Ryan Adams plays “Come Pick Me Up” with John Mayer – Watch

A better surprise than say Steps crashing your wedding do (as zeitgeist as they are these days, it could be Ryan’s next big covers project). NME reported over the weekend: “Ryan Adams joined John Mayer on stage in Los Angeles this Friday (21 April) to perform his track ‘Come Pick Me Up.’ Adams, who released his 16th studio album Prisoner in February, joined Mayer on stage at the Forum in Los Angeles to play the track from his debut solo album, ‘Heartbreaker.’ Continue reading “Ryan Adams plays “Come Pick Me Up” with John Mayer – Watch”

Gate to Southwell roots festival announces 2017 line-up

The eleventh Gate To Southwell Festival has announced its line-up and it’s looking pretty ace. Running from Thursday June 8th to Sunday June 11th in rural Nottinghamshire, the festival headliners include the lovely Kate Rusby, and Jon Boden, frontman of Bellowhead (RIP). There’s also an array of international performers including BOC from Mallorca plus Canadian bands Le Vent Du Nord and The East Pointers.  Americana fans will be well served by appearances from two of Norfolk’s Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, and The Vagaband, along with Edinburgh’s Wayward Jane and London’s Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band. The newest addition to the line-up is The Life and Times of the Brothers Hogg , recent recipient of a 9/10 review from ourselves for their album “Celestial Emporium” Continue reading “Gate to Southwell roots festival announces 2017 line-up”

Aoife O’Donovan announces UK and Ireland dates

Aoife O’Donovan, the artist with probably the highest vowel-consonant ratio of any modern performer, has songs which Mojo describes as “frequently sun-kissed and feather-light, but [they] often develop a dark beauty.” Her most recent album “In the Magic Hour” which was released last year has garnered some rather impressive reviews and she’s now announced a brief run of dates to promote it, kicking off in London and winding its way round our fair isles before arriving in Dublin a week later.  Here are the dates in full along with a new clip of her playing live in Portland, Maine. Continue reading “Aoife O’Donovan announces UK and Ireland dates”

Southern Fried Festival’s 10th Year has a stellar line up

Perched up in the fair city of Perth, regarded as the gateway to the Highlands, Southern Fried has grown in stature over the years to become the premier Americana Festival in Scotland. With its mix of formal concerts, free open stage and late night revelries it is compact (awarded Best Small Festival in 2014) with no need for tents or wellies and it attracts a variety of artists who should be familiar to all readers of Americana UK.

For its 10th anniversary, Southern Fried has just unveiled its line up for this year’s festival and it’s somewhat spectacular. Nick Lowe, Rodney Crowell and Loudon Wainwright are the name draws playing in the concert hall along with evenings dedicated to Chuck Berry (featuring Andy Fairweather Low) and a celebration of Canadian music. Then there’s Jim Lauderdale, Chuck Prophet, Angaleena Presley, Sam Outlaw, Peter Bruntnell, Doug Seegers, Ags Connolly, Rachel Harrington, Sean Taylor, Rab Noakes and Danni Nicholls. We’re still awaiting the line-ups for the open and acoustic stages but there’s no doubt that there’ll be several well- kent names appearing on these.  Continue reading “Southern Fried Festival’s 10th Year has a stellar line up”

NPR music streams new Willie Nelson album in full – Listen

So the end of another week, and another ace preview of a forthcoming album by the lovely people at NPR music, this time of the new album by perhaps the most prolific artist in country music today, Willie Nelson. “God’s Problem Child” is out next Friday, the follow up to last year’s Ray Price tribute, featuring tracks co-written by producer Buddy Cannon. The album includes “Delete And Fast-Forward,” which is his take on the US election (no prizes for guessing his leanings) and there’s also a Merle Haggard tribute song written by Gary Nicholson.  Grab yourself a skinny mocha and settle down for 44 minutes by clicking play below. Continue reading “NPR music streams new Willie Nelson album in full – Listen”

David Crosby on Trump and Ted Nugent: “what a pair of assholes”

You can always trust David Crosby to speak his mind and today is no exception. Spin reports: “This morning, the Nuge visited the Donald at the White House, along with the Bullgod and the Sarah Palin. The strange crew–that’s Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, and Sarah Palin, if you’re not following–showed up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for what amounted to a photo op with the president, and the pics went mildly viral this morning. Someone told the folk-rock great and Twitter hero David Crosby about it, and the Croz pulled no punches in his assessment of the situation. Here’s what he had to say:  Continue reading “David Crosby on Trump and Ted Nugent: “what a pair of assholes””

Lumineers release exclusive vinyl for Record Store Day

Yes, it’s that time of the year again – Eggs and records are what April is all about – and to mark the occasion The Lumineers have announced the release of ‘Seeds’, an exclusive 10” vinyl set to be released in conjunction with Record Store Day which takes place. The limited edition release from the Denver-based outfit shows the progression of two of the most popular tracks from their No.1 sophomore album ‘Cleopatra’ (“Echo-laden, sparse Americana illuminated by Wesley Schultz’s remarkable voice” – so says the Evening Standard – just wait till George Osborne gets his hand on the music reviews) from initial demo, through recording to the live entity.  Discussing the release, Schultz says: “With ‘Angela’, you’ll hear how lyrics change and bridges and verses are moved around. And with ‘Long Way From Home’ you’ll hear an entire intro, i.e. a brand new part of the song that was omitted on the studio album, but can be heard in the live version.”  Here’s the full track list. Continue reading “Lumineers release exclusive vinyl for Record Store Day”