10 songs showing how the human spirit deals with illness

Before free and easy access to doctors and medical care, many people struggled to understand disease. This is where folk and popular songs of the day played an important role in public awareness. The birth of the recording industry in the ’20s meant that the reliance on song for medical information was captured for posterity. Below are 10 songs about illness and they give an insight into how the human spirit can respond to Continue reading “10 songs showing how the human spirit deals with illness”

Vintage Springsteen set vinyl for re-release

There are, in fact, five albums by Springsteen on their way that have never been re-issued on vinyl since their original release.  It’s a situation that had to be rectified!  Not today, but on the 21st of February when glorious  reissues of  albums from the period 1999-2007 will once more be available. Yeah, we know, “titles – tell us the goddamn titles!”  Nothing easier. Continue reading “Vintage Springsteen set vinyl for re-release”

Americana UK writers choose their albums of 2019 – part two

It’s part two of our writers picks from 2019 where we collectively list the albums that made the biggest impact on us over the last 12 months. There’s one album repeated from yesterday’s list which I guess by default makes it our album of the year but we’ll leave you eagled-eyed beavers to work that out for yourself. So once again, here we go! Continue reading “Americana UK writers choose their albums of 2019 – part two”

Bruce Springsteen “Western Stars – Songs From The Film” (Columbia Records, 2019)

Bruce Springsteen’s 19th studio album, ‘Western Stars’, which came out this summer, has found its way on to many critics’ ‘best of the year’ lists, and quite rightly so – it’s one of his finest records. Influenced by the Southern California pop music of the late ’60s and ’70s – namely Glen Campbell and Burt Bacharach – the songs are lush and cinematic epics, with sweeping strings and Easy Listening horns, and are inhabited by a cast of lost and lonely characters, such as a faded cowboy movie star and a veteran stuntman.

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Bruce Springsteen “Western Stars” (Columbia, 2019)

The lone traveler sticks out his thumb and his journey begins. Across the country he hitch-hikes, catching rides from family men, truck drivers, muscle car owners and the like, listening to their stories and situations as he moves from town to town. So begins ‘Western Stars,’ the most densely cinematic Bruce Springsteen album since ‘The Rising.’ Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen “Western Stars” (Columbia, 2019)”

Bruce Springsteen “Tucson Train” – Watch

Bruce Springsteen has released the song ‘Tucson Train’ globally today, along with a performance video by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning director Thom Zimny. The black-and-white video features many of the musicians who appear on his new album ‘Western Stars’ which is due out on Columbia Records on June 14th. Zimny is a longtime chronicler of Springsteen’s career whose recent film credits include the “Springsteen on Broadway” Netflix special and “The Ties That Bind” documentary on the making of ‘The River’ album.

Bruce Springsteen “There Goes My Miracle” – Listen

We leave you this weekend dear readers with a new track out today from the forthcoming Springsteen album ‘Western Stars’ which will be out via Columbia Records on 14th June. As we’ve previously noted, the 13 tracks of the new album were recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York, and encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope. All the things we like most. Have a good one.

Springsteen releases new track “Hello Sunshine” – Listen

We had news on Friday of Bruce Springsteen’s new album ‘Western Stars’ which is due out in June, and now we have the first taste of what to expect from it with the first single ‘Hello Sunshine’. As he told RS, “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangement.” So you know what to expect before you hit play. Simply lovely.

Springsteen announces new studio album “Western Stars”

Leaving you this weekend dear reader with news that Bruce Springsteen’s first new studio album in five years has been announced, which draws inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey with additional recording in California and New York. Columbia Records will release Springsteen’s 19th studio album on 14th June. ‘Western Stars’ will be available for pre-order from today. Continue reading “Springsteen announces new studio album “Western Stars””

Springsteen on Broadway recording arrives in December

We never made it out to New York to catch ‘Springsteen on Broadway,’ for some inexplicable reason the tickets for the all expenses paid press junket just didn’t arrive. Not that we’re complaining you understand… But if, like us, you didn’t make it to Broadway for Springsteen’s intimate (for him) series of shows the good news is that the show is coming to youContinue reading “Springsteen on Broadway recording arrives in December”