgrim, Continue reading “Kathy Greenholdt “Halos Are History” (Bindweed Music, 2017)”
Having attended Lord Huron’s first gig of their first proper UK tour back in 2013 this reviewer suggested that the masses should get out and see them at the moderate sized venues they’d been booked into, as the next time would see Lord Huron playing considerably larger and fuller gigs. And here we are in the sold out Shepherds Bush Empire. It’s been a busy few years in between – with a second album recorded and released and some high profile song appearances most notably in the Robert Redford hiking movie “A Walk in the Woods”. Continue reading “Lord Huron, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 23rd January 2018”
How the Dutch duo of Anne van den Hoogen and Dolf Smolenaers came up with the name Rosemary & Garlic is anybody’s guess. Suffice to say that this own goal is best overlooked as it is the only aspect of this marvellous debut album that fails to impress. The opening track Birds opens with a gorgeous piano intro lasting close to a minute and a half before Anne’s vocals kick in and, if an opener was ever an advert for what is to come, then this is it. Haunting and brilliantly evocative vocals layered around Dolf’s memorable keys create a canvas rich in atmosphere and melancholy. Continue reading “Rosemary & Garlic “Rosemary & Garlic” (Nettwerk Music, 2018)”
Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris payed tribute to Tom Petty at the Grammy Awards last night. As RS reports: “As colorful images of flowers flashed on screens behind them, the two Nashville singers blended their voices on the title track to Petty’s 1994 Wildflowers album, a song that stands as one of the late rock icon’s most country-leaning tunes. Stapleton and Harris’s performance set up the annual In Memoriam segment, which recalled the musical heroes we lost over the past year.” Continue reading “Emmylou and Chris Stapleton pay tribute to Tom Petty at Grammys – Watch”
It’s true, there is too much music and sometimes…just sometimes…a great album slips by unacknowledged. Emerging in the middle of last year Omega/Whatever, the second release from AVERS is one such – it’s an album about the struggles of living in the modern world. There are songs about divorce, technology, late nights, corrupt politicians, and societal norms. It’s also the rockiest rock noise one could wish for.
Lovely news overnight from the Grammys with some so well deserved wins for Jason Isbell and Aimee Mann amongst others. RS reports: “Jason Isbell, Alabama Shakes and Reba McEntire were early winners at the 60th annual Grammy Awards when the Americana and roots music categories were announced during the pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony, streamed live online. Isbell triumphed in both the Best Americana Roots Song and Best Americana Album categories, for “If We Were Vampires” and The Nashville Sound, respectively. Emerging from the back of the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Isbell ambled to the podium. Continue reading “Isbell and Aimee Mann win best americana/folk album at Grammys”
Sometimes you just know when you have made the right choice and so it was that when The Deslondes struck up it was clear that the other attractions at tonight’s Celtic Connections would pale in comparison. From the very start this five piece New Orleans band transformed Oran Mor into a dusty American Roadhouse, the standing audience swaying in time to the beer stained music throughout the show. Continue reading “The Deslondes + Underhill Rose @Celtic Connections, Oran Mor, Glasgow, 24th January 2018”
From his new album Chicken Wire, launched at the Toolmakers in Sheffield on February 16th, this is a lovely loose groove from Ash Gray.
Get in there while it’s free. Rolling Stone reports this morning on Neil Young’s Archives which went up at the end of last year with an interactive timeline that offered fans his back catalogue in rather fine sound quality along with photos and videos from his entire career. They report: “One thing the archives didn’t have was much music that isn’t already available on Spotify and other streaming services. On Wednesday, however, Young posted the inaugural issue of the Neil Young Times-Contrarian delving into detail about upcoming archival releases. Continue reading “Neil Young discusses 2018 archive releases”