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Hearth Music are purveyors of some fine music which we’ve had the pleasure on listening to and talking about on BS for a few years, now the folks at Hearth Music have released a digital roots magazine, KITHFOLK, the publication is a full magazine design and style with some great original content supported by eye catching visuals and links for further investigation, the publication is quarterly and you can read the first edition by clicking here

Exclusive interviews with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell, New Orleans roots activists Rising Appalachia and anarcho-folk legends Blackbird Raum. Lots of album reviews and streamable audio. Video premiere from Jon Pontrello of the Moondoggies, and an audio premiere of one of the world’s rarest 78rpm recordings. Northwest-based content like stories of logging camps in the 1970s and a poem/story from Northwest Native American culture. Beautiful original graphic design throughout.

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KITHFOLK is a quarterly magazine, so expect Issue #2 sometime in May 2014.

KITHFOLK is designed for the iPAD!! iPhone and tablets too. Just download the Creatavist app and search for KITHFOLK.

Update – Sturgill Simpson – UK / Ireland Tour 2014

Photo: Melissa Madison Fuller
Photo: Melissa Madison Fuller

Sturgill Simpson has added an extra date to his UK tour on 21st Feb – details of all show below, plus it gives me an excuse to post some more of his fine music.

Listen to Strugill’s recent interview with Baylen Leonard on Amazing.

Sturgill’s killer album High Top Mountain is set for it’s UK release on the wonderful Loose on Feb 17th on CD and vinyl.

13 Feb LONDON, Kings Place*
14 Feb BRIGHTON, The Palmeira
15 Feb BRISTOL, St. Bonaventure’s*
16 Feb NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
17 Feb MILTON KEYNES, The Stables*
18 Feb DUBLIN, Whelan’s*
19 Feb BELFAST, Errigle Inn*
21 Feb LONDON, St Pancras Old Church

*with Laura Cantrell

Susan Cattaneo – Haunted Heart

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Encompassing a wide Americana vista the slow burning fourth album from Boston’s Susan Cattaneo a songwriting Professor at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music is well worth doing your homework on, the collection of original material draws on the artists cited influences (Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Kim Richey, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell) creating a really solid album of thoughtful songs backed with nuanced arrangements.

Copper & Coal – S/T

Copper & Coal

Whilst 2014 is underway I’m playing catch up emails and submissions from last year amongst the rather eclectic selection of emails I tagged to follow up is this excellent debut release from Portland, Oregon’s vintage country duo Copper & Coal a collaboration between singers Carra Stasney and Leslie Beia who capture the essence of that classic country sound – in a manner not dissimilar to Laura Cantrell, but with the added benefit of some sweet harmony vocals too.

Read all about Copper & Coal.

You can listen to the whole album on Soundcloud and buy at CD Baby and most digital stores.


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