New Music from Austin’s Walker Lukens


Walker has been called “one of the best songwriters in Texas”  The Austin-based, Houston-bred singer, multi-instrumentalist has been called “wonderfully inventive”  a “non-sexually intimidating version of Prince'” and a “veteran balladeer with sudden indie rock ambitions”.

In 2013, Walker released his first full length record Devoted, garnering praise from outlets like NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and Billboard. The word spread far and wide, taking Lukens all over the US with his backing band The Side Arms, made up of Kyle Vonderau (guitar), Zac Catanzaro (drums, percussion), Mckenzie Griffin (vocals, keyboard, percussion), and Grant Himmler (bass, vocals).

After meeting Spoon drummer Jim Eno in a bar, Walker & The Side Arms started recording new music with him at his studio, Public Hi-Fi. Their first collaboration, ‘Every Night,’ has been streamed over a million times now. Their second collaboration, ‘Lifted‘ from Never Understood EP (Modern Outsider) spent 11 weeks in total on the specialty commercial radio charts, including 5 weeks in the Top 5 and 3 weeks at #1!


Walker Lukens has officially released his new album Tell It To The Judge this week via Modern Outsider Records! Produced by Eno, this highly anticipated record brings together some of Walker’s most prominent tracks to date, such as “Every Night” and “Lifted“, with new tunes for fans to enjoy.



Sep 28 – Austin, TX @ Native Hostel

Oct 6 – Hot Springs, AR @ Hot Water Hills Festival

Oct 7 – Shreveport, LA @ Prize Fest

Nov 2 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard

Nov 3 – Kansas City, MO @ The Rino

Nov 4 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

Nov 5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Nov 8 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic

Nov 9 – Seattle, WA @ Timbre Room

Nov 10 – Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret

Nov 11 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett

Nov 12 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar







New Autobio by Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson


Legendary rockabilly and country music pioneer Wanda Jackson is giving fans a chance to purchase one-of-a-kind personalized collectibles and memorabilia along side their pre-order of her new autobiography through a PledgeMusic campaign.


Bonus collectibles and memorabilia available through Jackson‘s PledgeMusic campaign include include T-shirts, turntable slip mats, an enamel pin of her likeness, signed posters, signed guitars, and handwritten lyrics for her songs “Mean Mean Man,” “Rock Your Baby,” and “Right or Wrong.”

A limited number of fans will also have the opportunity to access unique experiences including front row seats to upcoming book events in Los Angeles and Nashville, as well as a 15 minute phone call from Wanda herself. Every bundle incorporates a copy of Every Night is Saturday Night, including options to have the book signed and personalized.

Wanda Jackson, known as the “Queen of Rockabilly” and the “First Lady of Rock & Roll” landed more than thirty singles on the country and pop charts between 1954 and 1974. Featuring over eighty photographs from her personal collection and a foreword by Elvis Costello, Every Night is Saturday Night is the rockin’ great-grandmother’s chance to finally share the story of her fascinating life and career in her own words. In Every Night is Saturday Night, Wanda tells the story of being discovered by Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson; why she refused to return to the Grand Ole Opry for more than fifty years; the challenges she and her integrated band, The Party Timers, faced when touring in a less racially tolerant era; personal memories of her relationship with Elvis; and how she ultimately found the love of her life.

While the Pledge campaign is live now, Wanda will officially begin her book launch with several public events and signings around its release, including an appearance at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 14 and a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville Saturday, December 2 with a Ryman performance to follow.

Jackson is set to release her autobiography Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with BMG on November 14, 2017.



West Coast Beats: New Music From Lo Carmen


Currently based in Los Angeles, Lo Carmen has recorded five solo albums, as well as a honky tonk-jazz collaboration with her father, Australian country-rock pioneer, pianist Peter Head. She has toured throughout Europe, Australia and the US, opening for a diverse array of artists, as well as showcased at SXSW.

Seemingly born with music running through her veins, Carmen composed her first original song at age ten, performing it publicly that night at a New Year’s Eve party at the Town Hall in her native Adelaide, South Australia, and the writing on the wall became clear: music was her destiny.

Known for the rustic simplicity and stripped-back honesty of her lyrics — displayed on her new song, “Sometimes It’s Hard,’ featuring Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. The single, taken from her album Lovers Dreamers Fighters, out on vinyl and digital platforms on November 10 through Chiquita Records, premiered yesterday with Clash Magazine. The outlet called the track “divine,” “a real charmer,” and “a beautifully composed piece of music.”

The single is now available via Amazon, Apple Music and Spotify.

Lovers Dreamers Fighters, her sixth studio album, was recorded in Nashville at The Butcher Shoppe and Welcome to 1979 Studios. Glide Magazine premiered the first single, “Last Thing I’ll Remember,” noting its “gorgeous twangy pedal steel, sensual vocals, haunting guitar and harmonies, and a drumbeat that conveys a quiet loneliness,” and stating “the album brings together sultry vintage soul and cosmic country sounds for something that is entirely unique. As a singer and songwriter, Carmen is simultaneously reflective and a storyteller.”.





A Sound Recommendation: Rocker Abi Reimold


“Artist to Watch” Abi Reimold of Philadelphia writes dynamic, cathartic songs that are darkly colorful. Rough around the edges in a way that is more honest than careless, Reimold’s music has a distinctly human quality with songwriting that builds tension using dissonance both harmonically and lyrically.

Her voice rides a range of octaves and emotions, exploring dark inner worlds by pairing starkly vivid lyrics with contoured melodies. She weaves the riffs and grit of modern rock with thoughtful phrases and poetry that are firmly rooted the introspective folk tradition.


Reimold’s debut full-length Wriggling is available on Sad Cactus Records.




Philly Beats: This Weekend – A Two Day Music Festival Showcasing Philly Acts


DATE: September 22 and 23

VENUE:  World Cafe LIVE

The Philadelphia Music & Arts Festival is a non profit endeavor – founded, produced and curated by Greg Seltzer. The mission is to encourage the citizens of Philadelphia to support their local music scene. The Festival is both a testament and celebration of the exploding music scene in Philadelphia and a showcase of up and coming artists. Two Nights. Two Stages. Only Philly Bands.

In addition to music, the Festival will highlight the food, beer and arts of Philadelphia. Food trucks and local chefs will provide edibles, while all beer taps will be pouring only local craft beer. Local distilleries will handle cocktails. Local artists will display visual arts. The experience is an immersion in Philadelphia culture.

Philly local acts like Kississippi, Cheerleader, Chris Kasper and Strand of Oaks will be performing over two days/nights on two stages at the World Cafe Live.


Come on out and support the excellent music and enjoy some Philly eats and beer!




AngloFiles: New Release From Indie Rocker Fink


Bristol’s Fink is the recording moniker of Fin Greenall, who started out as a DJ/producer before progressing to making guitar-based folk/blues/indie music.

From 1997–2003 he focused on electronic music and DJ’d internationally, releasing in 2000 his debut album Fresh Produce on Ninja Tune. Since the 2006 release of his album Biscuits for Breakfast, the name Fink has also referred to the recording and touring trio fronted by Greenall himself, completed by Guy Whittaker (bass) and Tim Thornton (drums).

Most recently he has written in collaboration with John Legend, Banks, Ximena Sarinana and Professor Green. With Amy Winehouse he co-wrote the song “Half Time”, which appears on Winehouse’s posthumous collection Lioness: Hidden Treasures. In 2012 Fink collaborated and performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, resulting in the live album Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Fink is signed to his own label, R’COUP’D Records, a subsidiary of Ninja Tune, on which he has released his latest albums.


‘Resurgam’ is the Fink’s 6th studio album, a follow up to 2014’s ‘Hard Believer’. Produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey, Warpaint), it’s his most ambitious release to date.

The definition of the Latin ‘Resurgam’ means ‘I shall rise again’.





Willie Watson’s highly anticipated new solo album, Folksinger Vol. 2, is now out on Acony Records .

Released to widespread critical acclaim, Folk Alley declares, “…the set of traditional folk tunes is as sparse and special as the other releases that come through Acony Records, beautifully fulfilling its torch-passing purpose” and goes on to praise, “In addition to being a time capsule for fans in the here and now, Folksinger Vol. 2 may well be an entry point to the past for some young, aspiring folkie.” Additionally, Rolling Stone asserts, “Folksinger Vol. 2 is a spectacular amalgam of Southern gospel, Delta blues, railroad songs and the Appalachian tradition derived from Celtic fiddle tunes.”


Produced by David Rawlings and recorded on analog tape at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, TN, the album features eleven songs unearthed from the canon of American folk music including songs popularized by Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Special guests include The Fairfield Four on three tracks as well as Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show’s Morgan Jahnig and Punch Brothers’ Paul Kowert.

“I’m not trying to prove any point here,” Watson comments, “and I’m not trying to be a purist. There’s so much beauty in this old music, and it affects me on a deep level. It moves me and inspires me. I heard Leadbelly singing with the Golden Gate Quartet and it sounded fantastic, and I thought, ‘I want to do that.’ I heard the Grateful Dead doing their version of ‘On the Road Again,’ and it sounded like a dance party in 1926, and I wanted to do that, too. That’s the whole reason I ever played music in the first place—because it looked and sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun.”

In celebration of the album, Watson will kick off his extensive fall headline tour tonight at Seattle’s Fremont Abbey Arts Center with additional dates confirmed at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, L.A.’s Largo at the Coronet, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, DC’s Songbyrd and Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle as well as two co-headline shows with Colter Wall at NYC’s Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge. All tickets are on-sale now. See below for complete details.

The new album arrives three years after Folksinger Vol. 1—Watson’s first release since parting ways with Old Crow Medicine Show in 2011. Released to widespread acclaim, Rolling Stone named the album one of “26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn’t But Really Should Hear” asserting, “Watson’s voice carries the weight of generations past, but on Folk Singer, it’s still appropriate for the one we live in, right now.”

Based in Los Angeles, Watson is a member of the Dave Rawlings Machine and will soon make his acting debut in the Coen Brother’s forthcoming Netflix series, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”


September 20—Ashland, OR—Brickroom*

September 21—Sacramento, CA—Harlow’s*

September 22—Santa Cruz, CA—Don Quixote’s*

September 23—Johnsville, CA—Lost Sierra Hoedown*

September 24—Mill Valley, CA—Sweetwater Music Hall*

September 26—Berkeley, CA—Freight & Salvage*

September 27—San Luis Obispo, CA—SLO Brewing Company*

September 28—Los Angeles, CA—Largo at the Coronet*

September 29—Pioneertown, CA—Pappy & Harriet’s*

October 7—San Francisco, CA—Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

October 13—Louisville, KY—Zanzabar†

October 14—Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark†

October 15—Bloomington, IN—The Bluebird†

October 17—Newport, KY—Southgate House Revival Room†

October 18—Chicago, IL—Old Town School of Folk Music†

October 19—Cleveland, OH—Music Box Supper Club†

October 20—Lexington, KY—The Burl†

October 21—Columbus, OH—The Basement†

October 23—Washington, DC—Songbyrd†

October 25—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade‡

October 26—New York, NY—Mercury Lounge‡

October 27—Hudson, NY—Club Helsinki†

October 28—Ithaca, NY—The Haunt†

October 30—Philadelphia, PA—Boot & Saddle†

November 1—Allston, MA—Great Scott§

November 2—Burlington, VT—Higher Ground Showcase Lounge§

November 3—Portsmouth, NH—The Music Hall Loft§

November 4—Rockland, ME—The Historic Strand Theatre§

November 5—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts§

*with support from Bedouine

†with support from Suzanne Santo of HoneyHoney

‡co-headline with Colter Wall

  • with support from Lucette