Lil’ Lost Lou “Lil’ Lost Lou” (Bully Records 2017)

Lil’ Lost Lou may just have balanced out one of the most one sided stories in musical history. The Country/Rockabilly singer from Camden Town, aka Lou Psyche, has finally given voice to the eternal ‘other woman’, Jolene. I kIssed Your Man (Jolene) is as haunting a track as you will hear all year and one of a number of treasures on this debut album from this regular on the London Country/Punk scene. To record this album, Lou made a trip to Nashville to work with producer Billy Livsey, who has previously worked with the likes of Ronnie Lane and Kenny Rogers. Continue reading “Lil’ Lost Lou “Lil’ Lost Lou” (Bully Records 2017)”

Chris Hillman updates Byrds’ classic

Sadly the track is embedded on Rolling Stone’s page so you’ll have to head there for a listen but it’s worth the click. They report: “This fall, with his 73rd birthday looming on the horizon, Chris Hillman will release Bidin’ My Time, a new album that both upholds and updates the country-rock sound he pioneered during the mid-Sixties. Although still something of an unsung hero within the Americana scene, Hillman has woven his legend throughout much of the last half-century, logging time in the Byrds’ original lineup before teaming up with Gram Parsons to launch the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1968. Continue reading “Chris Hillman updates Byrds’ classic”

Tom Russell has a new album coming soon

Having put out one album already this year – Play One More: The Songs of Ian and Sylvia, Tom Russell isn’t letting the grass grow under him. He’ll be releasing another brand-new studio album Folk Hotel on Proper Records. Folk Hotel will be out on September 8th, in advance of his UK tour. The physical version – which is the one you’ll be wanting to buy – showcases 13 new Russell originals plus, as one of two bonus tracks, Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” a duet with Joe Ely, featuring Joel Guzman on Tex-Mex accordion. Continue reading “Tom Russell has a new album coming soon”

Benjamin Folke Thomas “Sex Addict” – Listen

Following the success of his fourth album “Copenhagen” earlier this year, Scandinavian born Benjamin Folke Thomas is back with a new album for his fans, a live album featuring tracks from his extensive back catalogue. “I wanted to make an honest record, something that reflects my solo live shows in a realistic way, so I decided to record a live album in my living room. I wanted to have the friendliest audience I could think of and my biggest fan is probably myself, no matter what others may think. So I was my own audience. I recorded each handclap, each chuckling laugh, and every excited call for more. It’s all me. Me me me…”  Hear for yourself whether that’s as awesome as it sounds on the track Sex Addict taken from the new record.

Jaime Wyatt “Felony Blues” (Forty Below Records, 2017)

“I stayed out of trouble most the time in jail” is, in its honesty and openness, as stark and discomforting a statement as you would expect an artist to make when describing how they came to make their debut album. But in this case, it’s a real part of the story that led Jaime Wyatt to write and record ‘Felony Blues’. Signed at the tender age of 17, with songs finding their way into movies and TV, it sounds as though Wyatt soon earned her wings as an honorary member of The Eagles and, after robbing her dealer and being served with some rough justice (given the circumstances), ended up serving eight months in jail, followed by six months in rehab, and a further three years on probation. One can only assume that wasn’t the plan.  Continue reading “Jaime Wyatt “Felony Blues” (Forty Below Records, 2017)”

Ian Hunter & The Rant Band, The Stables, Wavendon, 21st June 2017

More than thirty years after departing from Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter is still forever associated with the band which gave him his big break. That must be something of a poisoned chalice as he’s produced a significant body of solo work over those years and his current musical unit – the Rant Band – are responsible for two of his finest albums When I’m President and last year’s Fingers Crossed both of which show him to be a songwriter very much at the top of his game. And as befits this status he works as many of the new songs into his set as possible…or perhaps that should be he works as few Mott songs into the set as he feels he can get away with. Continue reading “Ian Hunter & The Rant Band, The Stables, Wavendon, 21st June 2017”

RS covers 2017’s best americana albums so far

OK so there’s country in the list too but it’s worth a delve, and several of the records we’ve reviewed glowingly. Rolling Stone reports: “At the halfway point of 2017, the country and Americana worlds have been full of surprises from every direction. Reliable songwriting heroes Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton returned with heralded efforts, while mainstream performers like Lauren Alaina and Lady Antebellum turned out songwriting-focused collections, and newcomers such as Luke Combs and Colter Wall pointed to the future. Here are the 25 best country and Americana releases of the year so far.” Continue reading “RS covers 2017’s best americana albums so far”

Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash appear on live tribute album

What a line up this record has, the next best thing to being there (or going back in time). Rolling Stone reports: “With songs that have been recorded by an impressive range of artists from George Jones, Skeeter Davis and Roy Orbison to the Raiders, Jefferson Airplane and Kanye West, writer and artist John D. Loudermilk was one of the most diverse and prolific tunesmiths of the 20th century. The author of such iconic hits as “Tobacco Road,” “Indian Reservation,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” and “Abilene,” was the subject of a stellar tribute concert in March 2016 at the Franklin Theatre south of Nashville. Now, an album of that event featuring Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and many more, is set for a September 15th release. See the track listing below.  Continue reading “Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash appear on live tribute album”