The lovelier than roses singer-songwriter Sam Outlaw released brand new music the day he took to the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time, in his new hometown of Music City. His EP ‘Hat Acts’ is “inspired by honky tonk scenes, hip-hop skits and of course – real life”, and features three brand new songs ‘Cigarette’, ‘Shake A Heartache’ (described by Rolling Stone as “a 100-proof shot of adrenaline and attitude”) and ‘Humility’. Continue reading “Sam Outlaw announces new EP, UK dates”
Life is unfair in lots of different ways. Narcissists can reach the highest level of power including apparently the leader of the “free” world. The people most responsible for global warming are the least likely to suffer the consequences. Nigel Farage is having a comeback. The current series of Line of Duty has only 2 more episodes to go. To add to that list of gripes, South Dakota born Sam Outlaw’s brand of “SoCal” is known still by far too few people, and this, the opening track from his debut album, is as fine a piece of music as you’ll hear this decade, the mariachi horns making it far less parochial than so much middle of the road americana. Oh the injustice of it all!
Following the success of the first Long Road festival last year, the 3-day “music and lifestyle” event will return to Stanford Hall in Leicestershire this summer. Running from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September, the festival has announced the first wave of acts confirmed to perform at this year’s event including its two headliners, country singers Kip Moore and Josh Turner. Continue reading “The Long Road Festival announces its 2019 line-up”
That’s summer over and our roving reporters have been out and about at various festivals in search of the sun and fine music. A few got lost on the way back so it’s only now that we can offer another report on Summertyne which we had already looked at here. There’s more from the indoor set ups this time, maybe our man forgot to bring his umbrella. Continue reading “Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017”
If we could afford to cover this in person we would, although you do avoid Van on a bad day biting your head off (sorry, lazy journalism there). Rolling Stone Country reports: “Eclectic UK rock legends Van Morrison and Graham Nash, both of whom have been directly influenced by American music will both take the stage to perform at the Americana Honors & Awards Show on September 13th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Continue reading “Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up”
Sam Outlaw, who released his sophomore album “Tenderheart” on Friday last week (it was a good Friday for him) has announced some UK dates for July where you can sample his wares in person. The reviews are still coming in for his new record, but his debut ‘Angeleno’ earned great reviews both in the UK and US, with The Guardian stating: “His debut LP is a polished and cosmopolitan west coast take on traditional country music (he’s called it ‘SoCal country’) with songs that are moody and wry all at once.” Here are those dates. Continue reading “Sam Outlaw announces UK dates for July”
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 working in the shadow of country music lineage since Willie and Waylon were first branded as “outlaws” has had that designation at their disposal. The same goes for marketing execs and music critics. “Outlaw” is useful shorthand, an expedient way of advertising a performer’s resistance to mainstream norms and general aversion to docility. Often, it’s paired with a brawny aesthetic. Continue reading “Stream new Sam Outlaw album ahead of its release – Listen”