Daniel Romano hits the UK for dates

Rock’n’ roll chameleon Daniel Romano has arrived in the UK for a string of shows to promote his recently released seventh album, Modern Pressure, out now on New West Records.
Romano, fresh from his first appearance at End Of The Road Festival will be headlining The Borderline in London with his full band on November 18th as well as shows in Leeds, Glasgow, Coventry, Dublin, Manchester and Newcastle.   The Leeds one was last night actually so apologies to our Yorkshire readers.   Continue reading “Daniel Romano hits the UK for dates”

Track premiere: Orphan Colours “High Hopes” – Listen

Orphan Colours release their new single this Friday, and we have an exclusive stream for you here at AUK. When UK alt country outfit ahab went on indefinite hiatus, songwriter Steven Llewellyn decided to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight and hey presto Orphan Colours was born. Llewellyn told us:”High Hopes  was written very quickly, within half an hour. It was one of those strange occasions where it just flowed out without having to think too much about it. It sounded great as soon as we played it together as a band and it’s been part of our live set ever since.” The song is the first track to be lifted from debut album ‘All On Red’ which is out 26th January 2018, and the band have also been selected to showcase at the Americana Music Association Festival in the new year.  Now they just have to make a video for the song that’s worthy of its title.

Willie Breeding ft. Caitlin Rose “Prague Spring” – Listen

Kentucky based newcomer Willie Breeding will release his debut album ‘Big Sky’ early next year, with the first single to be taken from it Prague Spring featuring a guest vocal from Caitlin Rose.  Detailing the story behind the song he explains “One night in Prague, 1962, the son of the Italian ambassador met an actress they called, “The Czech Bridgette Bardot”.  Their adventures were like a black and white noir. Bullets were drunk out of martini glasses. Official diplomatic vehicles were stolen.  14 years later, my wife was born… I called Caitlin because she’s one of my favorite lyricists, and I thought she would enjoy the story. I felt too close to the material working on it myself. Later, when I was showing my wife the lyrics Caitlin and I had written, she instantly came up with the last line of the song, which I took as a good omen.”

Sturgill Simpson goes busking outside CMA Awards

If Simpson and Isbell had a fight to see who was the coolest, Simpson would be one up at this point. (But then the Jeremy Hunt thing…  see, it’s never ending..)  Billboard report: “The Country Music Association Awards are being held in Nashville right now. But Sturgill Simpson has never had much love for the country music establishment, and instead of performing at the actual ceremony, he’s been participating by busking outside the event and donating all the money he gets to the ACLU. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson goes busking outside CMA Awards”

Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year

The crossover man who puts the “meh” into amehricana, Chris Staplegun has done it again. Oh and people should be prosecuted for beating Jerry Douglas in any category. Rolling Stone reports: “The 51st CMA Awards were held in Nashville on Wednesday, with Garth Brooks taking home the night’s top honor of Entertainer of the Year for the sixth time in his storied career. Brooks, who triumphed over Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Eric Church, returned from hiatus in 2014 and launched a sprawling world tour that will continue through the end of 2017. Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton wound up as the night’s most-awarded performers, with two wins each. Continue reading “Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year”

Drive By Truckers lay into Trump with new song – Listen

Anyone remember when AUK gave DBT a one star review back in 2003 and all hell broke loose?  (We’re sorry).  Anyway, times have changed and we admit they’re incredible now. RS Country reports: “To coincide with Election Day, Drive-By Truckers have released the new song “The Perilous Night,” a politically charged polemic that follows the pointed commentary of the group’s 2016 opus American Band. Much like the band’s song “What It Means,” “The Perilous Night,” written by Patterson Hood, is a deeply literal commentary on 2017’s acrimonious political climate. Continue reading “Drive By Truckers lay into Trump with new song – Listen”

Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced

The third annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 1st February 2018 at Hackney Empire, a move to a larger venue due to the increasing popularity of the event,  and AUK will of course be there covering it. The Americana Music Association UK has chosen Robert Plant to receive its highest honour, the 2018 UK Americana Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his career and life in music. Continue reading “Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced”