Lily & Madeleine: Growing Pains

I met Lily & Madeleine exactly two years ago in London. It was November and it was just as cold. They had just released their second album Fumes and were in the midst of their European tour. The mood in that room that cold November night, was one full of hope and excitement. The sisters…

‘Say Goodnight Instead’ – JOHNNYSWIM

JOHNNYSWIM was in the midst of recording their new album Georgica Pond and from a late night recording session came, what I consider to be their most well written and visceral song from the album, ‘Say Goodnight Instead’. Conjured from a place of emotional and physical weariness, and the sadness and rawness that usually accompanies that state of being. ‘Say Goodnight…

John Paul White: Live at Bush Hall, London

“Don’t you dare look out your window/ Darling everything’s on fire.” Words and music from a dystopian film but words that are uncomfortably close to us all right now. Dark days are ahead on both sides of the Atlantic today, days that will make us want to close the curtains and hide away, but we…

A Taste of ‘Georgica Pond’ – JOHNNYSWIM

Georgica Pond is a 290-acre coastal lagoon located on the border of East Hampton, New York. With its miles and miles of white sandy beaches and six distinct finger like coves, which all lead back to the main body of water. Georgica Pond is beautiful and delicate yet at times troublesome and tumultuous. Perhaps that’s…

‘Beulah’ – John Paul White

“This place is called Beulah. It is a pleasant lovely shadow. Where no dispute can come.” Milton by William Blake Beulah, John Paul White’s first release since the ending of his band The Civil Wars, weaves together folk, Southern rock, Americana and even pop but all on the darker and more melancholy end of the…

The Summer of Eps: Part 3 Caitlyn Smith

July has seen a quick succession of standalone EP’s released by women in Nashville; Caitlyn Smith, Molly Parden and Joy Williams. The story and words are the prime focus of these artists who refuse to stick to one “type” of music and who bend genres, and at times reimagine them, all in service of the story. The first of…

The Summer of Eps: Part 2 Joy Williams

July has seen a quick succession of standalone EP’s released by women in Nashville; Caitlyn Smith, Molly Parden and Joy Williams. The story and words are the prime focus of these artists who refuse to stick to one “type” of music and who bend genres, and at times reimagine them, all in service of the story. The first of…

The Summer of Eps: Part 1 Molly Parden

July has seen a quick succession of standalone EP’s released by women in Nashville; Caitlyn Smith, Molly Parden and Joy Williams. The story and words are the prime focus of these artists who refuse to stick to one “type” of music and who bend genres, and at times reimagine them, all in service of the…

‘Young Runaway’ – Hattie Briggs

Young Runaway is Hattie Briggs’ second album due out on July 8th. The album was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales by Peter Waterman (Uriah Heap), the producer behind Hattie’s debut album, Red & Gold, which was met with critical acclaim both in the UK and abroad. Hattie Briggs was in her second year…

Lisa Jakub In Her Own Words

Writer, Lisa Jakub, had a secret, a secret that spanned eighteen-years of her life, and one that she was trying to hide. No, she hadn’t killed anyone nor was she evading taxes, it was something much more benign (and legal). Lisa was trying to outrun her past life as an actor. Since turning 22, Lisa…

‘Wreck You’ – Lori McKenna

Lori McKenna, artist, musician and songwriter of melancholy. If you’ve heard a song that’s beautifully understated and introspective but has you weeping into your tea by the last chorus, then Lori McKenna is mostly likely behind it. Think Mandy Moore’s ‘Everblue‘ and Ashley Monroe’s ‘The Morning After‘ This month, McKenna released ‘Wreck You’ the first single…

‘Keep It Together’ – Lily & Madeleine

When I interviewed Lily & Madeleine back in November 2014, it was clear from our conversation that their upcoming and still to be written third album was going to powerful. Not in an obvious way because that’s not how the sisters roll but in a quietly defiant and honest way; a way that makes you…