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.

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”

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)”

Steve Earle and The Dukes, O2 Academy, Bristol, 17th July 2018

It was with great anticipation that I finally got to see Steve Earle and The Dukes live for the first time when they came to the O2 Academy in Bristol. As anyone who has seen the great man will agree, with 33 albums, 3 Grammies and a roller coaster 44 year career  behind him this … Continue reading “Steve Earle and The Dukes, O2 Academy, Bristol, 17th July 2018”

Album premiere: The Heart Hunters “American Eclipse”

Just like the buses, we have no album premieres for weeks and then two come along in the one day, and this is rather ace. Heart Hunters is Drew de Man’s new project with his wife, singer/songwriter Brianna Blackbird (surely one of the loveliest names on the planet earth) and their new album ‘American Eclipse’ is produced … Continue reading “Album premiere: The Heart Hunters “American Eclipse””