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Track Released from New Basement Tapes Project
20August

Track Released from New Basement Tapes Project

Uncut reports: "A track, "Nothing To It", has been released from the forthcoming Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes project. The album features lyrics that Dylan wrote while recording the original Basement Tapes in 1967 that have been put to music by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, T Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford."

Willie Nelson and Neil Young to Play Pipeline Protest
19August

Willie Nelson and Neil Young to Play Pipeline Protest

Billboard reports: "Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. Tickets go on sale Wednesday.  Earlier this year, protesters carved an anti-pipeline message into the cornfield, which is in the path of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline."

New John Mellencamp - September
18August

New John Mellencamp - September

22nd studio album for blue-collar legend

Rolling Stone reports: "It's been more than 30 years since John Mellencamp scored Number One hits with "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane," and broke the Top Five with "Pink Houses" — three raw, rootsy mega-hits that helped define the future sound of Americana music. If Bruce Springsteen built his own career chronicling the ups and downs of blue-collar workers in New Jersey, then Mellencamp did the same for farmers and small-town families in the Midwest, carving out a sound that was as rustic and big-sounding as the landscape that inspired it. Now, nearly four decades after the release of his first album, he's gearing up for another record."

Willie Nelson Speaks Out on Texas Border Issue
15August

Willie Nelson Speaks Out on Texas Border Issue

Rolling Stone reports: "In Texas, there's a pretty good chance you'll see someone with a "Willie Nelson for President" bumper sticker, and it can sometimes seem like the singer is actually an elected official in his home state: There's a statue and street named in Nelson's honor in downtown Austin, and Willie T-shirts can be found in many tourist shops. In a recent interview on his tour bus for his new Rolling Stone cover story, Nelson, 81, opened up about some current events, including the recent population influx in his hometown of Austin (the city's population has grown almost 20 percent in the last decade). "Music had a lot to do with it," he says. "You can go to Austin any day and find good music all over the place. I know some people who are not that happy because it's getting so crowded and the keep moving further west. But you know, it's progress.""

Ryan Adams Releases Video for Opener From New Album
14August

Ryan Adams Releases Video for Opener From New Album

Rolling Stone reports: "Last month, Ryan Adams unveiled "Gimme Something Good,"the bluesy opening track off his upcoming self-titled album. On Tuesday, the prolific rocker revealed the ghoulish black-and-white video for the lovelorn single, and to give the song an extra sense of foreboding, Adams cast Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, as the music video's love interest."

New Lost Brothers Album Due Next Month
13August

New Lost Brothers Album Due Next Month

track available as free download now

The Lost Brothers have got a new album out next month called "New Songs of Dawn and Dust" - it's out on the rather ace Lojinx label (also the UK home to Fountains of Wayne among others) on 22nd September.  It's the fourth studio album from the Irish lo-fi folk duo, this time with a new production relationship with the Coral's Bill Ryder-Jones.   You can download a free track, "Gold and Silver," from the album now here.  Look out for a review soon on Americana UK.

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