Alexa Rose “Medicine for Living” (Big Legal Mess, 2019)

Alexa Rose, an Appalachian graduate, has paid homage to her roots to deliver her debut album ‘Medicine For Living’. Rose stands strong amongst her musical contemporaries in delivering an album of old meets new, united with an honest account of human sorrow. The title track, which won Rose the acclaimed songwriting competition at Merlefest in … Continue reading “Alexa Rose “Medicine for Living” (Big Legal Mess, 2019)”

Lyman Ellerman “I Wish I Was A Train” (Woodshed Resistance, 2018)

Lyman Ellerman is based in Bon Aqua, Tennessee and has written all the songs and, with Jason Morgan, produced this remarkable record. Listening and being drawn into the eleven tracks, one can’t fail to draw up a picture of the humanity of Lyman that makes him so remarkable. His voice, his guitar work, and the … Continue reading “Lyman Ellerman “I Wish I Was A Train” (Woodshed Resistance, 2018)”

The Sound of Ghosts “Train to Nowhere” – Listen

The Sound of Ghosts are an Americana roots musical collective hailing from LA and who play a combination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock’n’roll. Lead single Train to Nowhere is an upbeat folky song with driving guitars, catchy hooks and story-telling. Showcasing the band’s signature sound of fiddle-fueled melodies and soaring harmonies, accompanied by a … Continue reading “The Sound of Ghosts “Train to Nowhere” – Listen”

Big Surr “In Business” (Independent, 2017)

Being in love is such fun, isn’t it? When it stops being you against the world and starts being us against the world. To be understood. And supported. And to go cruising in a car laughing at all the poor saps around you who haven’t got – and never will have – this glorious indestructible … Continue reading “Big Surr “In Business” (Independent, 2017)”

Track Premiere : Ted Z and The Wranglers “Bottles And Barrooms”

Ted Z and The Wranglers are a Southern Californian band who deliver outlaw country-charged rock on their new album ‘Southland‘ from which today’s Track Premiere is taken.  Ted is the songwriter, crafting tales of love, regret, getting older and still getting into trouble.  The Wranglers are Collin Mclean (bass), Jackson Leverone (lead and slide guitar, … Continue reading “Track Premiere : Ted Z and The Wranglers “Bottles And Barrooms””

The Long Farewells “Only the Stars” (Beartrap Spring Records, 2019)

Whatever else, you have to admire Aaron Rester’s style and imagination. His previous offering, ‘Americayana’, was reviewed in AUK in 2017 and praised for its originality in mixing country music and Hindu mythology in a concept album. ‘Only the Stars’, the current album shows the same imagination in offering a concept album examining events of … Continue reading “The Long Farewells “Only the Stars” (Beartrap Spring Records, 2019)”

Glasgow Americana Festival, 2nd – 6th October 2019

In Glasgow, as a damp and dreich winter beckons, October has at least one beacon lighting up the dark nights, the annual Glasgow Americana Festival which has been warming the hearts of music lovers for 13 years now. Spanning five days and six venues, this year’s festival offered 19 performers, an elegant balance of local … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival, 2nd – 6th October 2019”

One Eleven Heavy “Desire Path” (Beyond Beyond is Beyond, 2019)

They seem like a particularly American thing, these ever-changing congregations of individuals; coalescing around an idea to make music together while at the same time performing in/with/for numerous other bands. Do these in fact represent ‘real’ bands or are they some kind of short-lived vanity project? One Eleven Heavy are one such congregation who are … Continue reading “One Eleven Heavy “Desire Path” (Beyond Beyond is Beyond, 2019)”

Studio Life – Yunger

Felix Junger is a talented multi-instrumentalist. He plays in a number of bands across a range of genres but his latest project is a solo indie-folk record, ‘Of Journeys and Other Longings’, released under the name Yunger. It’s a wistful album, with a sense of wonder and a yearning for travel, for new experiences, for … Continue reading “Studio Life – Yunger”