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Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett Talks to Sturgill Simpson
04Aug

Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett Talks to Sturgill Simpson

Rolling Stone reports: "With the Foo Fighters winding their summer-long tour to a close, lead guitarist Chris Shiflett is shifting some of his focus back to his Walking the Floor podcast. Now at its 28th episode, the series finds Shiflett talking shop with songwriters, sidemen and storytellers. It's a conversation between artists, essentially, with Shiflett — who joined the Foo Fighters in 1999, adding another bullet point to a resume that also includes a country-influenced solo project, Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants, as well as a 20-year run with the punk-rock cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes — asking questions that go beyond the standard Q&A fare."

No Depression Pays Tribute to Buddy Emmons
03Aug

No Depression Pays Tribute to Buddy Emmons

Following his sad death last week, No Depression has published a tribute to the legendary pedal steel player: "When pedal steel guitar great Buddy Emmons died this week, we lost more than an exceptional musician from the country music landscape. Like the legendary artist who discovered him, Little Jimmy Dickens (when he died last year) the passing of Emmons is the passing of an era. Buddy Emmons was the father of modern pedal steel guitar. No artist did more in his lifetime to advance, innovate, and stylize the instrument then Emmons. He influenced nearly everyone who has picked up the instrument since he laid down his first tracks in Nashville in 1956. "

The Guardian Picks 10 of the Best From Gram
03Aug

The Guardian Picks 10 of the Best From Gram

Good Monday morning!  Nice little piece in the Guardian last week about Gram in case you missed it, where they list 10 of his best tracks with a big spiel about each, some video clips and audio and some terrific photographs.  As they say, "The country rock pioneer reshaped the Byrds, redirected the Stones and pursued his own, often glorious vision of ‘cosmic American music’."  Click here for the feature.

We Shall Overcome Fights Austerity With Music - October
31Jul

We Shall Overcome Fights Austerity With Music - October

this guitar kills fascists

A nationwide festival of music has been planned for the first weekend of October under the "We Shall Overcome" banner - as the organisers put it on their website, "‘We Shall Overcome’ is a simple shout out to the people who make our culture happen – the musicians, artists, promoters. For one weekend, let’s do what we do but let’s do it under one unified banner – We Shall Overcome. Let’s do it together to show our solidarity and send a message that we don’t agree with austerity politics."   All proceeds will be donated to local food banks.

Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell Release Covers Album
31Jul

Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell Release Covers Album

Cover me Songs reports: "Long time friends Sam Beam (better known under his stage name Iron & Wine) and Ben Bridwell from Band Of Horses have finally "gotten" around to fulfilling their longtime wish of collaborating on a covers album with the release of Sing Into My Mouth earlier this week.  After having teased their audiences with renditions of Sade‘s “Bulletproof Soul” and Unicorn’s “No Way Out Of Here,” the folksy duo shared their Talking Heads cover “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” before finally releasing the album.  

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General Election 2015 - some thoughts
We live in a democracy (of sorts - seehttp://www.americana-uk.com/index.php/pages/activism-and-comment/item/971-democracy-huh) and pretty soon we shall all have the chance to voice our opinion and vote for…
Wednesday April 15
by  Paul Villers 
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Where does music go now?
An opinion piece by Paul Villers It was once suggested by a former music business mover and shaker that cds should be sold for no…
Saturday August 23
by  Paul Villers 
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Pete Seeger RIP
In the strange cybergap between writing my first article and being able to actually share it I learnt Pete Seeger had died. When thinking about…
Friday January 31
by  Morag Rose 
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A starter for ten
These aren't the best, or the most famous, or the biggest selling political songs ever but they are all tunes I love. It was hard…
Friday January 31
by  Morag Rose 
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Jolie Holland, Basement Bar, York, 15th July 2015
Tonight’s full house are treated to a sit down, relaxed, chilled out performance, Jolie Holland is oozing professionalism, she’s sassy and in an ebullient mood. …
Tuesday August 04
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Polly & the Billets Doux + Bramble Knapskins, York, Basement Bar, 2nd June 2015
Openers Bramble Knapskins are full of that youthful vigour and exude confidence that the young do, with a squeezebox, double bass, sax, acoustic and drums…
Tuesday August 04
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Ryan Boldt + Kacy & Clayton + Sam Griffths, York Basement Bar, York, 29th April 2015
Local support Sam Griffths is more than able, his guitar & double bass combo are full of youthful vigour and he’s that very earnest singer/songwriter…
Tuesday August 04
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Pokey LaFarge + Daniel Meade, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 22nd May 2015
Opener Meade, 4 piece band, double bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and brushed drums, it’s a terrific 50’s shuffles.  Vintage guitars, with nifty wandering, walked up…
Tuesday August 04
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Cale Tyson with Pete Lindberg + Charlie Tophill, York Basement Bar, York 5th May 2015
Opener Charlie Tophill reminds me of an acoustic Betty & the Werewolves, a cheeky glint in her eye.  Her sparsely played, delicate acoustic music is…
Tuesday August 04
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Sonia Leigh, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 13th April 2015
It appears to be Nashville night in Leeds with 3 of the UK’s premier exponents of ‘big hat country’ circling their wagons in town as…
Tuesday August 04
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Latest CD Reviews

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    The Mountain Goats “Beat The Champ” Merge, 2015

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    My Dead Air "The Thief Who Knows My Name" Independent, 2015

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    Wink Burcham "Cowboy Heroes And Old Folk Songs" Independent, 2015

  • The Paper Trains

    The Paper Trains "The Mule" Independent, 2015

  • Winter “In the Dark”

    Winter “In the Dark” Wild Sound, 2015

  • Caleb Sweazy

    Caleb Sweazy "Lucky or Strong" Blue Barrel Records, 2015

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