Jason and The Scorchers in triple threat with Dan Baird and The Kentucky Headhunters

An impressive trio of southern rock and alt-country music stars are joining forces for a tour in September with eight dates across the UK. Having never previously played on a bill together, Jason and the Scorchers, Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, and The Kentucky Headhunters will hit the road for the first time in a … Continue reading “Jason and The Scorchers in triple threat with Dan Baird and The Kentucky Headhunters”

Jason Ringenberg announces new album, UK dates

What do you get when you place Americana music legend Jason Ringenberg (who Mojo described as “The Godfather of Americana”) in a grove of Giant Sequoias?  You end up with his new record ‘Stand Tall’, the (very) long-awaited follow up to 2004’s ‘Empire Builders’ and his first collection of new songs, outside of his Farmer Jason … Continue reading “Jason Ringenberg announces new album, UK dates”

“The Three Aces” land in the UK for October dates

The Three Aces are US roots rockers Webb Wilder, Warner Hodges and Eric Ambel who land in the UK next week for dates around the country, before heading off to the Netherlands and other estranged EU friends. Wilder has been described as a “riddle spewing prophet of roots rock and roll” who combines rock & roll … Continue reading ““The Three Aces” land in the UK for October dates”

Forgotten Artists – The Cactus Brothers

The Cactus Brothers were a Nashville based band who released two excellent albums in the 1990s before folding. Those two albums, whilst critically lauded, suffered a fate familiar to many bands who dared to stray from the mainstream, namely they bombed. With radio exposure so vital in the US at that time, the Cactus Brothers … Continue reading “Forgotten Artists – The Cactus Brothers”

“What is this Americana thing anyway…?” – Clint West

Time for another in our series looking at the routes our writers have taken into Americana and just what it is that makes it our favourite genre. This week we are warmed by Clint West’s pathological dislike of country music and how the poacher turned a gamekeeper.

Joe Blanton “Good, Bad, Right or Wrong” (Underground Treehouse, 2018)

It’s easy to get lost in the weeds these days as we find new ways to compartmentalize and format music. Rock and country seem to be endlessly hyphenated.  Sometimes we need to stop the chin scratching, step out of the woods, and crank up the amps.  Thankfully, Joe Blanton seems to do just that with … Continue reading “Joe Blanton “Good, Bad, Right or Wrong” (Underground Treehouse, 2018)”

Arty Hill “Live: Church on Saturday Night” (Independent, 2017)

Oh yes, this’ll get the party started! If you like your Honk with a fair bit of Tonk – and vice versa – then Arty Hill’s new live album is going to be right up your gardenia lined Avenue. This is what a live album should be, gritty and down to earth; you really feel like … Continue reading “Arty Hill “Live: Church on Saturday Night” (Independent, 2017)”

Waco Brothers “Resist!” (Bloodshot Records, 2020)

Cash meets Clash! The Waco Brothers, a mash up of Jon Langford’s punk sensibilities and cowpunk twang, are probably the only band still around who merit the term “Insurgent Country,” a trademark on which Bloodshot Records built their reputation. ‘Resist!’ is an excellent compilation drawn from their  20 plus years with the label with many … Continue reading “Waco Brothers “Resist!” (Bloodshot Records, 2020)”