John Carter Cash takes the fight to white nationalists

And he won’t back down. Rolling Stone reports: “Earlier this week, NPR reported that American Recordings and Universal Music had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Stormfront Radio, the weekly radio show for the white supremacist site Stormfront, over its regular use of Johnny Cash’s cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” At the time, Rosanne Cash, … Continue reading “John Carter Cash takes the fight to white nationalists”

Cash family “sickened” by neo-nazi in Johnny Cash t-shirt

it’s not been one of the most cheerful weeks of news has it? The solidarity in this should warm your soul for a Friday morning anyway. RS Country reports: “Rosanne Cash and the Cash family said they were “sickened” by a video that showed a “self-proclaimed neo-Nazi” in Charlottesville wearing a Johnny Cash T-shirt. Rosanne Cash posted the fervent … Continue reading “Cash family “sickened” by neo-nazi in Johnny Cash t-shirt”

Dirty Dozen: Sam Jordan and The Dead Buoys

In May 2016, Sam Jordan & The Dead Buoys released their debut When Golden Morning Comes E.P. The melancholy soundscapes and dark folk-tinged romanticism heralded the arrival of a very distinctive voice and a talented songwriter. However, it’s the forthcoming Thoughts of Paradise E.P. that sets Sam Jordan & The Dead Buoys apart as the … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Sam Jordan and The Dead Buoys”

Ellis Paul “The Storyteller’s Suitcase” (Rosella Records, 2019)

“I felt compelled to write about it. Three people dead – over what? A fucking statue.” Ellis Paul outlines in words that brook little ambiguity the drive behind his song ‘The Battle of Charlottesville’. The song is prompted by the tragic events of August 12th 2017 in his adopted home city, a white supremacist rally … Continue reading “Ellis Paul “The Storyteller’s Suitcase” (Rosella Records, 2019)”

Hannah Aldridge + The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, The Half Moon, Putney, London, 23rd April 2019

When Hannah Aldridge played at the Lexington in London last year it was to perform a show that was in the style of the Grand Ole Opry, with a selection of her favourite musical friends encouraged to perform along with her. The Lexington was also chosen as the venue to record a live album on … Continue reading “Hannah Aldridge + The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, The Half Moon, Putney, London, 23rd April 2019”

The Mammals + May Erlewine @Celtic Connections. St Luke’s, Glasgow,18th January 2019

AUK kicked off our Celtic Connections itinerary this year in the hallowed portals of an old church situated on the outskirts of The Barras, a once thriving open-air market place and home to the legendary Barrowlands Ballroom. St. Luke’s doesn’t have the cachet of The Barrowlands but it proved to be a fine venue for … Continue reading “The Mammals + May Erlewine @Celtic Connections. St Luke’s, Glasgow,18th January 2019”

Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018

It’s always weird writing about yourself in the third person, the ego of me, but then headlines without the accompanying cheery picture might leave people mystified.  Anyway, there’s my excuse. What a year it’s been for music, so many great tours and a real vibrancy to the genre – I’ll talk about that more next week … Continue reading “Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018”

Ana Egge and Ben Kunder, The Green Note, Camden, 25th October 2018

Ana Egge may be a name known to relatively few people, but she’s now released no fewer than ten albums since her debut back in 1997. During that period she’s also managed to collaborate with the Stray Birds (Pensylvania’s finest acoustic roots trio) and Danish folk rockers, The Sentimentals, as well as recording with the … Continue reading “Ana Egge and Ben Kunder, The Green Note, Camden, 25th October 2018”

The Jesse Dayton Trio + Norton Money, The Lexington, London, 5th September 2018

“How ya’ll doing this evening? We’re a long way from home. Let’s make this shit count.” Jesse Dayton is back in town and if any doubts lingered that he’d be able to deliver tonight they were swiftly assuaged, with the smiles on the faces of the audience around 11pm testimony to the fact that his … Continue reading “The Jesse Dayton Trio + Norton Money, The Lexington, London, 5th September 2018”

Jason Isbell talks to RS: “We ate chicken fingers from the concession stand at the Grammys”

RS has published a nice piece on Jason Isbell which includes some snippets from an interview they recently had with him. They report: “At this year’s Grammys, where he was up for several awards, Jason Isbell didn’t exactly tear the place up. “We weren’t on the televised part of the show, so we didn’t get the … Continue reading “Jason Isbell talks to RS: “We ate chicken fingers from the concession stand at the Grammys””