Oh Susanna “A Girl in Teen City” (Continental Song City, 2017)

Everyone has been, or will be, a teenager at some point in their lives and although we all have different personal experiences throughout those years, the feelings we have; the sense of hope for the future, the sense of adventure and as you grow older, the sense of nostalgia you have looking back is something … Continue reading “Oh Susanna “A Girl in Teen City” (Continental Song City, 2017)”

Tift Merrit announces European autumn dates

On Friday Yep Roc Records released the digital deluxe version of the Limited Edition CD of Tift Merritt’s Stitch of the World which features three bonus tracks – “Stitch of the World” and “Something Came Over Me” which are acoustic duet versions of album tracks featuring Sam Beam, and “Day He Died” – a previously unreleased … Continue reading “Tift Merrit announces European autumn dates”

The Lonetones “Dumbing It All Down” (The Lonetones, 2017)

This is quite a hard album to review because it’s really an album of two halves. The Lonetones, hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, are essentially the band of husband and wife duo Sean McCollough and Steph Gunnoe. They front the band and all the tracks on the album are written by them – but not together. … Continue reading “The Lonetones “Dumbing It All Down” (The Lonetones, 2017)”

Sufjan Stevens announces new live album

And one with pictures too, like watching Nigel Farage broadcasting on LBC (but with slightly less casual fascism). Pitchfork reports: “Sufjan Stevens has announced a new audiovisual live album, Carrie & Lowell Live, due out April 28 on Asthmatic Kitty. It was recorded on November 9, 2015 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South … Continue reading “Sufjan Stevens announces new live album”

The Abrams “The Abrams” (Warner Music Canada, 2016)

This is the major label debut EP from Canadian brothers John and James Abrams who, despite only being just into their twenties, already carry an impressive CV, having the honour of being the youngest Canadians to appear at the Grand Ole Opry and having already put out a couple of albums under their own auspices. … Continue reading “The Abrams “The Abrams” (Warner Music Canada, 2016)”

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””