The Good Lovelies + The Fortunate Ones, The Old Queens Head, Islington, 17th April 2019

St John’s, the capital of the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador, is actually nearer to London than to Nashville which might make one give pause for thought on whether the Atlantic is just, well, overrated. Both of tonight’s bands hail from that Canadian province and both are in a celebratory mood as it’s the last … Continue reading “The Good Lovelies + The Fortunate Ones, The Old Queens Head, Islington, 17th April 2019”

AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part two

The AMAUK conference is now into its fourth year and one of the highlights is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At five venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the price of one … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part two”

Randy Mundy “Celestial Skies” (Independent, 2020)

Can this really be a classic, lost album from 1975? Well, the good people at Cordial Records certainly think so, in that they have bought up the rights to some old singles and unreleased tracks from Kansas native Randy Mundy. Mundy himself is still making music, fifty years down the road, and remains entrenched in … Continue reading “Randy Mundy “Celestial Skies” (Independent, 2020)”

Interview – Sam Lee: “I had no intention of becoming a musician”

Sam Lee is more than just a singer or a song-writer. He is an artist who draws together a range of interests and projects, giving them meaning and purpose. From artists’ rights to a love for the natural world, Lee seeks to raise awareness and make a difference. Through lecturing, broadcasting, performing and working with … Continue reading “Interview – Sam Lee: “I had no intention of becoming a musician””

Interview: Clubhouse Record’s Tristan Tipping celebrates ten years for one of the UK’s premier roots labels

Brothers Tristan and Danny Tipping set up Clubhouse Records ten years ago when Americana was considered Alt.County and plaid was still worn underneath your jacket to avoid tough questioning. That, a decade later, Clubhouse is considered one of the UK’s best roots labels that has provided the launchpad here in the UK and Europe for … Continue reading “Interview: Clubhouse Record’s Tristan Tipping celebrates ten years for one of the UK’s premier roots labels”

10 Fountains of Wayne songs with an americana vibe

Whenever I would tell someone that Fountains of Wayne were my favourite band, it would often be a met by a kind of bemused look, mainly because of that song. But as is often the case with bands who have one big hit, there was so much more to them than that. You sadly only … Continue reading “10 Fountains of Wayne songs with an americana vibe”

Album premiere: The Heart Hunters “American Eclipse”

Just like the buses, we have no album premieres for weeks and then two come along in the one day, and this is rather ace. Heart Hunters is Drew de Man’s new project with his wife, singer/songwriter Brianna Blackbird (surely one of the loveliest names on the planet earth) and their new album ‘American Eclipse’ is produced … Continue reading “Album premiere: The Heart Hunters “American Eclipse””