Rackhouse Pilfer head to UK for dates

Stomping Irish Americana-bluegrass sextet Rackhouse Pilfer have announced an extensive UK tour from March 11-April 2, performing songs from their acclaimed 2014 album “Love and Havoc”, where they’ll also be previewing material from their anticipated third album, due for release in the summer. It’s been recorded with producer Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Josh T. Pearson).  Here’s those dates along with a clip from the band so you can whet your whistle, try before you buy as it were.  Continue reading “Rackhouse Pilfer head to UK for dates”

New Justin Townes Earle Due May

And you can listen to the track “Champagne Corolla” from the new record below. Rolling Stone reports: “Justin Townes Earle – despite a name that evokes both father Steve and his dad’s mentor, Townes Van Zandt – has always had a knack for forging a strong and unusual relationship between roots music’s past and its newest arbiters. He made songs about wandering the Lower East Side of Manhattan feel natural against his sledgehammer strums and the beat of an upright bass, and despite his taste for everything that rested outside of country’s borders – Memphis soul, swing, blues and rockabilly – he’d never ventured beyond his native Tennessee to record an album or work with an outside producer. Continue reading “New Justin Townes Earle Due May”

John Mellencamp: I left label because of racist President

No not that racist president. Stereogum report today: “John Mellencamp paid a visit to Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show earlier this morning, and he shared for the first-time his account of why he left Columbia all the way back in 2001. In Mellencamp’s words:

I was on Columbia Records and I made a record called ‘Peaceful World.” And it was climbing up the charts, it was right before 9/11. And my manager went in and was talking to the record company, and the president of the record company — who I won’t mention his name but you could probably figure it out — said, ‘I don’t know why Mellencamp insists on having these [n-words] singing with him. It makes it impossible to get him [on radio]. 
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Interview: Bill Kirchen

When it comes to unique talents in the field of guitar players and entertainers, Bridgeport, Connecticut born, Ann Arbor, Michigan raised and now Austin Texas-based, Bill Kirchen is up there with the best. What a wonderful musical history comes with this unique act. He grew up at a time when pop music was in its infancy and the Beatles and the UK pop scene was influencing the US big style. Heady days. Tagged as the Titan of the Telecaster Kirchen is still shaking things up with his creative playing, and for his latest venture he has called on his old friend, Austin de Lone (Godfather of Pub Rock) not only to share a record with him, but also tour the UK. Steeped in numerous different styles of the guitar playing Bill Kirchen defies nature when he picks up his Telecaster, and steps on stage. It is like he is taken over by a dynamic power.  Continue reading “Interview: Bill Kirchen”

Lucy Rose releases new single/video online – Watch (and listen!)

Lucy Rose has announced details of a new single, her first through Communion Records, and the first music to be lifted from a new album project. It follows a film trailer which launched last week, detailing news of a documentary showing Rose playing for and living with her fans in Latin America. ‘Floral Dresses’ is produced by Tim Bidwell at his home studio in Brighton and featuring his house/studio band alongside the harmonies of The Staves. ‘Floral Dresses’ is the first new music from Lucy Rose since the release of her top 10 second album ‘Work It Out’ back in 2015.  Have a gander at the new video below, along with a trailer for the new documentary. Continue reading “Lucy Rose releases new single/video online – Watch (and listen!)”

Benjamin Folke Thomas “Copenhagen” (Louvaio, 2017)

Thomas’ opening gambit Good Enough For Me sparkles with lyrical ideas and has a few sticky hooks thrown in. The first line Wish I could come down from this pedestal strikes the right tone somewhere between two other great Scandinavian cultural icons the Norwegian TV series “Dag” (highly recommended – it has a wonderful soundtrack) and the writing of Karl Ove Knausgaard. Both deal with existential angst in similarly entertaining ways. Good Friend Again only deepens this impression, This is the day I’ll start drinking again, I need something to cope with these avenues of shame. There’s a brutal honesty, even if it is only fiction – it’s far from romantic. Continue reading “Benjamin Folke Thomas “Copenhagen” (Louvaio, 2017)”

Dirty Dozen: Megan O’Neill

‘Stories To Tell’ showcases six original songs that were recorded at British Grove Studios in London and produced by long-time Mark Knopfler collaborator, Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Roxy Music). Megan & The Common Threads weave a unique tapestry of country, blues, folk and Americana. The band has emerged from the solo project of Kildare-born songwriter and front woman, Megan O’Neill, and includes co-writers Dan Clark and Tom Smith (electric & acoustic guitars), Kesh Kanabar (bass), Alessandro Tibaldi (drums) and Mairéad Furlong’s on fiddle. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Megan O’Neill”

Pokey LaFarge releases song about current racial tension in US – Listen

Well worth a listen if you have a spare three minutes and 40 seconds in your life, and he’s playing some dates in the Netherlands next month. Rolling Stone reports: “Roots performer Pokey LaFarge calls St. Louis his home, and the racial tension that boiled over after Michael Brown’s fatal shooting by police in neighboring Ferguson informs his new song “Riot in the Streets.” It will appear on LaFarge’s new album Manic Revelations, out May 19th.  Continue reading “Pokey LaFarge releases song about current racial tension in US – Listen”

Ryan Adams hits number one in 3 US Charts

And he’s number one in the UK’s americana chart too. Billboard reports: “Ryan Adams takes no prisoners as he arrives at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts (dated March 11) with his new LP, Prisoner. Adams’ 16th studio album, and first of new material since his self-titled 2014 set, opens with 45,000 equivalent album units (42,000 in traditional album sales) in the week ending Feb. 23, according to Nielsen Music. Continue reading “Ryan Adams hits number one in 3 US Charts”