Sarah McQuaid Announces Tour Dates – November

Following hard on the heels of a seven-week USA tour that saw her playing thirty nine shows from coast to coast, Sarah McQuaid hits the UK next month for her final tour before she takes a break from the road in 2017 to focus her energies on writing and recording a fifth solo album, as well as penning a sequel to The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, the popular tutor she authored on the alternative guitar tuning method that she uses. “I’d like to do a follow-up book that focuses on song accompaniment and that demonstrates the versatility of DADGAD,” Sarah explains. “A lot of people think of it as a specifically ‘Celtic’ tuning, but I write all my songs in DADGAD, and it’s great for all sorts of different genres, from blues to classical music to rock ’n’ roll.”  Get yourself a guitar and find out for yourself.  Continue reading “Sarah McQuaid Announces Tour Dates – November”

Dirty Dozen: Franc Cinelli

Franc Cinelli, 2016Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path.

Tell us about yourself and what you do?  I’m Franc, 37 born in Rome, raised in London.  I write songs about my life and the people in it. I’ve made four records, the last two of which I’ve produced myself. I’ve spent a lot of time travelling the UK, the States and Italy playing music and undoubtedly these travels are a part of my music. I’m looking for something, and what it is I’d like to think I’ll know when I find it.

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Carrie Rodriguez Announces UK Dates – November

Texan songwriter Carrie Rodriguez has announced a headline UK tour next month following the release of critically acclaimed album Lola (which garnered 4 stars in the Guardian) including shows in Birmingham, London and Scotland.   Known as a passionate performer, Carrie melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude (that’s a new one for us). Lola is both a return to her musical roots and something of a departure where she delivers her own twangy, Texas-bred twist on Mexican Ranchera songs, creating “culturally blended music for a culturally blended world.”  Hear for yourself below. Continue reading “Carrie Rodriguez Announces UK Dates – November”

Buddy Miller Talks The Wire and Nashville on New RS Podcast

News from Rolling Stone Country of a new podcast you can catch now with the King of Americana: “One month after fronting the house band at this year’s Americana Honors & Awards, Buddy Miller sits down with Chris Shiflett – podcast host, Foo Fighters bandmate, solo artist and fellow multi-tasker – for the newest installment of Walking the Floor. The episode makes its way through more than a half-century’s worth of history, from the original Woodstock, where a teenaged Miller caught Jimi Hendrix’s set, to present-day Nashville. Along the way, Miller – who helped strengthen the left-of-center country scenes in Austin, New York and Los Angeles before moving to Tennessee – geeks out over the Grateful Dead and takes some well-deserved shots at Nashville’s obsession with co-writing. There’s also a story about the time he suffered a heart attack onstage, only to drink half a beer with the creator of The Wire before heading to the hospital. (Priorities, people.)”  Continue reading “Buddy Miller Talks The Wire and Nashville on New RS Podcast”

Ryan Adams “Won’t Cover Album Again”

ryan-adamsSo bad luck on that version of the Babylon Zoo debut.  Pitchfork reports: “In September 2015, Ryan Adams released 1989, an album in which he covered every song from Taylor Swift’s Grammy-winning 2014 blockbuster. Taylor herself was thrilled by the idea, and surrounding the album’s release, the two artists discussed their mutual admiration in joint interviews. Now it seems as though Ryan does not look fondly upon the release. Today on Twitter, he responded to a fan suggesting a new album he could cover (it was Oasis’ Be Here Now): “Thanks but not gonna cover an album again.” He continued, suggesting that 1989’s polarized reception had given him a new outlook on releasing these types of projects. “1000 jabs later, what we made for fun has been made to be something else,” he wrote. “Learning to share less.”  Continue reading “Ryan Adams “Won’t Cover Album Again””

Dirty Dozen: Tommy Hale

Tommy Hale, 2016Recorded in Wiltshire, England, with his friends from acclaimed alt-country outfits The Snakes and The Redlands Palomino Company,  Tommy’s third record as a solo artist – draws on a wealth of musical styles, from gospel-tinged soul and country duetting to delicate pop balladry and driving rock ’n’ roll, while at its centre sits its author’s unmistakable voice a multi-faceted solo performer and respected face on the Dallas music scene. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Tommy Hale”

Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time

“If you can taste the dirt through your ears, that’s Americana.” Slightly late to the party with this one, and you can read some further analysis here courtesy of the Houston Press, but Billboard reported last week: “On the Billboard charts dated Oct. 22, four full-length releases that qualify for the Americana/Folk Albums chart — BonIver’s 22, A Million, Bob Weir’s Blue Mountain, Van Morrison’s Keep Me Singing and Drive-By Truckers’ American Band — landed among the top 10 highest-selling albums overall (in the tracking week ending Oct. 6, according to Nielsen Music). That’s an outsize performance for Americana, and represents more in sales than any other genre outside of rock (for which all four also qualify) among the top 10. In other words, Americana albums outsold R&B/hip-hop, dance and, most notably, country among the Top Album Sales chart’s top 10. It’s the first time the genre has bested country sales among weekly top 10-sellers since Billboard rebranded the Folk Albums chart as Americana/Folk Albums beginning with the chart dated June 4.  Continue reading “Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time”

Loudon Wainwright III Announces “Surviving Twin” Dates

If you’ve caught him on his current UK tour (or indeed the Andrew Marr Show yesterday) you’ll know that “Surviving Twin” is a posthumous collaboration in which Grammy Award winner Loudon Wainwright III connects some of his best songs with the writing of his late father Loudon Wainwright Jr, the long-standing LIFE Magazine columnist. The performance, never previously put on in the UK, is pitched as “a game of creative catch between son and father, exploring issues like birth, loss, parenthood, fashion, pet ownership, and mortality.”  Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III Announces “Surviving Twin” Dates”