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”

Jason Isbell previews new country music exhibit

If you ever get a chance to go to Nashville (a kind of Mecca for americana fans) then the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is still an essential.  RS Country reports: “If the thought of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum conjures images of black-and-white photos or relics of a bygone … Continue reading “Jason Isbell previews new country music exhibit”

Johnny Parry “An Anthology of All Things” (Songs & Whispers, 2017)

Most records we get have such a limited scope and ambition that we can at least attempt to encapsulate them within a few hundred words. This record is of such ludicrous sweep and ambition that I doubt I could ever even start to detail its borders. It contains a chamber orchestra, a soprano (Donna Lennard) … Continue reading “Johnny Parry “An Anthology of All Things” (Songs & Whispers, 2017)”

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit announce new album, UK dates

Although don’t get too excited as they’re towards the end of the year and gigs in bunkers tend to be a bit cramped. Rolling Stone reports: “It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Jason Isbell, who will release two records before 2017 is up. Today, the songwriter announced his upcoming Live from Welcome … Continue reading “Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit announce new album, UK dates”

Ryan Adams on ‘Summer of 69’: “as fine a bridge as I have ever crossed”

Ryan Adams has written an op-ed for the New York Times recounting the “heckler” incident which happened back in 2002 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium when he was in the middle of performing Bartering Lines with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. “Sometime between the fifth and sixth songs, a warbly, cruel male voice yelled out a song request. … Continue reading “Ryan Adams on ‘Summer of 69’: “as fine a bridge as I have ever crossed””

Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen

Ace news from Spin who report: “It’s hard to believe five years have gone by since Aimee Mann’s last studio album, Charmer. That’s half a decade and yet it feels like only a couple of years ago. Oh well, that’s what happens when you get old — time just drifts without pause. Fortunately it’s brought … Continue reading “Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen”

Amanda Rheaume announces Jan/Feb UK tour

Canadian singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume has announced January-February UK tour in support of her new album Holding Patterns, produced by Ottawa singer-songwriter Jim Bryson, which features tracks such as  ‘The Day the Mountain Fell’, a true story Amanda’s grandfather told her about a second cousin in the 1950s who became known in media reports as a … Continue reading “Amanda Rheaume announces Jan/Feb UK tour”

Dietrich Strause “How Cruel That Hunger Binds” (Independent, 2016)

With no prior knowledge of Strause, this album on its initial listening, harks back to a simpler era of music with nods to Gospel and R ‘n’ B and touches of Americana. The vocals are sweet and crystal clear, creating an image of a clean cut American teen idol singing his heart out on a 1940’s/50’s … Continue reading “Dietrich Strause “How Cruel That Hunger Binds” (Independent, 2016)”

Amanda Rheaume “Holding Patterns” (Independent, 2016)

Having explored her family roots on 2014’s acclaimed Keep A Fire Ottawa’s Amanda Rheaume moves into a more mainstream sound on Holding Patterns. With producer Jim Bryson (of Weakerthans and Kathleen Edwards fame) on board the album is a classy selection of songs that run the gamut from radio friendly AOR to sensitive meditations on … Continue reading “Amanda Rheaume “Holding Patterns” (Independent, 2016)”

Here’s the Shortlist for Tonight’s CMA Awards (Updated with Winners)

Some decent americana-y musicians in here including Jerry Douglas.  Good luck Jerry!  Rolling Stone reports: “The 50th annual CMA Awards are set to award country’s top artists later this evening, but two trophies have already been presented this morning: Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year. After performing on Good Morning … Continue reading “Here’s the Shortlist for Tonight’s CMA Awards (Updated with Winners)”