Hayes Carll + Travis Linville, Deaf Institute, Manchester, 15th May 2019

Hayes Carll is in a pretty good place right now. His new album ‘What It Is’ is a triumphant return to form following two releases which some considered somewhat flat. In addition,  at the start of an eight date tour of the UK in Manchester, he had some news to impart as he  announced that … Continue reading “Hayes Carll + Travis Linville, Deaf Institute, Manchester, 15th May 2019”

Interview: Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll has been making albums for nigh on two decades with a smile on his face and a knowing glint in his eye. A surveyor of people and situations, Carll writes songs that could have been written from the watchful eye of a barfly documenting the world around him. Like a Texan Todd Snider, Carll … Continue reading “Interview: Hayes Carll”

Hayes Carll returns in February with “What It Is”

February sees the release of a new album by Texas-born singer/songwriter Hayes Carll called ‘What It Is’  via Dualtone Music, his sixth album to boot. Following the 2016 release of the personal and cathartic ‘Lovers and Leavers’, the new record has been described by Rolling Stone calls “Carll’s testament to the power of slowing down and appreciating the … Continue reading “Hayes Carll returns in February with “What It Is””

Hayes Carll + Corb Lund @Celtic Connections, St. Lukes, Glasgow, 26th January 2018

This fine pair, Carll, a sardonic Texan and Lund, rangy and Canadian, have been buddies for some time, co-writing songs, hanging out, even appearing in each other’s videos. Tonight, and for one night only here at Celtic Connections while on their current tours, they were teamed up to give us a Bluebird Cafe styled “in … Continue reading “Hayes Carll + Corb Lund @Celtic Connections, St. Lukes, Glasgow, 26th January 2018”

David Quinn “Wanderin’ Fool” (Independent, 2019)

“Chicago cosmic country!” thus David Quinn is introduced via the gimmick weary world of the media press release. The resulting introduction into the life of this travelling proponent of country rock tells a different story. From the northern woods of Wisconsin to the California pop-rock scene, right up to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and … Continue reading “David Quinn “Wanderin’ Fool” (Independent, 2019)”

SXSW 2019, Austin, Texas, 8th-16th March 2019

One piece of received wisdom regarding SXSW,  the sprawling music showcase held annually in Austin, is that it has become over-corporate and is no longer worth attending for an Americana fan. This I would refute strongly. It’s true that it was heading that way a few years ago, but the organisers have pulled back and … Continue reading “SXSW 2019, Austin, Texas, 8th-16th March 2019”

Rodney Crowell “Christmas Everywhere” (New West, 2018)

At last, a grown up Christmas album which acknowledges the conflicting demands of the season, how to weather the commercial blitzkrieg, keep the kids happy and keep oneself sane. Rodney Crowell’s Christmas album has been some years in the making with the man himself admitting that it’s not his favourite time of the year but … Continue reading “Rodney Crowell “Christmas Everywhere” (New West, 2018)”

Interview: BJ Barham of American Aquarium

BJ Barham is over in the UK for a short tour, with his band American Aquarium, showcasing tunes from his latest and greatest album, ‘Things Change.’ Mark Underwood of AUK sat down to talk to him before their Borderline show in London earlier this month, where they discussed – among other things – his experiences … Continue reading “Interview: BJ Barham of American Aquarium”

No Dry Country “Fifteen Piece Band” – Listen

No Dry Country, or NDC as they sometimes go by, may have started out as a covers band, but nine years on from forming they’ve honed their own style and put out a few releases with their second album “Panhandle Music”  due out soon.  Musically they weave in a love of Ryan Adams and Hayes … Continue reading “No Dry Country “Fifteen Piece Band” – Listen”

Chris Stapleton “Songs From A Room Volume 2” (Mercury Records, 2017)

With his second release of the year, Chris Stapleton pretty much cements his reputation as traditional  country music’s biggest star. Songs From A Room Volume 1 (released in May) won the award for album of the year at the Country Music Association Awards and on its release last week, Volume 2 hit the number two … Continue reading “Chris Stapleton “Songs From A Room Volume 2” (Mercury Records, 2017)”