Interview: Christopher Rees

A delayed train meant I had a moment to use the ‘library’ on the platform provided by WH Smiths, and a rapid peruse of Uncut Magazine, in which I stumbled across a review of ‘The Nashville Songs’, cool title, by Christopher Rees, cool hat in the picture on the sleeve.  A brief exchange of emails later and his collection of songs co-written in Nashville landed in Yorkshire, almost as quickly as my train did.  It’s wonderfully sung, sharply recorded and must be one of the best British Americana records this year – it’s Cymrucana at its best. Continue reading “Interview: Christopher Rees”

Dirty Dozen: Sam Rochford

Sam Rochford is a 25-year-old Connecticut native now living in Nashville where she was formerly an on-air correspondent for 650 AM WSM’s “Nashville Today” show hosted by Devon O’Day. Prior to moving to Nashville, she was the host of “Markov Music” on Boston’s popular internet radio station, WEMF. Sam has been publishing videos to YouTube and Facebook for the last 5 years, garnering a dedicated following for her musicianship, and quirky personality. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Sam Rochford”

Interview: Mark Olson

Mark Olson is a pathfinder, one of the true leaders of a movement, a genuine seminal artist, a musician and performer who changed music, who helped it cut a new path. The founder of The Jayhawks, one of the pioneering bands that took punk rock and smashed it into country music, creating Alt-Country or what we now call Americana.  He’s a cool guy who now writes and plays with his wife Ingunn Ringvold, and his new album, ‘Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun’, is almost upon us. Continue reading “Interview: Mark Olson”

Interview: Southern Companion

Southern Companion are that shaded area, the bit in the middle, of the Venn diagram that is country music and Americana, the switch point between the two genres.  He/they are multiple winners at the latest BCMAs and their album, ‘1000 Days of Rain’ is one of the best UK country records of the last 10 years.  We caught their hirsute main man, Darren after ripping up the crowd at Maverick Festival. Continue reading “Interview: Southern Companion”

Interview: Hannah Aldridge

Hannah Aldridge is the sort of artist that others hate and secretly wish they were; beautiful, gorgeous voiced and one hell of a song writer – if you want it dark, and probably somebody will die, which I do. From Muscle Shoals, Alabama, she writes gothic roots noir that is brutal, yet delivered with a glint in her eye, a winning smile and a knife behind her back. Continue reading “Interview: Hannah Aldridge”

Dirty Dozen: Dale Boyle

Dale Boyle is a Canadian, Montreal-based, roots singer-songwriter and recording artist. His songwriting reflects a range of musical influences, and has earned various award wins including the International Songwriting Competition (2nd place winner in the “Americana” category); Narrative Song Competition (1st place Winner) and Lys Blues Songwriter of the Year award (1st place Winner). Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Dale Boyle”

Interview: Pete Gow (Case Hardin)

Four times I’ve seen Case Hardin in the last 12 months. I doubt you’ll see a more consistent live band – whatever the bill, they are always the best thing on it and must be a headline act’s worst nightmare.  They seem determined to “rough the place up” with their sets: coarse, hard, muscular Southern country rock is what they do, that and playing the tambourine like they hate it. Front man Pete Gow gave me a few words following his recent big top lifting gig at Red Rooster. Continue reading “Interview: Pete Gow (Case Hardin)”

Dirty Dozen: Jaime Wyatt

Jaime Wyatt’s newest release ‘Felony Blues’, whose title is a nod to records like David Allan Coe’s ‘Penitentiary Blues’, is largely an autobiographical collection of convict love stories, prison songs, and honky-tonk laments.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
My name is Jaime Wyatt. Wyatt is my middle name and I’ve had a couple last names since. I was born in Santa Monica, Cali, but moved to WA state when I was 4, so I grew up in rural Western WA, with horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and various stray kids my mom took into our home. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Jaime Wyatt”

Interview: Stevie Freeman, Chairperson of AMA-UK

Stevie Freeman is the Chair of the Americana Music Association UK, the trade body for the genre and its musicians in the UK, with the express aim of further the exposure of its artist in the UK and beyond.  She is also the co-owner of Union Music Store (and its associated label and promotions) in Lewes; this year the AMA-UK showcased some of its members on the Friday stage at Maverick Festival, Suffolk – the best Alt Country festival in the UK. Rudie Hayes talks to her about the organisation and its future plans. Continue reading “Interview: Stevie Freeman, Chairperson of AMA-UK”

Dirty Dozen: Juanita Stein (Howling Bells’)

Juanita Stein has just released her debut solo album, ‘America’, on Nude Records. Stein, who is already known as the singer-songwriter with Howling Bells, recorded the album with producer Gus Seyffert (Beck, Ryan Adams) in Los Angeles. Following recent tours with Michael Kiwanuka and Richard Hawley, Stein will follow a North American tour with UK dates over the summer. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Juanita Stein (Howling Bells’)”