This Week – AmericanaFest, Carrolls, Cauthin, Cleveland, Cobb, Crowell, Dead South, DSC, Hollick, Salt

Catch up on some of the week’s music news

Joe Pug – Photo LTTL

AmericanaFest 2019

This year’s AmericanaFest daily schedule and mobile app have been unveiled and are available for us all to face our worst nightmare artist clashes! You can download the free mobile app – available on the App Store and Google Play – and use the “My Schedule” tab to start creating your custom experience.

Paul Cauthen

Paul Cauthen – Photo: LTTL

Paul Cauthen‘s new single and clip is now out – see “Holy Ghost Fire” below. Cauthen’s Room 41, written and co-written entirely in room 41 at The Belmont Hotel in Dallas, TX during a dark stint in Cauthen’s life — is due September 6 via Lightning Rod Records.

Brent Cobb

Brent Cobb – Photo: LTTL

“Come Home Soon” a song from Brent Cobb‘s excellent outing Providence Canyon last year has a new, solo version captured on a tender video. Filmed for the Come Home Soon series, the clip was recorded live in southern Georgia and directed by Chris Phelps.

Chris and Adam Carroll

Since marrying in 2013, Chris and Adam Carroll have been touring together, first as co-headliners then as a duo. That naturally led to co-writing and a duo album. Recorded mostly in one day last winter, Good Farmer sounds like a joyous live recording full of authentic moments captured on their front porch that we are privileged to witness. Hats off to legendary producer Lloyd Maines. Via Broken Jukebox Media.

The Dead South

The Dead South – Photo: LTTL

The Dead South is a rollicking four-piece string band from Regina, Saskatchewan. The combination of cello, mandolin, guitar and banjo sounds traditional (well, except for the lack of fiddle) but their sound and delivery is anything but.

The band has announced their third album, Sugar & Joy, coming October 11, 2019, via Six Shooter Records. Listening Through The Lens has caught the band live, both times at AmericanaFest in Nashville and we rate highly their recorded output to date. Here’s “Diamond Ring”:

Dyson Stringer Cloher

Dyson Stringer Cloher (in order!) – Photo: LTTL
DSC – Photo Giulia McGauran

Australian Roots supergroup comprising Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher have been working together again.

In April this year DSC met in Chicago to record the debut Dyson Stringer Cloher album. In fact they gathered at Jeff Tweedy’s famous The Loft studio and recorded with Glenn Kotche (Wilco). The album is out in a couple of months but the first song “Falling Clouds” which apparently is based on a true story (!). 

Freya Josephine Hollick

“Nobody’s No Better Than No One” has been announced as the first single from Freya Josephine Hollick’s forthcoming album The Real World to be released through Blind Date Records in 2020. Recorded in the Mojave Desert in California at famed studio Rancho de la Luna with Lucinda Williams’ band Buick 6 and renowned guitarist Greg Leisz, the track is reportedly saturated in desert vibes and the unmistakable Rancho sound. Be at the single release party.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

One of our Albums Of The Month here at Listening Through The Lens, Tall Fiddler by Michael Cleveland (via Rounder Records) will not be out in stores until August 23. The most-awarded bluegrass fiddler of all, Cleveland shows us his wizardry on this collection, helped out by an all-star coterie of guests – Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tommy Emmanuel, Béla Fleck, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, the Travelin’ McCourys and Dan Tyminski.

Another new song has been made available, “Son Of A Ramblin’ Man”. The song was written by Vince Gill, and the clip below features Flamekeeper guitarist Josh Richards:

Old Salt Union

“Big Dreams, Small Talk” is the newest single appearing on Old Salt Union‘s upcoming, excellent release Where The Dogs Don’t Bite, coming August 16th via Compass Records. A clip showcases the band’s considerable chops:

Rodney Crowell

Another video, this one by supreme songwriter Rodney Crowell with a twist – performing with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons – “56 Fury”, to feature on Crowell’s new release Texas, full of Lone Star State collaborations, out August 15 on RC1 Records.

Recommended Podcasts

The Working SongwriterTim Showalter from the rock project Strand Of Oaks interviews Joe Pug in depth about Joe’s new release The Flood In Color. Podcast available at The App Store and Google Play.

In Case You Missed It?

We updated our list of music festivals in Canada

We reviewed Gypsy by Eilen Jewell.

We reported on the upcoming Americana Awards for Rhiannon Giddens and Frank Johnson.


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