King Creosote, The Barbican, London, 22nd January 2017

On a stage dominated by the Astronaut meets Appleman album cover graphic there is a rag tag band of musicians sporting a variety of Space Age looks – well maybe a ramshackle retro-SF space age look is nearer the mark. So there are silvery wigs the like of which haven’t been seen since Space 1999, and more silver jackets than have been gathered into a single place since the BBC stopped spray painting leather biker jackets to provide the Cybermen with their costumes. NASA t-shirts are the order of the day, and the King himself is resplendent in what appears to be a star adorned chef’s jacket as if to visually ask the question “What am I going to, musically, cook up today?”. Continue reading “King Creosote, The Barbican, London, 22nd January 2017”

Tommy Hale announces UK dates

Following on from the release of his third solo album “Magnificent Bastard” last Autumn (great title), Dallas songwriter Tommy Hale has announced a series of UK dates for the Spring, where he’ll be joined by members of The Snakes and The Redlands Palomino Company. The new album was recorded in Wiltshire, England with friends from the bands noted above, drawing on a wealth of musical styles, “from gospel-tinged soul and country duetting to delicate pop balladry and driving rock ’n’ roll.” He’s not a genre monogamist.  Dates are below along with a brand spanking new video.
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The Grahams “The Grahams And Friends (Live In Studio)” (Independent, 2017)

If you were to judge an outfit by their friends this American husband and wife duo would rate pretty highly.  On this set they rope in Cody & Luther Dickinson from the north Mississippi Allstars, John Fullbright, Sara & Sean Watkins, Kenneth Pattingdale from Milk Carton Kids and Alvin Youngblood Hart to name but a few.  Of the fourteen songs here five are taken from the deluxe version of their second album “Glory Bound” (not previously available in the UK) with the remainder coming from “Rattle The Hocks”, a live album and documentary they produced in 2015/16.

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Jim Lauderdale new album out tomorrow – Listen

Or listen to a track from it at least (sorry if you feel duped). Americana legend Jim Lauderdale releases his new studio album “London Southern” tomorrow which also sees the first night of the Transatlantic Sessions tour which starts in Glasgow at Celtic Connections and then heads around the UK. Recorded in London at Goldtop studios and produced by Neil Brockbank and Robert Trehern, “London Southern” features co-writes with Dan Penn, Joan Oates, Odie Blackmon and Kendell Marvell alongside six Lauderdale solo compositions and a host of guest musicians. Hear the song and gander at the dates below.  Continue reading “Jim Lauderdale new album out tomorrow – Listen”

Dirty Dozen: Two Ways Home

Isabella Mariee and Lewis Fowler are song writing, alt-country duo Two Ways Home. Two Ways Home have released 2 EPs to date and are working on their 3rd one, which is due to be released later this year.  They have been called “Unique, unexpected and brilliant” and their sound encapsulates crystal clear harmonies tinged with melancholy. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Two Ways Home”

Willie Nelson to release new studio album – April

“God’s Problem Child” is the new studio album from Willie Nelson, his ninth for the Legacy Recordings label (people have given up counting how many he’s released ever. Little known fact – if you laid Willie Nelson’s recorded albums out in a straight line it would stretch three times around the world) which hits UK shores on April 28th.  An album of all-new recordings, “God’s Problem Child” adds 13 new songs to his repertoire, including seven recently written by Willie and Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer.   Continue reading “Willie Nelson to release new studio album – April”

Dirty Dozen: Worry Dolls

Worry Dolls are a tenacious female duo born out of the joint talents of Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones, who met in Liverpool when they were 18, both on their chosen path of becoming solo singer songwriters, and both falling under the spell of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. Rosie joined Zoe’s band as a mandolin player and backing vocalist and their great chemistry and love of harmony led to them starting a contemporary bluegrass band playing Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch songs together. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Worry Dolls”

Tom Paxton, The Stables, Wavendon, 19th January 2017

His last tour was billed as his last European excursion but here – just a couple of dozen months later – is the return of a folk legend in the form of Tom Paxton. This time he’s brought as musical support Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – who produced and also helped out musically on his new album Boat in the Water.  Cathy is a marvel on clawhammer banjo – as well as vocals and guitar – whilst Marcy is a multi-instrumentalist (she plays at least fifty instruments Cathy proudly informs us) and a third voice. It makes for a different sound to that we’ve come to know on previous tours. Continue reading “Tom Paxton, The Stables, Wavendon, 19th January 2017”

Ryan Adams releases video for new single – Watch

Apologies if you’re sick of Ryan Adams news this week – there may be more to come to be fair – and today’s little four minute nugget is that he’s released the new music video for his song “Do You Still Love Me?” which is taken off his upcoming album Prisoner. The video is directed by Noah Abrams and features shots of Ryan working in the studio, as well as some footage captured during shows on his last tour including the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado is prominently featured. Ryan Adams recently announced new tour dates for 2017 and a box set for Prisoner that features a functioning play set stage. The new album is out February 17 via Pax Am/Blue Note.  Watch the video below.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases video for new single – Watch”