Nicole Atkins (featuring Mark Lanegan) “November Rain” – Listen

Taking the pompous overblown Guns N’ Roses ballad (and if that seems a tad harsh, then go and remind yourselves of the official video and then say it isn’t so) and reshaping it into a moving country duet wasn’t so hard for Nicole Atkins.  She did it in her sleep.  Literally. As Nicole Atkins explains she … Continue reading “Nicole Atkins (featuring Mark Lanegan) “November Rain” – Listen”

Track Premiere : Loren Cole “Blue”

‘Blue‘ is the latest single from Loren Cole’s debut album ‘For the sake of being honest‘ and it cuts through the endless clutter of new music with a crystal clear vocal and an elegant and almost minimalist arrangement.  The result is a song that’s honest and direct, no obfuscation here.  Loren Cole is definitely on … Continue reading “Track Premiere : Loren Cole “Blue””

Loren Cole “For The Sake Of Being Honest” (Independent, 2018)

Loren Cole is a young artist based in Los Angeles, California and the sunshine from that State exudes from this album from the start of the very first track. Echoing the style and vibe of Fleetwood Mac Cole has written ten songs of great maturity and positivity without straying into the formulaic mainstream dross leaving … Continue reading “Loren Cole “For The Sake Of Being Honest” (Independent, 2018)”

Austin Coleman “The Change” – Listen

On ‘The Change‘ Austin Coleman finds himself halfway between Jason Isbell and Fleetwood Mac (post Peter Green, prior to eviction of Lindsey Buckingham).  ‘The Change‘ has a dreamy countryesque feel, perfect summer listening as the heatwave continues.  It’s taken from his album ‘Long Mile From Home’, which is due out in August.  It was recorded … Continue reading “Austin Coleman “The Change” – Listen”

Lloyd Cole, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea, 4th March 2018

Lloyd Cole takes to the stage, looking more like a hip geography teacher than the brooding rock star of his youth, and launches straight into ‘Patience’, to the obvious approval of the capacity crowd at the De La Warr Pavillion. Once he’s finished his opening song he stops and takes a long, hard look at … Continue reading “Lloyd Cole, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea, 4th March 2018”

Nicole Atkins tours UK late Winter

As February slips into March the lingering chills of winter will be dispelled in a half dozen places by the fiery Nicole Atkins who’ll be touring her latest album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, which garnered good reviews all round last year. It was the tangible outcome from a whole series of life changes, not the least … Continue reading “Nicole Atkins tours UK late Winter”

Nicole Atkins “Goodbye Rhonda Lee” (Single Lock Records, 2017)

It’s not unreasonable to wonder who Rhonda Lee is, and why the ex-queen of Asbury Park and new resident of Nashville is bidding her farewell. Nicole Atkins provides the answer – it’s herself, or at least her worst half. Having struggled with some sobriety issues in recent years Nicole Atkins took the pledge and this … Continue reading “Nicole Atkins “Goodbye Rhonda Lee” (Single Lock Records, 2017)”

Nicole Atkins “A Little Crazy” – Listen

Nicole Atkins has had some turbulent times in recent years, but more recently found herself in a better place and able to record a new album – the rather excellent Goodnight Rhonda Lee. One old friend who encouraged her was Chris Isaak, who in the midst of all her soul-searching and soul-baring suggested that she … Continue reading “Nicole Atkins “A Little Crazy” – Listen”

AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part two

The AMAUK conference is now into its fourth year and one of the highlights is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At five venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the one wristband, plus … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part two”

Lera Lynn embarks on short run of UK dates this month

Lera Lynn has announced a run of intimate duo tour dates for December in support of her new ‘Plays Well With Others’ album out now on Single Lock Records.  As part of the tour, Lynn will be playing London’s Omeara on December 10th alongside shows in Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Bedford. ‘Plays Well With Others’ is a unique duets … Continue reading “Lera Lynn embarks on short run of UK dates this month”