Watch Billy Bragg & Peter Donegan perform “Rock Island Line” at the AMAUKs

We leave you this week dear reader with a clip courtesy of the Blues Kitchen from this year’s AMAUK awards where Billy Bragg performed the classic ‘Rock Island Line’ with Lonnie Donegan’s son Peter. It was the first debut record to be certified gold in the UK and Bob Harris introduced the performance by noting … Continue reading “Watch Billy Bragg & Peter Donegan perform “Rock Island Line” at the AMAUKs”

Songs for the apocalypse: Billy Bragg “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards”

Tomorrow feels like the most important day this country has faced in many decades – more on that tomorrow – so for this week’s voyage to americanageddon, there couldn’t really be any other choice. Billy Bragg has adapted the song at live shows over the years to keep up with the times and whatever latest … Continue reading “Songs for the apocalypse: Billy Bragg “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards””

Billy Bragg, The Junction, Cambridge, 26th November 2019

Billy Bragg is out on his “1-step forward, 2-steps back” tour which sees him hit a town for a three night stand – a gig with his current mixed set, a gig drawing solely on his first three albums and a third gig taking its material from his fourth through sixth albums. Last week was … Continue reading “Billy Bragg, The Junction, Cambridge, 26th November 2019”

Best of Billy Bragg at the BBC due next month

A lot of Bs for one headline. Billy Bragg has announced the release of ‘Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983 – 2019’, a compilation of classic performances at the BBC from the early 80s through to the present, on digital,  CD (20 Sept) and vinyl (15th Nov) on the Cooking Vinyl label.  The … Continue reading “Best of Billy Bragg at the BBC due next month”

Black Deer adds Billy Bragg and Yola to the line-up

Black Deer is our americana festival of choice at the moment, boasting as it does a stellar lineup featuring americana and country artists from every bit of the genres, and today they’ve announced more names for the return to the picturesque Eridge Park this June. Billy Bragg, Yola, Ethan Johns and more will join Band … Continue reading “Black Deer adds Billy Bragg and Yola to the line-up”

Video: Billy Bragg “There is Power in a Union”

A little bonus video for you today on this International Workers Day from the lefty bard of our time. The words seem as resonant today as when they were first written: “Money speaks for money, the Devil for his own, Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone, What a comfort to the widow, … Continue reading “Video: Billy Bragg “There is Power in a Union””

The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more

We’re doing well for americana tinged festivals this year and today there’s the announcement of another one which says it’s bringing the “sounds of the country music scene to the UK” but actually has a broader line up than that makes it sound, but in a nice way. Taking place within the grounds of Stanford … Continue reading “The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more”

Pick of the Political Pops: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry “Railroad Bill”

We like a good railway journey. In fact we like it so much that we had a funicular railway installed at Americana-UK Towers so that we could ascend from The Bunker to The Towers in proper style. Its operators, Sayid and Benin, are fully paid up members of the RMT and ASLEF respectively so we … Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry “Railroad Bill””

Billy Bragg “Bridges Not Walls” (Cooking Vinyl, 2017)

2017 was a tumultuous year, Brexit and Trump providing an endless spectacle of rancour and discord, right wingers on the march, reason stifled by media barons (aside from those accused of printing “fake news”).  Billy Bragg, a voice of conscience since day one, pondered, “What’s a singer -songwriter to do when events keep challenging the … Continue reading “Billy Bragg “Bridges Not Walls” (Cooking Vinyl, 2017)”