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)”

Alison Krauss: new Union Station album on the way?

“Windy City”, the new album by Alison Krauss goes live today in the UK and she was on BBC Breakfast this morning chatting about it and meeting Adele in Nashville: “I had been getting messages from all over the country that she had talked about us in her show and it was very endearing and very sweet, when she came through Nashville I saw her play and she was adorable… she was amazing when we met, very kind and generous. It was quite the compliment.” She also exclusively revealed that a new album with Union Station is currently being considered – “I would love to do another band record with Union Station, I’ve got a folder of great songs sitting behind my desk”. You can watch the whole interview on BBC iPlayer (it’s right at the end to save you scrolling). Continue reading “Alison Krauss: new Union Station album on the way?”

Andrew Combs announces UK dates, new video – Watch

The annoyingly talented and handsome Andrew Combs has announced a UK tour today which accompanies the release of the video for new single ‘Blood Hunters’ which you can watch below in all its creepy glory. The Ry Cox directed film is cinematic in scope with nods to sci-fi and horror, not too distant from Netflix hit show ‘Stranger Things’ and there’s an album on the way too: “Canyons Of My Mind” is released on April 7th, 2017 via Loose in Europe. The 11-song set was co-produced by Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose) & Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell, Caitlin Rose) and recorded at Battle Tapes Studio in East Nashville.  Here’s those dates and tracklisting for the new record. Continue reading “Andrew Combs announces UK dates, new video – Watch”

Sturgill Simpson joins fight against scalpers

Reassuring of course that the whole world is getting screwed and not just us. News from Rolling Stone this morning:  “When Pearl Jam launched their now infamous fight against Ticketmaster in 1994, trying to protect concertgoers from inflated service charges, they could have never imagined that those few extra dollars would now seem like small change in the era of online scalpers. It’s a battle for which Eric Church recently took aggressive action, cancelling 25,000 bot-generated orders for his Holdin’ My Own Tour. Now Sturgill Simpson, according to a Facebook post earlier this week, is joining the crusade for fair and accessible ticketing.  Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson joins fight against scalpers”

The Standing Waves “Early Reflections” (Independent, 2017)

Both standing waves and early reflections are terms to do with the physics of sound waves. The first sounds to reach a listener’s ears from sound waves bouncing off objects are the early reflections and I’m happy to report that the effect evidenced by these ten songs is a tidal wave of pleasure. They are polished and charming examples of a subtle mix of Americana genres – there are touches from all across the map from the reflective sweetness of Last First Person that reminds me of the collective bonhomie of Ida, wisps of Whiskeytown, the Jayhawks, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris and even the Avett Brothers. Continue reading “The Standing Waves “Early Reflections” (Independent, 2017)”

Hurray For the Riff Raff stream new album in its entirety

NPR have been very nice of late, possibly getting in their freebies before Trump privatises/abolishes it (alarmingly on the cards without hyperbole), and they’ve decided to stream the new album “The Navigator” from the lovely Hurray for the Riff Raff in its entirety prior to its release on ATO Records a week today.  You can hear that stream over at the NPR site here and while you’re doing so read a fascinating interview with Alynda Segarra who tells NPR: “”I just wanna prove my worth on the planet Earth and be something!”  This sentiment expands to speak for outsiders of all kinds – LGBTQ kids, immigrants, women, working class people, the “colonized and hypnotized.””  In the meantime, watch their new video “Hungry Ghost” from that new record below.  Continue reading “Hurray For the Riff Raff stream new album in its entirety”