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”

Jordan Burchel “Vowel Sounds” (Independent, 2016)

Floridian Burchel is on his second record; he is one of the disaffected that communicates through their music, one of many, songwriters and bedroom musicians are as plentiful as sardines in a shoal. It’s hard to break out from the mass and forge your own identity, though every so often there’s a Will Toledo to give hope. Burchel has plenty going for him his songs are well constructed and his voice can carry a tune. There’s nothing to suggest that these songs were put together pretty much by one man. If I were forced to make a comparison I’d go for Jason Anderson after he dropped the Wolf Colonel name and began to erase the characteristics that made him distinctive. Continue reading “Jordan Burchel “Vowel Sounds” (Independent, 2016)”

Ryan Adams covers Radiohead’s Karma Police

Ryan Adams. Remember those days when you’d nip to the fridge to grab a beer, you’d get back to your sofa and he’d have released a new album while you were gone?  Well, he’s getting prolific again!  Pitchfork reports: “On Saturday, Ryan Adams dropped by BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary show (with Jo Whiley filling in), where he talked and performed two songs: “Doomsday” and a cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police,” as Binaural points out. Listen here. He discusses and plays “Doomsday” around the 2:23:10 mark, before doing “Karma Police” at 2:33:15.   Continue reading “Ryan Adams covers Radiohead’s Karma Police”

Bob Dylan – New album announced

Of course it’s always a pleasure to hear that there’s a new Bob Dylan studio album on the way – especially when the last one wasn’t so very long ago.  And pleasure becomes thrill when it is announced that for the first time ever the master of American music will be releasing not a double but a triple album.  A triple Bob Dylan studio album.  Wow!  How good has February just become? Continue reading “Bob Dylan – New album announced”

Sufjan Stevens speaks up for refugees

Some more glimmers of hope in the darkness, and who better to glimmer than Sufjan. Pitchfork reports: “Sufjan Stevens has shared a new statement addressed to America about immigrants and refugees. “There is really no such thing as an illegal immigrant, for we are all immigrants and refugees in a wildly changing world that is dominated by superfluous boundaries built by blood and war,” the note reads. “We are all complicit in the injustices against basic human rights and common decency, to put it mildly, which renders our own ‘inalienable rights’ as questionable or obsolete.”  Continue reading “Sufjan Stevens speaks up for refugees”

Jason Isbell Reunites with DBT in Nashville – Watch

Late to the party with this one sorry (it was a difficult weekend for the world. Jason would understand). RS Country reports: “Jason Isbell reunited with the Drive-By Truckers Thursday night, joining his old band for a one-off performance of the Decoration Day track “Heathens” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Taking the stage not as a frontman, but as a guitar-playing sideman, Isbell spent the entirety of the performance on stage right, flashing smiles at bandleader Patterson Hood and picking out descending riffs on his guitar. The appreciation was mutual, with a grinning Hood leaving the microphone stand multiple times to stand by Isbell’s side. If there was bad blood between the two songwriters upon Isbell’s exit from the group in 2007, it’s all water under the bridge now, with the video above showcasing a pair of Americana kingpins who have made amends as they continue to make career-defining music.  Continue reading “Jason Isbell Reunites with DBT in Nashville – Watch”

Levi Cuss ‘’Night Thief’’ (Independent, 2017)

Who is Levi Cuss? If you listen to this record you might just find out, delving into a dark past and redemption through the salvation of music and poetry. Joining the thriving ”Canamericana’’ group of artists driving Americana music forward and out of a predominantly southern heritage, Levi has created an honest and raw record with no frills and dripped with gorgeous steel guitar wailing to accompany his laments, and great blues guitar to texture his more salacious background, not dissimilarly to Steve Earle in his Terraplane record. Continue reading “Levi Cuss ‘’Night Thief’’ (Independent, 2017)”

Dirty Dozen: Heath Green and the Makeshifters

Heath Green and The Makeshifters’ self-titled debut album will be released on limited vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats March 3rd via Alive Naturalsound Records. The Birmingham, AL-based band’s heavy sound has been compared to Leon Russell & The Shelter People, Joe Cocker and Humble Pie. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Heath Green and the Makeshifters”