Richard Laviolette “Taking The Long Way Home” (You’ve Changed Records, 2017)

This is a good record – nicely written, songs performed well, you can’t really want for much more! Richard Laviolette is the real deal, a singer-songwriter from Ontario, Canada, Taking the Long Way Home is his eighth album since his debut recording (Mary Carl) in 2005 and it’s clear that he’s honed his craft over … Continue reading “Richard Laviolette “Taking The Long Way Home” (You’ve Changed Records, 2017)”

The Long Ryders “Bear in the Woods” – Listen

The Long Ryders are one of those truly seminal bands in americana and they’re back with their first new song in thirty years when the UK was feeling the worst excesses of Thatcherism and things felt very different to now… oh wait. Songwriter Tom Stevens says of it: “The message is complex. I wrote this … Continue reading “The Long Ryders “Bear in the Woods” – Listen”

Danny Worsnop ‘’The Long Road Home’’ (Earache Records, 2017)

Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot fame has gone solo and released a country record. We’ve seen stories like this coming out of Nashville in great Americana records by Don Henley, to more questionable releases from Steven Tyler. Danny certainly has a story to tell, from homelessness to drinking problems and hospitalisations, … Continue reading “Danny Worsnop ‘’The Long Road Home’’ (Earache Records, 2017)”

Greg Wickham “If I Left this World” (Thirty Days Records, 2017)

Greg Wickham was a member of Hadacol, a rootsy “alt country” band who released two albums at the turn of the century and If I left This World is his first release in 15 years. Reuniting with band members Richard Burgess and his brother, Fred, Wickham was lured back into a studio as he felt … Continue reading “Greg Wickham “If I Left this World” (Thirty Days Records, 2017)”

JD Fox & The Velvet Street Band ‘’A Tribute To Donnie Fritts’’ (Independent, 2016)

The interesting thing about a lot of tribute albums is where the new artists take the songs. Donnie Fritts was a session musician for Kris Kristofferson for 40 years, and a pioneer in the music emerging from Muscle Shoals. JD Fox, or real name Jan De Vos, is a Belgian artist inspired by the roots … Continue reading “JD Fox & The Velvet Street Band ‘’A Tribute To Donnie Fritts’’ (Independent, 2016)”

Courtney Marie Andrews, In-Store Performance, Rough Trade West, London. 12th April 2017

A true unplugged set this evening. Wearing a short olive dress and perched confidently on the record shop front desk, Courtney Marie Andrews was charming the 25 strong audience with cuts from the new LP. Without the piano and pedal steel of the album, the songs shift from the smooth neo-country textures and take on a surprising … Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews, In-Store Performance, Rough Trade West, London. 12th April 2017”

Carrie Elkin “The Penny Collector” (Independent, 2017)

This is a highly personal and emotional album from Texan Carrie Elkin. Named in honour of her father who passed away over a year ago and who was a lifelong collector of pennies it is one of those pieces of work that is a slow grower that demands attention but one which leaves the listener … Continue reading “Carrie Elkin “The Penny Collector” (Independent, 2017)”

Debut Sammy Brue record due out June

Teen Americana sensation (how often do you hear those words together?) Sammy Brue is set to release his debut album “I Am Nice” (the ego of the child…) on 16th June via New West Records. The twelve-song set was produced by John Paul White of the Civil Wars and Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and … Continue reading “Debut Sammy Brue record due out June”

New Ani Di Franco album due out June, UK dates

Singer-songwriter-activist Ani DiFranco has announced her twentieth studio album “Binary” which is set to hit stores and the interweb on June 9th. The iconic singer/songwriter/ activist/poet/DIY trendsetter returns to territory that brought her to the world’s attention more than twenty-five years ago now we’ve got another headcase in the Whitehouse. European Fans can pre-order the … Continue reading “New Ani Di Franco album due out June, UK dates”

Stream new Sam Outlaw album ahead of its release – Listen

It’s not out until this Friday but the wonderful NPR Music have made Sam Outlaw’s new album available in its entirety to stream now. Stop what you’re doing for 42 minutes and click play. (Actually you can multi-task while streaming so feel free to continue whatever it was, providing it’s legal).  NPR Music report: “Every artist … Continue reading “Stream new Sam Outlaw album ahead of its release – Listen”