Traveling Wilburys to Release Back Catalogue on Vinyl

No word on a cassette issue of Volume 2… Uncut reports: “The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 and The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3 will be reissued on 180 gram vinyl on October 4 as part of Record Store Day’s Vinyl Tuesday. The release will be supported by a giveaway at recordstoreday.com with a rare and uniquely numbered Traveling Wilbury portfolio prints. The limited-edition portfolio includes seven prints of the band on 100# Strathmore Pastelle. CDs will arrive on October 14. Continue reading “Traveling Wilburys to Release Back Catalogue on Vinyl”

Sophia Marshall “The Paper Thin EP” (Independent, 2016)

sophia-marshall-2016Best known as one half of the acclaimed and much missed Havenots, Leicester’s Sophia Marshall has been absent from the music scene for some time.  She’s recently dipped her toe back in and the results are a few gigs and this five track EP.  Live, her delightfully delicate and fragile vocals, shown to such good effect in the Havenots, sometimes struggle to be heard above the full band she gigs with.  In the studio of course such things aren’t an issue and the light, summery pop feel of her music whirls the listener along on a gossamer trail that delights and entrances. Continue reading “Sophia Marshall “The Paper Thin EP” (Independent, 2016)”

Jon Boden “Painted Lady” (Navigator Records, 2016)

jon-boden-2016Folk superstar Jon Boden has always had itchy feet. Not content with an acclaimed partnership with box ace John Spiers and fronting Bellowhead, the eleven piece big band that he founded with Spiers which went on to become probably the biggest star in the UK folk firmament, he also released a concept album “Song From The Floodplain”, that he toured with his band the Remnant Kings and before that, he put out his solo debut, “Painted Lady”. Continue reading “Jon Boden “Painted Lady” (Navigator Records, 2016)”

Paul McClure “Songs For Anyone” (Rutland Troubadour / Clubhouse Records, 2016)

"Paul McClure - 2016"So it’s roundly acknowledged that McClure is one of the nicest men in music, and my experience is that’s difficult to disagree with, the Rutland Troubadour returns here an album of exceptional quality, which is nice. McClure is a terrific Ray Davies style songwriter, I love the female vocals that are all over the album as well, and the Eagles feel, a bit of a lazy analogy but it is so true, it is that West Coast, Laurel Cannon feel, sun drenched road music.  ‘Unremarkable Me’ couldn’t be further from the truth, wonderfully structured as a record, the kitchen sink nature of the themes in his songs and deftly record mean this should be pn many a listeners best of 2016 list. Continue reading “Paul McClure “Songs For Anyone” (Rutland Troubadour / Clubhouse Records, 2016)”

Bon Iver Announce European Dates

Some good news from Uncut since it’s been ages since they hit our shores.  Uncut reports: “Bon Iver have announced a European tour – their first since 2012 – taking place across January and February 2017. A full list of dates – which includes shows at London’s Roundhouse and Eventim Apollo Hammersmith – can be found below.”   Continue reading “Bon Iver Announce European Dates”

Welcome to the new Americana UK

If you’re staring at the site thinking “whaaa.. happened?” then you can be forgiven, rewarded even, for being astute.  Americana UK has always been run as a non-commercial site with decreasing resources available to support what was becoming a huge undertaking, to the point that earlier this year it became clear it wasn’t sustainable in its existing format.  So we’re regrouped and streamlined AUK into something a bit simpler but still containing all the sections (or nearly all of them) that we had in the previous site.  The main page now runs more like a rolling blog which means you won’t miss any updates for sections like interviews or live reviews which used to be sometimes difficult to keep track of. Continue reading “Welcome to the new Americana UK”

Heidi Talbot “Here We Go, 1, 2, 3…” (Navigator Records, 2016)

For aheidi-talbot-2016nyone who has heard Talbot’s voice, its power and expressiveness are givens – it is a thing of beauty, it sparkles, it could elevate the works of Jilly Cooper towards art. It is one thing to possess something beautiful and another to put it in the right setting, imagine casting Ingrid Bergman in an Adam Sandler film. Luckily for Talbot she has taken more control in this fifth release. It was recorded at her and her husband’s John McCusker, newly built home studio and she was involved in writing eight out of the ten songs which reflect a period of upheaval and show a growing maturity. Continue reading “Heidi Talbot “Here We Go, 1, 2, 3…” (Navigator Records, 2016)”