Glen Campbell continues reign at top of official UK americana chart

Glen Campbell’s “Adios” album continues its lengthy reign at the top of this week’s official AMA-UK americana chart, with the Fleet Foxes at number 2 and Kaleo at 3.  John Murry’s “A Short History of Decay” with which we taglined our review “The resurrection of John Murry but it’s only a breather as we’re all going to die” (nice) is the highest new entry at number 6, the only new entry in fact in the whole top 40.  You can see the whole new top 40 here. Continue reading “Glen Campbell continues reign at top of official UK americana chart”

Banditos “Visionland” (Bloodshot Records, 2017)

Bursting forth from the grooves with the dynamic opener ‘Fine, Fine Day’ this album announces its presence with brio and verve. A fantastic piece of Stooges like driving rock so breathless that the vocals appear to be struggling to keep up. Second track ‘Strange Heart’ is completely different; a gothic noirish delight with some keening vocals set over an insistent sharp backing with some delightful swirling guitar flourishes. A Southern delight that would not have been out of place soundtracking the first True Detective series. And then it’s gone Continue reading “Banditos “Visionland” (Bloodshot Records, 2017)”

Maverick Festival, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk, 30th June-2nd July 2017

Ten years and ‘still kickin’’ according to this year’s t-shirt, Maverick is THE festival on the Americana calendar. it’s the one everyone wants to play and the yard stick by which other festivals  have measured themselves (and been inspired by). Now firmly branded as ‘Americana & Roots’ it started using the much missed tag ‘alt country’. With three indoor (well in tractor sheds and barns) stages and an afternoon outdoor stage on which Albert Lee was the headline its family friendly, with good chow and a hotch-potch of stalls. It’s only failing is its early close every night. Continue reading “Maverick Festival, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk, 30th June-2nd July 2017”

Micah P. Hinson “Oh, Spaceman” – Listen

Micah P. Hinson has shared a new track ‘Oh, Spaceman’ from his forthcoming album ‘Presents The Holy Strangers’ which comes out on 8th September. “It was the first song I wrote for my boy, Wiley Tex, after he was born, and the only song I played for about half a year after his birth. It is the only song where the melody and words came before sitting behind a guitar. Which is not a way I’ve ever written.” The album itself is described as a “modern folk opera, telling the story of a war time family, going from birth to love, to marriage and children, to war and betrayal, murder to suicide – spanning all of the strange and glorious places life can lead. We follow their story, we see their decisions, we see their faults and their beauty. We live with them, we die with them.” Oh, and Steps are touring in December.

John Prine: “Johnny Cash was like Abraham Lincoln to me”

Which isn’t the worst ex-US President you could be compared to.  “Drake was like Millard Fillmore to me.” Rolling Stone reports: “”Johnny Cash was like Abraham Lincoln to me,” says beloved songwriter John Prine in a new video discussing his relationship with the late Man in Black. And Cash, it turns out, was one of the only people for whom Prine would alter one of his own lyrics. As Prine tells it, Cash was working with producer Cowboy Jack Clement and wanted to record “Sam Stone,” the harrowing story of a drug-addicted combat veteran that first appeared on Prine’s 1971 debut. Continue reading “John Prine: “Johnny Cash was like Abraham Lincoln to me””

Paddy Nash “Gate Fever” (Mad Molly Records 2017)

Paddy Nash is a Derry-born singer-songwriter, more often seen kicking out with his seven-piece band The Happy Enchiladas, here releases his new solo album which sees him largely return to his folk roots. Nash who started out with the Derry Band Whole Tribe Sings, often described as “the greatest Northern Irish band who never made it big”, but who came very close after signing a US album deal and having their song “Happy” feature in Harp Lager’s US advertising campaign. However, “Gate Fever” finds Nash in a more reflective mode and this has enabled him to construct a fine body of work. Continue reading “Paddy Nash “Gate Fever” (Mad Molly Records 2017)”

Hammydown “Automatic Sweetheart” – Listen

Driven to ditching her acoustic guitar by an endless series of broken strings, Abbie Morin switched from her folk-rock persona to the Fender Jazzmaster sound of new project Hammydown.  It’s the quirky garage-pop that could get filed alongside the B-52s or They Might Be Giants .  The new EP – Pizzaface – captures the sound of the millennial slacker – those who button up and drag their way through the working week whilst trying to pursue creative passions, but still just feel like losers who are stuck in a series of service industry jobs and a rotating roster of bosses who helpfully tell you “it doesn’t cost anything extra to give service with a smile”.  Happy Monday!  

The Sadies land in the UK this Fall

On the back of their most recent release, Northern Passages, The Sadies will be returning to the UK for a short series of dates at the end of October.  The Sadies – singer/guitarists Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky – exploded onto the North American music scene 20 years ago and were instantly raised to the rarefied pantheon of alt-country greats.  It’s a position they’ve maintained with the release of every new collection of songs – and Northern Passages (granted 8/10 right here on Americana-UK) does nothing to stop this stream of deserved adulation. Continue reading “The Sadies land in the UK this Fall”