Silver Lake 66 “Blue Earth County” – Listen

Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo combine an amalgamation of classic country, folk and blues throughout the music they create as Silver Lake 66.  On this single, from their album ‘Ragged Heart‘, we find the duo speeding down an endless sweltering stretch of highway in a ‘73 convertible heading for the big lights of LA,  It’s inspired … Continue reading “Silver Lake 66 “Blue Earth County” – Listen”

Markus Rill and the Troublemakers “Songland” (Blue Rose Records, 2019)

Hailing originally from Germany, Markus Rill owes his Americana roots to his formative years spent in Austin, Texas. Playing with the likes of Townes van Zandt, and praised for his songwriting skills by highly respected artists such as Gretchen Peters, Rosanne Cash and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mr Rill clearly has something to offer.

Chatham County Line “Sharing the Covers” (Yep Roc, 2019)

‘Sharing the Covers’ is Chatham County Line’s eighth album, which means fans of this Raleigh-based fourpiece know by now they’ll likely be in for a faultlessly produced and smoothly performed collection of bluegrass music  – and they won’t be disappointed. And given this band’s proven ability to create an entire song’s lyrics  ‘Ringing in My Ears’  … Continue reading “Chatham County Line “Sharing the Covers” (Yep Roc, 2019)”

Chatham County Line to release covers album – March

Hailed by Paste magazine as ”bluegrass innovators,” Raleigh, North Carolina-based quartet Chatham County Line have announced the release of their eighth studio album, ‘Sharing The Covers’, due March 8th on Yep Roc Records. The video for the first single, Wilco’s “I Got You (At the End of the Century),” premiered today which you can see below. Paying homage to Wilco … Continue reading “Chatham County Line to release covers album – March”

Chatham County Line “Autumn” (Yep Roc, 2016)

The seventh studio album from this Raleigh-based four-piece delivers exactly what you would expect, top quality Bluegrass from a band still firing on all cylinders. Formed in 1999 in the North Carolina city, Chatham County Line have been producing thoughtful albums in the traditional style since 2003. Autumn is no exception to this tradition and demonstrates … Continue reading “Chatham County Line “Autumn” (Yep Roc, 2016)”

AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part one

The AMAUK conference is now into its fifth year can you believe it. When it started, Brexit hadn’t happened, Ed Miliband looked like he was about to win the next election and you could still pop into BHS for a pair of socks. One of the highlights of the conference is the two nights of … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part one”

Pepe Belmonte “Live at the Royal Albert Hall” (Beatroot Rendevouz, 2019)

This live album was recorded way back in 2011. The songs are all from his debut album ‘The Hermit’s Waltz’ which was released that year and never had a follow up tour as a result of a serious accident that left Pepe in a coma. This recording captures a moment in his journey back from … Continue reading “Pepe Belmonte “Live at the Royal Albert Hall” (Beatroot Rendevouz, 2019)”

The Hanging Stars launch new album next month with UK tour

London-based folk-psych-country band The Hanging Stars return with their third studio album, ‘A New Kind Of Sky’, due out on 21 February 2020. They celebrate the launch of the new record with a great double bill featuring Americana-UK faves, GospelbeacH, at London’s Moth Club on 26th February.

A Review of the Year: My friend lives in an Ivory Tower, she’s Protected from Misery.

Which is quite lucky for her really – everyone else has probably noticed that 2019 has been one of those years destined to go down in history as interesting – and we all know the value of interesting times. Obviously 2019 will go down as the year of almost continual elections, it’s also the year … Continue reading “A Review of the Year: My friend lives in an Ivory Tower, she’s Protected from Misery.”

Mail The Horse “Mail The Horse” (Baby Robot Records, 2019)

Three albums and an EP into their career, Mail the Horse are grabbing the present by channelling times past on a new album of county-tinged blues rock.  So used are we to viewing time as a linear, that we are conditioned to thinking that the passing of time is inextricably linked to progress. From this … Continue reading “Mail The Horse “Mail The Horse” (Baby Robot Records, 2019)”