The blog’s now picking up a lot more traffic from overseas thanks to my fellow bloggers over “the pond” and “down under” who have been kind enough to link back to me, so it got me to thinking about running a sort of Best of British series of posts, featuring of the best of what Team Americana GB has to offer.
Though I’d kick it of with a plug for Pete Molinari, first came across Pete’s music thanks to the excellent What’s Kickin’ Volume 2 compilation album, you can check it out here at Stove Pony Records, Volume 1, 3 and 4 are fantastic too, crammed full of quality tracks and well worth buying.
The tracks here were played live on Mark Lamarr’s “Gods Jukebox” show on Radio 2 that aired on the 5th June and include some tunes that are to appear on Pete’s new EP that is due for release next week on CD and 10″ Vinyl.
I love Pete’s unique vocal and his retro- country blues style songs,excellent writing and great melodies, you can get your hands on all of Pete’s recordings at Damaged Goods including the debut EP that was released on Will “Guitar Man” Hodgkinson’s Big Bertha Records, if you like vinyl the 45’s are definitely worth investing in.
Four tracks in total, everyone a gem including the title track of the upcoming release, Today Tomorrow and Forever, hope you enjoy them.
“Bob Dylan has taken a distinct turn for the weird lately. First there were reports that the smell emanating from a portable toilet in the grounds of his California home was distressing neighbours, then came news that the enigmatic musician had been picked up by New Jersey police for loitering outside a house in the pouring rain. Sandwiched between the bizarre incidents, Bob announced he is to record an album of Christmas standards. Fans may have stuck by him throughout the musically self destructive late 60s, the God-bothering late 70s and the Grateful Dead-collaborating-Madonna-imitating mid 80s, but surely even Bob’s fans have a limit? Expect to wince as a faux-moody, Howlin Wolf-esque version of Silent Night hits the charts this December, forcing Dylan loyalists, once again, to come to terms with their hero dismantling recent artistic success”
Son Volt’s “American Central Dust” is one of my favourite albums of the year so far and won’t be Jay Farrar’s only release of ’09, Paste has an update of the collaboration with Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and their soundtrack to the new Jack Kerouac documentary “One Fast Move or I’m Gone Kerouac’s Big Sur“, the full article is here and you can check out details of the DVD at the documentary website here. Could be one of the surprise releases of the year, looking forward to listening to this one which is due to be released October 20th.
Have been listening to Tift’s latest album Buckingham Solo a lot recently the album is a limited edition one with Tift performing solo, it was recorded in Buckingham in November 2008 with Tift playing guitar or piano with the occasional harmonica flourish, the album showcases Tift’s “pure” vocal, Morning is My Destination is particular high point for me, but the whole album is wonderful and her best to date in my opinion, the tracks are Tift originals with one cover, George Harrison’s “I Live for You”, there’s only on new song “Do Something Good” and the majority of the tracks are from the last studio album “Another Country”.
Here are three tracks taken from Tift’s NPR performance on Mountain Stage, originally aired on the 11th Feb 09.