New Steve Earle & the Dukes album lands next month

Americana icon Steve Earle and his country rock band The Dukes will release a new album “So You Wannabe an Outlaw” on June 16 on Warner Bros. Records, which is available now for pre-order where you’ll receive an instant download of the album track “Lookin’ For A Woman.” It’s Steve’s first album for Warner Bros. … Continue reading “New Steve Earle & the Dukes album lands next month”

Oceans are Zeroes “Oceans are Zeroes” ( Independent, 2017)

Oceans are Zeroes impinge a power-pop sensibility on the hugest Mogwai-meets-Mercury Rev songs imaginable creating a wall of rock sound backdrop behind high and steely vocals. The initial effect is to be bowled over by a veritable tsunami of sound, breaking on the beaches and throwing out sparkling rockets rather than more humdrum flotsam and … Continue reading “Oceans are Zeroes “Oceans are Zeroes” ( Independent, 2017)”

The Andrew Collins Trio “And It Was Good” (Independent, 2017)

This is a difficult album to review simply because I’ve never heard anything quite like it before. For a start, it’s totally instrumental; unusual in the Americana genre, though the music does have its roots quite firmly in Bluegrass.  It’s also a concept album, something else that’s quite rare in this genre. And not just … Continue reading “The Andrew Collins Trio “And It Was Good” (Independent, 2017)”

Dirty Dozen: Laura James

Laura James is an award-winning London-based, Cumbrian-born songstress. Laura’s music leans heavily on the poetic side of folk and her ‘haunting’ vocal coupled with her sensitivity for lyrics and melody is a captivating combination. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years? I grew … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Laura James”

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)”

Here’s the americana winners from the 2017 Grammys

Good morning everyone. The Boot website helpfully reports this morning the big winners in the categories you care about (a bit more than Adele vs Beyoncé) in last night’s Grammys.  They report: “The winners of the 2017 Grammy Awards were revealed on Sunday (Feb. 12), during both the pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony and the televised awards show. A number of country, … Continue reading “Here’s the americana winners from the 2017 Grammys”

3hattrio with Lizabett Russo @Celtic Connections. The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow: 4th February 2017

The last weekend of Celtic Connections and we’re excited to see, at long last, the strange three headed creature born in the Utah desert, the weird aggregation of old time Americana, chamber music and jazz that is 3hattrio. Over the course of three albums this trio (Hal Cannon, Greg Istock and Eli Wrankle) have insinuated … Continue reading “3hattrio with Lizabett Russo @Celtic Connections. The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow: 4th February 2017”

RS publishes its top country/americana albums of 2016

Actually they did about a week ago now but hey, we’re too busy counting our own votes at the moment!  Some sterling choices in their list including Hiss Golden Messenger, Drive By Truckers and Robbie Fulks. RS Country reports: “Country music finally broke free of the bro stranglehold in 2016, with a demonstrative return to more thoughtful lyrics … Continue reading “RS publishes its top country/americana albums of 2016”

Sturgill Simpson and Avett Brothers nominated for Grammys

Rolling Stone Country reports: “Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson and Kelsea Ballerini each scored an all-genre nomination when the categories for the 59th Grammy Awards were revealed this morning. Simpson’s latest record A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is nominated in Album of the Year, opposite efforts from Beyoncé, Drake, Justin Bieber and Adele, while Morris and … Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson and Avett Brothers nominated for Grammys”

Danielle French Presents Miss Scarlett & The Madmen “Dark Love Songs” (Scarlet Raven Productions, 2016)

A filmmaker and songwriter from Calgary in Canada, Danielle French delivers here nine songs she crafted while attending a series of songwriters’ workshops, the songs co-writes with fellow attendees and for the most part recorded with her co writers. Despite this plethora of contributors French keeps a firm hand on the tiller to deliver a … Continue reading “Danielle French Presents Miss Scarlett & The Madmen “Dark Love Songs” (Scarlet Raven Productions, 2016)”