AUK’s Chain Gang: Gretchen Peters “Hello Cruel World”

Following on from Peter Churchill’s excellent choice last week I was thinking that what I particularly love about Americana is the quality of the songwriting. With that in mind I’ve decided to post a track from another Peters – Gretchen Peters (no relation), who I think has consistently been one of the best songwriters in … Continue reading “AUK’s Chain Gang: Gretchen Peters “Hello Cruel World””

Gretchen Peters with The Southern Fried String Quartet, Cadogan Hall, London, 20th April 2019

Gretchen Peters has composed hits for Etta James, George Strait, Neil Diamond and Shania Twain to name just a few, she has been nominated for Grammy Awards and was inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. Brandy Clark has said of her, “Gretchen Peters is a songwriter’s writer – the kind of … Continue reading “Gretchen Peters with The Southern Fried String Quartet, Cadogan Hall, London, 20th April 2019”

Gretchen Peters “Dancing With The Beast” (Proper Records, 2018)

A new album from Gretchen Peters is always cause for celebration. She has consistently been one of the finest songwriters in the Americana genre and just seems to go from strength to strength – it is quite amazing that someone can continuously turn out songs of this quality. This new album, ‘Dancing With The Beast’, … Continue reading “Gretchen Peters “Dancing With The Beast” (Proper Records, 2018)”

Video: Lynne Hanson “Long Way Home”

Here is the polished, well-produced new video from Lynne Hanson.  This heartbreak ballad features a bluesy tone and rootsy guitars.  Hanson is ably supported by Kevin Beit on guitar and Jim Bryson on the keyboard.  It’s taken from her brand new album, ‘Just Words’, which is Hanson’s seventh.  A seasoned song writer and performer, she … Continue reading “Video: Lynne Hanson “Long Way Home””

Susan Gibson “The Hard Stuff” (Independent, 2019)

If the name Susan Gibson rings a bell it should come as no great surprise – her big claim to fame is being the writer of ‘Wide Open Spaces’, a sizeable hit for The Dixie Chicks and named as the CMA Awards Single of the Year in 1999. What is a surprise, particularly on the … Continue reading “Susan Gibson “The Hard Stuff” (Independent, 2019)”

Nathan Bell announces new single and EP, UK dates

Nathan Bell was voted Male Performer of The Year in our 2017 annual readers’ poll and came runner-up in the same category at the end of last year, so it’s fair to say he has a lot of UK fans which is a good thing since he has announced a new eight-track EP and vinyl … Continue reading “Nathan Bell announces new single and EP, UK dates”

Markus Rill and the Troublemakers “Songland” (Blue Rose Records, 2019)

Hailing originally from Germany, Markus Rill owes his Americana roots to his formative years spent in Austin, Texas. Playing with the likes of Townes van Zandt, and praised for his songwriting skills by highly respected artists such as Gretchen Peters, Rosanne Cash and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mr Rill clearly has something to offer.

Amigo The Devil “Everything Is Fine” (Regime, 2018)

Banjo wielding singer-songwriter Danny Kiranos, stage name Amigo The Devil, teamed up with renowned hard rock/metal producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot) to deliver this striking debut album entitled ‘Everything Is Fine’. It’s a collection of darkly humorous, brutally honest and cleverly crafted songs about death, regret, death, self-loathing, more death, a little depravity … Continue reading “Amigo The Devil “Everything Is Fine” (Regime, 2018)”