Jason Isbell – Nashville Sound – Euro Tour Dates

Something More Than Free was a very special record and it’s going to take some album to displace it from the best Isbell release so far,  the news has broken officially of the follow up to Isbell’s Grammy Award winning album, the forthcoming album will be entitled Nashville Sound and it’s set for release on June the 16th, this time around his band 400 Unit are credited, Sadler Vaden (guitar), Jimbo Hart (bass), Derry DeBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (percussion) and of course Amanda Shires Isbell (fiddle / vocals).

The Nashville Sound will feature 10 new songs that address a range of real life subject matters that include politics and cultural privilege (‘White Man’s World’), longing nostalgia (‘The Last Of My Kind’, love and mortality (‘If We Were Vampires’), the toxic effect of today’s pressures (‘Anxiety’), the remnants of a break up (‘Chaos and Clothes’) and finding hope (‘Something To Love’). Songs such as ‘Cumberland Gap’ and ‘Hope The Highroad’ find Isbell and his bandmates going back to their rock roots full force.”

Oct 25 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
Oct 26 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
Oct 27 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
Oct 29 – Brighton, UK – Brighton Dome
Oct 30 – London, UK – Roundhouse
Oct 31 – Birmingham, UK – Symphony Hall
Nov 2 – Paris, France – Le Café de la Danse
Nov 3 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
Nov 6 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Nov 7 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Nov 8 – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater
Nov 10 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
Nov 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Münchenbryggeriet
Nov 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – DR Concert Hall


Kilkenny Roots Festival 2017

The much-loved Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its twentieth year from 28th April to May 1st, 2017 with a stellar line-up including country-noir favourites The Handsome Family, alt.country rockers Marah and the celebrated singer-songwriter Joan Shelley and Holly Macve

Also confirmed for 2017 are the legendary songwriter Chip Taylor, rising country singer-songwriter Andrew Combs, acclaimed Belfast-based band Arborist, and Yolo Carter, who is making giant strides both in the UK and the US with her brand of country soul.

Los Angeles’ The Americans make their European debut, so too emerging country gospel star Paul Cauthen, the ‘Queen Of Oklahoma’ Carter Sampson, Ireland’s own David Kitt and Western Centuries, a straight-ahead country band featuring Jim Miller (Donna The Buffalo) and Cahalen Morrison.

Scattered around a number of venues in the beautiful historical city of Kilkenny, situated an hour south of Dublin, the Kilkenny Roots Festival has been a staple on the roots circuit for a number of years and has attracted a loyal, hardcore following that makes the festival one of the ‘must attend’ events and most enjoyable on the calendar. Alongside the ticketed events there is a free Music Trail that gives the chance to a number of local bands to perform across the four days of the festival.

Tickets for the individual shows are available now here or in person from Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny.

Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator

The PR tells me that The Navigator is a political concept album, inspired by Alynda Segarra’s journey from the South Bronx to the downtown punk scene and beyond, there is a story here and important messages for sure, but for the listener, casual or otherwise, more importantly there are some damn good songs; lyrically and stylistically, a heady mix of rock, pop, balladry and Latin rhythms the album features guest appearances from percussionists Juan-Carlos Chaurand, Gregory Rogove, a trio of Bomba drummers, and New Jersey Doo Wop singers – all brought together by producer Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Devendra Banhart) and recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York and Panoramic House in California.

There will be few better albums released this year, highly recommend it.

March 20 – Leeds – Brudenell
March 21 – Manchester UK – Deaf Institute
March 22 – London UK – The Dome
March 23 – Winchester UK – The Railway Inn
March 25 – Brighton UK – Sticky Mikes

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Lindi Ortega – Til The Goin’ Gets Gone EP

Loving the new EP from Lindi Ortega, the 4-track release has three originals and a cover of Townes van Zandt’s legendary song Waiting ‘Round To Die,  a tough one to get right, but the Canadian country chanteuse nails it.

Here’s the title track, you can pre-order the EP now at the usual digital suspects, or get a copy direct from Lindi here.

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