Looking forward to 2011

What a great year for music 2010 turned out to be and 2011 is already shaping up nicely with a number of releases showing up on my radar, here’s a handful that I’m looking forward to and one already making an impression.

First of is news of the second full length release from Israel Nash Gripka, his previous album New York Town is a cracker and one to get acquainted with if you’re not already, buy at Amazon and CDBaby.

From his début album   Bricks – Israel Nash Gripka

You can get a track called Black Mountain from the upcoming release in exchange for your email address here

Sons of Bill follow up to One Town Away is another I’m really looking forward to especially after hearing Santa Ana Winds on Youtube, with production by David Lowery it promises to be a real cracker (sorry). Get the bands Take a Shower EP for free from Lone Star Music.

Ten precise country-based songs” from The Decemberists on their January release The King is Dead, if the pre-release track featuring Gillian Welch is anything to go by this will be essential listening, pre-order CD and vinyl at Reflex

Decemberists – Down By The Water

And lets not forget the mighty DBT whose album Go-Go Boots already looks like it could be a Marmite album for Truckers fans.

Pre-order at the bands site.

Americana legend Steve Earle announced part of his plans for 2011 during a gig in New York back in November including news that his album with T-Bone Burnett is complete and a long overdue tour with the Dukes.

A favourite with the Dukes  Steve Earle & The Dukes – Justice in Ontario

On the subject of Americana legends we’ve also a new album from Lucinda Williams to look forward too, another Car Wheels ? I hope so.

Lucinda Williams – Joy (Live @ Soundstage)

More Lu.  Buy Lu

Hayes Carll’s follow up to 2008’s wonderful Trouble in Mind on Lost Highway hits the shelves mid Feb, Kiss My Ass Guys, You’re On Your Own or KMAG, YOYO

Hayes Carll – Bad Liver and a Broken Heart (Live)

More Hayes.  Buy Hayes

The Low Anthem have a real hard act to follow, will Smart Flesh hit the excellence of Oh My God Charlie Darwin, we’ll find out in February, the early signs are good.

Pre-order the new and buy the old here

Rumour has it Willy Vlautin and the boys maybe releasing a new album this year, they don’t do bad albums so any news on a Richmond Fontaine release is good, if you’ve not picked it up yet there’s a live freebie from 1999 available through Bandcamp more at Amazon

From the classic Post to Wire album.

Richmond Fontaine – Always On the Ride

Finally one that’s out now from Kasey Anderson, available exclusively from the man himself until the general release in mid-Feb is the follow up to one of my top albums of 2010 the fantastic Nowhere Nights. This time around Anderson teams up with the Honkies on the excellent Heart of a Dog, available on CD and Vinyl with an instant download, get it here.

End of The Road Festival – Promo

I would have dearly loved to have gone to The End of Road Festival this year but timing and events have made it impossible this time around so i’ll just have to read all the reports and feel sorry for myself as I’ve heard nothing but good things from everyone who has being before and this year the line up is right up my street, here a just a few of the artists appearing over the three days,The Hold Steady, Steve Earle, Neko Case, Archie Bronson Outfit, Richmond Fontaine, Magnolia Electric Co. ,Sam Baker, Fleet Foxes, Okkervil River, Alela Diane, The Broken Family Band, Charlie Parr, Blitzen Trapper, The Low Anthem, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, The Duke and The King.

I was sent a promo copy CD which includes some tracks from the these artists and a few more that are new to me, get it here.

Fleet Foxes “Mykonos”
Alela Diane “White As Diamonds”
The Low Anthem “To Ohio”
The Acorn “Flood”
Songs: Ohia “I’ve Been Riding With A Ghost”
Bob Lind”Elusive Butterfly”
Okkervil River “Lost Coastlines”
Dent May And His Magnificent Ukelele “You Can’t Force A Dance Party”
Neko Case “People Got A Lotta Nerve”,
Mumford & Sons “The Cave”
Motel Motel “Coffee”,
Papercuts “Future Primitive”
Efterklang “Frida Found A Friend”
David Thomas Broughton “Unmarked Grave”
Explosions In The Sky “The Birth And Death Of The Day”