After decades apart, Lowe and Michaels were reunited in Austin, Texas, here they built a new relationship and shared their passion for music. Michaels passed away in 2008, but Lowe has nurtured his father’s musical legacy as a standout singer, songwriter, and bandleader of Americana music As a founding member of Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys in ‘60s New York, Lowe’s father Roy Michaels worked closely with Jimi Hendrix(who produced Cat Mother’s first album) and shared bills with many in the rock pantheon. Wandering Father, Forgotten Son, Lowe’s second record, is a bridge between the the ghost of a father who drifted to Thailand and a son who was left to fit the pieces together.. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Silas Lowe”
Celtic Connections, one of the highlights of the americana year (indeed the first highlight of each year) has announced its line-up for 2017 which is cracking as always – 2,100 artists (!) in 20 venues across Glasgow. The festival opens with a special performance from Laura Marling & the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, and a host of events follow, including performances from Calexico, Tom Russell, the Felice Brothers, Seth Lakeman, Tom Paxton, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry and Eliza Carthy. There are also performances from our friends at Brookfield Knights including Ozere, 3Hattrio and Nathan Bell. Head over to the Celtic Connections website for full details and tickets.
Having a bit of a Ryan week for news we are. Pitchfork reports: “Last night, the Oasis documentary Supersonic screened in the United States. It’s the only night that the film will play in the country. Among those who went out to see the film was Ryan Adams. He tweeted out his recommendation, telling people they should see it “if you need something to remind you what the fuck rocknroll means.” He also lamented “how boring” music has become since Oasis emerged. Continue reading “Ryan Adams: “Oasis mattered unlike today’s bullshit””
Up-and-coming country troubadour Luke Bell releases his self-titled album on November 11th on Bill Hill Records / Thirty Tigers. Produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) at The Bomb Shelter studio in East Nashville, the album emphatically puts Bell in the vanguard of traditionally rooted contemporary writer/artists. A critical hit stateside, it has been rated one of Rolling Stone’s top albums of the year so far. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Luke Bell”
As football commentators love to say, “It’s a game of two halves” and the same goes for North Carolina’s Andy Ferrell’s debut album. Comprised of 12 songs the first six were recorded in Nashville with a band complement while the remainder are a capture of a solo show in his home town of Boone effectively reminding this reviewer of the days when one had to flip a disc over midway through listening. It’s not only the reminder of this old ritual that recalls the “good old days” when listening to At Home And In Nashville as Ferrell is yet another of these youngsters who are looking to singers and songwriters from the seventies for inspiration. Ferrell notes Townes Van Zandt as one of his heroes but on listening to the album there are reminders of Arlo Guthrie and Loudon Wainwright to be heard while the live tracks span a tradition that goes back to Woody Guthrie. Continue reading “Andy Ferrell “At Home And In Nashville” (Independent, 2016)”
Classic blue collar heartland rock from the album Stay Gold.
Lucy Rose will release her new album, ‘Live at Urchin Studios’ on 9th December 2016. Recorded in one hour at London’s Urchin Studios in front of a live audience and with only one bandmate (Alex Eichenberger), the album features tracks from Rose’s debut release ‘Like I Used To’ as well as last year’s follow up ‘Work It Out’. Rose also hits the UK for a “library” tour as part of the Get It Loud In Libraries initiative. Limited tickets for all shows are on sale now via DICE. Continue reading “Lucy Rose Announces New Live Album, Dates”
The album’s set for a 2017 release before you get too excited. Pitchfork peppily reports: “The Shins are getting in the Halloween spirit. This morning (Oct. 26), the James Mercer-led band dropped a music video for a new song called “Dead Alive,” featuring the rickety production quality and campy macabre of an old horror B-movie. The Shins teased the video on Instagram yesterday and today we’ve got the whole thing, along with a message about the new music the group’s brewing: “James Mercer wanted to give you all a Halloween gift while you wait for the album.” Below, watch Mercer struggle to realize if he’s shrunk or if the world’s gotten bigger. Continue reading “The Shins Return with New Album and Video”
Hailing from Ireland, France and England, The Wharves combine gracefully minimal psyche-rock with fuzzed out folk. They invoke the reverberated spook of 60’s groups, the mid-fi guitar crunch of Kim Deal’s The Amps, the sisterly vocal harmonies of The Roches and the narrative and structural panache of 70’s progressive folk. Thunderous drumming drives through these compositions, ensuring the wealth of disparate influences remain focused and celebrator. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Wharves”
A great video to accompany a great lazy hazy song.