It’s been a big week for announcements and releases and shaping for another big one next week. Jason Isbell‘s new album Something More Than Free is finally out after being announced months ago (and leaking very early too). It’s been getting mixed reviews – Pitchfork gave it a paltry 5.8/10 while Paste gave it an 8.6/10. We need to listen to it some more to get a real feel for it but straight off the bat it shows more variation and light than Southeastern with some different approaches to character portrayal in his songs. We were lucky enough to interview Isbell a few weeks ago and you can read our full interview HERE.
Wilco may have stolen the limelight with the surprise news today that they have a new album called Star Wars that they are giving away for free via their website. It’s for a limited time so get on it right HERE.
Another interview we published was our Six Strings Q&A with Melbourne’s Ben Mastwyk who is releasing his solo LP Mornin, Evenin at The Spotted Mallard in his hometown this Sunday from 3pm.
Out On The Weekend, the Love Police-presented Americana festival that premiered last year in Melbourne, with sideshows aplenty in Sydney and Brisbane, has been announced for Melbourne AND Sydney this year. It’s all happening on Saturday 17th October at Seaworks in Williamstown VIC and Saturday 24th October at Bella Vista Farm in Sydney with the first line-up announcement coming August 4th.
Bluesfest made their first announcement for the 2016 festival (crazy!) with a mix of exciting and not so exciting acts. It does include a potential hint at one other major act given that Neil Young is currently touring with Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real in the US.
- The National (exclusive)
- City and Colour
- UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue – exclusive
- Joe Bonamassa – exclusive
- Tedeschi Trucks Band
- The Cat Empire
- Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real
- The Word
- Rhiannon Giddens
- Janiva Magness
- St. Paul & The Broken Bones
- Allen Stone
- The Selecter
- Shakey Graves
- Songhoy Blues
Some shameless self-promotion is also in order with the announcement of the first line-up for Heartbreaker Sessions, a new fortnightly alt. country, folk and blues evening coming to Sydney. I’m curating it with Daz and we’ve lined up Caitlin Harnett and Brielle Davis of Not Good With Horses for the opening night.
New reviews up on Post To Wire over the last week include Joshua Seymour, Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses and Jess Ribeiro. Perkins and band are playing this Sunday night at Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, our gig pick of the weekend.
Next week of course is a big one as Ryan Adams rolls into town with Jenny Lewis in support. Reviews like Simon Sweetman’s have been raving about the New Zealand shows so far so we’re all in for a real treat. See you there if you’re going to the Sydney show!
This week’s video clip comes from John Mellencamp who was pegged as an American pin-up rocker but for people like me he was definitely a gateway drug to Americana music in the eighties. That blend of rock, country, politics and big hooks made him both popular and for those looking behind the hair and denim jacket he showed that he possessed great songwriting skill.