Eric Ambel “Lakeside” (Last Chance Records / At The Helm Records, 2017)

Serial collaborator and producer Eric Ambel returns with his first solo record in over a decade. “Lakeside”, supposedly named after Ambel’s favourite former boozer, delivers ten tracks that would feel right at home in any dive where the floorboards are seasoned with spilled beer and the pool tables’ resale value ruined by cigarette damage.

Billy Bragg pays tribute to Woody Guthrie at Folk Awards – Watch

This will set your weekend off to a good start, it’ll elevate the hairs on the back of your neck (well until you read the Trump bit of the accompanying piece). Spin reports on Wednesday evening’s events: “Woody Guthrie was the hall of fame inductee at last night’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which sort of … Continue reading “Billy Bragg pays tribute to Woody Guthrie at Folk Awards – Watch”

Dirty Dozen: Beth Bombara

Beth Bombara has built her career on an evolving sound that blurs the lines between genres. To those who make their living onstage, she’s a musician’s musician — a road warrior who writes her own exemplary material, plays multiple instruments, and fronts her own band, often a duo with her husband. Can you tell us … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Beth Bombara”

Big Star remembered in new film to premiere at SXSW – Watch

And if you think that’s just the name of a Jayhawks song, here’s a story on a band that will join the dots for you. Billboard reports: “Big Star will get another opportunity to reclaim a positive legacy next week during the music portion of South by Southwest. Few will forget frontman Alex Chilton’s unexpected … Continue reading “Big Star remembered in new film to premiere at SXSW – Watch”

Dirty Dozen: Lonely Avenue

Lonely Avenue is a four-piece alt-country/Americana band from Bakersfield, California who has been playing around 150 shows per year since 2008.  Can you tell us about yourself?  Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years? We are from different places but all of us have spent most of our … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Lonely Avenue”

New Robyn Hitchcock album due April – Listen

The legendary (and we use that word frugally) Robyn Hitchcock will release his new record on the Yep Roc label on 21st April. The 21st studio recording (spookily) and first-ever eponymous release of the British artist’s four-decade career, Robyn Hitchcock is available for pre-order now at the official Yep Roc Store. Described by its creator as “an ecstatic … Continue reading “New Robyn Hitchcock album due April – Listen”

Dirty Dozen: The Whiskey Gentry

Following the release of their first two acclaimed albums, Please Make Welcome (2011) and Holly Grove (2013), the Atlanta-based band The Whiskey Gentry are set to release their third full-length studio album entitled Dead Ringer on April 7th. On it, the husband and wife duo of Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow and bandmates have created … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Whiskey Gentry”

Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls

And there’ll be a lot more of this to come. 3 years, 361 days and counting which might feel more bearable if you can manufacture a self-induced coma. Before you do, have a gander at the video at the end of this article if you’ve not seen it before – it’s a cracker. Billboard reports: “Fans … Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls”

Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen

Not to get mixed up with horses, although they both begin with the letter ‘h’. Americana with the swagger of the Stones, Rolling Stone Country reports: “On a January morning in Austin, it’s chilly enough to snow. Hometown heroes the Band of Heathens are leaving their winter gear at home, though, and prepping for tropical weather … Continue reading “Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen”

Dirty Dozen: Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire

If the Scots slang – which gives Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire’s “Swithering” its name – suggests any sort of indecisiveness at play, then it’s one that the band whole-heartedly embraced to help push the boundaries of what it felt capable of creating.  From the very beginning, this was a group of players eager … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire”