George St Clair “Ballads of Captivity and Freedom” (Independent, 2018)

It is probably no surprise that singer-songwriters and balladeers will often draw their inspiration from the world in which they hail. Although now living in the UK, George St Clair hails from the high plains of Texas and, after twenty years as a professional archaeologist and anthropologist, it is those roots that is the stimulus … Continue reading “George St Clair “Ballads of Captivity and Freedom” (Independent, 2018)”

Natalie Merchant heads to UK for 10,000 dates

OK not 10,000 but the story would be so much more fun it it was. We’re taking a break now until Tuesday dear readers. Remember to have a bad Thursday but a good Friday, make sure the Easter Bunny brings you lots of (free range) eggs and we leave you for the long weekend with … Continue reading “Natalie Merchant heads to UK for 10,000 dates”

Danny George Wilson and Promoter Del Day Launch New Label

News from two of our longstanding supporters here at AUK – Del Day (from Ark PR, Big City Lights UK) and Danny George Wilson (Danny & The Champions Of The World, Grand Drive) have launched a new record label called Maiden Voyage Recording Company which promises according to Del: “rock ‘n’ roll, blues, punk, reggae, country … Continue reading “Danny George Wilson and Promoter Del Day Launch New Label”

Alison Krauss to Release First Solo Album in 17 Years

17 years.  Seven-teen years.  Before George W Bush, Facebook and Strictly.   How did we live?  Rolling Stone reports: ” Ask Alison Krauss about her new album, and chances are she’ll begin talking about a man named Buddy Cannon. Cannon is a veteran Nashville producer and songwriter who’s worked with everyone from Willie Nelson to George Strait … Continue reading “Alison Krauss to Release First Solo Album in 17 Years”

What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?

Welcome back to our occasional series in which we ask the Americana UK staff writers and contributors to give us a handle on the what, whys and wherefores that got them into the genre and why they thought flares where a necessary fashion statement back in the day. This week we hear from master of … Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?”

Jeffrey Halford and The Healers “West Towards South” (Floating Records, 2019)

This is the ninth album from Jeffrey Halford and the Healers. Halford was originally from Texas, but moved at an early age to California. He has been described as a soulful, blues-influenced storyteller, and does this album have stories. You’ll have to make up your own mind as to whether it is a series of … Continue reading “Jeffrey Halford and The Healers “West Towards South” (Floating Records, 2019)”

Alex Seel “Spell On A Tin Drum” (Independent, 2019)

Wandering singer-songwriter Alex Seel has been from Devon to London to Ireland and back again, picking up on as many musical influences as possible along the way. On his second record, ‘Spell On A Tin Drum’, he went to the dysfunctional method of writing the majority of it in a caravan on the west coast … Continue reading “Alex Seel “Spell On A Tin Drum” (Independent, 2019)”

Gretchen Peters with The Southern Fried String Quartet, Cadogan Hall, London, 20th April 2019

Gretchen Peters has composed hits for Etta James, George Strait, Neil Diamond and Shania Twain to name just a few, she has been nominated for Grammy Awards and was inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. Brandy Clark has said of her, “Gretchen Peters is a songwriter’s writer – the kind of … Continue reading “Gretchen Peters with The Southern Fried String Quartet, Cadogan Hall, London, 20th April 2019”

AmericanA-Z – The Jayhawks

Though the roots of Americana go back decades, it was the early 1990s when the sounds we love started to coalesce into a proto-genre. Generally viewed then as alt-country, two bands on the same circuit emerged and got picked up by major labels, and sparked the alt-country boom in the late 90s from which Americana … Continue reading “AmericanA-Z – The Jayhawks”