Nicole Atkins “Goodbye Rhonda Lee” (Single Lock Records, 2017)

It’s not unreasonable to wonder who Rhonda Lee is, and why the ex-queen of Asbury Park and new resident of Nashville is bidding her farewell. Nicole Atkins provides the answer – it’s herself, or at least her worst half. Having struggled with some sobriety issues in recent years Nicole Atkins took the pledge and this album is a tangible result of her abilities returning as her non-drinking days increased in number. Continue reading “Nicole Atkins “Goodbye Rhonda Lee” (Single Lock Records, 2017)”

Lord Youth “Gray Gardens” (Shellshock, 2017)

Creeping its way into your ears with a dirty, slightly otherworldy cha-cha that sounds like a wantonly peculiar outtake from a Richard Hawley record, Lord Youth’s ghoulish novelty-noir is brilliantly uncomfortable listening. Micah Blaichman’s dead-pan tenor, sometimes reminiscent of Johnny Dowd’s unnerving vitriolic intoning, drawls across a raft of 1950s style Americana that is full of creaking, wining guitar, junk-yard percussion and demented honky-tonk piano (nowhere more evident that on “Someone Was Singing Hi Ho Silver”). Continue reading “Lord Youth “Gray Gardens” (Shellshock, 2017)”

David Ramirez heads back to UK for more dates

We’re rather fond of David Ramirez here at AUK and today he’s announced details of an eight-date UK headline tour set to run throughout January 2018. He released his new album “We’re Not Going Anywhere” via Thirty Tigers last week, described by Uncut in these words: “If Springsteen made a record about living in Trump’s America, you’d hope it might sound something like this”. The album, which was produced by Sam Kassirer (previously Lake Street Dive and Josh Ritter), documented Ramirez’s heartfelt take on Trump’s America from his point of view of having a mixed Mexican and American heritage. You’re always welcome here David.  Boris though right? Here are those dates. Continue reading “David Ramirez heads back to UK for more dates”

Moonsville Collective, At The Top, Long Beach California, Friday 15th September

The rest of the building may be still under construction to make another restaurant but right At The Top everything is fine and dandy – it’s Long Beach’s latest music venue / bar and it still has that fresh “new venue” smell.  Clean too. This gig by the seven piece Moonsville Collective acted as both a new EP launch party and also as a curtain raiser for the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival set to take place the next day in nearby Rainbow Lagoon Park. Continue reading “Moonsville Collective, At The Top, Long Beach California, Friday 15th September”

John Craigie announces UK dates

“If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a child, the resulting product would resemble something very close to singer-songwriter John Craigie”. So says the press release announcing tour dates for Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter John Craigie (it’d also be cutting edge science so might have 5 arms and 3 legs). Craigie is renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff observations, and Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, which is nice.  Hear (and see) for yourself below, along with his tour dates. Continue reading “John Craigie announces UK dates”

Robert Earl Keen “Walking Distance / Picnic” (Floating World, 2017)

Ever a songwriter of distinction, the reissue of two mid-period Robert Earl Keen albums prove a forceful reminder of exactly why Keen’s formidable reputation as a songwriter precedes him. Having not quite gained the notoriety of Steve Earle or the ‘legend’ label pinned so readily to Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen is no less deserving of your attention.  Continue reading “Robert Earl Keen “Walking Distance / Picnic” (Floating World, 2017)”

Mike Judge country music animated series premieres

No news on how we get hold of this in the UK yet but how could anyone not want to watch an animated interpretation of the funniest things that ever happened to Waylon Jennings?  There’s a clip below this story if you can’t quite imagine it. Rolling Stone Country reports: “When Mike Judge began work on Tales From the Tour Bus, a new country-music docuseries for Cinemax that premieres on September 22nd, he did so with a mission. “I like converting people who don’t like country into going, ‘OK, maybe this is OK,'” he says. So the Silicon Valley, King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-head mastermind began collecting the wildest, most hilarious stories about Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Jerry Lee Lewis and other hellraisers he could from their friends and family and animating them. Continue reading “Mike Judge country music animated series premieres”