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Review: Songs of the American railroad brought to life Special

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have produced a delightful album of American folk and blues songs capturing the spirit of the great American railway. These are old songs, recorded live, for the modern age.

Review: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry share a stage at intimate London gig Special

English singer/songwriter Bragg and American folk musician Henry played songs off their forthcoming collaboration — as well as some of their solo material — to around 100 fans at St. Pancras Old Church in London.

Review: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry to release an album of country songs

English singer, songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg has teamed up with American musician Joe Henry to record songs made famous by the likes of Hank Williams, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Glen Campbell.

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry make 'Americana' railway music

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have collaborated on a project highlighting the music associated with the golden age of American rail. The record will consist of songs played live at railway stations across the U.S.

Review: Billy Bragg publishes first lyrics collection Special

Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has been writing and performing for over thirty years. With many albums and accolades, the self-proclaimed 'Bard of Barking' has issued his first collection of song lyrics. These have been published as a poetry collection.

Streaming music rips off artists, says David Byrne

New York - Musician David Byrne has criticized music streaming services. The former Talking Head notes that artists are receiving pennies for millions of plays. Moreover, music labels, distributors, and streaming companies will disclose how much money is made.

Wilco issue surprise album for free

Rock band Wilco have released an album without any pre-publicity and they have made it free, for a limited time, as a digital download.

Billy Bragg laments the death of the protest song

Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has noted that the number of protest songs being released has fallen, and of those that do come out, few make a dent in the music charts. This is despite plenty of issues of global importance.

Billy Bragg brings Pussy Riot to Glastonbury

Glastonbury - Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, who is curating the Left Field stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, has invited two members of the Russian band-come-protest movement Pussy Riot to a discussion panel.

Billy Bragg campaign sees prisoners allowed guitars again

A campaign led by Billy Bragg has succeeded in seeing prisoners in British jails allowed to use steel-strung guitars. Earlier in the year the British government had introduced a ban.

Billy Bragg’s ideological beer

Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg is used to many accolades. Perhaps none as unusual as this: a new craft beer has been named after one of his classic 1980s songs.

Vote for 'Beard of the Year'

London - Fashions come and fashions go. In the U.K. there has been a gradual shift towards men sprouting a beard. Or maybe they never went out of fashion? A new poll has opened to allow people to vote for the 'Beard of the Year.'

Woody Guthrie center opens in Tulsa

Tulsa - An archive and interactive museum devoted to the legacy of a singer, songwriter, artist and novelist Woody Guthrie has opened in Tulsa.

Review: Billy Bragg's 'Tooth and Nail' album

Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has released his first major album in five years, an Americana inspired set called 'Tooth and Nail'. It is an excellent album about love, loss and hope.

Billy Bragg and Wilco to release new 'lost' Woody Guthrie songs

Billy Bragg and the band Wilco have announced that, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of American folk singer Woody Gurthire, they will be releasing a further collection of 'lost' Guthrie songs.

Op-Ed: Fight Songs, a new Billy Bragg album for troubled times

Singer-songwriter and social activist Billy Bragg has released an album of contemporary protest songs...and one Christmas song.
 

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Railroad travellers: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
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Woody Guthrie Center, Brady Arts District, Tulsa
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Singing acapella: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
Singing acapella: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
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Cover image - Billy Bragg 'Tooth and Nail'
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