Kilkenny Roots Festival, 28th April – 1st May 2017, Kilkenny, Ireland

This was the second time your intrepid reporter has attended the annual celebration of all things good in Roots and Americana music that’s held in the beautiful city of Kilkenny in Ireland and now that it’s done and dusted, I can only scratch my head and wonder why only twice? Arriving on the Friday afternoon … Continue reading “Kilkenny Roots Festival, 28th April – 1st May 2017, Kilkenny, Ireland”

The Unthanks “Diversions Vol. 4: The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake” (RabbleRouser Music, 2017)

The Unthanks – sisters Becky and Rachel – have, over the last decade, become major figures on the English folk scene. Strong on tradition they have also forged new musical paths and travelled along many sidetracks. This latest release is one of the sidetracks,which also sees the sisters forging a connection to the mainstream. In … Continue reading “The Unthanks “Diversions Vol. 4: The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake” (RabbleRouser Music, 2017)”

The Weeks “Easy” (Serpents and Snakes Records, 2017)

It’s no surprise at all that The Weeks are on the Kings of Leon’s label – Talk Like That, the opening track of Easy, could be The Kings of Leon in full Southern Rock Band mode on this good natured assessment of a girl and the crazy things she says. Perhaps fortunately, considering how close … Continue reading “The Weeks “Easy” (Serpents and Snakes Records, 2017)”

Madison Violet “The Knight Sessions” (Big Lake Music, 2017)

Canadians Brenley MacEarchen and Lisa MacIssaac have been charming audiences and listeners for nigh on two decades now with their rootsy songs and glorious combined voices. Over the years their sound has ranged from folk to indie rock to radio friendly pop harmonies but on The Knight Sessions they try to get back to basics. … Continue reading “Madison Violet “The Knight Sessions” (Big Lake Music, 2017)”

Miranda Lee Richards: “Lucid I Would Dream” – Listen

Following 2016’s “Echoes Of The Dreamtime” album, LA-based Miranda Lee Richards has announced the release of new album “Existential Beast” on June 16th via Invisible Hands Music, a “beautifully constructed album characteristic of the effortless, 70’s influenced, country-tinged psychedelia, evident through Miranda’s work.” The first track to be released from the album was chosen as … Continue reading “Miranda Lee Richards: “Lucid I Would Dream” – Listen”

Ryan Lee “Always A River” (Independent, 2016)

Ryan Lee doesn’t perform like most singer-songwriters since he marches to the beat of a different drum. His style of work reminds me of the anguished torment associated with much of the work of the late Vic Chesnutt, as he weaves images awash in intricate artful beauty. Honest and unbending the lyrics are given flight by his … Continue reading “Ryan Lee “Always A River” (Independent, 2016)”

Sweet Gum Tree “Sustain The Illusion” (Dreamy Bird Records 2017)

In the 1980’s alongside, all of the hardcore, reggae and The Fall, John Peel occasionally championed some bands that didn’t quite fit; they were self-consciously ‘arty’ and most of them would end up on 4AD records or just fade into obscurity – they fell somewhere between The Wild Swans and Swans Way. SGT have a … Continue reading “Sweet Gum Tree “Sustain The Illusion” (Dreamy Bird Records 2017)”

Andrew Combs announces UK dates, new video – Watch

The annoyingly talented and handsome Andrew Combs has announced a UK tour today which accompanies the release of the video for new single ‘Blood Hunters’ which you can watch below in all its creepy glory. The Ry Cox directed film is cinematic in scope with nods to sci-fi and horror, not too distant from Netflix … Continue reading “Andrew Combs announces UK dates, new video – Watch”

OCMS ready Dylan tribute album

And after you’ve read this if you want to see them BURST into Columbia Nashville unannounced (the bare faced arrogance) then watch the clip below. Rolling Stone Country reports: “In May 2016, Old Crow Medicine Show paid tribute to Bob Dylan’s 1966 masterpiece Blonde on Blonde with a live re-creation of the album at the … Continue reading “OCMS ready Dylan tribute album”

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”