Jeremy Ivey “The Dream and the Dreamer” (Anti Records, 2019)

Jeremy Ivey is probably best known to most Americana followers as the guitarist in Margo Price’s band and indeed, her husband of eleven years. The pair formerly worked together in the country-rock band Buffalo Clover. With only limited commercial success, Ivey decided to take a back seat and to back his wife’s career as a … Continue reading “Jeremy Ivey “The Dream and the Dreamer” (Anti Records, 2019)”

Dream Machine “The Illusion” (Castle Face Records, 2017)

Having wound up his band Warm Soda, going out with an excellent final album, Matthew Melton returns with his new band Dream Machine. Gone are the power pop leanings of Warm Soda and in comes a late sixties “heavy” band, which, not unlike H.P.Lovecraft, mixes swoops of electric organ and a garage rock feel but … Continue reading “Dream Machine “The Illusion” (Castle Face Records, 2017)”

Interview: Luke Tuchscherer

‘Carousel’, the new solo album by UK singer-songwriter Luke Tuchscherer, is a stripped-back record that stands in marked contrast to his previous release, the full-on rocking ‘Pieces’ on which he was accompanied by his band The Penny Dreadfuls. What both albums share, though, (aside from their 8/10 ratings from AUK) is some keen social observation … Continue reading “Interview: Luke Tuchscherer”

Steve Martin Banjo Award goes to Victor Furtado

Steve Martin – he’s a wild and crazy guy!  No, wait a minute – or should we say “excuuuuuuuse me!” – Steve Martin he’s a serious musician and philanthropist.  Just a few years ago Steve Martin finally figured out how he could get to spend more time with Bela Fleck.  No, hang on that’s not…. … Continue reading “Steve Martin Banjo Award goes to Victor Furtado”

Interview: Daniel Antopolsky

Daniel Antopolsky is a storyteller. He weaves narratives in and out of his songs and, when you watch him perform, the stories and songs merge. Antopolsky was a contemporary of the likes of Guy Clarke and Townes Van Zandt, one of the original outlaws, often referred to as the ‘missing outlaw’ thanks to the famous … Continue reading “Interview: Daniel Antopolsky”

Old Man Luedecke “Easy Money” (True North Records, 2019)

Old Man Luedecke is the performing name for Canadian singer-songwriter and banjo player Chris Luedecke who typically crosses a number of folk-ish styles in his music, and the new album ‘Easy Money‘ is no exception to that. It’s an album that takes a lot of inspiration from family, one way or another. The opening, and … Continue reading “Old Man Luedecke “Easy Money” (True North Records, 2019)”

Chris Gantry “Nashlantis” (Drag City, 2019)

Chris Gantry, despite being in his late seventies and on the music scene since the Sixties, is probably not a name known to many people, despite having had more than a hundred of his songs covered by the likes of Johnny Cash, with the best known probably being Glen Campbell’s version of ‘Dreams Of The … Continue reading “Chris Gantry “Nashlantis” (Drag City, 2019)”

Interview: Dietmar Leibecke of The Static Roots Festival

At AUK we’ve mentioned before a couple of the newer and smaller festivals which have been popping up in recent years. Dietmar Leibecke from Germany, a towering figure on the European Americana circuit (in all senses of the term), is getting increasing recognition for the popularity of the music festival he started in 2016 – … Continue reading “Interview: Dietmar Leibecke of The Static Roots Festival”

Hayes Carll + Travis Linville, Deaf Institute, Manchester, 15th May 2019

Hayes Carll is in a pretty good place right now. His new album ‘What It Is’ is a triumphant return to form following two releases which some considered somewhat flat. In addition, at the start of an eight date tour of the UK in Manchester, he had some news to impart as he  announced that … Continue reading “Hayes Carll + Travis Linville, Deaf Institute, Manchester, 15th May 2019”

Interview: Russ Tolman. From Paisley Underground to Laurel Canyon vibes

The so called Paisley Underground has been back in the news recently with The Long Ryders releasing a new album and touring while a Record Store Day release of an album, ‘3X4’, featured The Bangles, The Dream Syndicate, The Three O’Clock and The Rain Parade. And now Russ Tolman, a founding member of another Paisley … Continue reading “Interview: Russ Tolman. From Paisley Underground to Laurel Canyon vibes”