Ian Noe brings his debut ‘Between the Country’ to the UK

One of the albums of 2019 for many people was Ian Noe’s ‘Between the Country’. Folk rocker, Ian Noe, is a former oil rig worker from East Kentucky, but he’s also something of a storytelling genius – each of his 10, self-penned songs on the record having something special to impart – many of them … Continue reading “Ian Noe brings his debut ‘Between the Country’ to the UK”

Sam Morrow, Slaughtered Lamb, London, 18th June 2019

There’s been a real buzz around recent performances from Sam Morrow and his band, over in the UK for their first proper tour, and with good reason. It’s hard to credit that the LA- based Texan troubadour is only 27 years old given the maturity of his songwriting and this, allied to the ability and … Continue reading “Sam Morrow, Slaughtered Lamb, London, 18th June 2019”

AmericanA to Z – Lone Justice

Back in 1985 ‘The Elite’ to me was anyone with access to MTV or a video cassette recorder, or both. Exploring new music was not easy, you could read about new bands in the weekly inkies, but getting to hear them was another matter. So thank heavens for Whistle Test. By ’85 it had dropped … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Lone Justice”

Vandoliers “Forever” (Bloodshot, 2019)

All six band members of this Dallas-Fort Worth troupe have a VFFV tattoo (Vandoliers Forever, Forever Vandoliers). Now that’s a sign of commitment, which is evidenced immediately on this album by raucous enthusiasm.Vandoliers’  third album is noisey and driven. Their first on Bloodshot, the accompanying big push from the Chicago based record label is inevitably … Continue reading “Vandoliers “Forever” (Bloodshot, 2019)”

Planet Rock to launch new weekly Americana show

Planet Rock, if you didn’t know already, is “where rock lives” – and unlike Mars, it’s fairly easy to get to from any DAB radio in the UK.  Today the station has announced a brand new show focusing on the americana genre. Called ‘Stateside’, the show will look at a range of Americana music ranging from … Continue reading “Planet Rock to launch new weekly Americana show”

Ragged Union “Lay My Ghost to Rest” (Independent, 2018)

This EP rocks. Ragged Union are a five-piece band from Bristol; these guys have been around for years as members of various bands, and one thing’s for sure – they know how to play their instruments. The proceedings get underway with a bang: ‘Lay To Rest’ is pretty much straight-ahead, hard-ass country rock. The sound, like … Continue reading “Ragged Union “Lay My Ghost to Rest” (Independent, 2018)”

The Drunken Hearts “The Prize” (Independent, 2018)

Isn’t it nice when people get straight to the point? The Drunken Hearts don’t hang about; opening the first of the ten songs that make up their new album ‘The Prize’ with Broken Things singer Andrew McConathy lustily informing us of the worn out jeans and faded dreams that accompany a hell of a ride. … Continue reading “The Drunken Hearts “The Prize” (Independent, 2018)”

Interview: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

“Yoooooooo!!! Yoooooooo!!!” I hear screamed. I don’t know where it came from, or from whom. To be honest I’m a little afraid to ask. Tyler’s in the room. Tyler’s out the room. I don’t know what’s going on. It’s madness. “That’s life backstage at Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown,” proclaims drummer Caleb Crosby. It’s a wet night in … Continue reading “Interview: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown”

Interview: Ray Wylie Hubbard

Oklahoma-born but now based in Texas, Ray Wylie Hubbard continues to set the standard for the new boys while continually adding to his already well-stocked legacy of music. His latest album, Tell The Devil I’m Getting There As Fast As I Can (out now on Bordello Records via Thirty Tigers), still clearly ticks all the … Continue reading “Interview: Ray Wylie Hubbard”

Jackson Browne to honour Gregg Allman at Laid Back Fest

Apologies for continually posting about festivals 5000 miles away. RS report: “Jackson Browne, Steve Winwood, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Peter Wolf and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band will perform in three cities in September as part of the third annual Laid Back festival. Gregg Allman, who died last month at age 69, co-founded the event, … Continue reading “Jackson Browne to honour Gregg Allman at Laid Back Fest”