David Ramirez heads back to UK for more dates

We’re rather fond of David Ramirez here at AUK and today he’s announced details of an eight-date UK headline tour set to run throughout January 2018. He released his new album “We’re Not Going Anywhere” via Thirty Tigers last week, described by Uncut in these words: “If Springsteen made a record about living in Trump’s America, you’d hope it might sound something like this”. The album, which was produced by Sam Kassirer (previously Lake Street Dive and Josh Ritter), documented Ramirez’s heartfelt take on Trump’s America from his point of view of having a mixed Mexican and American heritage. You’re always welcome here David.  Boris though right? Here are those dates. Continue reading “David Ramirez heads back to UK for more dates”

John Craigie announces UK dates

“If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a child, the resulting product would resemble something very close to singer-songwriter John Craigie”. So says the press release announcing tour dates for Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter John Craigie (it’d also be cutting edge science so might have 5 arms and 3 legs). Craigie is renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff observations, and Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, which is nice.  Hear (and see) for yourself below, along with his tour dates. Continue reading “John Craigie announces UK dates”

Mike Judge country music animated series premieres

No news on how we get hold of this in the UK yet but how could anyone not want to watch an animated interpretation of the funniest things that ever happened to Waylon Jennings?  There’s a clip below this story if you can’t quite imagine it. Rolling Stone Country reports: “When Mike Judge began work on Tales From the Tour Bus, a new country-music docuseries for Cinemax that premieres on September 22nd, he did so with a mission. “I like converting people who don’t like country into going, ‘OK, maybe this is OK,'” he says. So the Silicon Valley, King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-head mastermind began collecting the wildest, most hilarious stories about Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Jerry Lee Lewis and other hellraisers he could from their friends and family and animating them. Continue reading “Mike Judge country music animated series premieres”

The Deslondes announce UK dates for 2018

After a rather successful European tour last month, New Orleans-based act The Deslondes have announced a UK tour for January 2018, including a slot at Celtic Connections in Scotland. This follows the release of their new album Hurry Home (out now on New West), which was described by Uncut in their 8/10 Americana Album Of The Month review: “Hurry Home finds The Deslondes exploring the connections between surf, rock ’n’ roll, honky-tonk and Southern soul to fashion a wonderfully interchangeable whole.” And you can’t say better than that (although every time someone writes the word “whole” now it calls to mind the name of the new South Park videogame) Continue reading “The Deslondes announce UK dates for 2018”

Full tracklisting for next Dylan bootleg series package revealed

This comes courtesy of Uncut this morning, thank you Uncut: “Bob Dylan‘s ‘gospel years’ are to provide the focus for the next instalment of his ongoing Bootleg Series. Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 is released by Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings on November 3. Uncut has covered this period before – in a mammoth, two-part exploration of Dylan’s Eighties. You can read part one by clicking here and part two by clicking hereContinue reading “Full tracklisting for next Dylan bootleg series package revealed”

Willie Nelson announces new “Willie’s Stash” album

Legacy Recordings has announced the release of “Willie Nelson and the Boys”, the second instalment in the Willie’s Stash archival recordings series, which lands in the UK on Friday, October 20. Following in the musical footsteps of 2014’s “December Day”, the first volume in the series (featuring Willie’s Sister Bobbie), “Willie Nelson and the Boys” is another family collaboration, this time showcasing him and his sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, performing a selection of American country music standards and classics, including seven penned by Hank Williams Sr. Continue reading “Willie Nelson announces new “Willie’s Stash” album”

Emmylou and Earle headline songwriters festival

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear as the saying goes but imagine being taught the art of writing a song by anyone on this list. Rolling Stone reports: “It’s still summer but music fans anticipating the mid-winter blahs are already planning a trip to Florida’s South Walton County next January for the ninth annual 30A Songwriters Festival. Set for January 12th through 15th, 2018, the event will include appearances from Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack, North Mississippi Allstars, Shawn Mullins, classic rock band The Zombies, Indigo Girls’ singer Emily Saliers, fronting her Murmuration Nation Band and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. Continue reading “Emmylou and Earle headline songwriters festival”