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)”

AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part three

The AMAUK conference is now into its fifth year. One of the highlights of the conference is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony on 28th/29th January featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At six venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part three”

Paul Kelly “Songs From The South 1985 – 2019” (Cooking Vinyl, 2019)

It’s a point of pride for Australians that they don’t beat around the bush. So when it comes to reviewing ‘Songs From the South 1985-2019’, by one of that country’s greatest modern-day singer-songwriters,  you could maybe get away with just writing “this album is stunningly and consistently brilliant, go out and buy it today.” (That … Continue reading “Paul Kelly “Songs From The South 1985 – 2019” (Cooking Vinyl, 2019)”

Andrew Combs + Kirby Brown, the Lexington, London, 10th December, 2019

Andrew Combs isn’t someone who can be accused of sticking to a tried and tested formula in an attempt to court popularity. Quite the contrary. Since he burst onto the music scene in 2012 with the classic country folk of ‘Worried Man’ (recently re-issued by Loose), he’s since gravitated towards a more psychedelic and indie … Continue reading “Andrew Combs + Kirby Brown, the Lexington, London, 10th December, 2019”

Studio Life – Roseanne Reid

This has been some year for Roseanne Reid. Her critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Trails’, has just been named one of the records of 2019 by the Sunday Times and ‘Amy’ has been nominated in the UK song of the year category for the Americana Music Association UK Awards. The same song won the Lyric Only category … Continue reading “Studio Life – Roseanne Reid”

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”