Dirty Dozen: Jeremy Parsons

Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas Music in the dance-halls of the Lone Star State. Over the past decade, he has played all over the US and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Jeremy captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humour, and heartfelt love of his occupation. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Jeremy Parsons”

Hillfolk Noir “Junkerpunch” (Independent, 2017)

An obscurely entitled 5th outing if ever there was. “What is a ”Junkerpunch?” we hear you cry. Even good old Google appears to be bereft of answers on that one. Thankfully, the press release accompanying Hillfolk Noir’s 5th album makes it clear – it’s slang for a ‘cheap shot’… the kind of punch that results in the boxer’s break that hampered Travis Ward’s guitar playing for a lengthy 9 months on 2016. As the adopted name of this immense collection of no less than 17 songs and instrumentals, Junkerpunch is also a title that says a lot about the approach adopted by Hillfolk Noir who, let’s face it, write songs like someone thumping, with quite some aggression, at the proverbial door of old time authenticity whilst simultaneously hiding behind a thin veil of playful irreverence like a child hiding behind a curtain, desperate to be noticed. Continue reading “Hillfolk Noir “Junkerpunch” (Independent, 2017)”

Jason Isbell performs on CBS This Morning – Watch

God that man and his band will just not leave television alone at the moment. Rolling Stone reports: “Just a few days after Jason Isbell gave a blistering performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Alabama native returned to the small screen on Saturday for a segment on CBS This Morning. This time saw Isbell and the 400 Unit in a more thoughtful, though not exactly subdued, frame of mind as they performed a handful of songs from their new album, The Nashville Sound [which you can view below]. Continue reading “Jason Isbell performs on CBS This Morning – Watch”

Kaurna Cronin “Euphoria, Delirium and Loneliness” (Songs and Whispers, 2017)

Kaurna Cronin is a youthful Australian singer-songwriter. His bio attests to a number of Antipodean folk awards won, yet this, his third album, is very much an exercise in subtle guitar pop/rock. Cronin has a polite airy voice, perhaps reminiscent of the mighty Paddy McAloon, but not quite emulating the lyrical sharpness of the man. Not to say that Cronin isn’t lyrically astute though – there’s not too many clichés in his words, which are the saving grace of this record. The ten songs do largely fall into the cited folk tradition of story-telling and he paints detailed pictures of his characters, their situations and their woes. Continue reading “Kaurna Cronin “Euphoria, Delirium and Loneliness” (Songs and Whispers, 2017)”

Glen Campbell tops new UK americana chart

Glen Campbell’s moving “Adios” album is number one in this week’s official UK americana chart which Paste describes as being delivered “with the kind of class and grace that characterized much of his career.” There’s a flurry of activity just below the top spot with some big name new entries from Fleet Foxes, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Kevin Morby and Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo all in the top 10.  Head over to the AMA-UK site for the whole top 40.  Continue reading “Glen Campbell tops new UK americana chart”

RS Country look back at Old 97’s classic

A nice little piece up in RS Country this morning about an album which still sounds great twenty (!) years on. You can listen to the whole thing below. “We felt some kinship to the alt-rock scene of the early Nineties, but we wanted to do it on our own terms. We wanted to be able to love Hank Williams and love punk rock.” While this sentiment from Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller isn’t a strange concept today, it was still a relatively underground idea when he and his bandmates unleashed their raw-and-rowdy major label debut Too Far to Care 20 years ago this month ­– and helped birth a whole new subgenre in the process. Continue reading “RS Country look back at Old 97’s classic”

Flotation Toy Warning “The Machine That Made Us” (Talitres, 2017)

Flotation Toy Warning have returned after a 13 year break with their second full-length album ‘The Machine That Made Us’ and pick up exactly where they left off. Formed in a warehouse in London way back in 2001 and taking their name from words they found on rubber rings and beach balls, Flotation Toy Warning borrow as much from the Americana genre as they do from modern pop or electronic records and throw them into a melting pot to produce an original and interesting sound with little comparison due to their experimental nature. Their musical styling is often compared to artists such as Grandaddy or Mercury Rev and vocalist Paul Carter could be likened to The National’s Matt Berninger at times, however, this is no indication of the band’s sound and their true originality. Continue reading “Flotation Toy Warning “The Machine That Made Us” (Talitres, 2017)”

David Rawlings announces new album – due August

Songwriter and guitarist David Rawlings, he of “and Gillian Welch” fame, has announced the release of his freshly pressed third album “Poor David’s Almanack” which will see the light of day on August 11th via Acony Records. For the new album, Rawlings leaves the Dave Rawlings Machine moniker behind and serves up a mixture of acoustic and electric music rich in what’s described as “ageless American vernacular”. The album of ten new songs was crafted by Ken Scott (Beatles, David Bowie) and Matt Andrews on analog tape during a week of sessions at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.  Continue reading “David Rawlings announces new album – due August”