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Happenings for this week

Mandolin Orange – Photo: LTTL

Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter – Photo: David McClister

Josh Ritter’s stunning new song “The Gospel of Mary”, featuring The Milk Carton Kids, has just debuted. The track was recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2019.

“I wrote “The Gospel of Mary” last summer, but returned to it, added to it, amended it, and basically worried over it like an injury. Like many, I have been horrified by the Administration’s treatment of our fellow human beings, shocked by the lack of empathy, and furious and bewildered by the depths to which we seem to have sunk. This wasn’t a song that I wanted to wait for a record to release. If it works as a song, it’s because the story is true,” says Ritter. 


Sarah Siskind

In a creative binge, the eminently-gifted Sarah Siskind wrote eight holiday songs in two days…more quickly followed until a full holiday album New Traditions was done and dusted.

Her non-holiday-themed new release will be Modern Appalachia (to be released 2020). If you pre-order that new collection by December 31, you get a FREE download of New Traditions.

(Ed: we usually avoid holiday/Christmas music like the plague, but we’ll make an exception for Sarah!)

Sam Doores

Sam Doores – Photo: Sarrah Danzinger

Sam Doores, formerly of The Deslondes and Hurray for the Riff Raff, is set to release his self-titled solo debut on March 13, 2020 (via New West Records).

The thirteen-song set (which were written over many years) was recorded in Berlin, Nashville and in Doores’ native New Orleans. The album features Tuba Skinny and Hurray’s lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra.

Here’s one of the new songs “Let It Roll”:

Andy Baylor

Andy Baylor has released a new album The Old Southern Line, featuring his Banksia Band

Here are fourteen new folk/roots songs covering a wide range of topics – creating art, uniquely Australian experiences and travelling including a visit to Louisiana. 

This is a vivid and varied collection of the finest traditional music revisited with love, with deeply authentic sounds and insights – country, folk, Cajun influences and more. The lyrics ring true and the instrumental tunes jump out with joy.

The band is excellent – the fiddles and violas of Sophie Dunn and Kate Connor, the mandolin, mando-cello and guitar of Sam Lemann, percussionist / producer Denis Close, the bass of Kain Borlaise and Sharkey Ramos on drums.

According to Baylor: “As with all my albums over the years, I have committed myself to passionate, honest expression through poetry and music to tell something of the place and times I find myself living in. I love writing and playing music and even though I may naturally be a shy, quiet person, when I play and sing I feel powerful – free to tell it like it is, and right where I should be.”  

It is hard to disagree.

Rose Cousins

Rose Cousins – Photo: LTTL

Grammy-nominated and JUNO Award-winning songwriter Rose Cousins will release her new album Bravado on February 21 (via Outside Music). Her new video for one of the songs “The Fraud” features a performance with Atlantic String Machine.

Mark Erelli

Mark Erelli – Photo: LTTL

“Her Town Now” is Mark Erelli‘s latest single, a co-write with Chuck Prophet. Erelli was an Americana Award nominee this year for Best Song (“By Degrees”):

Mandolin Orange

A look back at a clip released a year ago – Mandolin Orange‘s poignant “Golden Embers”:

Podcast Of The Week

Joe Pug talks with Nashville singer/songwriter/writer/radio host Elizabeth Cook about her fascinating back story and first-hand insights into changes in the music business. The podcast is called The Working Songwriter and is available at the iTunes store, Google Play or your regular podcast platform.

In Case You Missed It

We updated our Canadian music festivals list.

We updated our USA music festivals list – phew, this took a while as we get closer to 1,000 separate events!

We reported on the forthcoming new release from inventive bluegrass (sort of) outfit The SteelDrivers.

We put our our favourite five Albums of the Month.

AND…Our USA GrassRoots Music Tour (five States, three weeks, two festivals) is open for expressions of interest – first places have been filled. September 2020!! Early bird price available for a limited time.


Happenings for this week

Happenings for this week

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