“Could the future of Americana be … British?”

Good article in the Guardian today who had other things on their mind (Jez we can…) but found the time to muse that thanks in part to Mumford and Sons, there are more UK artists making American roots music (this is their premise not mine before you reach for your mouse) – and there’s even government funding to help them in the US.  It reports: “A six-day conference on Americana music would suggest that all the artists were from where we expect Americana music to originate: America.”  Continue reading ““Could the future of Americana be … British?””

Lucky Strikes Frontman M G Boulter Announces UK Dates

Lucky Strikes frontman M G Boulter has announced a UK tour for the Autumn. Boulter, who has also served with Simone Felice and The Duke & The King, released his second solo album With Wolves The Lamb Will Lie to great acclaim earlier in the year. He’s spent much of the Summer playing shows in the UK and Europe as part of Emily Portman’s Coracle Band. The Lucky Strikes, meanwhile, celebrate ten years together with the release of their fifth studio album The Motion And The Moving On through Harbour Song Records on 30 September.  Continue reading “Lucky Strikes Frontman M G Boulter Announces UK Dates”

Jackson Browne Covers Bruce Springsteen at Gun Violence Concert

Incredible version too if you get a minute to watch below.  Rolling Stone reports: “Jackson Browne delivered a poignant cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s 2000 track “American Skin (41 Shots)” during the New York City installment of The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday. Backed by the soulful voices of Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem, Browne belted heartbreaking lyrics that are as pertinent in 2016 as they were nearly two decades ago when Springsteen wrote them. “No secret, my friend,” sang Browne. “You can get killed just for living in your American skin.” A fan-shot clip from the Beacon Theater concert shows Browne strumming his acoustic guitar. The choir sways back and forth, clapping and adding harmonic color to the refrain of “41 shots.” Continue reading “Jackson Browne Covers Bruce Springsteen at Gun Violence Concert”

Jason Isbell Takes Home 2016 Americana Awards

That’s the year, not over two thousand awards. Paste reports: “Last night, the 15th annual Americana Music & Awards Show was held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The Americana Music Association prides itself on honoring and preserving the roots of American folk music, which was reverently done with last night when Lifetime Achievement Honoree Bob Weir opened the ceremony with Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell Takes Home 2016 Americana Awards”

New Passenger Album Out Today

The new album by Passenger “Young as the Morning Old as The Sea” is out today in various formats (including Spotify streaming) and it’s a lovely a collection of gentle folk-pop songs as you’re likely to hear, with lyrics that will no doubt still cut you to your core if you’re not careful. Listen with caution. Watch this short “making of” documentary if you’re intrigued to see more.

Neil Young Releases New Track Online – Watch

Uncut reports: “Neil Young has released a new song, “Indian Givers“. The song protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. You can read the full lyrics below. Young has previously protested against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2014. Young and Willie Nelson also staged a concert that same year lobbying against Keystone.” Continue reading “Neil Young Releases New Track Online – Watch”

Loudon Wainwright III Hits the UK for Dates

If you don’t love Loudon Wainwright III then you’re going to hell, that’s what it says in the bible, but you can prove yourself before God (capital G, just in case) by seeing him live in the UK next month, his first dates here since 2013.   His shows will include a concert at the London Palladium on Fri Oct 21st,  and special guest on all shows will be his long-time friend, collaborator and fellow singer-songwriter, Chaim Tannenbaum.    Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III Hits the UK for Dates”

Traveling Wilburys to Release Back Catalogue on Vinyl

No word on a cassette issue of Volume 2… Uncut reports: “The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 and The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3 will be reissued on 180 gram vinyl on October 4 as part of Record Store Day’s Vinyl Tuesday. The release will be supported by a giveaway at recordstoreday.com with a rare and uniquely numbered Traveling Wilbury portfolio prints. The limited-edition portfolio includes seven prints of the band on 100# Strathmore Pastelle. CDs will arrive on October 14. Continue reading “Traveling Wilburys to Release Back Catalogue on Vinyl”

Bon Iver Announce European Dates

Some good news from Uncut since it’s been ages since they hit our shores.  Uncut reports: “Bon Iver have announced a European tour – their first since 2012 – taking place across January and February 2017. A full list of dates – which includes shows at London’s Roundhouse and Eventim Apollo Hammersmith – can be found below.”   Continue reading “Bon Iver Announce European Dates”

Welcome to the new Americana UK

If you’re staring at the site thinking “whaaa.. happened?” then you can be forgiven, rewarded even, for being astute.  Americana UK has always been run as a non-commercial site with decreasing resources available to support what was becoming a huge undertaking, to the point that earlier this year it became clear it wasn’t sustainable in its existing format.  So we’re regrouped and streamlined AUK into something a bit simpler but still containing all the sections (or nearly all of them) that we had in the previous site.  The main page now runs more like a rolling blog which means you won’t miss any updates for sections like interviews or live reviews which used to be sometimes difficult to keep track of. Continue reading “Welcome to the new Americana UK”