Billy Bragg on 30+ years of independence

Mark Sutherland

Like many albums these days, Billy Bragg’s new record was made around a single track. But don’t worry; Shine A Light – a collaboration with Americana musician Joe Henry – does not see the Bard Of Barking hit us with one banger and a load of filler.

It was actually made on a single-track railroad, as the pair travelled around the States, recording classic train songs by the likes of Leadbelly and Glen Campbell whenever the train made a lengthy ...

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