Amelia White “Rhythm of the Rain” (White Wolf Records, 2017)

White’s patternation of voice might not be to everyone’s taste – but those that don’t ‘get it’ are just wrong or maybe ill informed – or both.  This is the real deal, full of juicy tunes; all in her lazy broken style, the woman just oozes cool. Her last record, Home Sweet Hotel was a real tour de force and this is no exception – White is in a real rich vein of form, the production is snappy, the band taught and on the money.  Her art is prospering, and making the world richer.  Continue reading “Amelia White “Rhythm of the Rain” (White Wolf Records, 2017)”

Buford Pope “Blue Eyed Boy” (Unchained, 2017)

When Pope landed his fourth album, ‘Sticks in the Throat’, a few years back I had the sense he was about to explode, it was the best album that year, by some margin.  It was a plethora of punchy, rocking Americana.  It had everything – a good looking, cool guy, huge hooks, great riffs and a rock n’ roll attitude – particularly as English isn’t even his first language.  Strangely it seemed to pass the world by. Continue reading “Buford Pope “Blue Eyed Boy” (Unchained, 2017)”

Summertyne Americana Festival – Sunday, Free Stages, The Sage – Gateshead, 23rd July 2017

On the banks of the Tyne stands the silver bauble that is the Sage, its otherworldly structure home this weekend to some world class performers, surely covered elsewhere on these pages. The bit that always interests me is the free stuff, not just because I’ve been living in Yorkshire a long time, but because it’s always a source of some of the most interesting and new bands. Continue reading “Summertyne Americana Festival – Sunday, Free Stages, The Sage – Gateshead, 23rd July 2017”

Interview: Sonia Leigh

She is always in black, almost always in shades, she is old school cool, sexy, sassy and oozes that rock and roll chic long sucked out the business to make music by the lowest common denominator.  Sonia Leigh is the hoarse voice siren that is single handed sticking to the man one arse kicker of a song at a time.  Tough country, she takes no prisoners, she’ll rock you to your socks and on top of that she really digs fresh lemonade! Continue reading “Interview: Sonia Leigh”

Dirty Dozen: Arlan Feiles

Arlan Feiles is an award winning Singer Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Music Producer. Discovered and mentored by the late great Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Record Producer Tom Dowd, Arlan has gone on to record several highly acclaimed records and has his music heard in many TV programs and movies, including the Academy award winning film the Dallas Buyers Club. Arlan is equally known for his efforts supporting voting and civil rights.  Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Arlan Feiles”

Interview: Paul Spencer (Maverick Festival)

Ten years and still kickin’ was the recent tagline to Maverick Festival, which has had a decade at the top of the tree when it comes to putting on Alt-country, Americana and Roots festivals in the UK.  Based at Easton Farm Park, near Woodbridge in Suffolk it provides three days of multi stage twang based action.  Its Director is Paul Spencer, a drummer and the man that makes it all happen. Continue reading “Interview: Paul Spencer (Maverick Festival)”

Interview: Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams is an elegant man. He has the air of being learned, of art from every pore – he’s charming and is the processor of a killer smile.  He’s also the owner of some serious guitar porn, and one hell of a player.  An American now residing in East Anglia, his last album, ‘My Turn Now’ melds James Taylor with Paul Simon and a resonator guitar. It’s a fine record. The man is old school cool. Like a classic V8, it’s all under the hood, where it matters.  AUK caught him after he was the highlight of Maverick festival. Continue reading “Interview: Brooks Williams”