Ana Egge and Ben Kunder, The Green Note, Camden, 25th October 2018

Ana Egge may be a name known to relatively few people, but she’s now released no fewer than ten albums since her debut back in 1997. During that period she’s also managed to collaborate with the Stray Birds (Pensylvania’s finest acoustic roots trio) and Danish folk rockers, The Sentimentals, as well as recording with the … Continue reading “Ana Egge and Ben Kunder, The Green Note, Camden, 25th October 2018”

Ana Egge announces UK dates – October

Ana Egge returns to the UK next month for a run of dates to support ‘White Tiger’, her recently released tenth album which we were glowing about a few months back. Egge grew up with parents who “dropped out,” choosing to raise four girls in a lovingly cobbled together combination of a small farmhouse on the … Continue reading “Ana Egge announces UK dates – October”

Ana Egge “White Tiger” (StorySound Records, 2018)

Brooklyn based but with a somewhat nomadic background, Ana Egge is one of those songwriters who seem to hover around the edge of the mainstream. She gets great reviews but she’s certainly not a household name even in the most dedicated of Americana infested households. Her album with The Stray Birds, ‘Bright Shadow’, did cause … Continue reading “Ana Egge “White Tiger” (StorySound Records, 2018)”

Ana Egge & The Sentimentals “Say That Now” (Grace Records, 2016)

Ana Egge has a collaborative nature – she has recorded with the likes of Steve Earle and Ron Sexsmith; her last album had The Stray Birds backing her up and on Say That Now she’s gone back to her Danish roots recording in Denmark with folk-rockers The Sentimentals. And again it’s a full collaboration – amongst … Continue reading “Ana Egge & The Sentimentals “Say That Now” (Grace Records, 2016)”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the new Americana UK gig guide. You can search by artist name, town or venue – if you want gigs just in Liverpool for instance, just start typing ‘Liver’ in the search box below. For more information on an artist, just click on their name. If you’re a promoter/artist and want your UK gig listed, … Continue reading “UK Americana Gig Guide”

Matt Patershuk “Same As I Have Ever Been” (Black Hen Music 2017)

The back cover portrait photo for Matt Patershuk’s new album may make you recoil in horror at the super clichéd Americana-ness on display. Farmyard, haystack, dogs, Telecaster, beard and hat. All are squeezed in. Fear not – they’re actually his own dogs and his own rural Alberta farmyard. Safe to assume the guitar and beard … Continue reading “Matt Patershuk “Same As I Have Ever Been” (Black Hen Music 2017)”

The Brother Brothers “Tugboats EP” (Independent, 2016)

The Brother Brothers are in fact the identical Moss brother twins, Adam and David, and I should perhaps beg forgiveness from Adam and David now if I mix them up at any stage in this review.  Originally hailing from Illinois but now based in Brooklyn, NY, and with both pursing individual career paths, this six … Continue reading “The Brother Brothers “Tugboats EP” (Independent, 2016)”

Interview: Buffalo Tom

I remember buying the self-titled debut album from Buffalo Tom the very day it was released from that once-great record emporium, Rhythm Records in Camden Town. That record still gets healthy attention from the deck, especially ‘Sunflower Suit” which still has this middle-aged man jumping around like Vedder. Thirty-years later and I’m sat here enjoying … Continue reading “Interview: Buffalo Tom”

Track premiere: Viking Moses “Clown School”

Brendon Massei, aka Viking Moses, has been writing, recording music since he was a teenager. He’s toured with Deer Tick, Scout Niblett and Nat Baldwin of the Dirty Projectors. Strongly lyrical, his songs are played out through tunes that flirt with pop, soul and Americana, all strung together with a unique pulsing guitar, and by … Continue reading “Track premiere: Viking Moses “Clown School””

Interview: Aimee Mann

If Stewart Lee is the comedian’s comedian, then Aimee Mann is the songwriter’s songwriter. The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer is a hugely observant student of human behaviour, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends, and her new album ‘Mental Illness’ (which you can now stream … Continue reading “Interview: Aimee Mann”