Dan Whitehouse + Boo Hewerdine, Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, 21st September 2019

A rare opportunity to see two sensational singer-songwriters share the stage on the beautifully balmy last evening of summer was not to be missed, even when it meant a 460-mile round trip. Newhampton Arts Centre, the NAC, was full of expectant music-lovers, comfortably seated for what was to become a memorable night of entertainment. First … Continue reading “Dan Whitehouse + Boo Hewerdine, Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, 21st September 2019”

Dan Stuart + Tom Heyman, The Fallen Angels Club @ The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, Sunday 25th November 2018

It was gratifying to see a good-sized crowd gather tonight in the Stygian gloom of The Hug & Pint, a place our headliner liked to an SF dive joint from the seventies, “Probably called something like The Manhole,” he quipped as he peered from the stage trying to see the audience at the start of … Continue reading “Dan Stuart + Tom Heyman, The Fallen Angels Club @ The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, Sunday 25th November 2018”

Dan Webster “Devil Sky” (Paper Plane Records, 2018)

Dan Webster is a UK singer-songwriter who has embraced the Americana tradition in an impressive way. His fourth album release ‘Devil Sky’ has just emerged and is a ten song, full band album of interesting and superbly produced songs. Previous releases have garnered excellent reviews and BBC Radio 2 airtime and there is no indication … Continue reading “Dan Webster “Devil Sky” (Paper Plane Records, 2018)”

New Indigo Girl Amy Ray album features an abundance of special guests

Indigo Girl Amy Ray will release her sixth solo album ‘Holler’ on November 2nd on Daemon Records, referencing traditional country, Southern rock, mountain music, gospel and bluegrass, Ray tipping her hat to the great Jim Ford 1969 release ‘Harlan County’ on the collection. Recorded live to analogue tape at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville, NC, Ray says that the “friction, freedom … Continue reading “New Indigo Girl Amy Ray album features an abundance of special guests”

Khari Wendell McClelland “Freedom Singer” (Afterlife music/Membran, 2018)

Originally from Detroit but now living in Canada, Khari Wendell McClelland began to investigate his family history some years ago, in particular the story of his great-great-great grandmother, a slave in the States who escaped to Canada via the underground train network set up by abolitionists. This led to him exploring the music of his … Continue reading “Khari Wendell McClelland “Freedom Singer” (Afterlife music/Membran, 2018)”

Dan Israel “You’re Free” (Independent, 2018)

Dan Israel is going for it. After 13 albums as a part-timer Israel quit his Minnesota day job to concentrate fully on his music. So, probably not a coincidence that his first subsequent release is entitled ‘You’re Free’ and, as the excellent title track says “And all of the sky’s the limit now/Time to make … Continue reading “Dan Israel “You’re Free” (Independent, 2018)”

Luke Daniels “Singing Ways To Feel More Junior” (Gael Music, 2017)

Luke Daniels looks a little like a refugee freed from a Mumford and Sons labour camp. His new album makes use of children’s rhymes for grownups everywhere. That’s enough to set of very loud alarm bells hereabouts. Fear not, the record’s okay (if a little unremarkable) and the beard/braces look is close to being a legal … Continue reading “Luke Daniels “Singing Ways To Feel More Junior” (Gael Music, 2017)”

Cory Branan: Repealing net neutrality could be dangerous for independent art

Excellent piece up on the ever more politically essential RS at the moment on some more hideous legislation (or lack of it).  Thank you Mr President once again.  They report: “On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on whether or not to repeal Net Neutrality, a decision about Internet Service Providers (ISPs) … Continue reading “Cory Branan: Repealing net neutrality could be dangerous for independent art”

Dirty Dozen: Underhill Rose (Molly Rose Reed)

Harmonies. Soul-touching lyrics. Eye-catching stage presence. Underhill Rose has become synonymous with beautiful music, charming personalities, and rippling success. In the last four years, the all-female trifecta has independently released two albums in the top of the Americana Music Association Airplay Chart and the Roots Music Report Chart, all the while garnering critical acclaim from … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Underhill Rose (Molly Rose Reed)”

AmericanA to Z – Tom Petty

Tom Petty is one of the strongest and most resonant of all the artists connecting the 1970s to current Americana. In a desperately shortened career that still spanned over 41 years he wrote songs that appealed to the plaid wearing beer-drinking hell raisers, the shiny popsters with their beatboxes and hip shoes, the blue-collar workers … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Tom Petty”