Oklahoma’s Carter Sampson returns to the UK in April and May for a short run of dates that include two shows at the Kilkenny Roots Festival. She’s not long been out of the UK so she must quite like us. Sampson’s latest album ‘Wilder Side’ has been picking up some rather nice reviews in the press and picking up plays on Bob Harris at Radio 2 who described the album as ‘impeccable’. She will be touring alongside BJ Baartmans – here’s those dates. Continue reading “Carter Sampson announces UK dates”
Forming the latest in their series of album projects, the Tyneside band The Unthanks will release Diversions Vol. 4: “How Wild The Wind Blows: Performing The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake” at the end of May, and are touring around the UK extensively to promote it. The album is based on poems by the mother of Nick Drake, and poet and songwriter in her own right, she made recordings at home during the 1950s with the help of her husband, and though never released at the time, share plenty of common ground with her celebrated son’s – charming and bittersweet, dark and pensive. Continue reading “The Unthanks announce new album and UK dates”
New London five-piece Curse Of Lono who we’ve become big fans of here at UK will release their debut album Severed on Submarine Cat Records on April 7th. Described as a “sumptuously cinematic record that combines harmony-laden Americana with driving, gothic alt-rock”, the album was produced at Gun Factory studio by Oli Bayston. Curse Of Lono’s debut EP, released last October, forms the soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night’, a short film of inter-connected music videos directed by Alex Walker which we recently highlighted. Continue reading “Curse of Lono release debut album next month, new video – Watch”
Sam’s new album Tenderheart is out on April 14th and this beautiful subtle song is a fine taster for it. If you’re in London on March 30th you can catch him at Oslo in Hackney.
Well the masses of BBC4 viewers that is. You may have noticed there’s a country thing going on at the moment at the BBC, partly because of the C2C music festival taking place in London this weekend (which is slightly beyond the remit of this site, it’s all a bit big hat). Anyway next Friday comedian Rich Hall is doing a programme about the roots of country music. He journeys from Tennessee to Texas to look at the movements and artists that don’t get as much notoriety but have helped shape the genre over the years. Continue reading “Rich Hall brings country music to the masses on BBC next week”
And it’s available as a digital download from today. NME report: “First Aid Kit have shared a new song that condemns sexual violence. Titled ‘You Are The Problem Here’ the Swedish duo released the single in honour of International Women’s Day today (March 9). The band shared a statement along with the song. “Today is the International Women’s Day and the theme of the year is #BeBoldForChange. “You Are the Problem Here” isn’t a typical First Aid Kit-song. It’s angry and direct. It’s a song written out of despair,” they wrote. Continue reading “First Aid Kit release song for International Women’s Day – Listen”
Martha Tilston’s new album Nomad is out on May 12th and this lovely and infectious song is the first single from it.
Sam Outlaw has shared details for his next album, entitled ‘Tenderheart,’ which comes out April 14th on Six Shooter Records. The 13-track collection of originals was recorded in the San Fernando Valley and co-produced by Outlaw alongside Martin Pradler. He enlisted many of the same musicians that made his first album, 2015’s ‘Angeleno,’: harmony singer Molly Jenson, pedal steel Jeremy Long and guitarist Danny Garcia, along with Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket). In addition, ‘Tenderheart’ features local mariachi group Erwin Vasquez and Mariachi Teocuitatlan. And on top of all that, he’s playing a UK show on March 30th at Oslo in Hackney. Here’s the tracklisting along with the opening track from the record. Continue reading “New Sam Outlaw out next month”
The new album by Aimee Mann ‘Mental Illness’ will be released on March 31st via SuperEgo/Membran, and she’s released her first video from it today. If you’ve ever seen any of her videos previously you’ll know she sets the bar high and this new track “Patient Zero” is ostensibly a song about Hollywood disappointment, influenced by the writings of Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West (‘Day Of The Locust’). The video is directed by Daniel Ralston and loosely based on Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play ‘The Dresser.’ Continue reading “Aimee Mann releases first video from new album – Watch”
The battle between Green Man and End of the Road for the best americana festival vibe this year continues as Uncut report: “Bill Callahan has been announced as the final headliner for this year’s End Of The Road Festival. Other new additions to the bill include Slowdive, Japandroids and Pond. They join Father John Misty, Mac DeMarco, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Lucinda Williams, Band Of Horses, Amadou & Mariam, Ty Segall, Real Estate, Parquet Courts and more at the festival, which runs from August 31 – September 3 at its usual home, Larmer Tree Gardens in south Wiltshire, England.” In the meantime the Shins and Lambchop have been added to the Green Man line-up. If you have just £200 to spare it could be a life-changing decision (if one of the acts you consequently see changes your life). Continue reading “Bill Callahan confirmed as headliner for EOTR 2017”