Passenger to stream live broadcast this afternoon

Passenger’s beauty of a new album ‘Runaway’ is currently sitting at number 5 in the midweek album chart here in the UK, which we described as “one of the definitive americana albums of 2018” full of lapsteel and harmonised loveliness as it is.  He’s playing a tightly packed Manchester Albert Hall tonight which is sold out … Continue reading “Passenger to stream live broadcast this afternoon”

2019 Americana Honor and Awards Nominees are announced

So this happened last night although they didn’t send us a press release so we’re reporting this via Rolling Stone. We do by the way love the Milk Carton Kids – don’t forget to catch them in the UK in a couple of weeks’ time: “Nominees for the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards were announced Tuesday … Continue reading “2019 Americana Honor and Awards Nominees are announced”

AmericanA to Z – Lone Justice

Back in 1985 ‘The Elite’ to me was anyone with access to MTV or a video cassette recorder, or both. Exploring new music was not easy, you could read about new bands in the weekly inkies, but getting to hear them was another matter. So thank heavens for Whistle Test. By ’85 it had dropped … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Lone Justice”

Songs for the apocalypse: Sparklehorse “Junebug”

Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous had the rare but very rock and roll feat to have “died twice”, the first time in 1996 when his heart stopped beating for a few minutes following a drug overdose. That he returned and gave us one of the most beautifully fragile records ever recorded, ‘Good Morning Spider‘ was both a … Continue reading “Songs for the apocalypse: Sparklehorse “Junebug””

It’s Hackney, so Hold Steady

The Hold Steady return with a new single ‘The Last Time That She Talked to Me‘, which is their ninth new release in the last fifteen months.  You can hear the new song here.  In partial celebration of this fact The Hold Steady will be taking hold of downtown Camden and either further downtown Hackney … Continue reading “It’s Hackney, so Hold Steady”

AmericanA to Z – Steve Forbert

When he first hit the scene in 1978 someone somewhere decided that labelling Steve Forbert with the “new Dylan” tag was a good idea. Unfortunately, the “new Dylan” arrived just when singer-songwriters playing folk rock on a guitar and harmonica weren’t exactly hot. Never a good idea to call anybody “the new” anything. Well, he … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Steve Forbert”

The Delines + Joana Serrat @ The Railway Inn, Winchester, 3rd February 2019

In very broad terms, heading south west out of Waterloo station means that the landscape for Americana venues becomes increasingly parched and music fans of this particular bent have to work hard and travel far to find a home. A huge hurrah then to the Railway Inn at Winchester which has been consistently attracting class … Continue reading “The Delines + Joana Serrat @ The Railway Inn, Winchester, 3rd February 2019”

Iron & Wine announce 15th Anniversary edition of “Our Endless Numbered Days”

Two of the best things in life are ironing and drinking wine and in celebration of that timeless fact, Sub Pop will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Iron & Wine classic ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’ with the release of a newly remastered and expanded deluxe edition on CD/2xLP/DL worldwide on March 22nd, 2019. This version will … Continue reading “Iron & Wine announce 15th Anniversary edition of “Our Endless Numbered Days””

Gregory Alan Isakov “Dark, Dark, Dark” – Listen

This is the last Tracks feature of the year, so we wanted to go out with something which captured the mood of the year and this last month or so in particular.  So, Gregory Alan Isakov has shared a track from his album ‘Evening Machines‘ and ‘Dark, dark, dark‘ has a gently melancholic tone that captures … Continue reading “Gregory Alan Isakov “Dark, Dark, Dark” – Listen”