Pornographer and bird hybrid Frontperson announce debut album

Frontperson, the new project from Kathryn Calder (vocalist and keyboardist for The New Pornographers) and Mark Andrew Hamilton (who has released six albums as the excellent Woodpigeon), have announced details of their debut album ‘Frontrunner’ which will come out on 21st September on Calder’s own Oscar St. Records. They’ve also shared the video for ‘Tick – Tock (Frontrunner)’, the first single from … Continue reading “Pornographer and bird hybrid Frontperson announce debut album”

Khari Wendell McClelland “Freedom Singer” (Afterlife music/Membran, 2018)

Originally from Detroit but now living in Canada, Khari Wendell McClelland began to investigate his family history some years ago, in particular the story of his great-great-great grandmother, a slave in the States who escaped to Canada via the underground train network set up by abolitionists. This led to him exploring the music of his … Continue reading “Khari Wendell McClelland “Freedom Singer” (Afterlife music/Membran, 2018)”

David Myhr “Lucky Day” (Monogram Recordings/Lojinx, 2018)

Not many albums cross our paths that are the product of research for a doctoral thesis – in fact ‘Lucky Day‘ may be the first such. David Myhr has been working for four years on researching the songwriting process – aiming to answer fundamental questions such a what makes a good song ? Why is … Continue reading “David Myhr “Lucky Day” (Monogram Recordings/Lojinx, 2018)”

AmericanA to Z : The Byrds

Not every A-Z artist is a complete unknown, sometimes it’s good to remember just how good some of the seminal bands really were. The Byrds are the band that spawned a thousand jangly guitar bands, seemingly destined to be ‘rediscovered’ every ten years or so. The Byrds famously invented country-rock on ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo‘ … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z : The Byrds”

Cowboy Junkies “All That Reckoning” (Proper Records, 2018)

Cowboy Junkies will be known to many given that they have now been performing together for 33 years and were at the forefront of the Americana movement. It’s hard to keep count of the albums they’ve released as they have over 20 to their name, but this is the first studio release for a number … Continue reading “Cowboy Junkies “All That Reckoning” (Proper Records, 2018)”

Track Premiere : Loren Cole “Blue”

‘Blue‘ is the latest single from Loren Cole’s debut album ‘For the sake of being honest‘ and it cuts through the endless clutter of new music with a crystal clear vocal and an elegant and almost minimalist arrangement.  The result is a song that’s honest and direct, no obfuscation here.  Loren Cole is definitely on … Continue reading “Track Premiere : Loren Cole “Blue””

Hadnot Creek “Winter” (Independent, 2018)

Hadnot Creek released ‘Winter’ back in February for those of you wondering why this bleak and desolate collection of spit and sawdust Americana appears on these pages to coincide with some of the hottest days in recent memory. We might be breaking out the strawberries and cream for Wimbledon over here but Cliff Richard this … Continue reading “Hadnot Creek “Winter” (Independent, 2018)”

Sc4m returns as part of the Rhythm Tree Festival

For nine years sc4m was held annually in Winchester’s Railway pub building up a reputation as one of the best and most intimate Americana/roots music festivals in the UK. This year sc4m relocates to the Isle of Wight linking up with the Rhythm Tree Festival. With their own Woodland stage sc4m will host their show … Continue reading “Sc4m returns as part of the Rhythm Tree Festival”

Loren Cole “For The Sake Of Being Honest” (Independent, 2018)

Loren Cole is a young artist based in Los Angeles, California and the sunshine from that State exudes from this album from the start of the very first track. Echoing the style and vibe of Fleetwood Mac Cole has written ten songs of great maturity and positivity without straying into the formulaic mainstream dross leaving … Continue reading “Loren Cole “For The Sake Of Being Honest” (Independent, 2018)”

Phosphorescent announce a few UK dates.

After what has seemed like a very long four years Phosphorescent – the band that rotates around Matthew Houck – have finally announced that there will be some headlining gigs in the UK on the European tour. Hold the over the top excitement, because the October tour will only have three such dates, and these … Continue reading “Phosphorescent announce a few UK dates.”