Ray Davies “Americana” (Sony, 2017)

Ray Davies return with his first album in a decade, if we discount the various Kinks collaborations and choral reworking.  It stands as a testament that everything changes and nothing changes since Working Man’s Café dropped as the newly knighted Sir Ray turns his attention to the country which has had a profound effect on … Continue reading “Ray Davies “Americana” (Sony, 2017)”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ talks Merle Haggard

Let’s face it, he’s probably still not going to beat Mel B’s version of “Word Up” in terms of classic covers but good on him for having a go. Rolling Stone reports: “Imagine arranging Merle Haggard’s millions of fans in concentric circles. In the outermost ring, place the casual listeners, the ones familiar with “Mama … Continue reading “Bonnie ‘Prince’ talks Merle Haggard”

Brock Zeman “The Carnival is Back in Town” (Busted Flat Records, 2017)

Canadian musician Brock Zeman has had an excellent career and shows no sign of slowing up his output with his thirteenth release, the highly ambitious ‘The Carnival Is Back In Town’. 10 years in the making the album has already been scrapped once but Brock decided that it was worth taking a chance on and … Continue reading “Brock Zeman “The Carnival is Back in Town” (Busted Flat Records, 2017)”

Emmylou Harris plays “At the Ryman” anniversary concert

And there’s a nice little clip below from it if you scroll down. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Twenty-six years after her three-night stint onstage at Nashville’s dark and dilapidated Ryman Auditorium helped spearhead efforts to refurbish the century-old former home of the Grand Ole Opry, Emmylou Harris and her acoustic band, the Nash Ramblers, returned to the … Continue reading “Emmylou Harris plays “At the Ryman” anniversary concert”

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)”

Dirty Dozen: The Americans

The Americans are a four piece rock & roll band from Los Angeles. T-Bone Burnett describes them as “Genius twenty-first century musicians that are reinventing American heritage music for this century.” Reviewing the band’s newest single “The Right Stuff” for Pitchfork, Greil Marcus writes, “From the first rolling guitar notes, carrying sadness and defiance like … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Americans”

Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child

The Most Ugly Child are a 6-piece country powerhouse, with rabble rousing fiddle breaks and pedal steel swells to make you weep. They can have you dancing on the tables or break your heart with a song. Centered around the songwriting partnership of Daniel Wright and Stevie-Leigh Goodison, the band is made up of some … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child”

Natalie Merchant to release deluxe box set

Nonesuch Records have announced the release of “The Natalie Merchant Collection” which will be a deluxe ten-CD box set compiled by Merchant herself and released on June 23rd. The discs include all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades, a new studio set featuring four new songs and six reinterpreted selections from … Continue reading “Natalie Merchant to release deluxe box set”

Grandaddy bassist, founding member dies

Some very sad news this morning from RS. Grandaddy skirt around the boundaries of americana but are basically a great songwriting band in the vein of Mercury Rev or Flaming Lips. They report: “Kevin Garcia, the bassist and co-founder of the influential Modesto, California alt-rock group Grandaddy, died after suffering a massive stroke Tuesday. Grandaddy confirmed … Continue reading “Grandaddy bassist, founding member dies”