Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen

Ace news from Spin who report: “It’s hard to believe five years have gone by since Aimee Mann’s last studio album, Charmer. That’s half a decade and yet it feels like only a couple of years ago. Oh well, that’s what happens when you get old — time just drifts without pause. Fortunately it’s brought us to her here, to her forthcoming solo record, Mental Illness. Produced by longtime pal Paul Bryan, the album reportedly “shows off Mann’s rich, incisive, and wry melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a ‘finger-picky’ style inspired by some of her favorite ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock records.”  Continue reading “Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen”

Nadia Reid releases new single, tour dates – Listen

“For a new artist, her confident grace is all the more remarkable” – so says Pitchfork about New Zealand songwriter Nadia Reid who releases her second album Preservation in March.  “I remember recording the tracks, it was about 11 at night, and I felt almost transcendental, as if I was out of my body, singing these words to myself. That’s what these songs are; a confession to my future and past self.”  Preservation is the second release for new label Basin Rock, based in the Lancashire/Yorkshire town of Todmorden.  Click through for UK dates and a listen to the rather fantastic new single Richard. Continue reading “Nadia Reid releases new single, tour dates – Listen”

Sturgill Simpson plays SNL – Watch

News from Rolling Stone Country this morning (We guess the President Elect wasn’t watching – no tweets about Sturgill anyway).  They report: “Sturgill Simpson rang in Saturday Night Live’s first episode of 2017 with high-energy, stage-shaking performances of “Keep It Between the Lines” and “Call to Arms,” two tracks off the country singer’s Album of the Year Grammy-nominated LP A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Simpson, making his SNL debut on the heels of his surprise Grammy nomination, first delivered a scorching take on his brassy soul track “Keep It Between the Lines,” backed by a powerful seven-member horn section.  Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson plays SNL – Watch”

Trampled by Turtles frontman releases first track from new solo album

We can’t embed this clip but it’s well worth clicking through for. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Anyone familiar with the Minnesota bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles might well be shocked by Dead Man Winter, frontman Dave Simonett’s solo alter ego. In contrast to Trampled by Turtles’ overdrive bluegrass raveups, Dead Man Winter’s upcoming album Furnace (independently released by GNDWIRE Records and Thirty Tigers) is lilting, stately roots rock of the sort you’d hear on a large-venue bill with Tom Petty.  Continue reading “Trampled by Turtles frontman releases first track from new solo album”

David Crosby releases new protest song online – Listen

News from Uncut with one week to go until doomsday: “David Crosby has posted a new song Capitol. Crosby confirmed on Twitter he was working on “a new song about our shameful US. Congress” on January 10. The song was mixed on January 11 and uploaded onto Soundcloud earlier today (January 13). As promised, the song addresses corruption within the American Congress:  Continue reading “David Crosby releases new protest song online – Listen”

The Civil Wars’ John Paul White announces shows next month

John Paul White has confirmed a string of shows in February as part of the Transatlantic Sessions tour promoting his new album “Beulah” which is his first solo work in nearly a decade. Produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and White, and recorded in Muscle Shoals at FAME Studios and at White’s own Single Lock Studios, it’s apparently a “diverse collection of swampy southern rock, folk balladry and dark acoustic pop, songs that came unbidden to White, who wasn’t entirely welcoming of them at the time.” Little bit hostile.  Click through for the dates.  Continue reading “The Civil Wars’ John Paul White announces shows next month”

Andy Shauf – UK Dates

Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf has announced an extensive European tour in February 2017. Starting in London on February 8th, there will be dates in Manchester and Leeds before he heads to the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland. The tour follows his thirteen-date, sold out North American tour, and the release in 2016 of his concept album The Party.  This series of linked songs reminded more than a few people, somewhat uncomfortably, of parties they’d been to…but still garnered more than a few favourable comments right here on Americana-UK to add to those for its predecessor The Bearer of Bad News.  The Party has garnered comparisons to the works of Nilsson and Newman – it’s smart, ironic, lyrically rich and is redolent of that branch of Seventies singer-songwriters.  It’s good.   Continue reading “Andy Shauf – UK Dates”

Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen

Not to get mixed up with horses, although they both begin with the letter ‘h’. Americana with the swagger of the Stones, Rolling Stone Country reports: “On a January morning in Austin, it’s chilly enough to snow. Hometown heroes the Band of Heathens are leaving their winter gear at home, though, and prepping for tropical weather instead. In a few hours, they’ll set sail on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruise, a yearly trek that rounds up three dozen acts – from Red Dirt royalty to Americana up-and-comers – for a week’s worth of performances and parties. It’s the Heathens’ fifth time onboard. When the ship returns on January 13th, the guys will hit the mainland on the same day their eighth album, Duende, hits stores.  Continue reading “Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen”

Modern Studies to support King Creosote on upcoming tour

Modern Studies the Glasgow-via-Yorkshire chamber pop band fresh from the positive Americana UK review of their debut record are to support King Creosote (whose recent record can also be heartily recommended) on his upcoming tour. Catch them and their eccentric instrumentation (wine glass orchestra, Victorian pedal harmonium) at one of the dates below. Continue reading “Modern Studies to support King Creosote on upcoming tour”

Cambridge’s City Roots Festival announces line-up

The first ever City Roots festival, an expansion of Cambridge Folk Festival taking place in venues across the city, is set for the first two weeks of February. Featuring a host of names from these shores and beyond, it will culminate in an appearance by Salif Keita – known as the Golden Voice of Africa – at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Before this there will be gigs by the likes of Mary Chapin Carter, Steven James Adams Band, Jim Moray, Mad Dog McRea and others. Continue reading “Cambridge’s City Roots Festival announces line-up”