Video: Kacy & Clayton “This World Has Seven Wonders”

Taken from their new album The Siren’s Song, out on April 27th, this is a summery groove with a hint of psychedelia from Kacy & Clayton  They’re on tour in the UK in May and the rest of Europe in April. Dates below.

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Laura Veirs has a new album pending release

“What’s going on with Laura Veirs?” is a question we find ourselves asking with ever increasing frequency.  Ok, there was the case/lang/veirs album in 2016, but the last true Laura Veirs album was Warp and Weft – and that was 2013.  Twenty-Thirteen !  “Is this the troubadour work ethic ?” we ask ourselves.  “When will we have great tunes again from the Portland songbird ?” we query.  Well – the 13th of April.  That is when, Uncut reports, the next release from Laura Veirs will hit the shops.  And on-line sellers as well. Continue reading “Laura Veirs has a new album pending release”

I’m With Her, Bush Hall, London, 30th January 2018

In the intimate setting of Bush Hall, I’m With Her (Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan) gathered around a single microphone; the only amplification used during the show, and opened their show with Little Lies from the EP of the same name. The attentive audience were immediately captivated by the haunting fiddle opening played by Watkins, then the delicate vocal of O’Donovan and then the harmony of the band singing together.  You could have heard a pin drop until the song finished and the room was then filled with applause. Continue reading “I’m With Her, Bush Hall, London, 30th January 2018”

The Sound of Ghosts “I’m Gonna Be Free” – Listen

LA folk collective The Sound of Ghosts bring some buzzing electric guitar into the mix on this track from upcoming release Delivery and Departure.   The Sound of Ghosts are “laying a foundation of self-evaluation” on their path to the promised land on this song of two musical halves.


Grant-Lee Phillips “Widdershins” (Yep Roc Records, 2018)

With this record G-LP sounds confident, spontaneous, relaxed and angry – it’s a heady brew and provides the fuel to make this his best set of songs for some time. Each song is a stinging jab with lyrical barbs and musical hooks, a riposte to the current political situation. Make no mistake, these are protest songs, subtle and cutting.  Recorded over four days they have an immediacy; they haven’t rehearsed the soul out of the songs which smoulder and often catch fire. Continue reading “Grant-Lee Phillips “Widdershins” (Yep Roc Records, 2018)”

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages “Soul Flowers of Titan” (Bloodshot Records, 2018)

The old saw is that “the blues had a baby and they called it rock and roll”, and that’s a fair enough claim even if it does leave elements of hillbilly country and other musical genres out of the gene pool. It explains, though, that rich vein of music that gets called blues-rock, and other related mutations like the acid-blues and psychedelic soul. Matter of fact it’s a hell of a melting pot, and Barrence Whitfield and the Savages stir that particular mess around like master chefs before dolling out fourteen perfect takes on the basic recipe. Continue reading “Barrence Whitfield and the Savages “Soul Flowers of Titan” (Bloodshot Records, 2018)”

Tommy Emmanuel discusses new collaboration with Jason Isbell

News this morning from our sticky friends over at Paste who hosted  Tommy Emmanuel in their midtown Manhattan studio last week.  They report: “Emmanuel performed three songs and discussed his new duets album, Accomplice One. The album features collaborations with artists such as Ricky Scaggs, Amanda Shires, Mark Knopfler and Jason Isbell, among many others. During his Paste session interview, Emmanuel specifically opened up about what it was like to work with Isbell. Continue reading “Tommy Emmanuel discusses new collaboration with Jason Isbell”

Pick of the Political Pops: Joe Purdy “Children of Privilege”

Here at Americana-UK Towers we like to think ourselves as being at a certain level of elite without, of course, being elitist. We’ll entertain any old Tom, Dick or Harriet particularly if they are handy with a tune or guitar picking or even, under certain circumstances, harmonica blowing. If the said hoi polloi can pitch up with some fine spirits or decent beer then we can be more than welcoming. We had fun, then, imagining how one of our bacchanalia would go down in Davos – that Swiss place where the ‘great’ and the ‘good’ find themselves every so often in order to discuss the best way forward for the rest of us. Why even Donny John turned up to liven things up (although we suspect he wasn’t fist bumping with our own John MacDonald). Pity we didn’t get an invite but had we done we would immediately have offered to do a DJ set and given pride of place to this little tune which we hope would have given them something to think about. We’re not holding our breath for next year.

Kashena Sampson, Paper Dress Vintage, London, 31st January 2018

It was a night when downtown Hackney was thronged with hordes of Americana loving music fans – it was, in fact, the night of the Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) Conference music showcase. Dozens of artists performing sets of around half an hour at four closely located venues – with the likes of Steve Grozier, The Americans, Tyler Childers, The Texas Gentlemen and so many more vying for attention. Inevitably this led to all sorts of difficult decisions – even the talented writers of Americana UK struggle to be in more than one place at a time, but one set that had a definite circle around it on the schedule was Kashena Sampson upstairs at the bijou Paper Dress Vintage. Continue reading “Kashena Sampson, Paper Dress Vintage, London, 31st January 2018”