Glen Campbell’s moving “Adios” album is number one in this week’s official UK americana chart which Paste describes as being delivered “with the kind of class and grace that characterized much of his career.” There’s a flurry of activity just below the top spot with some big name new entries from Fleet Foxes, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Kevin Morby and Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo all in the top 10. Head over to the AMA-UK site for the whole top 40. Continue reading “Glen Campbell tops new UK americana chart”
A nice little piece up in RS Country this morning about an album which still sounds great twenty (!) years on. You can listen to the whole thing below. “We felt some kinship to the alt-rock scene of the early Nineties, but we wanted to do it on our own terms. We wanted to be able to love Hank Williams and love punk rock.” While this sentiment from Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller isn’t a strange concept today, it was still a relatively underground idea when he and his bandmates unleashed their raw-and-rowdy major label debut Too Far to Care 20 years ago this month – and helped birth a whole new subgenre in the process. Continue reading “RS Country look back at Old 97’s classic”
Flotation Toy Warning have returned after a 13 year break with their second full-length album ‘The Machine That Made Us’ and pick up exactly where they left off. Formed in a warehouse in London way back in 2001 and taking their name from words they found on rubber rings and beach balls, Flotation Toy Warning borrow as much from the Americana genre as they do from modern pop or electronic records and throw them into a melting pot to produce an original and interesting sound with little comparison due to their experimental nature. Their musical styling is often compared to artists such as Grandaddy or Mercury Rev and vocalist Paul Carter could be likened to The National’s Matt Berninger at times, however, this is no indication of the band’s sound and their true originality. Continue reading “Flotation Toy Warning “The Machine That Made Us” (Talitres, 2017)”
Songwriter and guitarist David Rawlings, he of “and Gillian Welch” fame, has announced the release of his freshly pressed third album “Poor David’s Almanack” which will see the light of day on August 11th via Acony Records. For the new album, Rawlings leaves the Dave Rawlings Machine moniker behind and serves up a mixture of acoustic and electric music rich in what’s described as “ageless American vernacular”. The album of ten new songs was crafted by Ken Scott (Beatles, David Bowie) and Matt Andrews on analog tape during a week of sessions at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Continue reading “David Rawlings announces new album – due August”
The autobiographical new single from Holly Spears, a nice piece of upfront contemporary country.
News today from JamBase (where you can find all your jam related news) who report: “Yesterday the fifth installment of Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival got underway at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. In advance of the festival the Chicago-based band announced that they would use their Friday headlining slot to play one of their albums in its entirety, and would let fans decide which one it would be via an online vote. Continue reading “Wilco play 2 full albums at festival”
Kate Ellis is an Americana singer/songwriter born in Louisiana, raised in NYC and now based in London. Kate’s southern country-folk roots and musical heritage comes from her father, who once played guitar with Hank Williams on the famous Louisiana Hayride, where Elvis and Cash started out. Her first single ‘Ones You Love The Most’ has been streamed over 60,000 times and played across the UK on stations including Amazing Radio, Chris Country, and BBC regional radio. She’s releasing her debut album “Carve Me Out” in June 2017. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Kate Ellis”
Queer Country pioneers (this is a genre) Karen & the Sorrows have officially announced the release of their new album “The Narrow Place” which is due out August 25th. The band are at the centre of a growing queer country scene “creating a community for people who love country music even if country music doesn’t always love them back.” Just so you know Karen and your sorrows, we love you back. Just listen to their new single Do It For Myself which American Songwriter have called “A twangy tale of lost love, paying homage to classic country with gentle pedal steel and lush vocal harmonies.” What’s not to love about that?
Sergio Beercock is a man with an eclectic background. Born to a Sicilian mother and an English father, in Kingston Upon Hull, he now lives in Sicily, where he produces his music while also writing for the theatre and acting. Something of a Renaissance Man! “Wollow” is Sergio Beercock’s debut album and there’s much to be impressed by on his first official release. He has a good, light tenor voice that really grows on you with repeated listening and he’s clearly a talented musician, playing the majority of instruments on the album, including guitar, piano, charango, synthesiser and Bolivian flute. Continue reading “Sergio Beercock “Wollow” (800A Records, 2017)”
With every day that passes their name becomes less appropriate, but this doesn’t stop The Young’uns striding forward – in the space of little more than a decade, and just three years after giving up their day jobs, they have become one of UK folk music’s hottest properties and best-loved acts. The Stockton Folk Club’s star graduates have clinched the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’ title two years running (2015 and 2016) and last year saw them spreading the net, taking their unique act and instant audience rapport to Canada, America and Australia. Continue reading “The Young’uns announce new album”