Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017

That’s summer over and  our roving reporters have been out and about at various festivals in search of the sun and fine music. A few got lost on the way back so it’s only now that we can offer another report on Summertyne which we had already looked at here. There’s more from the indoor set ups this time, maybe our man forgot to bring his umbrella. Continue reading “Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017”

Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up

If we could afford to cover this in person we would, although you do avoid Van on a bad day biting your head off (sorry, lazy journalism there). Rolling Stone Country reports: “Eclectic UK rock legends Van Morrison and Graham Nash, both of whom have been directly influenced by American music will both take the stage to perform at the Americana Honors & Awards Show on September 13th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.  Continue reading “Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up”

Sam Outlaw announces UK dates for July

Sam Outlaw, who released his sophomore album “Tenderheart” on Friday last week (it was a good Friday for him) has announced some UK dates for July where you can sample his wares in person.  The reviews are still coming in for his new record, but his debut ‘Angeleno’ earned great reviews both in the UK and US, with The Guardian stating: “His debut LP is a polished and cosmopolitan west coast take on traditional country music (he’s called it ‘SoCal country’) with songs that are moody and wry all at once.” Here are those dates. Continue reading “Sam Outlaw announces UK dates for July”

Stream new Sam Outlaw album ahead of its release – Listen

It’s not out until this Friday but the wonderful NPR Music have made Sam Outlaw’s new album available in its entirety to stream now. Stop what you’re doing for 42 minutes and click play. (Actually you can multi-task while streaming so feel free to continue whatever it was, providing it’s legal).  NPR Music report: “Every artist working in the shadow of country music lineage since Willie and Waylon were first branded as “outlaws” has had that designation at their disposal. The same goes for marketing execs and music critics. “Outlaw” is useful shorthand, an expedient way of advertising a performer’s resistance to mainstream norms and general aversion to docility. Often, it’s paired with a brawny aesthetic.  Continue reading “Stream new Sam Outlaw album ahead of its release – Listen”