‘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…

John Paul White

In November of last year John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, performed an unexpected and low key set of brand new songs at The Moth Light in North Carolina. Accompanying White were The Secret Sisters who brought female harmonies and emotional echoes to the songs, and a small band consisting of a keyboardist/cellist…

Lucie Silvas Live in London

It’s been eight years since Lucie Silvas performed in the UK and nearly ten years since the release of her breakthrough album Breathe In but from the packed out and expectant crowd, to Lucie’s powerful yet vulnerable voice and her beautifully written songs, you would think no time had passed at all. Lucie opened the set with…

Anderson East Live in London

Going to see Anderson East is a spiritual experience like no other. People of all shapes, sizes, ages and creeds, are all brought together by their love of music. All in the same place, all hooked on every word, every note, every rhythm, every movement, and all finding a part of themselves in the music. It is…

Jason Isbell: Live at Kentish Town Forum

Social media is a funny thing; it creates a warped yet seemingly perfect image of public figures, and one that seems completely accurate but is in fact so far from the truth it’s almost laughable. Laughable in that you think ‘X’ is really like his 140 character updates, or rather that’s all he is. So…