We’ve bumped the retro slot this week in favour of this rather fine new single from Mike Ross on which Elles Bailey helps out to excellent effect. It’s out today, a proper piece of bluesy Americana and we like it a lot.
Fresh from recording her debut album in Nashville, Elles Bailey’s ‘blues fuelled’ voice is getting her recognition wherever she plays. This captivating, hard-working songstress seamlessly weaves rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with her trademark ‘smoky vocals’ taking the lead. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Elles Bailey”
One of the hottest, but still most satisfying, days spent by Americana UK last summer was at the inaugural Over the Hill festival in Witney, Oxfordshire, so it’s gratifying to see the festival mark II return for the August Bank Holiday this year. And the first three acts announced for the festival are likely to … Continue reading “Three acts announced for Over the Hill festival this August Bank Holiday”
Capping off what had been a spectacular couple of days of the Americana Fest Showcase nights came the Americana Music Association UK’s annual awards evening, this year held at the spectacular Troxy. An all-star event, with the musicians who’d been playing over the last couple of days preparing their acceptance speeches or just having a … Continue reading “AMAUK Awards Night- the Winners Revealed”
What a night, and what a list. In the upstairs music room at the surprisingly hard to find Old Queens Head (“It’s just down from the Angel Tube, man, what do you mean you’re lost?“) and one day shy of bonfire night, the Americana Music Association UK (AMAUK) launched the glorious rockets that are the … Continue reading “Americana Music Association UK announce award nominees”
Mike Ross sure can coax dazzling overdriven riffs out of a guitar, and the tracks from his first two solo albums are here to prove it. Indeed, these records are laden with rocking numbers that would sound great in a smoky bar on a Friday night, à la Dr Feelgood, early Rod Stewart or The … Continue reading “Mike Ross “The Clovis Limit (Pt.1)” (Independent, 2019)”
Branching out from their usual hard rock promotions, HRH (Hard Rock Hell) have decided to dip their toes into the wild and wacky world of Country Music, or at least their version of it. CROWS (Country Rock , Outlaw, Western & Southern Rock bands) promises to be a bit grungier and harder hitting than your … Continue reading “First HRH CROWS Festival to be held in Sheffield”
Oh well, this will wreck our Google search result listings – what possessed them to use the terms “americana” and “UK” in the same headline? Billboard has an article today entitled “U.K. Americana Hits America, and Vice Versa, In New Roots Exchange” which is an incredibly interestingyou read about our symbiotic relationship with the genre over … Continue reading “Billboard: Americana in the UK is a thing”