The Guardian picks 10 americana albums to look forward to in 2017

Missed this one over the holiday period sorry (we weren’t updating to be fair) (to ourselves), but it’s worth a quick look since we’re only 7 days into the new year. The Guardian has picked ten key americana releases for the next 12 months – “From Ryan Adams to Rose Cousins by way of Dead Man Winter, next year promises sets to delight and excite in equal measure” – and it is quite an exciting list to be fair.  Head here for the full article.

Wesley Stace aka John Wesley Harding teams up with The Jayhawks for new record – Listen

Singer/songwriter Wesley Stace will release “Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding” on February 24th via Yep Roc Records. Recorded with The Jayhawks—Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, and Karen Grotberg—at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, the album was co-produced by Stace and Gary Louris and features 12 tracks chosen by Stace: “I always have a lot of songs, so I listened to every unused song I had, many of them quite recent, and picked 11 that I thought The Jayhawks (or The Wezhawks, as we started to call it) would sound great on. Continue reading “Wesley Stace aka John Wesley Harding teams up with The Jayhawks for new record – Listen”

Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single

Alison Krauss will release her first solo album in 17 years this year (imagine what you were doing back in 2000 – taking it easy after the millennium bug’s non appearance probably). “Windy City” is out through Decca in the UK in March, and out of the blue today she’s also releasing the first single from the record: Losing You. The new album will feature ten songs selected with producer Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard’s final solo album) – panning different eras and musical genres original/previously recorded by artists including Willie Nelson,The Osborne Brothers, Glen Campbell, Brenda Lee, Ray Charles and more.     Continue reading “Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single”

Nathan Bell announces UK Dates

He picked up glowing 5-star reviews for his latest album (for example “A stand-out album – poetry is coursing through his veins” – Maverick) ‘I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love’ – winning him more media exposure in the space of a few weeks than he had experienced for a long time,  plus being described as “really, really special” by Ricky Ross (BBC). Continue reading “Nathan Bell announces UK Dates”

Bon Iver Cancel European Tour

Bad news for the first Thursday morning of 2017 sorry.  Don’t worry, Trump’s inauguration will be here before long to brighten things up.  Pitchfork report: “Bon Iver have canceled their upcoming European tour behind 22, A Million. Justin Vernon’s planned January 14 appearance on the Minnesota Public Radio program “A Prairie Home Companion” has also been canceled. In a note on the band’s Twitter, they write they have canceled “for personal reasons.” Bon Iver will refund all tickets, and have no plans to reschedule tour dates. Read the full note below. Scroll down for the band’s itinerary.  Continue reading “Bon Iver Cancel European Tour”

News: Aaron Watson heads to the UK

Aaron Watson, the maker of Country Music history is coming to the UK for a string of dates in January.  With the release of ‘The Underdog’ in February 2015, Watson was the first ever independent artist to debut an album at #1 on the Billboard Country Chart. Since the release, he has taken his tour around the world performing sold out headline shows from Boise to Boston; San Diego to Chicago; and across the pond in Italy, France, Sweden, and the UK. Press continues to praise his music, with rave reviews describing Watson as “a proud country traditionalist” – Rolling Stone, “winning in country music” – NPR, “one of the few real cowboys left in country music” -iTunes, “puts the bite back into traditional country music” – Rolling Stone.  Continue reading “News: Aaron Watson heads to the UK”

Tift Merritt – new album, new tour

The truly wonderful Tift Merritt returns in 2017 with a new album – Stitch of the World – and glories of glories she’s bringing it to the UK for a short tour.  Kicking off with an admirably intimate gig at The Lexington (and unbelievably there are tickets still available) at the end of January, there’s then a series of larger halls across the country including appearances at Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Continue reading “Tift Merritt – new album, new tour”

RS Country – “15 Great Country/Americana albums you haven’t heard”

Although you, AUK reader, probably have, or some of them at least. And if you’re thinking “why don’t I just head over to RS Country for all my americana news?” then pause. We’re saving you from some country you absolutely don’t need/want/have to be exposed to, like a Brita filter but for music. Another nice list here (we loves lists) which includes the likes of Rorey Carroll, Luke Bell and Dylan LeBlanc who melds a Seventies sensibility with a taste for the soothing, locomotive Southern blues.”  Head here for the article.

Shirley Collins – Lodestar live at The Barbican

shirley-collins-2016If someone had said just a few years ago that 2016 would see a new album from Shirley Collins, with a live performance of the same in 2017 then there would have been few who’d have given the idea, nice as it would have sounded, much credence.  Yet with the release of Lodestar and the announcement of a one-off gig at The Barbican this unlikeliest series of events is actually going to happen. Continue reading “Shirley Collins – Lodestar live at The Barbican”

RS publishes its top country/americana albums of 2016

Actually they did about a week ago now but hey, we’re too busy counting our own votes at the moment!  Some sterling choices in their list including Hiss Golden Messenger, Drive By Truckers and Robbie Fulks. RS Country reports: “Country music finally broke free of the bro stranglehold in 2016, with a demonstrative return to more thoughtful lyrics and a U-turn away from sound-alike production. Continue reading “RS publishes its top country/americana albums of 2016”