Win copies of “Won’t Be Home For Christmas” with AUK

By the time the frost hits the pumpkin, as the saying goes (and no that’s not a euphemism) there typically is no shortage of new Christmas albums from the usual suspects singing, for the most part, the same old spiritual carols and secular classics. And then there’s “Won’t Be Home For Christmas”. The compilation CD, conceived and produced by Swedish music industry veteran Peter Holmstedt, brings together compositions from 18 different singer-songwriters, each of whom approach their assignment to ’write a song about Christmas’ in widely different musical stylings. Continue reading “Win copies of “Won’t Be Home For Christmas” with AUK”

Daniel Romano hits the UK for dates

Rock’n’ roll chameleon Daniel Romano has arrived in the UK for a string of shows to promote his recently released seventh album, Modern Pressure, out now on New West Records.
Romano, fresh from his first appearance at End Of The Road Festival will be headlining The Borderline in London with his full band on November 18th as well as shows in Leeds, Glasgow, Coventry, Dublin, Manchester and Newcastle.   The Leeds one was last night actually so apologies to our Yorkshire readers.   Continue reading “Daniel Romano hits the UK for dates”

Track premiere: Orphan Colours “High Hopes” – Listen

Orphan Colours release their new single this Friday, and we have an exclusive stream for you here at AUK. When UK alt country outfit ahab went on indefinite hiatus, songwriter Steven Llewellyn decided to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight and hey presto Orphan Colours was born. Llewellyn told us:”High Hopes  was written very quickly, within half an hour. It was one of those strange occasions where it just flowed out without having to think too much about it. It sounded great as soon as we played it together as a band and it’s been part of our live set ever since.” The song is the first track to be lifted from debut album ‘All On Red’ which is out 26th January 2018, and the band have also been selected to showcase at the Americana Music Association Festival in the new year.  Now they just have to make a video for the song that’s worthy of its title.

The Deep Dark Woods “Yarrow” Six Shooter Records, 2017

These are the same deep dark woods that the Handsome Family walk through combing for tales of mealy bugs or familial murder. On Fallen Leaves, Ryan Boldt does a passable impersonation of Brett with his sonorous voice intoning a tale told in images that seem cut and pasted from the Handsome’s songbook, natural imagery and unnatural death. An atmosphere of foreboding penetrates Deep Flooding Waters, the pace suggesting that the flooding is incremental, death by inches, the steel guitar solo passing by like flotsam bobbing on the surface whilst down below the tragedy unfolds. Continue reading “The Deep Dark Woods “Yarrow” Six Shooter Records, 2017”

Willie Breeding ft. Caitlin Rose “Prague Spring” – Listen

Kentucky based newcomer Willie Breeding will release his debut album ‘Big Sky’ early next year, with the first single to be taken from it Prague Spring featuring a guest vocal from Caitlin Rose.  Detailing the story behind the song he explains “One night in Prague, 1962, the son of the Italian ambassador met an actress they called, “The Czech Bridgette Bardot”.  Their adventures were like a black and white noir. Bullets were drunk out of martini glasses. Official diplomatic vehicles were stolen.  14 years later, my wife was born… I called Caitlin because she’s one of my favorite lyricists, and I thought she would enjoy the story. I felt too close to the material working on it myself. Later, when I was showing my wife the lyrics Caitlin and I had written, she instantly came up with the last line of the song, which I took as a good omen.”

Pick Of The Political Pops: The Members “Offshore Banking Business”

We were intrigued this week when all of the talk was about paradise and papers. Obviously Americana-Uk Towers is its own little paradise and The Bunker is an oasis of calm in a world of madness. That said we do like to pay our taxes and Vaclav and Tomasz, who put the bunker in for us, are fully unionised and known to the tax authorities. So we are squeaky clean. The duty-free we consume is fully above board and needn’t concern anyone else. What we can’t help wondering though is that if everybody (including the super-rich) paid what they morally owe then how much better it would be for us all…350 million for the NHS anyone? Nothing is new under the sun we like to say and this little ditty from well over thirty years ago somewhat proves our point.

Joan Baez has new album and last tour upcoming

Photo by AGF s.r.l./REX/Shutterstock 

Joan Baez has a pair of big announcements about 2018 – the first is that she’ll release her latest album in May, her first album for ten years.  The second is that she’ll be touring the UK, with dates in March and May, in support of this album.  The sting in the tail is that this will be her final tour – to be precise Baez has said “Next year is my last year of formal touring. There will be four different tours, one month each, and then that’s it. I can choose if I want to go sing at a protest (but) the voice is so difficult to deal with now that having a point where I don’t have to do it anymore will be wonderful.”  Continue reading “Joan Baez has new album and last tour upcoming”

J Roddy Walston & The Business “Destroyers of the Soft Life” (ATO Records, 2017)

Despite a passing resemblance to The Kings of Leon, Walston and his cohorts lay down a high-energy rollicking version of rock and roll. An unabashed, unashamed assault, always pushing melodies to the front, the guitars always moving forwards, the vocals a tuneful yelp – it’s a vinyl version of poppers. You Know Me Better or Numbers both rush out of the blocks like an untamed bronco, wrestled by Walton’s vocals into a bucking rousing beast of a song. Continue reading “J Roddy Walston & The Business “Destroyers of the Soft Life” (ATO Records, 2017)”