New Music From Matt Holubowski

Posted on Feb 1, 2023
New Music From Matt Holubowski

Matt Holubowski, from Hudson, Québec, has come a long way since his 2014 debut Ogen, Old Man, a collection of folk songs inspired by his many trips and experiences around the world. His next release – Solitudes, a collaboration with fellow Québecois Connor Seidel, sold over 45,000 copies and racked up 17 million streams, earning a Gold record […]

Music Connection Profiles Julia Bhatt

Posted on Feb 1, 2023
Music Connection Profiles Julia Bhatt

Music Connection has a songwriter profile on Julia Bhatt, the Miami-based artist whose debut LP it is what it is is at radio now. “Bhatt first started in the drama room at school, but soon found herself immersed in music… Having dabbled in the guitar for a school class, Bhatt confesses she didn’t learn much, but that she uses the […]

The Irish Times Praises The Great White Sea Eagle

Posted on Feb 1, 2023
The Irish Times Praises The Great White Sea Eagle

Of the new LP from James Yorkston, Nina Persson, and The Second Hand Orchestra, the Irish Times writes, “One of the best folk albums of the past few years – James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra’s 2021 The Wide, Wide River – might just be equalled by The Great White Sea Eagle, which is so much the same and so different […]

Jazzwise Interviews Mary Halvorson

Posted on Feb 1, 2023
Jazzwise Interviews Mary Halvorson

Jazzwise has a conversation with Mary Halvorson about the creation of her twin albums, Amaryllis and Belladonna, and much more, including details about her days of learning guitar – “My right hand is weaker although I naturally picked up a guitar right handed (despite Jimi Hendrix being a childhood inspiration). I had to work at my pick work to get it up to […]

Jambands Covers Fruit Bats

Posted on Feb 1, 2023
Jambands Covers Fruit Bats

Jambands recently wrote about the upcoming Fruit Bats album, A River Running To Your Heart, from which new radio single “Rusin’ River Valley” is culled. ““Over the years, there’s been a lot of geography in my music, a lot of landscapes,” Eric D. Johnson says via press release. “Sometimes the places are real, sometimes they’re emotional. […]

James Yorkston Expounds On The Great White Sea Eagle With The Yorkshire Post

Posted on Jan 30, 2023
James Yorkston Expounds On The Great White Sea Eagle With The Yorkshire Post

“James Yorkston has a wry take on how The Great White Sea Eagle, his collaboration with Nina Persson, erstwhile frontwoman of Swedish band The Cardigans, came about,” writes The Yorkshire Post. According to the Post, Yorkston’s story is that “we were in a terrible situation where the record company had suddenly realised that I couldn’t sing,… After all these […]

Americana UK Laments That Fruit Bats Will Tour North America This Spring

Posted on Jan 30, 2023
Americana UK Laments That Fruit Bats Will Tour North America This Spring

Americana UK has coverage of the new Fruit Bats single “Rushin’ River Valley,” but the publication sounds miffed that Eric D. Johnson won’t be visiting the UK as a solo artist this Spring. “There’ll be an extensive North American tour, covering the USA and Canada.  Which admittedly isn’t a lot of use to us here in the UK.” Dang. Hear […]

New Music From Rose’s Pawn Shop

Posted on Jan 26, 2023
New Music From Rose’s Pawn Shop

With their fusion of bluegrass instrumentation and folk-rock amplification, Rose’s Pawn Shop has spent the better part of two decades carving out an Americana sound that’s as diverse as the band’s native Los Angeles. Their past releases offer a melting pot of modern-day roots music, shot through with electric guitar, fiddle, raw percussive stomp, and stacked vocal […]

Off Shelf Interviews James Yorkston and Nina Persson

Posted on Jan 26, 2023
Off Shelf Interviews James Yorkston and Nina Persson

In a recent interview with Off Shelf, the Cardigans’ Nina Persson explains why she was compelled to join James Yorkston and the Second Hand Orchestra as they collaborated on the follow-up to their acclaimed debut LP The Wide, Wide River. “James and I have a friend in common with Karl-Jonas [Winquivist, the bandleader of the Second Hand Orchestra]… he’s […]

The Bluegrass Situation Shares Fruit Bats’ Newest Jam

Posted on Jan 26, 2023
The Bluegrass Situation Shares Fruit Bats’ Newest Jam

According to Eric D. Johnson, new Fruit Bats’ single “Rushin’ River Valley” is a song “about true love, and the question of whether we are fated to be together or if it’s all just universal chaos tossing us around. It’s also about ghosts and bad dreams and trying to move forward and climbing over a mountain and hoping […]

Dusted Praises Mary Halvorson’s Recognizable Yet Foreign Jazz Stylings

Posted on Jan 26, 2023
Dusted Praises Mary Halvorson’s Recognizable Yet Foreign Jazz Stylings

Dusted writes, “Mary Halvorson is usually doing something novel. In this case, it’s not just that she’s releasing a pair of albums that simultaneously stand alone and sit in conversation with each other. It’s also that she now writes for string quartet (plus guitar, of course). Amaryllis and Belladonna, the two new albums, mark the next step in her ever-expanding interests. […]

Full Time Aesthetic Catches June McDoom At Brooklyn Steel

Posted on Jan 26, 2023
Full Time Aesthetic Catches June McDoom At Brooklyn Steel

Full Time Aesthetic was at Brooklyn Steel for June McDoom‘s set opening for Nick Hakim this weekend. According to the site’s Kate Bell,  McDoom cast “her own sonic magic on the crowd with whispery soft vocals over a unique mix of folk-rock, soul, and reggae… Her live set more than lived up to the beauty of her recordings.” Read more, and see […]

Rose’s Pawn Shop Explains “Gratitude” To The Bluegrass Situation

Posted on Jan 23, 2023
Rose’s Pawn Shop Explains “Gratitude” To The Bluegrass Situation

“Gratitude,” an advance single from the new Rose’s Pawn Shop album that’s almost out, has been featured in The Bluegrass Situation. The site has a quote about the song from songwriter Paul Givant, who explains, “I realized I was writing a song about several people I had lost in my life in the past few years. And how the pain […]

The Free Jazz Blog Gushes Over Mary Halvorson

Posted on Jan 23, 2023
The Free Jazz Blog Gushes Over Mary Halvorson

The Free Jazz Blog has a gushing review of Mary Halvorson‘s Amaryllis and Belladonna, two twin releases at radio now from Nonesuch. Amaryllis, according to the site, “has the variety of voices, the easy switch between out and hip jazz, and the big group arrangements that bring all of it together in a jazz and cinematic way.” On Belladonna, “an […]

New Music From Fruit Bats

Posted on Jan 19, 2023
New Music From Fruit Bats

Eric D. Johnson’s Fruit Bats will release a new album, A River Running to Your Heart, on April 14 via Merge Records. A River Running to Your Heart is Fruit Bats’ first full-length album since The Pet Parade in 2021 and follows Johnson’s involvement in indie folk trio Bonny Light Horseman’s critically acclaimed 2022 album, Rolling Golden Holy. “Over the years there’s been a lot […]

Folk Radio UK Praises The “Emotional and Visceral” New LP From James Yorkston, Nina Persson, and The Second Hand Orchestra

Posted on Jan 19, 2023
Folk Radio UK Praises The “Emotional and Visceral” New LP From James Yorkston, Nina Persson, and The Second Hand Orchestra

Folk Radio UK has coverage of the new album from James Yorkston, Nina Persson, and The Second Hand Orchestra, noting that “the recording process for The Great White Sea Eagle, much like its predecessor [The Wide, Wide River], involved Yorkston withholding his songs from his band until the start of the recording sessions. This technique has fostered a spirit […]

Riff Magazine Shares “Gratitude” By Rose’s Pawn Shop

Posted on Jan 19, 2023
Riff Magazine Shares “Gratitude” By Rose’s Pawn Shop

Riff Magazine has shared “Gratitude,” which is among the advance singles from Rose’s Pawn Shop‘s soon-to-be-released new album Punch-Drunk Life. Author Rachel Goodman writes, “I was immediately drawn into this song, from the bluegrass fiddle opening. It felt like I’d stepped into Appalachian country. Yet, this song also has a ’70s sound long since forgotten. There’s also a […]

Mary Halvorson’s Dual LPs Get The AllMusic Treatment

Posted on Jan 19, 2023
Mary Halvorson’s Dual LPs Get The AllMusic Treatment

AllMusic has reviewed Amaryllis and Belladonna by Mary Halvorson, both of which are at radio now from Nonesuch Records. “The language Halvorson constructs on Amaryllis,” the site writes here, “is lush yet balanced and symmetrical. Her harmonic core, though fluid, offers a generous tonal palette for ensemble players and soloists alike, no matter who ultimately converses with who, while her melodies are simultaneously memorable, […]

David Hillyard Goes West With The Rocksteady 7

Posted on Jan 19, 2023
David Hillyard Goes West With The Rocksteady 7

Last year, we serviced the excellent Plague Doctor LP by David Hillyard and The Rocksteady 7, which mixed ska-inflected jazz with Brazilian sounds for a set that was deeply accomplished and familiar yet novel. In its review, Upstarter wrote that “If you were to throw this on the hi-fi at a swanky cocktail party, the guests and location would transport […]

New Music From James Yorkston, Nina Persson, and The Second Hand Orchestra

Posted on Jan 18, 2023
New Music From James Yorkston, Nina Persson, and The Second Hand Orchestra

James Yorkston, Nina Persson and The Second Hand Orchestra share The Great White Sea Eagle, the follow up to James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra’s The Wide, Wide River – a Guardian Top 10 Folk Album of 2021. The record didn’t start life as a follow up; in early 2021, Yorkston began visiting his studio in Cellardyke, Fife and for the first […]

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