Views and news of the muse
Nathaniel Rateliff is set to release And It’s Still Alright, his first solo album in nearly seven years, on February 14, 2020 (via Stax Records/ Concord).
The new songs initially were a reflection of the pain of his unraveling relationship, but then Rateliff was confronted by the death of Richard Swift, his long-time friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two successful albums.
Here’s a clip of the striking title track:
CMA Award-winner and six-time Grammy nominee Brandy Clark will be releasing her third album Your Life Is a Record (Warner Bros/WEA) on March 6, 2020.
The lead song that is now available is called “Who You Though I Was” which derives from a phrase John Prine used at an Americana Awards speech in Nashville. LISTEN HERE.
A sparkling, powerful new single “My Sweet Love Ain’t Around” was released by Darrell Scott on January 1 2020 in honor of the anniversary of Hank Williams passing.
You can find it via this Spotify link.
The album Darrell Scott Sings the Blues of Hank Williams is set to release early 2020.
Hawktail are a roots ‘supergroup’ – fiddler Brittany Haas, bassist Paul Kowert, guitarist Jordan Tice and mandolinist Dominick Leslie, and they have just shared their second album Formations (Padiddle Records). With the help of co-producer Chris Eldridge, the band recorded the album in just four days at Nashville’s Southern Ground Studios.
Formations comprises seven intricate instrumentals that evinces dramatic feelings and journeys: “With four people, new roles appear that weren’t there before. You can have two be ‘the backing band,’ one ‘the soloist,’ and one ‘the commentator,’ for instance. The music begins to tell a vivid story” Tice explains.
Here’s a clip of the first single: “Annbjørg”:
Walking Proof will be Lilly Hiatt‘s new outing, set to release on March 27 (via New West Records). The eleven-song set was produced by former Cage The Elephant member Lincoln Parish and features guest appearances by Amanda Shires, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Luke Schneider.
Also appearing is Lilly’s father, the legendary singer-songwriter John Hiatt, on the song “Some Kind Of Drug” which will mark the first time the pair have appeared together on one of her records. Hiatt, the younger, received an Emerging Act of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Association.
Here’s one of the new songs, “Brightest Star”:
Podcast Of The Week
Lay-down misere. Dolly Parton’s America spans nine episodes and explores Dolly’s music, career, upbringing, business prowess, Dollywood, as well as her aversion to religious and political divides. Host Jad Abumrad nails it with help from access to the great lady herself. Available at Apple Podcasts, Google Play or whatever other platform you use.
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Views and news of the muse