Calexico + Iron and Wine announce New Album ‘Years to Burn’ and Tour

A double header that will be of great interest to readers of Americana UK is a tour later this year when Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico hook up with Sam Bean of Iron and Wine. The trio first made an artistic connection with the release of the 2005 EP,‘In the Reins’. While their … Continue reading “Calexico + Iron and Wine announce New Album ‘Years to Burn’ and Tour”

Three tunes for a Monday! Josh Ritter, Jamestown Revival and Calexico with Iron & Wine

Rolling Stone Country have published a flurry (the non-snow variety) of good tunage over the last few days which you won’t want to miss, so we’re posting them here.  First up is Calexico and Iron & Wine who are reuniting for their new collaborative album ‘Years to Burn’ due out June 14th a full fourteen … Continue reading “Three tunes for a Monday! Josh Ritter, Jamestown Revival and Calexico with Iron & Wine”

Calexico “Voices in the Field” – Listen

Stereogum have premiered a new track by the act they describe as “Arizona’s resident Americana band” Calexico who recently announced their ninth studio album, “The Thread That Keeps Us”. Voices In The Field follows on from lead single End Of The World With You with all the usual mariachi influences but a nice dash of … Continue reading “Calexico “Voices in the Field” – Listen”

Interview – John Cleere

There are so many ‘roots’ festivals these days you could spend years visiting a different one without ever going back to the same one twice. That Kilkenny Roots Festival attracts the same crowd year on year without fail is testament to an event that has really found a place in many hearts, mine included. Now … Continue reading “Interview – John Cleere”

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)”

Tuomo and Markus, The Borderline, London, 12th November 2018

When offered the opportunity to hear Finnish musicians Tuomo & Markus and their band in the intimate surroundings of Soho’s Borderline club it seems plain stupid not to turn up, if only out of curiosity – the phenomenon this legendary basement has long traded upon. The fact that Tuomo Prättälä and longtime collaborator Markus Nordenstreng … Continue reading “Tuomo and Markus, The Borderline, London, 12th November 2018”

Howe Gelb to join Lost Brothers on dates next month

Giant Sand main man and indie legend Howe Gelb has been announced as a special guest on the upcoming Lost Brothers Irish Theatre Tour this December. Based in Tuscon Arizona since 1972 Howe has collaborated with artists such as M Ward, PJ Harvey and John Parish, and his band Giant Sand spawned and inspired bands such as … Continue reading “Howe Gelb to join Lost Brothers on dates next month”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the new Americana UK gig guide. You can search by artist name, town or venue – if you want gigs just in Liverpool for instance, just start typing ‘Liver’ in the search box below. For more information on an artist, just click on their name. If you’re a promoter/artist and want your UK gig listed, … Continue reading “UK Americana Gig Guide”

The Herbert Bail Orchestra “History’s Made At Night” (Independent, 2018)

A new name to this reviewer, this Los Angeles band’s second album is a lovely mix of the quietly intense and the anthemic that fuses Americana, blues and soul. They’re named after main man Anthony Fratolillo’s grandfather, while the album title is taken from ‘Mountain Bar’ and refers to an epic gig one night which … Continue reading “The Herbert Bail Orchestra “History’s Made At Night” (Independent, 2018)”