Vote for Your Best Stuff from 2014

Vote for Your Best Stuff from 2014

still time to vote for your favourites from the last year and win some CDs

It's that time of year again, dear reader, where we invite you to ruthlessly judge the past year's output within the americana genre and let us know what the releases were that really hit the sweet spot for you.  If you need some reminders, why not have a delve into our CD and live review sections from the last few months (they won't be much help for the TV show and movie categories, you're on your own for those sorry).  There's a dozen exciting americana CDs from our review stock for one lucky voter - head here for all the details.

Mr Plow Releases Christmas Charity Single

Mr Plow Releases Christmas Charity Single

UK Americana songwriter Mr Plow is aiming to raise some money with a charity single that tells some uncomfortable truths about the festive season - ‘The Greatest Christmas Ever Seen’ "reminds us how frustrations for can spill over, and the sad consequences that follow, as fictitious couple Sally and Steve travel down this sad, yet well-worn path."  All profits from the release of the track will be donated to Refuge, a charity that supports victims of domestic abuse in the United Kingdom.  Head to Mr Plow's website for more information.

The Unthanks Announce New Single and Album

The Unthanks Announce New Single and Album

After a four-year wait. There's a tour too.

"Mount The Air" is the new album by The Unthanks, and the title track is the first single from it - an arresting revision of the ten minute opening piece, that marks their return in audacious and scintillating style.  It's the long anticipated follow up to 2011's ‘Last’.  Written by Unthanks pianist and producer, Adrian McNally, the single is based on the themes of a one-verse traditional ditty, found in a book of Dorset songs in Cecil Sharp House by Becky Unthank, who also co-wrote some of the new words alongside McNally. 

Justin Townes Earle Announces UK Tour, 2015

Justin Townes Earle Announces UK Tour, 2015

It's the new album effect.

Justin Townes Earle has announced a series of dates across the UK in early 2015.  This dovetails nicely with the imminent release of his new single "Call ya Momma' (out on December 15th) which is taken from the forthcoming album Absent Fathers (which will be released on January 12th) which is the counterpart of his well received album of last September, Single Mothers.

New Decemberists Video Online Now

New Decemberists Video Online Now

of new radio hit "I'm Making You Butter"

Pitchfork reports: "As previously teased, the Decemberists have shared the video for "Make You Better" that features Nick Offerman of "Parks and Recreation". The clip, directed by Bill Fishman, takes place on the set of a "Between Two Ferns"-esque fake TV show called "The Old Blue Rock Palace Show". Offerman plays a German interviewer who asks Colin Meloy some silly, uncomfortable questions without regard for the answer, before the Decemberists deliver an awkward performance of the song while wearing hilarious outfits. There's also a romantic subplot involving Offerman and one of the show's producers. The Decemberists' What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is out January 20 on Capitol and January 19 on Rough Trade in the UK and Europe. Click through for the clip."

Dylan Plays

Dylan Plays "One on One" Concert For Lucky Fan

Like a good version of one of those Christmas charity auction things the papers do at this time of year.  Rolling Stone reports: "Yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. 41-year-old Bob Dylan superfan Fredrik Wikingsson walked into Philadelphia's Academy of Music, took a seat in the second row and prepared to watch his hero play a concert just for him. "At this point I still thought I was about to get Punk'd," he says. "I thought some asshole would walk onstage and just laugh at me. I just couldn't fathom that Dylan would actually do this.""

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