Van Morrison Announces New Album : Versatile

Rolling Stone reports (here) that, just three months after his last release Roll with the Punches, Van Morrison is preparing to releases his 38th studio LP. Where Roll with the Punches saw Van revisiting his blues and early rock and roll roots, the new album, Versatile, mixes jazz standards with new originals from the man … Continue reading “Van Morrison Announces New Album : Versatile”

Summerhill + Snakes Of Shake + Mick Hargan, The Griffin Glasgow, 17th September 2017

A late eighties jangly update on The Byrds with some REM thrown in, Summerhill were formed from the ashes of Snakes Of Shake, a Glasgow band who thrived locally along with peers such as Lloyd Cole & The Commotions. A favourite of the weeklies (NME, Sounds and such) Summerhill released an album on Demon Records … Continue reading “Summerhill + Snakes Of Shake + Mick Hargan, The Griffin Glasgow, 17th September 2017”

Courtney Marie Andrews, Bush Hall, London, 5th September 2017

This was the second of two packed nights at Bush Hall and Courtney Marie Andrews and her band took to the stage and launched into Rookie Dreaming, the opening track from her current album Honest Life. Andrews’ vocals and her appearance at once suggest that you could be watching a young Joni Mitchell but it … Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews, Bush Hall, London, 5th September 2017”

Eighties “roots rockers” Summerhill return with UK dates

The band Summerhill are reuniting for a series of UK dates next month, in celebration of their 30th Anniversary. There’ll also be a deluxe double-disc reissue of their debut album “Lowdown” which will be released to coincide with the tour.  Summerhill brought together the folky jangle, sonic exploration and country influences of The Byrds in one … Continue reading “Eighties “roots rockers” Summerhill return with UK dates”

Interview: Paul Spencer (Maverick Festival)

Ten years and still kickin’ was the recent tagline to Maverick Festival, which has had a decade at the top of the tree when it comes to putting on Alt-country, Americana and Roots festivals in the UK.  Based at Easton Farm Park, near Woodbridge in Suffolk it provides three days of multi stage twang based … Continue reading “Interview: Paul Spencer (Maverick Festival)”

Ed Dupas “Tennessee Nights” (Independent, 2017)

This is a highly satisfying slice of blue collar Americana, with grit and grace in just the right ratio. Dupas may be from the home of the Stooges and MC5, but instead he chooses to kick out the classic Steve Earle-esque jams in a contemporary manner not too dissimilar to the likes of Sturgill Simpson. … Continue reading “Ed Dupas “Tennessee Nights” (Independent, 2017)”

Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child

The Most Ugly Child are a 6-piece country powerhouse, with rabble rousing fiddle breaks and pedal steel swells to make you weep. They can have you dancing on the tables or break your heart with a song. Centered around the songwriting partnership of Daniel Wright and Stevie-Leigh Goodison, the band is made up of some … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child”

Interview: Aimee Mann

If Stewart Lee is the comedian’s comedian, then Aimee Mann is the songwriter’s songwriter. The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer is a hugely observant student of human behaviour, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends, and her new album ‘Mental Illness’ (which you can now stream … Continue reading “Interview: Aimee Mann”

Tom Snow “Uptown Hopeful” (Slipstream Records 2016)

Tom Snow has enjoyed a 50 year career in the music industry and is best known as a songwriter penning Linda Ronstadt’s hit “Don’t Know Much” and Leo Sayer’s “Thunder In My Heart” plus many more. However, he was a pioneer of the late 60’s and early 70’s country rock scene working with a young … Continue reading “Tom Snow “Uptown Hopeful” (Slipstream Records 2016)”