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Joe Pug Records with Wilco's Pat Sansone
19Dec

Joe Pug Records with Wilco's Pat Sansone

There'll be no update on Monday due to unavoidable family matters which rarely get in the way of these pages, so forgive us this one day out - however, we *will* be back on Tuesday with our End of Year staff and readers write-ups, try and contain your excitement! - have a good weekend in the meantime, and over to Rolling Stone who report: "Once in a while, you have to be a little out of tune to find your way. This was the case for folk troubadour Joe Pug, anyway, as he toiled away in a quest to create the songs that would comprise his upcoming LP, Windfall — and, in particular, the wistfully-strummed ballad "If Still It Can't Be Found," premiering exclusively on Rolling Stone Country."

Laura Marling New Album Details Released
18Dec

Laura Marling New Album Details Released

Pitchfork reports: "Laura Marling has announced her follow-up to 2013's Once I Was an Eagle. The new LP is titled Short Movie, and will be released on March 23 via Virgin EMI; that's the artwork, above. In addition to announcing the LP, Marling has unveiled its title track in the form of an animated music video directed by Art & Graft. Update: The album will be released March 24 in the U.S. via Ribbon Music."

Ryan Adams Teams with Johnny Depp for New Single
17Dec

Ryan Adams Teams with Johnny Depp for New Single

Pitchfork reports: "Ryan Adams has announced No Shadow, a new 7" in his Pax-Am Singles Series. This one features actor Johnny Depp, as Stereogum points out. It's out on January 13. Adams wrote a post on Pax-Am's website explaining how it all came together, in which he refers to Depp as "one of the deepest guitar players out there""

First 14 Neil Young Albums to be Remastered
16Dec

First 14 Neil Young Albums to be Remastered

With apologies to the person in our Visitor Vote who said the worst thing about AUK was all the Neil Young news. Uncut reports: "Neil Young has revealed that his first 14 albums are due to be released on December 23, 2014 as digital downloads through the Pono Store. As reported on Thrasher's Wheat, the Neil Young Original Releases Series 1 - 14 will see the albums remastered at resolutions of either 24/176.4 or 24/192. Writing on the Pono community forum, Young said, "My first officialrelease series LPs 1-14 will all be available PONO on DEC 23, in 192 and some cases 176. Beginning with NEIL YOUNG, ending with REACTOR. Thanks, Enjoy!""

Steve Earle to Release
15Dec

Steve Earle to Release "Blues Record" - February

Steve Earle & The Dukes are set to release a new album "Terraplane" on February 16 via New West Records. The 11-track set is the follow up to the 2013 album "The Low Highway" and features Earle’s longtime band The Dukes, comprised of Kelly Looney, Will Rigby, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore. The album was produced by R.S. Field (Buddy Guy, John Mayall), engineered by Earle’s longtime production partner Ray Kennedy and recorded at House of Blues Studio D in Nashville.

Rolling Stone Lists Top 40 Country Albums of 2014
12Dec

Rolling Stone Lists Top 40 Country Albums of 2014

list includes Mary Gauthier, Sturgill Simpson, Justin Townes Earles

And it's a quite americana-esque list to be honest - with a bit of Tim McGraw for good measure.  Let's just say our friends over at Loose will probably be pretty happy.  Don't forget too this your last opportunity this weekend to vote for your favourite stuff from the last 12 months and potentially win a load of americana promos.  Head here for that and in the meantime continue reading here for the RS list...

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