Glasgow Americana returns with its best line up yet

Glasgow Americana has lined up ten gigs featuring overseas and home-based acts for this year’s five day long festival. The on-stage action for the 12th Glasgow Americana will take place at six city venues from Wednesday this week, October 3rd to 7th. Fans will be able to enjoy two gigs on Festival Friday, three on the Saturday and the Sunday, including a trio of matinee performances, plus two album launches. Continue reading “Glasgow Americana returns with its best line up yet”

Richard Thompson “13 Rivers” (Proper Records, 2018)

Richard Thompson has been making great albums for fifty years and his latest doesn’t buck that trend.  In fact it’s easily his best for a decade, possibly more.  Backed as usual by Michael Jerome on drums and Taras Prodaniuk on bass, with a bit of second guitar from Bobby Eichorn, he tears off jagged and furious guitar solos and spits out lyrics that fizz and seethe with a level of intensity, anger and fire that a man half his age (or younger) would struggle to match. Continue reading “Richard Thompson “13 Rivers” (Proper Records, 2018)”

Track premiere: Colin Devlin “Water”

Dublin-born/ L.A. based songwriter Colin Devlin is gearing up to release his sophomore LP ‘High Point’ on Friday, which is produced by Pierre Marchand (Sara McLachlan, Rufus Wainright), and he’s shared this beautiful little track from it. Colin told AUK: “‘Water’ has a sense of longing, and perhaps regret too, in both the lyrics and the music… wanting someone, or something so much that they or it ultimately slips through your hands. I think this is an emotion and a feeling that many can relate to… It started out as a very cinematic arrangement, like a Portishead song with a Hans Zimmer feel! But ultimately that didn’t feel so real for Pierre and myself. We wanted to take a simpler, more humble approach  to the vibe and instrumentation of the arrangement; it grounds the song in a beautiful way for me now, I feel.”

Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters “All Damn Day” (Eastwood Records, 2018)

The second full album from Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters is an enjoyable southern country rock romp, offering a varied selection of lively toe-tapping songs and melodic, reflective pieces. What holds it all together is Dittmeier’s authentic storytelling. These ten character-driven tales are packed with arresting details and bear repeated listening. The opening track ‘Love Me Like You Did’ starts and finishes with the vocal, drawing the listener in immediately and ensuring the focus is on the lyrics. The song’s narrator complains about his new lover: “She don’t understand Townes Van Zandt…She don’t know me like you did,” which seems to make an early statement about Dittmeier’s country credentials. Continue reading “Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters “All Damn Day” (Eastwood Records, 2018)”

Video Premiere: Emily Mae Winters “Come Live In My Heart And Pay No Rent”

Could there be a lovelier way to start the week than this powerful and beautiful song from rising folk star Emily Mae Winters, featuring Ben Walker on guitar.  It’s from her forthcoming album High Romance which you can support here.  She’s on tour from Wednesday too.