AmericanA to Z: Golden Smog

Golden Smog is a loose and occasional association of musicians centring around various members of The Jayhawks, Wilco and Soul Asylum. On occasion they have also been joined by members of The Replacements, Big Star and The Honeydogs. The only members to play on all their recordings are guitarist Kraig Johnson from the lesser-known Run Westy Run, Gary Louris and Marc Perlman from The Jayhawks and Soul Asylum’s Dan Murphy. To all intents and purposes, they are what we might have referred to in the past as a ‘supergroup’. But we would not use such crude terminology today, would we? Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Golden Smog”

Mavis Staples “All In It Together” – Listen

We’re all in this together” is a strap line that lost a little impact when it turned out that austerity was more for the poor than the rich, time will tell how true it is in its current revival for the pandemic.  However, when it comes from Mavis Staples then you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s truly meant as a rallying cry for communal actions. Continue reading “Mavis Staples “All In It Together” – Listen”

Jeff Tweedy’s house gets shot at

The Guardian are reporting today that numerous gunshots have been fired at the Chicago home of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, with his wife, Susan Miller Tweedy, reporting hearing “seven to 10 shots fired at what sounded like right at our house … A bullet went through the storm door to our balcony and lodged in the wooden door.” She went on to say that Tweedy found seven bullet casings outside their home. Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy’s house gets shot at”

AmericanA to Z – Uncle Tupelo

There’s no way we could make our first trip through the alphabet without a tip of the hat to the band that some folks point to as the start of this thing we call Americana. I’m going to sidestep the industrial-strength spider web of a conversation that inevitably follows any statement to the effect that somebody did or didn’t ‘start’ a movement or a musical style. Feel free to go down that road in the comments section if you’d like. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Uncle Tupelo”

Wilco, Albert Hall, Manchester, 27th September 2019

To say that Jeff Tweedy’s band have, over the years, become something of an Americana institution is to put the ‘under’ well and truly into ‘understatement’. Such is the band’s stature that their gigs nowadays might equally and legitimately be labelled as ‘events’. So, to the majestic surroundings of Manchester’s Albert Hall,  devotees travelled from across the north of England and beyond to witness one of only three UK dates on the current Wilco tour. Despite a hefty £38 ticket price, the show was sold out weeks in advance. Continue reading “Wilco, Albert Hall, Manchester, 27th September 2019”

Jeff Tweedy premieres new song – Watch

Stereogum is reporting that kast weekend, Jeff Tweedy performed an acoustic set of all his best know songs in Washington, DC “to celebrate NPR Music’s 10th anniversary that included everything from early Wilco cuts to Uncle Tupelo to contributions to Mavis Staples’ most recent album.” As part of the set he  played a new song called “Bombs Above” which you can watch along with most of the rest of the performance below.