AUK album premiere: Mark Olson “Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun” – Listen

We’re delighted to be able to premiere the new album today from americana legend Mark Olson. “Spokeswoman of The Bright Sun” comes out on 1st September 2017 (that’s tomorrow, date fans) and is the follow up to the critically acclaimed “Good-bye Lizelle” which we said nice things about 3 years back. Recorded during the summer of last year (remember how simple life felt then? Actually we had just had Brexit so maybe not…), Mark explains “I think that the secret to making a unique album [is] keeping the momentum of the writing and part learning of the song as you move towards the final takes”. Continue reading “AUK album premiere: Mark Olson “Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun” – Listen”

New Joana Serrat album due next month

The lovely Joana Serrat (with one ‘n’) has a new record our next month called “Dripping Springs” which would be so much worse an album title with the word “and” in it.  For her fourth album in five years, she travelled from her home in Vic, Barcelona to the Texas Hill Country outside Austin. There she teamed up with Israel Nash at his Plum Creek Sound studio near the town of Dripping Springs (hence the title). Continue reading “New Joana Serrat album due next month”

David Ramirez “We’re Not Going Anywhere” (Thirty Tigers, 2017)

Given the current climate, this is, at least in part, an album that resonates by painting a picture of a broken, divided world which is conflicted and uncertain. David Ramirez is a clever fellow though and approaches the task at hand by distilling the hurts of modern America into a series of songs that tell its story through 10 songs that re-imagine recent history, dysfunction and dissatisfaction as though they are the defining attributes of a relationship that’s falling apart. Indeed there are some bewildering truths buried in this record that are chilling and desperate. Continue reading “David Ramirez “We’re Not Going Anywhere” (Thirty Tigers, 2017)”

Track premiere: Becky Warren “I’m Leaving” – Listen

 

Nashville singer songwriter Becky Warren’s debut solo album “War Surplus” is out now, the tale of a relationship between an Iraq bound soldier (Scott) and his girlfriend (June), and she’s sharing a bonus track with us “I’m Leaving” which is not included on the album. She told us: “I wanted a song where it was clear how much June struggles with the decision to leave Scott, both because she loves him and because she knows the way he’s been acting is a result of PTSD and she has a lot of sympathy for that.” The song was recorded with the string band Big Chimney, with Alex Sens on dobro, John Seebach on mandolin and acoustic guitar, Avril Smith on electric guitar, and Jeremy Middleton on upright bass.

Iron & Wine announces UK dates for 2018

God that beard is terrifying. Following some rather ace reviews for new album “Beast Epic”, available now on the Sub Pop label, Iron & Wine has announced a number of European shows for early 2018. Beginning in Reykjavic on 14th January, the tour reaches these shores in February for the below UK/Ireland dates, including a London Hammersmith Apollo performance. In the meantime, why not drink some wine while ironing and listen to the full album below. Continue reading “Iron & Wine announces UK dates for 2018”

Tom Russell “Folk Hotel” (Proper Records, 2017)

In the 1990’s Tom Russell was, along with Dave Alvin, hailed as the architect of what came to be known as Americana music. Folk Hotel is album number 36 for Russell and, in 2017, he has surely delivered one of the Americana albums of the year. This is a storytellers’ album with every song a poem or a story in its own right. A year after the passing of one of the great song writing poets, Leonard Cohen, a song about New York’s Chelsea Hotel, Up in The Old Hotel, provides a fitting and high-quality opening. Leaving El Paso, a song about the journey Russell and his wife made following the route the Spanish took to Santa Fe some 500 years previously, features Eliza Gilkyson on vocals and some gorgeous Tex-Mex accordion from Joel Guzman.  Continue reading “Tom Russell “Folk Hotel” (Proper Records, 2017)”