Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

Jeffrey Foucault will release his new album Blood Brothers on 22nd June via Blueblade Records.

A departure from the darkness of his last outing, the excellent Salt As Wolves,  and featuring contributions from Tift Merrit and Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale, Blood Brothers sets blues aside to pull together strands of country, R&B, gospel, rock’n’roll, and folk in a series of delicate small-canvas portraits.

With an all too rare tenderness and concern for the human condition, Foucault is paying constant attention to the places where the mundane and the holy merge like water. There’s a touch more light coming through the window with this record, a certain gentleness in play, with layers of backing vocals sung by women – including Foucault’s wife Kris Delmhorst, as well as the various partners of the band – adding hue and shade.

Want some proof? Listen to the title track here.



  1. The Men – Shimmer n’ Shine
  2. Pop 1280 – When No One Cares
  3. Half Waif – Back In Brooklyn
  4. Wand – Perfume
  5. Bent Denim – Idiot
  6. Cherry Glazerr – Juicy Socks
  7. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talking Straight
  8. Neko Case – Bad Luck
  9. Juanita Stein – Forgiver











Damien Jurado has shared a second song, Allocate, off his forthcoming album The Horizon Just Laughed, due out 4th May, via Secretly Canadian.

It is a wonderfully understated, elegant track that simply showcases once again what a mighty fine songwriter he is. Have a listen.


  1. Dr. Dog – Heart Killer
  2. Haley Heynderickx – Rex’s Blues  (Townes Van Zandt cover)
  3. Beach Skulls – That’s Not Me
  4. Mourn – Barcelona City Tour
  5. Wedding – Hands In The Till
  6. Amyl And The Sniffers – Cup Of Destiny
  7. Culture Abuse – Calm E
  8. Crocodylus – My Love
  9. Jessica Risker – I See You Among The Stars











Don’t Mean To Pry is the second track that Portland-based band Horse Feathers have shared from their forthcoming album Appreciation.

It is another perfectly judged sliced of countrified Americana, not as full-on as first single Without Applause, but jaunty enough in its own way, with some great fiddle and banjo and a sweet, sweet chorus.

Stream it here.

Bark Your Head Off, Dog features the familiar sounds that have always made the band allergic to genre: grunge, folk, punk, and power pop all appear, with inspiration from ELO to Elvis Costello to ‘70s girl group vocal arrangements. This time around, they’ve added strings, more intricate rhythms, lush harmonies (featuring Thin Lips’ Chrissy Tashjian), along with a momentary visit with a vocoder.

The results are by turns complex, dense, intense and wholly satisfying. Listen to three tracks from the album below, and the record is out on the 6th April via Saddle Creek (order here).




Americana four piece River Whyless will release their new album Kindness, A Rebel in June.

Excellent new single Born In The Right Country is a political folk song, like a descendent of some of the great ’60s and early ’70s protest songs.

Frontman Ryan O’Keefe describes it thus, “Born In The Right Country speaks both through the eyes of our president and the narrator. In the song, vanity seems to trickle down much more freely than money and you can see it take root in the middle and lower classes as we strive to live like the upper. The dominant class is built on the idea that anyone can, and should become like them. We were raised to call this the American Dream. It’s imperative to the success of the upper class that the American Dream stays as it is, a dream. Sure, there are people that break through, in our country especially, but the rich generally stay rich and the poor generally stay poor.

Listen below.


Hailing from Upstate New York, The Bones of J.R. Jones is known for his moody blend of garage-influenced soul, blues, roots, and Americana. Gritty new track I See You has echoes of early Black Keys and comes off his upcoming third studio album Ones To Keep Close (out on 11th May).

It follows previous single, Burden, a quick footed stomp along that features Nicole Atkins.

Listen to both below.



  1. Eels – Bone Dry
  2. Joan Shelley – The Bridge  (Dolly Parton cover) feat Bonnie Price Billy
  3. Breakfast Muff – Patient
  4. Manchester Orchestra – No Hard Feelings  (Avett Brothers cover)
  5. Hinds – Finally Floating
  6. Laura Veirs – Lightning Rod
  7. Medistation – Pool Of Blood
  8. Wye Oak – Lifer
  9. Eureka California – Mexican Coke











Tancred – Reviews

Posted: March 28, 2018 in Americana, Indie, Music, Rock

Tancred (aka Maine-based musician Jess Abbott) has announced the follow-up to 2016’s well-received long player Out of The Garden.

The new album is titled Nightstand (out on 1st June), and the first track to be shared from it is Reviews.

The propulsive song showcases Abbott’s strong melodic sensibilities balanced with purposeful, well-placed instrumentation, but one that cunningly sugarcoats the introspection and vulnerability that help make her work so distinctive. The record juxtaposes her experiences of being a woman and being queer in today’s society with the fact that there is still comfort to be found during times of isolation or alienation.

Have a listen. Pre-order the album here.