Linda Ronstadt: ‘I don’t like any of my albums’

Not quite as severe as it sounds – Linda Ronstadt, in a recent wide ranging interview in The Guardian, just joined the long list of artists who don’t get pleasure from listening to their old stuff “Well, I don’t ever listen to my stuff once I’ve finished it…when I listen to all my old stuff, I tend to be horrified.”  She talks about many of the people she’s worked with in the past; Continue reading “Linda Ronstadt: ‘I don’t like any of my albums’”

Tributes pour in to Tom Petty, dead at 66

Very sad news from the States yesterday (in a day of sad news for the States yesterday) with the death of Tom Petty who is about as near to a living americana icon as you get. Rolling Stone reports: “Tom Petty, the dynamic and iconoclastic frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, died Monday. He was 66. Petty’s death was confirmed by Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on behalf of the family.  Continue reading “Tributes pour in to Tom Petty, dead at 66”

Drive by Truckers release charity single tackling racism – Watch

A live version to be precise but it includes a new song which is always a lovely thing to behold from DBT. Rolling Stone reports: “Patterson Hood considers himself to be a pretty cynical person. As one of the leaders of Drive-By Truckers, he’s spent the past 20-plus years channeling that cynicism into writing songs that expose the dark urges and broken promises of the American project in songs like “Putting People on the Moon,” “Goode’s Field Road” and most recently, “What It Means,” a meditative Black Lives Matter-era commentary on race and police brutality that appears on their excellent new album American Band.  Continue reading “Drive by Truckers release charity single tackling racism – Watch”

Pick of the Political Pops: Glen Campbell “Galveston”

These are strange and troubling times (when weren’t they?) and here at Americana-UK Towers we have a specially created bunker in what used to be the wine cellar. From here we protect ourselves from the harsh and cruel outside world with a cheery smile, a library of good tunes and a weekly dose of political discussion…oh and a goodly supply of the finest wines and spirits we can lay our hands on. These small but important things keep us happy in our own naïve way. At the last discussion we thought “Why don’t we annoy…er…I mean engage our readership with some of these tunes. I bet they’ll love it!” That’s what fine wines and spirits will do to your thinking.  Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Glen Campbell “Galveston””

RS Country asks “what’s real country music?”

And lo and behold, there is no answer, really good article though: “Heard there’s gonna be a new award category,” Sam Outlaw tweeted on Tuesday. “Best Authenticity.” It was a joke dripping with sarcasm, but one that Outlaw is more than qualified to make. Based in Los Angeles, rather than those bastions of country music, Tennessee and Texas, the singer-songwriter has been subjected to a cacophony of “is he country enough” questioning as his career has progressed through two excellent albums. Usually, the slings and arrows have nothing to do with his music. Rather, they target his zip code, the fact that he once held another job (in, god forbid, advertising) and that his artistic presentation skews more sentimental, and clean-shaven, than scrappy. In other words, he’s not “authentic country.” Continue reading “RS Country asks “what’s real country music?””

Ryman removes confederate flag for good

Good encouraging piece from Paste this morning in these dark times for the US: “The Union may have triumphed against the Confederates in the Civil War, but did they really win when there are statues commemorating fallen Southern soldiers scattered all over the United States? The efforts to eliminate these symbolically racist relics have stirred protests for equality in the recent past. Continue reading “Ryman removes confederate flag for good”

“The Three Aces” land in the UK for October dates

The Three Aces are US roots rockers Webb Wilder, Warner Hodges and Eric Ambel who land in the UK next week for dates around the country, before heading off to the Netherlands and other estranged EU friends. Wilder has been described as a “riddle spewing prophet of roots rock and roll” who combines rock & roll with surf guitar twang, Hodges made his name as a founder member of legendary americana band Jason & The Scorchers and Ambel was the guitarist with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.  How’s that for a lineup? Continue reading ““The Three Aces” land in the UK for October dates”

Daniel Romano headlines Upstart Crow festival this weekend

Upstart Crow is a festival dedicated to “the art of song” which takes place on the UCF stage under the canopy in Spitalfields with eight hours of original music. The festival is free and runs from midday to 8pm this Sunday (October 1st). Headlining this year is Daniel Romano – the Canadian Juno-nominated musician, poet and visual artist – who will be playing a one-off solo acoustic show for the festival ahead of November full-band dates.  Also appearing are Robert Chaney, Trevor Moss And Hannah Lou, Benedict Benjamin, Pete Greenwood, Bad Parents, Felix Holt And The Radicals, Joe Wilkes,  Emily C. Smith,  Hank Dogs,  Lorraine Wood and Emma Harwood. And if you’re not sure about any of them (or all of them if you’re overly harsh/ignorant) then there’s a Spotify playlist available to fill in those blanks. Continue reading “Daniel Romano headlines Upstart Crow festival this weekend”

Bon Iver announces 5 nights of London dates

And do not get him started on Hillary Clinton. NME reports: “Bon Iver has announced a five-night stint at London’s Eventim Apollo in February next year. The Canadian singer, real name Justin Vernon, will kick off the residency with a show on the 21st February, before further dates on February 22, 25, 26, and 27. Posting on Twitter, the singer explained that fans who previously had tickets to his cancelled show at the Roundhouse will be able to buy tickets from this Wednesday, before any remaining tickets go on general sale from Tuesday October, 3. Continue reading “Bon Iver announces 5 nights of London dates”

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”