Neil Young heads up new UK americana chart

Neil Young’s new collaboration with Texas country rockers Promise of the Real has the highest new entry in the new official UK americana chart, knocking Frank Turner off his perch and down into the doldrums of number 7.  Chris Staplegun also enters the chart in style at Number 2 with “From a Room-Vol 2.” No other new entries in the top 40 this week but there’s big placings for Robert Plant (who?), Van Morrison (who?), War on Drugs and Glen Campbell.  You can watch Neil with the Promises on a track from the new record below, “Already Great.”

Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year

The crossover man who puts the “meh” into amehricana, Chris Staplegun has done it again. Oh and people should be prosecuted for beating Jerry Douglas in any category. Rolling Stone reports: “The 51st CMA Awards were held in Nashville on Wednesday, with Garth Brooks taking home the night’s top honor of Entertainer of the Year for the sixth time in his storied career. Brooks, who triumphed over Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Eric Church, returned from hiatus in 2014 and launched a sprawling world tour that will continue through the end of 2017. Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton wound up as the night’s most-awarded performers, with two wins each. Continue reading “Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year”

Chris Stapleton announces “From A Room Vol 2”

Chris Stapleton is the marmite of artists for AUK writers but love his yeastiness or not, “From A Room: Volume 2” has been announced for release on December 1 by Mercury Records Nashville/Decca. The album takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (the capital “A” in “From A Room” – see what he did there?) where it was recorded over the last year with producer Dave Cobb. Along with Stapleton on vocals and guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals as well as longtime band-members J.T. Cure on bass and Derek Mixon on drums. Continue reading “Chris Stapleton announces “From A Room Vol 2””

More Tom Petty tributes roll in

Chris Stapleton and Margo Price are the latest artists to have paid tribute to the late Tom Petty while performing live shows.  After he died, Margo Price told Stereogum that her favorite Petty song was “Have Love, Will Travel.” But says the site, “she’s been working the more well-known “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” into her opening sets for Chris Stapleton lately — first on Thursday in Moline, Illinois, then on Friday in Des Moine, Iowa, and finally on Saturday in St. Paul, MN.”  Continue reading “More Tom Petty tributes roll in”

Chris Stapleton covers Glen Campbell in tribute

The country music legend that was Glen Campbell died last week following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease – we published an array of tributes to him including some from the americana community. On Thursday last week americana star Chris Stapleton paid tribute to him by covering “Rhinestown Cowboy” (which was itself a cover) during his show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Have a gander at the performance here. Continue reading “Chris Stapleton covers Glen Campbell in tribute”