Listen to the New Joe Pug Single “If Still It Can’t Be Found”

Joe Pug
Image Courtesy of Joe Pug

American singer-songwriter Joe Pug has just released his brand new single “If Still It Can’t Be Found”. The single is the first from Pug’s upcoming Windfall and features backing vocals from Wilco’s Pat Sansone.

“I had been in a bit of a songwriting rut, just sitting in my house with the guitar in my hands playing the same chords over and over,” Joe Pug told Rolling Stone. “To wake myself up, I went out and got one of those ‘free-if-you-move-it’ Craigslist pianos. When I got it back to my place, I sat down and “If Still It Can’t Be Found” just kind of flowed out. A week later, I hired a piano tuner and he just laughed when he played the first note. It was so out of tune, that it was a half-step flat. The demo I recorded was in B flat, but I thought it was in B.”

Windfall is due for release on the 10th March. Take a listen to “If Still It Can’t Be Found” below:

Patrick James Gives Us 10 Songs You’ll Hear On His Tour Bus

Patrick James
Image Courtesy of Patrick James

Next week Patrick James will be hitting the road for his 2013 Spring Tour. We thought we’d ask the Aussie troubadour for his top ten tracks you’re likely to hear on his tour bus as he makes his way around the country – and he came back with a pretty impressive list. Check out the full tour dates and Patrick James’ tour bus playlist below:

Thursday 7th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 9th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th November – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 15th November – The Fly Trap, Fremantle, WA
Friday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Black Bear Lodge

Volcano Choir – “Byegone”

Bear’s Den – “Agape”

The Head and The Heart – “Down in the Valley”

Ryan Adams – “Let it Ride”

Wilco – “Poor Places”

Everything Everything – “Cough Cough”

You Am I – “Piano Up the Tree”

The Avett Brothers – “I and Love and You”

Lorde – “Team”

Radiohead – “Let Down”

And as an extra special treat here’s the new single from Patrick James, “Wait”

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2012

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What an amazing year 2012 has been for music. Australian artists are dominating international charts, fan favourites have released long awaited new albums and the wealth of new talent on the folky side of the musical fence is growing almost every day. At Timber and Steel we’ve seen our biggest year to date in 2012, both in terms of site traffic and our reach, and we know it’s only going to get bigger and better in 2013.

As always rather than give you a definitive “Best of 2012” list we asked each of our contributors to give us their own top five albums that fall into the genres we love here at Timber and Steel – folk, acoustic, alt-country, bluegrass, Americana, trad, singer-songwriter and everything else in between. And as always our contributors have each given us a unique insight into the music they’ve loved in 2012.

So without further ado we bring you Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2012:

Bill QuinnMermaid Avenue

1. Billy Bragg and WilcoMermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
Any contender for my #1 album this year was going to have to do well to beat this one. (In fairness to the competition, we’re talking three CDs plus a documentary DVD here.) But albums that can span time and evoke memories always attract me. And this collection covers not just the 13 years or so of the collection, but also evokes and brings alive images of the Oklahoma dustbowl and 50s New York, and times and places foreign to me. And they’re imagined and realised by someone who also came from right outside Woody Guthrie’s traditions and era. That’s a skill. It probably helped to be there (twice!) as Bragg explained and truly did bring to life the stories behind the collection live.
2. Craig and SimoneWhere Cedars Grew
3. Beth OrtonSugaring Season
4. John ThompsonAn Australian Folk Song a Day
5. No HausfrauNo Hausfrau

Catherine MayBreak Your Own Heart

1. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart
Considering I only discovered Carty’s music a few months into this year, he’s had a huge impact on my most played list. Break Your Own Heart combines everything music should be: heartaching, honest lyrics, soothing guitar playing and a catchiness that doesn’t wear thin on you. It took a lot to top my all time favourite Missy, but somehow he’s done it. I might be late to the party, but Jack Carty quickly became the soundtrack to my six months in Australia and every time I hear his familiar melodies, I can’t help but recollect fond memories of the best six months of my life.
2. Missy HigginsThe Ol’ Razzle Dazzle
3. Kate Miller-HeidkeNightflight
4. Joshua RadinUnderwater
5. Tom CopsonWoven

Gareth Hugh EvansCarry Me Back

1. Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back
In picking my favourite album of 2012 I had to think long and hard about which records I had revisited most throughout the year – and which records I listen to the whole way through without hitting the skip or Genius buttons on my iPod. And with stakes like that the clear winner has to be the latest album from Nashville stringband Old Crow Medicine Show. Vibrant, exciting, challenging and familiar, Carry Me Back is OCMS at their best – making music in the traditional American style about traditional American subjects (war, poverty, bootlegging, tobacco farming) without ever sounding contrived or derivative. In a year where I have really embraced bluegrass, old timey and Americana music, moreso than ever before (although you wouldn’t know it from the rest of my list), this has been without a doubt the standout and will continue to be on high rotation for some time to come.
2. The ChieftainsVoice of Ages
3. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart
4. PassengerAll The Little Lights
5. The FallsHollywood

HazThe Lumineers

1. The LumineersThe Lumineers
I spent much of 2012 catching up on albums that I had missed out on in 2011, so there is a lot of music that I couldn’t include in my Top 5, including recent releases by My Morning Jacket, Paul Simon, and Iron and Wine. There was also those that didn’t quite fit the folky mold, including Of Monsters and Men, and Alt-J. I made an exception with Band of Horses, as to me ‘Mirage Rock’ is a tribute to the classic Americana of the late 20th Century that would contribute to what would become Alt- Country. JUST beating Band of Horses to #1 is The Lumineers’ self titled album, which at the time was just a chance online find. A collection of stories put to song, which encompasses the folk tradition, following the journeys of the band’s leader through the trials and triumphs of love, lies, war, and belief. Nostalgic and relevant, reminiscent and remorseful. A fun yet emotional collection of songs, delivered with a wry smile, a knowing glance, and a familiar nod. Descriptions aside, this has been my most frequent roadtrip album of choice, to sing along to, and accompany the landscapes along the way. An album with a great life span that will get me through to their Aus tour in early 2013, and beyond.
2. Band of HorsesMirage Rock
3. The Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
4. Mumford and SonsBabel
5. CalexicoAlgiers

JDXThere's No Leaving Noe

1. The Tallest Man on EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
“I was more than just a coward. I was handsome too”. One of the best opening lyrics I’ve ever heard. I was in a doctors’ waiting room; the venue for many of my musical discoveries. Kristian Matsson’s intricate chords, his sweeping melodies, his metaphors, sharp, yet brittle, stole me from the moment, as my favourite folk music always does. Matsson said There’s No Leaving Now was about wanting to deal with your own weaknesses. I felt weak. This album made me feel stronger. I could write reams about imagery, or interpretation, about how “Bright Lanterns” is the world’s best post-colonial protest song, about how this isn’t The Wild Hunt and whether that matters. But then I’d be saying too much.
2. Father John MistyFear Fun
3. Paul KellySpring and Fall
4. Tim HartMilling the Wind
5. Willy MasonCarry On

Jules StentonFive Lights

1. Nick HugginsFive Lights
When I first heard Five Lights my brain did a little backflip. “What IS this music?”, it asked. “I dunno,” I replied, “But let’s listen to it again and again until we figure this shit out”. The album stops at all stations. Half-spoken vocals make the songs tricky to sing along to. The out-of-tune, repetitive plinking of an old piano is both corrugated and comforting. The lyrics are beguiling and at times, just plain weird. If I had to compare Five Lights to a physical thing – it’d be a state of Australia – with city and country and birds and house parties and trains and ordinary folk falling in love. Nick Huggins clearly has a giant musical brain, and his brain took my brain on holiday to the aforementioned state and showed it a thing or two (a trip preferable to the guided Contiki tour of singalongability, I think).
2. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
3. David Byrne & St. VincentLove This Giant
4. Grizzly BearShields
5. The Green Mohair SuitsThe Green Mohair Suits

KT BellDetail of Distance

1. Kim ChurchillDetail of Distance
I had been eagerly anticipating the next installment from Kim, and in such circumstances, sometimes hopes can get too high. Happily Kim has delivered a solid album which has been an anthem of my recent travels through Europe. Building on his strengths, Kim has delivered an album full of rhythmic tracks and enigmatic tales that move you enchant you throughout your day. This album never fails to make me smile.
2. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart
3. Mumford and SonsBabel
4. The LumineersThe Lumineers
5. The April MazeTwo

Serena SkyeFear Fun

1. Father John MistyFear Fun
The richness of this album for me lies in all of its differences, a gleaming tapestry of songs, Tillman’s voice the golden thread holding them all together. While each piece is vastly different from the last, in instrumentation and production, they fit together seamlessly, each laced with the same sharp wit, dry observation, acerbic humour and intense imagery that Tillman presents. Lyrically, one might be forgiven for thinking Fear Fun was going to be a harsh listening experience; However, perhaps the most enchanting and surprising part of this record, amid tales of waste and questionable activities, is the sublime vocal lines and sweeping melodies. Such vast emotion and beauty is poured into each fragment of song, with harmonies that slip over one another, cloaking the brutality, creating an experience that is both thought- provoking and moving.
2. Tim HartMilling The Wind
3. Paul KellySpring and Fall
4. The Tallest Man On EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
5. Xavier RuddSpirit Bird

Thom Owen MilesHome Again

1. Michael KiwanukaHome Again
Michael Kiwanuka’s debut album Home Again stands out as 2012’s highlight for me because I suppose I’ve never heard a record quite like it. Soul, folk and jazz influences all combine spectacularly in a soothing collection of songs. Unlike other albums in my top 5, and most of the “folk” albums in my collection, Home Again is not the musing of a troubled artist. It’s far from poetic or philosophical, which I suspect is the reason it hasn’t been met with the critical acclaim it deserves. What it does bring to the table is a timeless and stylistically vast listening experience that bridges sounds as distant as Tracey Chapman from King Crimson or Bill Withers from Paul Simon, and does so without ever overreaching.
2. Beth OrtonSugaring Season
3. Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now?
4. The Tallest Man on EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
5. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart

Wilco Announces Melbourne Bluesfest Sideshow

Image Courtesy of Wilco

The Bluesfest sideshows are coming thick and fast at the moment with alt-country legends Wilco the latest to reveal a headline date. So far the band have only released a Melbourne date (along with a couple of shows in New Zealand) but we’re assured that a Sydney announcement is on it’s way.

The Melbourne show will take place on the 27th March at Hamer Hall in Melbourne with tickets going on sale on the 24th October. Check out the dates for Wilco’s tour (so far) below:

Wednesday 27th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
30th March to 1st April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have released the video to their 17 minute track “Ramada Inn” featuring a whole bunch of archival footage and psychedelic imagery. Details here

– Having just released their new album Transcendental Youth The Mountain Goats have also let loose their brand new video for the track “Cry For Judas”. Details here

– London based four piece ahab have announced that they will be releasing a live album at the end of the month titled Live in London. Details here

– Having just kicked off their Tidal Wave tour Husky have added a bunch more dates in The Gold Coast, Darwin, Fremantle, Perth and Coffs Harbour. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Mike McCarthy has been getting a lot of buzz from the musical community of late. We have a stream of his new album plus tour dates. Details here

Jordie Lane’s new single “Fool For Love” is no longer available as a free download but we have a stream of it. Details here

– The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is one week away and it’s lineup is pretty special – The New Worlds, Mustered Courage, Jimmy The Fish, The Company, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, The String Contingent, Chaika, The Mid North, Breaking Hart Benton, Nick and Liesl and more. Details here

Bob Evans revealed his brand new single this week along with a forthcoming EP and a string of intimate shows. Details here

– Already confirmed for the Mullum Music Festival, Joe Pug has added Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane headline dates to his visit this November. Little Bastard will be in support. Details here

Sarah Blasko has announced a national tour next February where she will be performing with the nation’s orchestras. Details here

– The brand new video from Bon Iver, for the Phil Collins-esque “Beth/Rest”, hit the web and was directed by frontman Justin Vernon. Details here

– The Spring/Summer Finders Keepers Markets take place in Melbourne today and tomorrow, Brisbane on the first weekend of November and Sydney in December. Musical artists for the Melbourne and Brisbane markets have been confirmed with Sydney still TBA. Details here

Texture Like Sun gave us the details (and an advance listen to) their upcoming self titled EP. They’ll be launching the EP in November on a co-headline tour with Patrick James. Details here

Seth Lakeman, who’ll be visiting our shores next year for Bluesfest and The Blue Mountains Music Festival, has revealed details of his upcoming live EP. Details here

Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced just one sideshow when they’re here for Falls and Southbound. Tickets go on sale today. Details here

– Progressive bluegrass pioneers Punch Brothers have announced plans to release Ahoy!, a five-track EP featuring B-sides from their current album Who’s Feeling Young Now?. Details here

– The new video from M. Ward, “Me & My Shadow”, is more than a little surreal. Details here

– Guitar virtuoso Joe Robinson is returning to Australia for a tour starting next week. Details here

Glen Hansard and The Fames have announced a second Sydney Bluesfest Sideshow next year. Once again Lisa Hannigan will be in support. Details here

Wilco also confirmed that they’ll be playing a Melbourne sideshow when they’re here for Bluesfest, with a Sydney date also rumoured. Details here

Nigel Wearne kicks off his tour supporting his brand new album Black Swan tomorrow night at JamGrass. Details here

The Key of Sea Vol. 2 hits stores today (see below) and the organisers have announced a one off concert this December to celebrate. Artist collaborations for the concert include The Tim Rogers Polyxeni, Jinja Safari with Kinfe Geshu, Brous with Awaz, Chet Faker with The Royal Swazi Spa and The Tiger & Me with Murtaza Jafari. Details here


“Before I came to Australia for the first time Chuck Ragan, who’s a friend of mine and we’ve toured together a lot, had been telling me Australia was the promised land for touring – it’s this amazing place, everyone’s very cool, the shows are great and you get treated well. It reached a point where he’d been going on about this for such a long time that I almost wanted to call him on his own shit. So he took me to Australia for the first time and he was right – Australian audiences have been really really good to me, have always been welcoming and had a good time, got involved and danced and sang along. All the things a performer would want from an audience”Frank Turner chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

If you enjoyed Bill Quinn’s interview with Billy Bragg last month (check it out here), you can listen to it in audio format over at Overheard Productions.

Releases This Week

Broadside, Bellowhead

In Another Life
In Another LifeCatherine Traicos

Back When Never
Back When NeverCountry Town Collective

Come Home To Mama
Come Home To MamaMartha Wainwright

Spring and Fall
Spring And FallPaul Kelly

Drifters Dawn
The Drifter’s DawnThe Tiger and Me

The Key of Sea Vol 2
The Key of Sea Vol. 2Various

Timber and Steel Presents

Hat Fitz and Cara
Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson
Sunday 19th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ainslie Wills
Friday 26th October – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Billy Bragg
Friday 19th October – Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th October – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st October – Federation Hall, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 23rd October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th October – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou with Slip On Stereo
Friday 19th October – Gladstone Entertainment Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Saturday 20th October – Sugarland Tavern, Bundaberg, QLD

Charles Jenkins
Sunday 21st October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th October – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle, WA
Friday 26th October – The Velvet Lounge, Mt Lawley, WA

Communion Melbourne feat. Howl at the Moon, Mike Noga, The Falls, Jordan Leser and Ben Lovett (DJ)
Sunday 21st October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 19th October – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 20th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 24th October – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 25th October – Old Manly Boatshed, Manly, NSW
Friday 26th October – The Beresford Hotel, Surry Hills, NSW

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival (The New Worlds, Mustered Courage, Jimmy The Fish, The Company, Rob Corbett & The Roo Grass Band, The Whitetop Mountaineers, The String Contingent, Nick and Liesl, The Mid North)
26th to 28th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Elliot The Bull
Friday 19th October – Burdekin Upstairs, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th October – The Lass, Newcastle, NSW

Finders Keepers Melbourne
19th and 20th October – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Fleurieu Folk Festival feat. Eric Bogle, The Go Set, The Stetson Family, Barry Skipsey, The Timbers
26th to 28th October – Willunga, SA

Gentlemen of the Road feat. Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sarah Blasko, Matt Corby, Husky, Willy Mason, Yacht Club DJs
Saturday 20th October – Dungog Showgrounds, Dungog, NSW

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 19th October – The Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Saturday 20th October – Baha Taco Joint, Rye, VIC
Sunday 21st October – The Worker’s Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th October – The Keller, Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th October – Kidgeeridge Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW

Sunday 21st October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

JamGrass Music Festival (The New Worlds, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Mustered Courage, Rattlehand, The Merri Creek Pickers, John Flanagan & The Begin Agains, The Fletcher, The Strzelecki Stringbusters, The Stetson Family, Uncle Bill, The Stillsons, Big Bug Trio)
19th and 20th October – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

John Williamson
Wednesday 24th October – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th October – Crown Casino, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 19th October – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Saturday 20th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 24th October – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Thursday 25th October – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 26th October -Bended Elbow, Geelong, VIC

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
19th to 21st October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 19th October – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th October – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 26th October – Illawarra P.A.C., Wollongong, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Wednesday 24th October – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 25th October – Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, VIC
Friday 26th October – Ballarat Regent Multiplex, North Ballarat, VIC

Sunday 21st October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Lisa Mitchell with Alpine and Danco
Friday 19th October – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th October – Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 26th October – The Astor, Perth, WA

Mama Kin
Friday 19th October – Town Hall Nannup, Nannup, WA
Saturday 20th October – Clancys Fish Pub, DunsBorough, WA
Sunday 21st October – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 25th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th October – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 19th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 20th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 21st Octiber – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th October – The Ellington, Perth, WA

Mike Compton
Friday 26th October – Brisbane, QLD

Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Tuesday 23rd October – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 25th October – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th October – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Le Vent du Nord with Louise Blackwell

Friday 19th October – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Alex Tsiboulski and Akoustic Odyssey
Friday 26th October – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Rosie Catalano
Thursday 25th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (Lanie Lane, Mia Dyson, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Chase The Sun, Microwave Jenny, Ashleigh Mannix)
25th to 28th October – Sydney, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
25th to 28th October – Yungaburra, QLD

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Friday 19th October – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 20th October – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Thursday 25th October – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 26th October – The SoundLounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The Pigs
Sunday 21st October – Gladstone Botanical Gardens, Gladstone, QLD

The String Contingent
Sunday 21st October – Old Court House, Gunning, NSW
Thursday 25th October – Smithurst Theatre, Gunnedah, NSW
Friday 26th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Friday 19th October – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 20th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th October – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD

Tin Sparrow
Thursday 25th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 26th October – The Standard, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange
Thursday 25th October – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Friday 26th October – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Willy Mason
Monday 22nd October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 24th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sydney From a 747” – Paul Kelly feat. Uncle Bill

Paul Kelly’s new album Spring and Fall is released today (see above) and Uncle Bill will play JamGrass this weekend. Sounds like the perfect excuse to post my favourite track from their collaborative album Smoke.

Watch the New Animated Video From Wilco, “Sunloathe”

Image courtesy of Wilco

The brand new video from Wlico, “Sunloathe”, is an animated affair directed by Peter Glantz and based on illustrations by Nathaniel Murphy. “Sunloathe” is taken from Wilco’s latest album The Whole Love – check out the video below:

First Artists for Bluesfest 2013 Announced

Bluesfest Byron Bay
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

This year Bluesfest are doing things slightly differently with their artist announcements – going early (six weeks earlier than last year) and announcing the lineup in four installments over the coming weeks.

The first of those artist announcements was late last night and includes some super exciting names incluing Ben Harper, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Dropkick Murphys, Glen Hansard with The Frames, William Elliott Whitmore, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls and more!

Bluesfest will take place between Thursday 28th March and Monday 1st April 2013 at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside of Byron Bay. For more details check out the official web site. The full list of artists is below:

Ben Harper
Iggy & The Stooges
Steve Miller Band
Chris Isaak
Bonnie Raitt
Dropkick Murphys
Glen Hansard with The Frames
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Newton Faulkner
William Elliott Whitmore
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Grace Potter
Playing For Change
Ben Caplan

NPR to Stream Newport Folk Festival Again in 2012

Newport Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Newport Folk Festival

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

Details of Wilco and Billy Bragg’s Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions Box Set

Wilco and Billy Bragg
Image Courtesy of Billy Bragg and Wilco

This July would have marked the 100th birthday of folk music legend Woody Guthrie and as you’d expect there are a lot of people celebrating. The official Woody100 web site is collecting all the details of the various tribute projects going on this year but of course there is one in particular that everyone wants more information on: Billy Bragg and Wilco’s Mermaid Avenue box set.

In 1998 activist English folkie Billy Bragg and American alt-country heros Wilco joined forces to put music to a raft of previously unrecorded Woody Guthrie lyrics. Guthrie wrote hundreds of songs throughout his life but didn’t write down any of the musical notation – meaning that the music to any which were not recorded was lost. Billy Bragg and Wilco’s re-imagining of Woody Guthrie’s lyrics took shape in the form of the Mermaid Avenue album, plus its 2000 sequel Mermaid Avenue Vol. II.

To celebrate the 100th birthday Billy Bragg and Wilco are releasing both albums in a box set along with (wait for it) a third album, Mermaid Avenue Vol. III, which collects 17 previously unreleased recordings from the original sessions, the 1999 film Man in the Sand which documented the sessions, a 48-page book with photographs, reproductions of Guthrie’s sketches and lyric sheets and new liner notes by Woody Guthrie’s daughter, Nora Guthrie.

The box set will be released on the 21st April for Record Store Day. Check out the track “Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key” below:

New Popeye Starring Video from Wilco “Dawned on Me”

Popeye Wilco
Image Courtesy of Wilco

Have you seen the new Wilco video featuring the band in a Popeye cartoon? It’s pretty sweet. The clip was created by King Features in partnership with dBpm Records and features the track “Dawned on Me” from Wilco’s 2011 album The Whole Love. Watch it below:

Told you it was sweet. If you can’t get enough of the Wilco/Popeye goodness check out and have a bit of a click around. Apparently Wilco branded spinach is coming soon…

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