Cam Penner + Midnight Skyracer @Celtic Connections, Royal Concert Hall New Auditorium, Glasgow, 18th January 2020

AUK’s first jaunt at 2020’s Celtic Connections took us to the grand concert hall in the city centre to see a one off show by Canadian Cam Penner and his erstwhile sidekick Jon Wood. It’s a measure of both the international reputation of Celtic Connections and Penner’s growing career that they conspired to fly the … Continue reading “Cam Penner + Midnight Skyracer @Celtic Connections, Royal Concert Hall New Auditorium, Glasgow, 18th January 2020”

RS Country discusses Jason Isbell’s new album

RS Country have a really interesting piece up about the forthcoming new Jason Isbell album which talks about its politics, the label it’ll be out on and its overall sound:  “New songs. Rock & roll influences. Danceable tempos. A collaborative dynamic that shines a spotlight not only on the frontman, but on the band behind … Continue reading “RS Country discusses Jason Isbell’s new album”

Curse of Lono release debut album next month, new video – Watch

New London five-piece Curse Of Lono who we’ve become big fans of here at UK will release their debut album Severed on Submarine Cat Records on April 7th. Described as a “sumptuously cinematic record that combines harmony-laden Americana with driving, gothic alt-rock”, the album was produced at Gun Factory studio by Oli Bayston. Curse Of … Continue reading “Curse of Lono release debut album next month, new video – Watch”

First Aid Kit release song for International Women’s Day – Listen

And it’s available as a digital download from today. NME report: “First Aid Kit have shared a new song that condemns sexual violence. Titled ‘You Are The Problem Here’ the Swedish duo released the single in honour of International Women’s Day today (March 9). The band shared a statement along with the song. “Today is … Continue reading “First Aid Kit release song for International Women’s Day – Listen”

Fleet Foxes preview forthcoming album with new track – Listen

More small furry omnivorous mammal news from Rolling Stone: “Fleet Foxes will return June 16th with Crack-Up, the follow-up to 2011’s Helplessness Blues. The band announced the album on Tuesday and released “Third of May/Ōdaigahara,” which shows that their harmony-heavy folk-rock remains intact. “Third of May/Ōdaigahara” is an ambitious composition with string orchestration, multiple voices rising … Continue reading “Fleet Foxes preview forthcoming album with new track – Listen”

Riddle & The Stars “New Coastline” (Songs and Whispers 2016)

Here is true international Americana collaboration of the highest order. Playing together are Ben Riddle, established singer songwriter from Australia, and Bobbo and Tracy Byrnes also well established musicians, from Southern California where they called themselves The Fallen Stars. They all met while touring in Germany. This is their second album and with them on … Continue reading “Riddle & The Stars “New Coastline” (Songs and Whispers 2016)”

Forgotten Artists – The Subdudes

Few bands in this day and age can claim to be truly unique but The Subdudes may have a better claim than most. Their music is a curious blend of folk, country, gospel and blues flavoured with New Orleans R&B and Cajun swamp rock; when their eponymous first album arrived in 1989 it was like … Continue reading “Forgotten Artists – The Subdudes”

The Song Remains: Eric Weissberg 1939-2020

To many, Eric Weissberg, who died on March 22nd, 2020, from Alzheimer’s Disease, was a one-hit wonder with ‘Duelling Banjos’ from John Boorman’s 1972 film ‘Deliverance’. However, he was so much more than that, being one of the first young urban musicians to join the ‘50s folk revival, a populariser of bluegrass and the banjo … Continue reading “The Song Remains: Eric Weissberg 1939-2020”

Ian Noe, Omeara, London, 3rd February 2020

There must be something in the water in Kentucky given the proliferation of independent americana music performers from there in recent years. As proof, there’s not just well established acts such as Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Angaleena Presley and Tyler Childers, but also up and coming artists such as Kelsey Waldon, Eric Bolander, Korey Rose, Jeremy … Continue reading “Ian Noe, Omeara, London, 3rd February 2020”