Scott Matthews + Ady Johnson, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 4th October 2018.

Whilst heckling of a complimentary nature is probably welcomed by most performers, when the name John Martyn popped up during Scott Matthews’ set there was a mildly perturbing shout of, “You’re better than he is….cos he’s dead!” from the crowd. Welcome back to Portsmouth Mr Matthews, welcome back. With that tumbleweed of a comment however … Continue reading “Scott Matthews + Ady Johnson, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 4th October 2018.”

Ady Johnson “London Songs” (Independent, 2018)

It isn’t often that a record reminds the listener of Ray Davies, Mark Linkous and Tom Waits, as this one does. It has the lyrical sensibility of Davies, the clatter and oomph of Waits at his most extravagant and it has the shifts in tone, the juxtaposition of the abrasive and the beautiful as mastered … Continue reading “Ady Johnson “London Songs” (Independent, 2018)”

Ady Johnson to tour with Scott Matthews

Ady Johnson has announced an upcoming UK tour supporting Scott Matthews and his band.  His 2015 EP ‘Thank You For The Good Things’  was his second solo release since he fronted Colchester rock ‘n’ roll band FuzzFace; with his debut album ‘Tell The Worry Dolls’ receiving critical praise from UK media, as well as a recommendation … Continue reading “Ady Johnson to tour with Scott Matthews”

Al Festo returns for 2019 – free americana in Colchester!

Free americana is always a good thing (well, maybe not if you’re a musician) and in that spirit the Al Festo festival which takes place at the Sun Inn, Dedham, Colchester is returning for a fifth year on 13th and 14th July. It’s described as “a mini-Maverick and without the camping that mixes the best … Continue reading “Al Festo returns for 2019 – free americana in Colchester!”

Martin Simpson has a new album and a big tour

The new Martin Simpson album ‘Rooted‘ emerges on Topic Records on August 30th (the deluxe 2CD version of the album will include a companion disc ‘Seeded‘).  And if that title conjures up images of zipping up boots and such, well the singer-songwriter does have a theme in mind for this album, as he explains “The … Continue reading “Martin Simpson has a new album and a big tour”

The Get Ahead “Deepest Light” (Jullian Records, 2019)

The ‘Deepest Light’ from Portland-based quintet The Get Ahead, is a difficult album to categorise. Embracing the sounds of americana by way of some floaty ’70s disco rock: songs catch you unawares. Not overly disconcerting, it all keeps you interested and wondering where they’re taking you next. The variety of genres in The Get Ahead … Continue reading “The Get Ahead “Deepest Light” (Jullian Records, 2019)”

Interview: Phil Lee on how he finally saddled up with Crazy Horse

It’s taken a hell of a long time for Phil Lee to get in the saddle and corral his Crazy Horse buddies, Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot, into the studio to record an album with him. His online notes for his 2013 album ‘The Fall And Further Decline Of The Mighty King Of Love’ state, … Continue reading “Interview: Phil Lee on how he finally saddled up with Crazy Horse”

Jared Henry “Running Wild” (Venison Records, 2018)

‘Running Wild’ is the debut album from Arkansas singer-songwriter Jared Henry – a collection of sun-soaked mellow acoustic jams, which evoke Jack Johnson at his most breezy. The result is a record which fails to inspire. Running at almost an hour, it is an overly-long set of mediocre melodies with little substance, in a style … Continue reading “Jared Henry “Running Wild” (Venison Records, 2018)”

Americana UK writers pick their albums of 2018

Once upon a time we used to do a “Top 10” list of our favourite stuff from the last year, but we used to all fall out, on several occasions it came to blows and three ex-AUK staff are doing life sentences for killing other writers purely for their taste. So we moved to a … Continue reading “Americana UK writers pick their albums of 2018”