John Mellencamp: “Really I’m a Socialist” – Watch

Welcome to the club John!  Always ahead of his time politically and joining a growing movement of US citizens who are kind of disenchanted with the last 40 years, this is an interesting interview from CBS over the weekend.  (Oh and he also talks about his new album if you’re sick of politics.) RS Country report: “John Mellencamp talked Farm Aid, his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, mortality and how his political views differ from his fans in a wide-ranging interview with CBS Sunday Morning. “The reason we made that record was because we were noticing that the landscape of Indiana is changing,” Mellencamp said of Scarecrow in an extended interview with Sunday Morning’s Jane Pauley. Continue reading “John Mellencamp: “Really I’m a Socialist” – Watch”

Jim Lauderdale talks about Liverpool (yay) and his new album

The more astute AUK reader may know what we’re a Liverpool based website, a city which doesn’t come up too often in americana circles so it’s nice when it does.  RS Country report this morning: “Jim Lauderdale may have started playing country music and bluegrass when he was 15, but he first became an instant and early fan of rock & roll when he saw the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan in 1964. Since then, he’s crafted a career that transcends genres. He’s done traditional country, old-school R&B and became a paragon of the Americana movement. Now, on his new album London Southern, Lauderdale revisits his fascination with the Fab Four, channeling the spirit of the Liverpool-era Beatles and paying fitting homage to the country- and soul-centric American acts that influenced the young rock band.  Continue reading “Jim Lauderdale talks about Liverpool (yay) and his new album”

Juanita Stein “I’ll Cry” – Listen

I’ll Cry is the latest single to be taken from “America”, the debut solo album by Brighton based Juanita Stein, available on the Nude label from the 28th July. Already well known as the singer-songwriter with Howling Bells, Juanita recorded the album with Gus Seyffert (Beck, Ryan Adams) in Los Angeles. She hits the UK for dates shortly which you can check out here.

Holy Moly and The Crackers “Salem” (Pink Lane Records, 2017)

Holy Moly indeed! There’s a lot of exciting music on this new release from North East Folk Rockers, Holy Moly and the Crackers, as they move away from their earlier folk-oriented material and explore a darker and more rock influenced direction. This album is a big departure from their previous sound, which was much more rooted in traditional folk rock. On “Salem” they’ve gone for a harder, rockier sound built around a number of songs that are more intense and starker in content than previous work. The results are a bit of a mixed bag – there are some glorious songs on here that really grab you by the throat and pull you in, songs like the opening title track, with it’s story built around the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s but used as a comment on the current rise of xenophobia and hate crimes.  Continue reading “Holy Moly and The Crackers “Salem” (Pink Lane Records, 2017)”