What is the definition of a handful? It’s literally a quantity that fills the hand, more metaphorically a small number or amount, or more metaphorically still “a person or group that is very difficult to deal with or control” – which won’t be the case (probably) with Nashville based Nicki Bluhm who returns to the UK at the end of January for three shows in support of her lovely new album ‘To Rise You Gotta Fall’ out now on Compass Records. Continue reading “Nicki Bluhm set for a handful of UK shows in January”
An extra video today from New York outfit The Mammals, playing a beautiful live version of Jay Ungar’s classic piece. The Mammal’s fiddler is his daughter Ruthy. The band are playing at Celtic Connections on Friday at St. Luke’s with the wonderful May Erlewine also on the bill. If you’re anyway near Glasgow you should really go.
Buffalo Blood is an international film and music collaboration which addresses the very current issues of displacement, immigration, refugees and the power of the human spirit through revisiting the lands, myths and histories of America’s Native Americans. Comprised of Nashville musicians, Neilson Hubbard, Joshua Britt and Audrey Spillman alongside Scottish singer-songwriter Dean Owens (and with Nashville studio engineer Jim DeMain as a fifth member) they have a self-titled album due out on February 15th. The album was recorded live and in the field in New Mexico in several iconic locations including La Plaza Bianca, Echo Canyon and artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch. Continue reading “Walking the trail of tears with Buffalo Blood”
Bristolian siblin duo Adam and Lawrence Purnell have produced their first new recorded material since their initial release ‘The First EP‘ back in 2015. The six tracks on ‘Old Fire Station‘ powerfully show off their folk-rock stylings which are less Mumford & Son and more The Lumineers. ‘Faded‘ blends acoustic and electric guitar with Lawrence’s gruff lead vocal, softened by the harmony vocals that come in at the second verse. It’s a song questioning the direction life – and in particular a love life – may be going in. Continue reading “Foreign Affairs “Old Fire Station EP” (Independent, 2018)”
The AMAUK conference is now into its fourth year and one of the highlights is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At five venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the one wristband, plus you get to go back to a nice comfy bed each night. Over the course of this week we’ll be introducing you to all the showcase acts playing, ten at a time. Here’s part four. Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part four”
This is something different – Beat Circus will be releasing ‘These Wicked Things‘, the third in the band’s Weird American Gothic trilogy, on March 22nd. The album is an immersive experience, it’s a story told like a movie with spoken word, song and atmospheric instrumental tracks like ‘All the Pretty Horses‘. The music covers a lot of bases – from experimental orchestral music to cowpunk taking in mariachi and Mexican folk as well as jazz influences. And a lot more. Continue reading “Beat Circus “All the Pretty Horses” – Listen”
Honey-voiced crooner, Jarrod Dickenson, will bring his own brand of Americana to the UK and Ireland later this month. Dickenson has toured assiduously throughout Europe and the UK in recent years, including festival appearances at Glastonbury, Black Deer and Larmer Tree. Continue reading “Jarrod Dickenson announces new EP and UK tour dates”
A great video to accompany a powerful song and a call to arms about the impact of sexual assault from Trapper Schoer’s new album Primetime Illusion, out on January 25th. A string of UK dates in March and April too.
The wonderfully named and wonderful sounding Milk Carton Kids have announced their return to the UK and Europe for a tour, the first time since the 2018 release of their Grammy-nominated album ‘All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do’. The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into the studio with them. On this short tour, songs new and old will be played by the duo without accompaniment. Continue reading “The Milk Carton Kids announce UK dates”
‘Tennessee and The 48th’ is the second album from London- based Americana/Folk Rock singer songwriter Dave Giles. Crowd funded, this impressive record was recorded in Nashville early in 2018 on the back of shows throughout the UK, Europe and Australia, building up a solid fan base along the way. Although he is clearly inspired by Jason Isbell and Zac Brown, Giles does exhibit a clear identity of his own and, refreshingly, sings in his own South-East of-England accent. Continue reading “Dave Giles “Tennessee and the 48th” (Independent, 2018)”