The personal highlight of our week was the chance to chat with Jason Isbell ahead of the release of his new album Somewhere More Than Free. From his days in Drive-by Truckers to his solo career that seems to get better and better with each release, culminating to date with Southeastern that garnered Americana Music Awards and critical acclaim. We talked about the impact of that album’s success, his songwriting methods and the new album. Full interview coming soon.
Last Friday we spent a great night at the Gasoline Pony in Marrickville, Sydney to celebrate the release of Mark Lucas’ new solo album Little Town Blues. It was a fine evening of music from Mark and band, Brielle Davis (accompanied by Dan Babekuhl on guitar) and Davey Craddock (WA) who was winding up his run of Sydney and NSW shows. You can read our review of Lucas’ album HERE and below is a clip of Craddock performing his single of a couple of years ago – ‘Keep On Waiting’.
We also got out to another superb show with James Thomson and full band, De’May and a new name to us – Nick Connors who normally plays with his band Eye Drops. Connors had a commanding stage presence, drawing on the blues with gothic undertones. Shades of Nick Cave meets Jeff Buckley (in his guitar playing at least). It had been a while since I’ve seen De’May live and she impressed with her soul-folk originals and a trio of covers – Lucinda Williams, The Doors and Neil Young. Thomson was as great as ever, bringing the new album to life on stage with his band The Strange Pilgrims and some guest guitar playing from Matt Galvin and backing vocals from De’May.
Over the last week we’ve been listening to a bunch of new releases as well as looking back and immersing ourselves in some classics such as The Grateful Dead’s American Beauty, the Buffalo Springfield box set from 2001, Bob Dylan’s New Morning.