Book Review: Bryan Wagner “The Wild Tchoupitoulas” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)

There will be many who have never heard of ‘The Wild Tchoupitoulas’ but this was a seminal record in establishing an earthy, roots-based aspect of New Orleans music – as such it’s of major interest to anyone who seeks knowledge of some of the more obscure aspects of Americana. This book, from American academic, Bryan … Continue reading “Book Review: Bryan Wagner “The Wild Tchoupitoulas” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)”

Bryan Estepa “Sometimes I Just Don’t Know” (Lilystars Records/Rock Indiana, 2019)

Estepa is a well-established Australian singer songwriter with several albums under his belt. While he is a fairly new name in the UK he is certainly worth your attention. Lead off song ‘I’m Not Ready For This’ an airplay hit in his homeland sets the tone for the album blending American and Power Pop into … Continue reading “Bryan Estepa “Sometimes I Just Don’t Know” (Lilystars Records/Rock Indiana, 2019)”

Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes “The Road” – Listen

You may feel that you’ve heard every song about life on the road, that there’s nothing more to hear.  Well, there are a lot of songs about the touring life but Australia’s Lachlan Bryan brings enough autobiographical honesty to ‘The Road‘ that it stands out.   There’s selfishness “I chose the road as something I would … Continue reading “Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes “The Road” – Listen”

Luke Combs + Ashley McBryde, Shepherds Bush O2, London, 4th October 2018

To west London for the second of Luke Combs’ sell-out nights on what has been an impressively sold-out debut UK tour. Combs has made huge commercial and creative headway in the last three years and his debut album (since generously expanded with a handful of extra tracks) has been hoovering up accolades and indeed hefty … Continue reading “Luke Combs + Ashley McBryde, Shepherds Bush O2, London, 4th October 2018”

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes + The Weeping Willows, MacSorleys, Glasgow, 30th June 2018

A crowded pub in Glasgow on a swelteringly hot Saturday night proved to be no challenge to Australia’s Lachlan Bryan  who, with a four piece version of The Wildes behind him, performed a set of songs which just about defined “Americana,” visiting corners of country, folk, soul and blues and doing so brilliantly. Bryan was … Continue reading “Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes + The Weeping Willows, MacSorleys, Glasgow, 30th June 2018”

Lachlan Bryan & the Wildes head to UK for ripper dates

Aussie alt-country/Americana outfit Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have announced their return to the UK next month including an appearance at Maverick Festival; along with the European release of their fourth album ‘Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music’ on June 29th. The album opens with the band’s semi-political brand new single ‘I Hope That I’m Wrong’ which you can hear below.

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”

Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Dingwall’s, London, 5th December 2017

A random conversation with a total stranger at this summer’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, who insisted I head directly to the Blues tent to see an amazing guitar slinger from Nashville, is what brought me to this pass on a Tuesday evening in Camden. That afternoon’s set in Maidstone back in July had other complete strangers … Continue reading “Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Dingwall’s, London, 5th December 2017”

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes set to make their first UK appearances.

One of Australia’s premier Americana artists (if that isn’t a contradiction) have lined up their first UK appearances this June. Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have pioneered the alt-country and Americana music movement in Australia. The 2010-issued debut album Ballad of a Young Married Man, mixed traditional country song-writing with indie production, and was well-received … Continue reading “Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes set to make their first UK appearances.”

Video: Lynne Hanson “Long Way Home”

Here is the polished, well-produced new video from Lynne Hanson.  This heartbreak ballad features a bluesy tone and rootsy guitars.  Hanson is ably supported by Kevin Beit on guitar and Jim Bryson on the keyboard.  It’s taken from her brand new album, ‘Just Words’, which is Hanson’s seventh.  A seasoned song writer and performer, she … Continue reading “Video: Lynne Hanson “Long Way Home””