Track Premiere – Lonesome Shack “New Dream”

Where do dreams come from ?  In the case of Lonesome Shack’s ‘New Dream‘ which we premiere here, the simple answer is from singer and guitar finger-picker Ben Todd.  Digging a little deeper and the rich and sunny country-blues which drifts along at a steady pace as Ben Todd sings that “Tear me away from … Continue reading “Track Premiere – Lonesome Shack “New Dream””

Will Hoge “My American Dream” (EDLO/Thirty Tigers 2018)

‘My American Dream’ is the new collection of songs from Nashville singer, songwriter and musician Will Hoge: 29 minutes and eight songs over which he vents his spleen at the state of his home nation. Someone once said that a message with imagery is poetry, a message without imagery is propaganda. There is no doubt … Continue reading “Will Hoge “My American Dream” (EDLO/Thirty Tigers 2018)”

Daniel Martin Moore “Turned Over To Dreams” (Sofaburn Records, 2017)

Almost an album of lullabies, Turned Over To Dreams was recorded after Kentucky writer Moore discovered that close friends of his had used one of his previous albums to lull their child to sleep. A singer in the vein of Sufjan Stevens Moore certainly has a crepuscular quality to his voice, a breathy whisper of … Continue reading “Daniel Martin Moore “Turned Over To Dreams” (Sofaburn Records, 2017)”

Charles Wesley Godwin “Seneca” (Independent, 2019)

Charles Wesley Godwin’s debut album, ‘Seneca’, is traditional country music in a very literal sense: these songs are tales of the rural landscapes and working people of his West Virginian home. Musically and lyrically, the album is an incredibly well-realised sonic picture of the Appalachians, almost an immersive concept album that transports the listener to … Continue reading “Charles Wesley Godwin “Seneca” (Independent, 2019)”

Yo La Tengo, EartH, London, February 17th 2019

From the apologetic shuffle onstage and into the woozy beat driven ‘You Are Here’, Yo La Tengo made sure that the faithful who had gathered to see them in this extraordinary venue knew that they were witnessing true artists at work such was the low key nature of both entrance and performance. It fitted perfectly … Continue reading “Yo La Tengo, EartH, London, February 17th 2019”

Mavis Staples “Live In London” (Anti-, 2019)

At the age of 79 it would be perfectly understandable if Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Americana Grammy Award Winner and overall musical legend Mavis Staples were to make a move towards taking it easy, it’d be perfectly understandable – but not the case. Over the last few years she has released critically praised … Continue reading “Mavis Staples “Live In London” (Anti-, 2019)”

Americana Music Fest 30th January, Hackney, London

Previous showcases at the AMAUK conference had run for just a single night – expanding to two nights had more than doubled the excitement. And if the previous evening had offered some hard choices then this second night of the AMAUK showcase upped the ante by bringing in Moth Club as a venue, which meant … Continue reading “Americana Music Fest 30th January, Hackney, London”

Americana Music Fest 29th January, Hackney, London

Organised by the Americana Music Association UK (AMAUK), the showcase runs at five Hackney Central venues over two nights, culminating in the awards ceremony at hackney Empire on the third evening. It’s a fairly massive undertaking, with almost 60 bands or artists performing half hour sets over the two showcase nights. It links in with … Continue reading “Americana Music Fest 29th January, Hackney, London”

William Tyler “Goes West” (Merge Records, 2019)

William Tyler, perhaps best known for his work with Lambchop and Silver Jews, has been quietly ploughing his own furrow for the last decade. This has culminated in ‘Goes West,’ his forthcoming album and fifth release on Merge Records, which is described by his friend M. C. Taylor (AKA Hiss Golden Messenger) as the best music … Continue reading “William Tyler “Goes West” (Merge Records, 2019)”

Americana UK writers pick their albums of 2018

Once upon a time we used to do a “Top 10” list of our favourite stuff from the last year, but we used to all fall out, on several occasions it came to blows and three ex-AUK staff are doing life sentences for killing other writers purely for their taste. So we moved to a … Continue reading “Americana UK writers pick their albums of 2018”