Here’s the lowdown on last night’s winners at the UK Americana Awards

Only three years old yet the UK Americana Awards jamboree is already established as THE showcase for all that is great and good in these benighted times. With two days of conferences, panel discussions and live shows featuring acts from across the UK, the event culminated last night with the Awards show held at The Hackney Empire. Continue reading “Here’s the lowdown on last night’s winners at the UK Americana Awards”

Loose to release 20th anniversary Handsomes album

20 years after its initial release, the lovely people at Loose Music are celebrating the Handsome Family’s iconic record “Through The Trees” with a 20th Anniversary Edition, to be released on 9th March. With the original release receiving wide acclaim, including being hailed as one of the ‘10 Essential Americana Records of All Time’ by MOJO, the re-release will be on “sky-blue coloured” vinyl and also feature an exclusive “Invisible Trees” bonus CD, comprising of 15 tracks of “out-takes, live performances and bickering”. Continue reading “Loose to release 20th anniversary Handsomes album”

The AMAUK UK americana awards – tonight!

The AMAUK’s annual shindig/awards ceremony takes place tonight at the Hackney Empire and we will be there to tweet the winners and losers (although everyone is a winner of course!) via our official Twitter feed here:  https://twitter.com/americanaUK  The show will be hosted by Bob Harris and Ethan Johns will once again be musical director. Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons and Come Down & Meet The Folks, Continue reading “The AMAUK UK americana awards – tonight!”

Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver lay into Bruno Mars

Well it’s always nice on a Tuesday morning to see bands falling out. Stereogum report: “Beardy folk men are apparently not big Bruno Mars fans. Earlier today, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver responded to Mars’ surprising Album Of The Year win at last night’s Grammys by tweeting, “Absolutely NO offense to Mr Mars, but you absolutely have to be shitting me.” Continue reading “Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver lay into Bruno Mars”

Sturgill plays SNL with Chris Stapleton – Watch

The very beardy Chris Staplegun was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night, and he didn’t turn up alone – hidden in the depths of his beard was surprise guest Sturgill Simpson, who joined his fellow Kentucky brother onstage to perform “Midnight Train To Memphis” and “Hard Livin’.” You can watch them perform together below via two different clips (thank you SNL for not blocking UK access). Continue reading “Sturgill plays SNL with Chris Stapleton – Watch”

Emmylou and Chris Stapleton pay tribute to Tom Petty at Grammys – Watch

Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris payed tribute to Tom Petty at the Grammy Awards last night. As RS reports: “As colorful images of flowers flashed on screens behind them, the two Nashville singers blended their voices on the title track to Petty’s 1994 Wildflowers album, a song that stands as one of the late rock icon’s most country-leaning tunes. Stapleton and Harris’s performance set up the annual In Memoriam segment, which recalled the musical heroes we lost over the past year.” Continue reading “Emmylou and Chris Stapleton pay tribute to Tom Petty at Grammys – Watch”

Isbell and Aimee Mann win best americana/folk album at Grammys

Lovely news overnight from the Grammys with some so well deserved wins for Jason Isbell and Aimee Mann amongst others.  RS reports: “Jason Isbell, Alabama Shakes and Reba McEntire were early winners at the 60th annual Grammy Awards when the Americana and roots music categories were announced during the pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony, streamed live online. Isbell triumphed in both the Best Americana Roots Song and Best Americana Album categories, for “If We Were Vampires” and The Nashville Sound, respectively. Emerging from the back of the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Isbell ambled to the podium. Continue reading “Isbell and Aimee Mann win best americana/folk album at Grammys”

Neil Young discusses 2018 archive releases

Get in there while it’s free.  Rolling Stone reports this morning on Neil Young’s Archives which went up at the end of last year with an interactive timeline that offered fans his back catalogue in rather fine sound quality along with photos and videos from his entire career. They report: “One thing the archives didn’t have was much music that isn’t already available on Spotify and other streaming services. On Wednesday, however, Young posted the inaugural issue of the Neil Young Times-Contrarian delving into detail about upcoming archival releases. Continue reading “Neil Young discusses 2018 archive releases”

Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper announce new album

And the obligatory UK tour – no complaints about that, we’re much obliged.  The new album is called No Mercy in this Land, and is out on the 30th of March on Anti-.  To call Charlie Musselwhite a blues harpist is something of an understatement – he’s been right at the top with his sensitive playing for over fifty years.  His is the kind of skill that makes anyone who has ever messed around a bit on the blues harp want to cry.  At least, if it wasn’t so damn beautiful to listen to.  Continue reading “Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper announce new album”