Buddy Miller’s Crib: Studio Tour – Watch

We leave you this weekend dear reader with a nice little clip of Buddy Miller showing Aaron Lee Tasjan around his fairly amazing studio. Kind of like a musical grotto. Earlier this week, Buddy and Julie Miller took the stage Wednesday night at Nashville’s City Winery, backed by a small group of musicians including Colin Linden on guitar for a swift but blissful 45-minute set. You can read more over at RS Country here if they’re your bag, man. Have a good one.

Rachel Harrington arrives in UK next week for dates

Pacific Northwest-based Americana singer-songwriter Rachel Harrington arrives in the UK next week for a full tour, including appearances at the Maverick Festival, SummerTyne Americana and Beer and Bluegrass, with further dates to follow in the Netherlands from late September and a short UK return run from mid October, in support of her anticipated new record ‘Hush the Wild Horses’, her first album proper in over 7 years, which is due for release on September 6th. Continue reading “Rachel Harrington arrives in UK next week for dates”

Remnose “Waiting On The Wind” (Independent, 2019)

Waiting On The Wind’ is the new album from Remnose, an indie-folk/rock band based in Detroit. The band are made up of brothers Morton (Marlon on lead vocal and rhythm guitar and Carson on drums) plus Alex Wildner on bass guitar Sam Sparling on piano and lap steel. Collectively their sound can be broadly characterised as the indie/folk. Theirs is a dreamy delivery of what, on first listen, seem to be quite simple arrangements. What you hear is the band and their instruments without a lot of unnecessary fuss which is rather clever because actually there is much more going on here than it seems. Marlon has an easy and yet emotive voice effortlessly carrying tunes that lilt like a gentle breeze or an early morning iridescent sun glimpsed through the trees. Continue reading “Remnose “Waiting On The Wind” (Independent, 2019)”

Pick of the Political Pops: Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper “Jesus At MacDondalds”

As most of our regular reader(s) will know Americana-UK Towers is based in The People’s Republic of Liverpudlia. That said we do have brethren/sistren outlying communities in The People’s Republic of Birminghemia, The People’s Republic of Mancaphobia and The People’s Republic of Leysestor. Your regular correspondent in all things Politically Pop is from The People’s Republic of Kenilworthonia – however it’s a very small and insular affair, that one, and any visitors are most likely to be met with burning torches and pitchforks. Best avoided to be honest. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper “Jesus At MacDondalds””

Mid Sussex Americana & Ale Festival returns for third year

Back for a third time is one of Americana UK’s favourite summertime events – the Mid Sussex Americana and Ale festival. Hosted by James Walker (managing director of Brighthelmstone Promotions and At The Helm records), a number of acts announced for the festival last Friday were Noble Jacks, Danny George Wilson of Danny and the Champions of the World (performing a solo set), Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou, Porchlight Smoker and Ben Featherstone. Today, in an AUK exclusive we can announce that the second wave of acts to appear, include headliners William The Conqueror, alongside Lucas & King and Loud Mountains.
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Albi & The Wolves “This Is War” – Listen

New Zealand folk trio Albi & The Wolves make a big sound with just three people – Chris Dent fronts the band on guitar whilst Pascal Roggen adds electric violin and bass comes from Micheal Young.  All three sing – and add a fair bit of stomp!   ‘This Is War‘ jauntily rails at someone who has taken you for a ride and then left you flat.  It’s seething rage – but it’s darn jaunty too.

Dean Maywood “Dean Maywood” (Independent, 2019)

Dean Maywood is an Irish born singer-songwriter, who has played extensively live in both Ireland and the US.  This musical experience has influenced his musical journey with traces of bluegrass in his playing. His debut EP is heavily inspired by the so-called golden era of the 1970s and the music of his father who was also a musician in his own right. The five tracks cover a lot of mixed emotions including joy, fear and heartache which are staple themes in the field of country music, especially from a debut singer-songwriter. Continue reading “Dean Maywood “Dean Maywood” (Independent, 2019)”

Native Harrow “Happier Now” (Loose Music, 2019)

Let’s get straight to the point.  This is a captivating, almost mesmeric album of the highest quality.  That last sentence alone will tell you what is to come during the rest of this review but let’s take the opportunity to fill in some of the blanks for those who maybe aren’t familiar with Native Harrow. ‘Happier Now’ is the third album from singer-songwriter Devin Tuel released under the nom de plume Native Harrow. Continue reading “Native Harrow “Happier Now” (Loose Music, 2019)”

Songs for the apocalypse: Aimee Mann “Going Through the Motions”

I first saw Aimee Mann back in the early 90s twice in Liverpool – once at the Royal Court supporting someone I now can’t remember and once at a jazz club on Hope Street whose name I also can’t remember. Ageing is fantastic. Bob Harris would often play her on his overnight show on Radio 1 – she was one of those artists who started great and just got greater. The pinnacle of greatness for me was ‘The Forgotten Arm’ from 2005 which still stands out as one of the most superbly arranged albums ever recorded – the most americana-tinged of all her records,  it tells the story of two characters who run off with each other to escape their problems, but end up in more trouble. The fact that this track wasn’t a hit proves once and for all that there is no justice in this awful world we live in.