Bronwynne Brent kicks off UK tour on Friday

Following her successful return to our fair shores in 2017, Mississippi Delta songbird Bronwynne Brent
is returning to the UK this week to showcase new material from her brand new forthcoming album. Brent ended 2016 on a high, the highest high known to man (well, woman) by carrying off the Best Female Performer title in our annual Reader’s Poll for the second year running. Catch her live in a Yorkshirian Victorian model village on Friday before she weaves her way around the country.  Dates below. Continue reading “Bronwynne Brent kicks off UK tour on Friday”

Album premiere: Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner “Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner” – Listen

AUK premieres this morning the new self-titled LP from Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner, named after a nearly-undrinkable batch of beer once brewed by Pedigo’s father. Pedigo is Dallas singer/songwriter John Pedigo, one half of folk duo The O’s, and the album is a belter – it radiates with hope, joy and exuberant defiance in the face of loss. Pedigo’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2016, which led him to write and record a bunch of songs that would, in their own way, honour his dad’s legacy. Continue reading “Album premiere: Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner “Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner” – Listen”

Tom Paxton: “What if, no matter how angry he was, he couldn’t lay hands on a gun?”

Lovely to see Tom Paxton still having such an impact at 80 years of age (and to see the US music press get involved in an important discussion). Tom, you should come and fill a vacancy in our House of Lords.  Billboard reports: “Folk singer Tom Paxton whose songs have chronicled six decades of change and struggle, walked on stage to sing Friday (Feb. 23) in New York’s East Village and told his audience simply: “I’d like to begin with a question.” Continue reading “Tom Paxton: “What if, no matter how angry he was, he couldn’t lay hands on a gun?””

Kate Ellis “I Believe” – Listen

Louisiana born, New York raised and now resident of London, Kate Ellis’ new single came out last Friday.  This is actually the acoustic version of ‘I Believe’ that’s on the B-Side, if that makes sense in a download world.  Anyway, it’s always worth checking out the flipside and in this case the acoustic version if anything emphasizes the purity of Ellis’ vocal, quivering with emotion as one human being tries to help another out of a slough of despair.  It’s worth checking the full band version on the A-side too – that gently rocks a little.

Christina Martin “Impossible To Hold” (Come Undone Records, 2018)

It’s always a quandary when reviewing whether comparing your subject to other acts is a good thing or a bad thing. Sometimes you just end up listing a load of the artist’s obvious influences rather than actually writing; sometimes it’s essential to name check other well-known acts in order to help the reader fully grasp what it is you can hear. It is a problem trying to turn sound into words without some kind of special, futuristic machine invented by Doc Brown in the year 2055 and brought back to the present in a Delorean. Oh, how we wish had one of those machines at Americana UK Towers. Continue reading “Christina Martin “Impossible To Hold” (Come Undone Records, 2018)”

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Omeara, London, 15th February 2018

Largely due to the success of the crowd rousing (and Father Jack like) ‘S.O.B.’ their “gimme a drink” song, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats self titled debut LP sold over a million copies. They were catapulted from Colorado bars to this year’s upcoming Stateside tour of arenas and amphitheatres – The Greek, Red Rocks et al – and more locally soon, three nigh on sell out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire. Continue reading “Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Omeara, London, 15th February 2018”

Brandon Grafius “Things Get Right” – Listen

Sounding like a text book definition of roots-rock, and featuring some hot fiddle ‘Things Get Right’ is a toe-tapper and no mistake.  It’s the first single from Grafius’ upcoming second album ‘Highways and Backroads’ due in May, and optimistically celebrates things getting better “I used to wake in cold sweats / now I’m sleeping through the night“.  Well, what the heck, lets go into the weekend with hope.

Will Hoge hits the UK for dates – tonight!

Will Hoge arrives in the UK today for a full band tour promoting his latest album ‘Anchors’ which Rolling Stone described as being “about that duality – an anchor itself both weighs things down and keeps them grounded, and Hoge explores the comfort and crush of small towns, the freedom and limits of love.” Support comes from Scottish Troubadour Dean Owens who’s album ‘Southern Wind’ was released last week.  Click through for the dates. Continue reading “Will Hoge hits the UK for dates – tonight!”

Hunter Muskett “Unafraid and Sober” (Independent 2018)

Now reformed for longer than their original incarnation (1968-1974) Hunter Muskett reconvened in 2010 in the the excellent Aspinall Arms near Clitheroe after a Cherry Red re-release of one of their originals garnered more than a little praise. They liked it so much they set about recording again and Unafraid and Sober is the second album and not a shabby job it is at all. Continue reading “Hunter Muskett “Unafraid and Sober” (Independent 2018)”