Marcus King goes in search of his ‘El Dorado’ before UK tour

Singer-songwriter and guitar supremo, Marcus King, has announced the release of his debut solo record, ‘El Dorado’ on the 17th of January next year, following which he heads to the UK for a six date tour ahead of further dates throughout the rest of Europe.

What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?

More of our popular feature “What Is This…?” now folks. This time US based writer Steven Rafferty spills the beans on his big man’s old console or even his system’s console big man or even his old man’s console system (big). Whatever, we are fairly sure that pedestals are involved and he was a one … Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?”

Studio Life – Peter Donegan

Peter Donegan grew up with music. Surrounded by songs and the legacy of his father, Lonnie Donegan, music was always part of his life and it’s no surprise that he grew up playing guitar and piano and with a natural flair for singing. Lonnie Donegan transformed the British music industry when he led the skiffle … Continue reading “Studio Life – Peter Donegan”

Interview: JP Ruggieri

From the woods of Connecticut to Nashville via New York, Jon Paul Ruggieri has come a long way. Growing up with a severe stutter limited his speech and meant that Ruggieri was compelled to find new ways to communicate. As a child, he discovered that he could express himself through music and never looked back. … Continue reading “Interview: JP Ruggieri”

Ida Mae, Kings Head, Dalston, London, 11th July 2019

Tonight’s gig marks the launch of Ida Mae’s debut full-length album, ‘Chasing Lights’, produced by UK West Country-based guru Ethan Johns. The Norwich husband and wife pair,  Christopher Turpin and Stephanie Jean Ward, now live in Nashville but have penned the album’s material while split between Holloway, North London and touring in Mississippi. Indeed, North … Continue reading “Ida Mae, Kings Head, Dalston, London, 11th July 2019”

Jarrod Dickenson “Under a Texas Sky” (Continental Records, 2019)

‘Under a Texas Sky’ is Jarrod Dickenson’s first set of new songs since the highly-rated ‘Ready the Horses’ in 2017. Thanks to a relentless touring schedule and multiple festival appearances in 2018, Dickenson’s soulful Americana, infused with blues and country influences, has been building a solid fan-base here in the UK. The Texan troubadour’s new … Continue reading “Jarrod Dickenson “Under a Texas Sky” (Continental Records, 2019)”

Arts Fishing Club “Icarus” – Listen

There’s a story, too complicated to go into right here, that explains the band name – suffice to say that Wisconsin-bred singer-songwriter Christopher Kessenich spent a lot of time and perseverance on finding the band he dreamed of.  It required moving to Nashville, going on a 1,600 mile hike with a folk music collective and then touring … Continue reading “Arts Fishing Club “Icarus” – Listen”

Longstay “Calling Me Home” (Goldrush Records, 2018)

Longstay are a confident country-rock act from Perth with a growing reputation in the Scottish Americana scene. After several years of gigging, Longstay already have plenty of experience and chemistry to draw upon and there is a sureness in their musical performances. Longstay’s accomplished debut album, ‘Calling Me Home’, is a convincing introduction.

Nathaniel Talbot “Animal” (AWAL, 2018)

Nathaniel Talbot’s fifth album ‘Animal’ takes a new direction from his previous recordings. Whereas they were dominated by acoustic fingerpicking and fiddle, ‘Animal’ adds an electric edge. Talbot works in the Americana genre; this is roots music that encompasses spirituality (“I’m a man, a man of god, a god-loving man, show me where answers lie … Continue reading “Nathaniel Talbot “Animal” (AWAL, 2018)”