Some great clips here if you click through. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Over the weekend, Jason Isbell became the latest Americana heavyweight to appear on the newly reincarnated Prairie Home Companion, now hosted by roots musician Chris Thile. Isbell’s chilling rendition of “Speed Trap Town,” one of the highlights from his 2015 album Something More Than Free, was one of four songs the singer-songwriter played during the historic radio show’s live taping in Philadelphia. In addition to “Speed Trap Town,” Isbell delivered flawless, solo acoustic renditions of favorites from his last two records, including “Something More Than Free,” “24 Frames” and his signature “Cover Me Up” from Southeastern. Watch them below. Continue reading “Jason Isbell performs four-song set on ‘Prairie Home Companion’”
The AMA-UK, our confusingly acronymed brethren here at AUK, have announced their shortlist for the nominations for next year’s UK Americana Awards ceremony which will be held in St John at Hackney, London on Tuesday 2nd February, part of AmericanaFest UK, a two-day event which will also include an evening of showcases on the Wednesday featuring 20 bands playing in various venues around Hackney, plus daytime conferences on both days. Richard Thompson has been chosen for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his career and life in music. Thompson commented: “I’m deeply honoured to receive this award. My heartfelt thanks to AMA-UK.” Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2017 nominations shortlist announced”
And they’ll need all the help they can get now. JamBase reports: “Legendary musician and noted environmental activist Neil Young spent his 71st birthday on Saturday joining the Standing Rock Reservation protest. Young brought along an acoustic guitar and harmonica and performed for the people opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Earlier this year Young released the song “Indian Giver” with a video featuring footage from the protests. The song is on Young’s upcoming new album Peace Trail which comes out on December 2. Continue reading “Neil Young performs for pipeline protesters on his birthday”
The idea that God moves in mysterious ways is being pushed to its logical limits this year. The Guardian of many reports: “Leon Russell, who emerged in the 1970s as one of rock’n’roll’s most dynamic performers after playing anonymously on dozens of pop hits as a much in-demand studio pianist in the 1960s, died on Sunday at the age of 74, according to his website. Russell, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, died in his sleep in Nashville, Tennessee, his wife said in a statement on the website. Continue reading “Leon Russell RIP”
In an act of typical generosity The Grateful Dead are giving away a song a day all through the month of November. Covering all periods of the Dead these range from a few minutes long to the epics that one has come to expect from The Grateful Dead. There’s also a prize quiz, but you don’t need to enter this to get access to the tracks. Even better, the tracks already posted will remain available all month. So, if you’d like to have a free Grateful Dead album – then your wish has been granted. Just head over to www.dead.net. Thanks guys – we needed a lift this month.
Ady Johnson has announced an upcoming UK tour supporting Scott Matthews and his band. His 2015 EP ‘Thank You For The Good Things’ was his second solo release since he fronted Colchester rock ‘n’ roll band FuzzFace; with his debut album ‘Tell The Worry Dolls’ receiving critical praise from UK media, as well as a recommendation for album of the year from Press Association. And the title track of the last EP ‘Thank You For The Good Things’ was chosen for Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape and aired on his BBC 6 Music Show, so you know, all good things. Continue reading “Ady Johnson to tour with Scott Matthews”
Following a sold out London double-header at St Pancras Old Church on 2nd November, singer-songwriters Rachel Sermanni and The Lake Poets have announced a series of shows together, commencing on 23rd November. The music of Folk-Noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni has the flesh of folk but, if you were to cut the skin, you would apparently find it pumped with contemporary, genre-blended blood. Perhaps don’t cut it open. The Lake Poets on the other hand is confusingly just one person singular, Sunderland based singer-songwriter Marty Longstaff, whose self-titled debut album was released in autumn 2015 to rave reviews and has spawned the singles ‘Your Face’ and ‘Edinburgh’. Continue reading “Rachel Sermanni and the Lake Poets announce dates”