29Jul

The Guardian Plugs "Cosmic Americana" in Article

Something for the weekend sir?  Or madam?  The Guardian has just published a piece today on this decade's version of alt-country, "cosmic americana" which is a great read, contaning as it does lines such as "In the late 1960s, Gram Parsons flew the flag for what he named “cosmic American music”, a vague term that offered a distinction from the “plastic dry fuck” of country rock, and reclaimed an experimental streak that traditionalist Nashville rejected," and that Steve Gunn "loathes “Americana” and balks at being grouped under any umbrella."  You can read the whole thing over here.

26Jul

New Handsome Family Album Out September

click through to see video for new single

Cult husband and wife duo The Handsome Family will release their 10th studio album ‘Unseen’ on 16 September on Loose. Available on 180g pond green vinyl, CD, download and stream. The album, with its mix of country instrumentation and intriguing surrealist lyricism, explores the unseen stories, people and places of the American west, where The Handsome family live - in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ‘Unseen’ shines a light on the obscure and forgotten.

‘Unseen’ was recorded by Brett at his home studio at night – “with only hawk moths listening”. It features a rich tapestry of instrumentation, which conjures images of the magical landscape of the Sparks’ New Mexico surroundings. David Gutierrez plays mandolin on “Tiny Tina” and dobro on “The Silver Light.” Alex MacMahon: guitar on “The Silver Light,” baritone guitar and pedal steel on “Gold.” Jason Toth: drums throughout (except “Green Willow Valley”). Rennie wrote all the lyrics. She sang and played banjo and autoharp, but “didn’t bother to write down on which songs.” 

26Jul

New John Prine Out September

features Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss and more

Rolling Stone reports: "John Prine and a few of his talented friends will dip into the classic country songbook for the singer-songwriter's new LP For Better, or Worse, his first full-length album in nearly five years. Included on the collection, which will be released September 30th via Oh Boy Records, are duets with Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack and Miranda Lambert."

25Jul

Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles Announce UK Dates

Following the UK release of 'Soon Enough' on Clubhouse Records, which has received some rave reviews, Nashville’s Erin Rae and The Meanwhiles make their first trip to our shores for a string of headline shows this Autumn. They'll then support Cale Tyson on his second UK tour this year which will take them all the way up to Stornaway. “  Click through for the dates.

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