Courtney Marie Andrews “May Your Kindness Remain” – Listen

Loose has been one of our favourite labels since the beginning of time and their very own Courtney Marie Andrews won best female artist in the AUK end of year poll last year.  Last week shared the title track from her forthcoming new album with NPR and it’s a belter, quietly striking in its suggestion that kindness and compassion are what really make people wealthy: “The richest of people aren’t rich with houses, cars, or fame”.  Look out for a review of the full album next month on AUK.

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires cover John Prine – Watch

Well this from RS will cheer up your dreary Tuesday morning: “The sight of Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires sharing the mic together became a familiar one throughout 2017, as the husband-and-wife Americana power couple solidified their musical bond while touring behind Isbell and the 400 Unit’s chart-topping The Nashville Sound. This weekend’s episode of Austin City Limits catches them in peak form for a double-billed performance that includes an online exclusive of a John Prine cover. Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires cover John Prine – Watch”

Kyle Craft “Exile Rag” – Listen

The country-tinged “Exile Rag” is the delightful new single from Kyle Craft’s “Full Circle Nightmare”, his forthcoming second album available on 2nd February worldwide on Sub Pop.   While working on a farm in Northern California, Craft coined the term “Exile Rag” for the little tunes he’d pick out on the guitar while everyone slept. Back in Portland, he developed feelings for a woman that in the end weren’t reciprocated. He’d sit alone in the farm’s workroom, dreaming of his life back in the city and asking himself, “What if?” When he belts out the line “By the time that her doors closing, and you feel like you’re imposing on that brand new boyfriend she has, she’ll be rolling in new love and you’ll be singing on the Exile Rag,” the song’s feeling of unrequited love is captured perfectly.

Jaime Wyatt announces debut UK tour

LA based Jaime Wyatt, who has received some fantastic press over the last year from the likes of Rolling Stone (who described her as a “New Country Artist You Need To Know“ – that’s a new country artist, not a “new country” artist) and Noisey, hits our shores for the first time later this month. The tour includes an appearance at the Americana Music Association UK festival as well as the  Borderline in London and Broadcast in Glasgow, and she’ll be joined on the road by special guest Beth Bombara. Here are those dates. Continue reading “Jaime Wyatt announces debut UK tour”

Americana UK is recruiting writers again

It’s a new year and a new broom, so to speak, and AUK is seeking enthusiastic writers who can write well to join our team again. Why not start 2018 by becoming a rock journo? There is no remuneration but there is a lot of love/glory and you get to join our merry little throng, plus you’ll have the opportunity to listen to new records before everyone else. No previous experience of publication is necessary – you just need to be able to commit to writing for us for a sensible period of time (ie – not 5 minutes) and be able to meet deadlines.  You can find more details here or if you have any questions that aren’t answered there then do give me a shout.  And while you ponder the decision, here’s some cat fails to kill six minutes.

New Kim Richey “Edgeland” due March – Listen

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kim Richey will release her first album in five years, Edgeland, on Yep Roc Records on 30th March, and you can hear the first track to be taken from it “Whistle On Occasion” featuring Chuck Prophet below. Recorded in Nashville, Edgeland is Richey’s eighth studio album and was produced by Brad Jones.  The 12 tracks feature songwriting collaborations with Maendo Sanz, Mike Henderson, Bill Deasy, Al Anderson, Jenny Queen, Harry Hoke, Chuck Prophet and Pat McLaughlin, with the latter two also playing guitar and mandolin on the album.   Richey is supporting Gretchen Peters on her UK tour – here are those dates: Continue reading “New Kim Richey “Edgeland” due March – Listen”

UK bill to protect music venues goes to second reading next week

This has flown under the radar a bit in terms of national reporting but it might be a good time to ask your MP to support the bill (unless you live next to a noisy venue, in which case – why buy a house next to a noisy venue?)  IQ reports: “British artists, politicians and senior music industry figures headed to Westminster this morning in support of John Spellar MP’s bill to enshrine the agent-of-change principle in UK law. Continue reading “UK bill to protect music venues goes to second reading next week”

Americana for the masses in Kent, Black Deer Festival is born!

A new festival Black Deer has been announced this morning which “promises you a jam-packed weekend of celebrating all things Americana and Country!” Taking place in Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, the festival promises “an array of authentic americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytellings from cultural pioneers,” not to mention the americana itself of course and the line-up is fairly spectacular:  Continue reading “Americana for the masses in Kent, Black Deer Festival is born!”

Red River Dialect announce UK dates

Red River Dialect describe themselves on their site as “a six strong band of human animals, brewing a lightly carbonated folk-rock from the psycho-spiritual malt of David Morris’ songwriting”.  We rather liked their new record, which we described as having a “lovely, sweeping feel” (in a “not like a brush though” way) and you can find out for yourself when they head round the UK for some dates from later this month including one in the setting of Liverpool’s beautiful city library.  Here are those dates. Continue reading “Red River Dialect announce UK dates”

Seasons greetings from Americana UK

That’s it from us for this year dear readers.  Thanks for all your support over the last 12 months which have been the busiest year yet for AUK in the sixteen years of our existence. (I was 11 obviously when I started the website).  Please consider supporting us via our new set up for just £2 per month and we’ll send you a nice curated playlist of the best americana we’ve heard each month. In the meantime, can we wish you all a very happy Christmas/festive season/whatever it means to you, and all the very best for 2018.  We’ll be back on January 2nd, Trump not having a meltdown notwithstanding, and in the meantime enjoy these four minutes of magic from our favourite mathematical avian friends.