Watch the New Video From The New Basement Tapes, “Liberty Street”

The New Basement Tapes
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The latest single from The New Basement Tapes, made up of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons), is “Liberty Street” which has its own lyric video. The track is taken from the upcoming T Bone Burnett produced album Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes which sees the band putting music to “lost” Bob Dylan lyrics from 1967. The album is due for release on the 6th November.

Check out the lyric video for “Liberty Street” below:

Listen to Four Tracks From Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes

The New Basement Tapes
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Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is the upcoming album that brings together a treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 with icons of modern folk, roots and popular music Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons).

The group, billed as The New Basement Tapes, came together this March to put 26-year old Dylan’s words to music for the project, all produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett. The result, Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, is due for release on the 6th November. Check out the track listing here:

1. Down On The Bottom
2. Married To My Hack
3. Kansas City
4. Spanish Mary
5. Liberty Street
6. Nothing To It
7. Golden Tom – Silver Judas
8. When I Get My Hands On You
9. Duncan and Jimmy
10. Florida Key
11. Hidee Hidee Ho #11
12. Lost On The River #12
13. Stranger
14. Card Shark
15. Quick Like A Flash
16. Hidee Hidee Ho #16
17. Diamond Ring
18. The Whistle Is Blowing
19. Six Months In Kansas City (Liberty Street)
20. Lost On The River #20

So far four of the tracks have been revealed form the album in the form of lyric videos and we thought we’d collect them here for your easy viewing pleasure. Take a listen to “Nothing To It”, “Married To My Hack”, “When I Get My Hands On You” and “Spanish Mary” below and tell us what you think:




NPR to Stream Newport Folk Festival Again in 2012

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Every year I make the vow to one day make it to the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, USA. As a lover of folk music attending would be a pilgrimage of sorts with the folk festival regarded as one of the best in the world (and also the place where Dylan went electric). And every year I look at the lineup and think “damn, I wish this was the year I was going” because every year it simply blows me away.

And while I won’t be going to Newport in 2012 those of us stuck in the Australian winter can still experience the whole thing thanks to the wonder of the internet. For the fifth straight year NPR Music will be streaming some of the most anticipated sets from the Newport Folk Festival live on the 27th, 28th and 29th of July. Starting with Wilco and winding their way to Sara Watkins, NPR Music has picked the best of the best this year for their broadcast.

The full list of artists is too big to print here but we can tell you we’re hotly anticipating listening to Megafaun, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Iron & Wine, Alabama Shakes, Deer Tick, First Aid Kit, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Punch Brothers, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Head And The Heart and Trampled By Turtles, just to name a few. And remember there’s a 14 hour time difference between the east coast of Australia and Newport meaning you’ll catch most of the evening acts in the middle of our day.

Head to NPR Music to check out the full lineup for the broadcast and get all the streaming details.

And then next year? Maybe we’ll make it to Newport

Yim Yames, Will Johnson, Jay Farrar and Anders Parker Do Daytrotter

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We’ve told you a couple of times about the Woody Guthrie tribute album New Multitudes from Jay Farrar, Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket) and Anders Parker and now you have the chance to get a little more out of the project. The guys have managed to get together and recorded four of the tracks from New Multitudes for Daytrotter – “Chorine My Sheba Queen”, “Hoping Machine”, “Old L.A.” and “Talking Empty Bed Blues”.

You can listen and download the tracks here – as long as you’re a member.

Stream The New Multitudes’ Woody Guthrie Tribute

New Multitudes
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The New Multitudes are Jay Farrar, Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Anders Parker, a group of musicians who have tasked themselves with adding music to Woody Guthrie’s unrecorded lyrics, similar to the Billy Bragg and Wilco Mermaid Avenue project from 1998. The resulting 12 track album celebrates Guthrie’s 100th birthday this year and has just been released. If you’re keen to try before you buy the whole thing is streaming over at Team Coco right now. We’ve also got the track “Old LA” below:

For more info on other Woody Guthrie tributes happening around the world this year check out the official Woody100 web site.

Full First Lineup Announcement for Bluesfest 2012

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Following on from the “leak” earlier it seems we now have the full first announcement for next year’s Byron Bay Bluefest. Are you ready?

Roger Daltry (The Who), Earth Wind and Fire, The Pogues, John Butler Trio, My Morning Jacket, G3 (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Steve Lukather), Yes, Buddy Guy, Maceo Parker, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Yann Teirsen, Bettye Lavette, Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle, Trombone Shorty, Great Big Sea, The Jayhawks.

No mention of John Fogerty who was in the original leak but still a hell of a lineup. And it will only get bigger and better from here we think!

Laura Veirs Announces Children’s Album

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If you haven’t heard of Laura Veirs don’t worry too much – her brand of post-punk folk music hasn’t managed to reach our shores as yet. Veirs’ 2010 album July Flame was very well received in her native USA and across the pond in the UK garnering critical acclaim across the board. To follow up Laura Veirs has decided to switch gears and has announced plans to produce an album of children’s folk songs titled Tumble Bee.

Tumble Bee

Despite the fairly lighthearted subject material Laura Veirs has managed to rope in some pretty heavy hitting collaborators for Tumble Bee including Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Jim James and Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Basia Bulat, Béla Fleck, Karl Blau and members of Blind Pilot among many others. With that kind of alumni this album will be worth picking up for kids and adults alike.

Laura Veirs’ Tumble Bee is due for release on the 7th November this year.

Tributes Planned For Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born on the 14th July, 1912 and passed away in 1967 but his influence as a singer and songwriter permeate almost every facet of modern folk music. Next year (2012) would have marked the 100th birthday for the legendary folk singer and a raft of tributes are in the works to celebrate the milestone.

First up Billy Bragg and Wilco will be releasing a deluxe boxset of their two album Mermaid Avenue project from 1998 and 2000 which took the unpublished writings of Guthrie and set them to new music. The deluxe Mermaid Avenue boxset is currently set for release in March next year.

Jay Farrar, Centro-Matic‘s Will Johnson, Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James) and Anders Parker are also planning a similar project to the Bragg/Wilco pairing with New Multitudes, another album of unpublished Woody Guthrie material set to new music penned by the group. New Multitudes has a January 2012 release date attached to it.

Notes of Hope Note of Hope will see some of the music industry’s best including Van Dyke Parks, Lou Reed, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Ani Difranco, Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and more come together to pay tribute to Guthrie through versions of his songs, both recorded and unpublished. The record is due for release the 27th September this year and can be heard in full on the 429 Records web site.

There are a couple of other releases planned for the milestone including a The Complete Woody Guthrie in January. Check out the official Woody100 web site for details on everything that’s happening next year. No word as yet whether there’ll be a local tribute but Guthrie’s 100th birthday sounds like just the right excuse to inspire the next Festival Folk Sing compilation…

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