The Felice Brothers + Carson McHone, The Old Market, Hove, 31st January 2020

My brother moved to Hove many years ago. More sedate than its brash next-door cousin, Brighton, he often told me about this independent venue that was walking distance from his flat and whose previous incarnation had been a BBC music theatre. The gig-goers of Brighton/Hove were different too, he said. “How do you mean?” I … Continue reading “The Felice Brothers + Carson McHone, The Old Market, Hove, 31st January 2020”

The Felice Brothers +The Rails+ Carson McHone @Celtic Connections, St Luke’s, Glasgow, 24th January 2020

On a recent Friday night in Glasgow’s East End, at St Luke’s, around the corner from Barrowlands, Ian and James Felice glance up at the room that they could have sold-out many times and smile to themselves. It’s their first visit since 2016 to one of their cities. They built their tour around this Celtic … Continue reading “The Felice Brothers +The Rails+ Carson McHone @Celtic Connections, St Luke’s, Glasgow, 24th January 2020”

Interview: Carson McHone

There’s an old expression about dying with your boots on. Carson McHone certainly lives up to that. Interview ready in her dressing room,  she’s attired in a raggedy white cotton t-shirt, with a pair of jogging bottoms tucked into her cowboy boots. A Texan from top to bottom, Carson undergoes something of a transformation later … Continue reading “Interview: Carson McHone”

Carson McHone, the Borderline, London, 30th May 2019

Well into a 40 date tour, Carson McHone proved tonight exactly why Loose Records invested time and effort in recruiting her to their record label at the back end of 2018. Resplendent in a white two piece suit and semi-matching black and white guitar, it was about the only stylised part of the performance – … Continue reading “Carson McHone, the Borderline, London, 30th May 2019”

Carson McHone returns to UK for a handful of dates

There’s probably something somewhere in the Bible about Lazarus eating “a handful of dates” but Biblical references aside, that’s what Texan Carson McHone is coming over to the UK for (well, England) at the end of May. She’ll be bringing her full band with her all the way from Austin and the tour will include … Continue reading “Carson McHone returns to UK for a handful of dates”

Carson McHone “Drugs” – Listen

Ray Wylie Hubbard says of Carson McHone that she “writes songs like her life depends on it.” There’s no soft edges on this new song from Carson McHone, from the start there’s a destructive dependency  – “If I said you tasted sweet would you let me use you terribly, so terribly sweet, oh let me … Continue reading “Carson McHone “Drugs” – Listen”

Carson McHone “Carousel” (Loose, 2018)

There’s barely a month goes by without the release of an album described as genre-breaking, eclectic or alt-whatever, and Carson McHone’s offering is the latest in line. Fans of 2015’s rootsy and traditional ‘Goodluck Man’ will be scrutinising this latest release for what’s changed, no doubt, so just how alt- can this self-declared new alt-country record … Continue reading “Carson McHone “Carousel” (Loose, 2018)”

Ramblin’ Roots Revue returns! Here’s the full line-up

The always excellent Ramblin’ Roots festival has announced its line-up for 2020, a 3-day event which takes place from April 24th to 26th at Bucks Student Union in High Wycombe. Now in its fourth year, The Ramblin’ Roots Revue is described as “a three day celebration of Americana, roots, folk and alt-country music” and it … Continue reading “Ramblin’ Roots Revue returns! Here’s the full line-up”

Here are the results of 2019’s Americana UK readers poll!

So here we are again. If the word “poll” is still making you break out in cold sweats, this will hopefully be cathartic before the year is out. We should have actually started counting the number of years we’ve done this – From recollection, in our first readers poll, the winner of best new act … Continue reading “Here are the results of 2019’s Americana UK readers poll!”