Fleet Foxes preview forthcoming album with new track – Listen

More small furry omnivorous mammal news from Rolling Stone: “Fleet Foxes will return June 16th with Crack-Up, the follow-up to 2011’s Helplessness Blues. The band announced the album on Tuesday and released “Third of May/Ōdaigahara,” which shows that their harmony-heavy folk-rock remains intact. “Third of May/Ōdaigahara” is an ambitious composition with string orchestration, multiple voices rising in unison and marked shifts from loud to quiet. At several points during the nearly nine-minute song, the pounding piano falls to leave a lone singer, who sounds fragile and isolated. The band roars back to full volume, but in the final minutes of the song are voiceless and beat-less – just a soothing wash of strings.   Continue reading “Fleet Foxes preview forthcoming album with new track – Listen”

Johnny Cash Sun Records collection out next month

Charly Records have announced the release of a new rather lovely looking Johnny Cash box set – The Original Sun Albums 1957-1964 will arrive on 8 CDs with all kinds of extras on April 28th 2017. The release celebrates the 60th anniversary of the release of Johnny Cash’s first album in 1957, presenting for the first time all 7 classic Cash Sun albums in one collection, comprising 83 songs as they appeared on the original LPs, plus a bonus disc of alternate versions, rare recordings and outtakes, all newly remastered from the original Sun master tapes. Also included are every Johnny Cash 7-inch single A & B side originally released on Sun Records. Continue reading “Johnny Cash Sun Records collection out next month”

Thea Gilmore announces new album – Listen

Thea Gilmore – who Uncut once described as “the best British singer-songwriter of the last ten years – and then some” – has announced the release of her new album The Counterweight, which will be released June 2nd through our friends over at Cooking Vinyl. The first single to be taken from the album ‘Sounds Good To Me’, is out now. You can listen to it below, and Gilmore says of it: “I like to think of it as a bit of an anarchist’s polka… Calling the dispossessed, the downtrodden, the weary to arms. Lighting a fire… remembering there’s more than one way to live and who wants to walk when you can dance!” The album deals with issues such as Brexit, Orlando and the murder of Jo Cox. It may not be the feel-good album of 2017 but then we should count our lucky stars for protest singers in this day and age. Continue reading “Thea Gilmore announces new album – Listen”

Jarrod Dickenson “Ready The Horses” (Hooked Records, 2017)

Good God Jarrod can sing. He’s a storyteller with a voice rich as agave nectar; he holds a narrative and bends it however he feels, you hang onto every word. On this set of songs he’s pretty much equidistant between Tom Waits and Michael Buble, and that’s not meant to be derogatory in any way, it’s testament to the way he controls the songs and the audience – the opening one-two of the bluesy belters of Faint of Heart and Take It From Me are big set-pieces full of showmanship  Then he settles down and the simpler Your Heart Belongs To Me shows him in more intimate circumstances his voice even more seductive when near a whisper. Continue reading “Jarrod Dickenson “Ready The Horses” (Hooked Records, 2017)”

Alison Krauss chats to Guardian readers about all kinds of stuff

But crucially is evasive when it comes to the mayonnaise vs salad cream question. What is she trying to hide?  Alison Krauss took the time to chat to Guardian readers this morning – The whole webchat is over at the Guardian site here and covers some really interesting topics including what British female singers have inspired her (“Sonia”), plans for a live album (“yes, I have a tour planned with Climie Fisher”) and why she picked Brenda Lee songs (“loved her cookery programmes in the eighties”).  Paraphrasing, probably best to go and have a look at her reponses yourself.  “Windy City” is out in the UK now, number 1 in Amazon’s Country Chart and already garnering some lovely reviews – look out for ours shortly.  Continue reading “Alison Krauss chats to Guardian readers about all kinds of stuff”

Neil Young shares video for ‘Peace Trail’ – Watch

NPR are being good to us again this week – they’re carrying the new Neil Young video (which is really quite lovely) with the following blurb: “When Neil Young gets fired up, sometimes his best music comes to pass. Just weeks after the election, Neil Young released his second album of 2016, the quietly optimistic Peace Trail, recorded in “about a week” according to The Los Angeles Times, with drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Paul Bushnell. The largely acoustic record’s title track closes with classic electric-Neil, but is driven by classic lyrical-Neil:  Continue reading “Neil Young shares video for ‘Peace Trail’ – Watch”

Underneath The Stars Festival announces more acts

Kate Rusby’s delightful Underneath The Stars festival, which runs from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July has announced its latest wave of artists.  Edward II, a powerful English roots band that uniquely blend the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional songs from the British Isles, Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble; actor, songwriter, producer & theatre legend John Tams, Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock who will bring their distinct, dark and dreamlike portrayal of English folk song, Ímar featuring 2017 BBC Radio 2 Best Musician nominee Mohsen Amini, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra with their infectious toe-tappin’ mix of western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum and whatever else gets thrown in, one of Northern Ireland’s finest instrumentalists and interpreter of traditional song, Damien O’Kane, Sheelanagig, a quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments and a bagful joint-jumping European folk tunes, blistering Country-Soul singer Yola Carter who was the recent recipient of UK Artist of the Year at the UK Americana Awards 2017 and something to really light the “fun fuse”,The Destroyers with their dazzling stage show join already announced headliners Newton Faulkner, Kate Rusby, Show of Hands, Lucy Rose and Raghu Dixit.

Bill Kirchen & Austin De Lone “Transatlanticana” (Proper Records 2017)

Bill Kirchen should be familiar to many here as a founding member of 70’s country rockers Commander Cody And his Lost Planet Airmen before going on to carve out a career that has led to his nickname of Titan Of The Telecaster. Austin De Lone? Well, he’s every bit as hallowed as Kirchin although the congregation might be somewhat smaller. He’s an American but one who first came to prominence (back in the 70’s again) with London pub rockers Eggs Over easy, one of those bands who kicked Prog in the balls with their return to the roots (and incidentally preparing the way for punk). The pair first bonded back in the 70’s and it would take a Pete Frame like Family Tree to describe their ongoing affiliations, partnerships and mutual connections, suffice to say that Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe loom large, the latter producing the duo when they were called The Moonlighters. Continue reading “Bill Kirchen & Austin De Lone “Transatlanticana” (Proper Records 2017)”