John J Presley announces album “As The Night Draws In”

After various singles and EPs, dark tinged swamp rocking John J Presley – recently seen supporting Juanita Stein – at last announces his debut album ‘As the Night Draws In‘ which will be released on January 25th.  It features the dark and wild toned guitar excursions he’s known for – reminiscent in places of bands … Continue reading “John J Presley announces album “As The Night Draws In””

Listen to John Prine’s rare live album from 1978

Not here sorry, over at RS Country. To embed or not to embed, that’s the question. They report: “John Prine was cleaning his basement when he stumbled upon an old concert recording. But it wasn’t just any concert recording: It was Prine, in his late Seventies prime, playing full-on rock & roll with an electric … Continue reading “Listen to John Prine’s rare live album from 1978”

Juanita Stein, Iambic Bar, London, 23rd November 2018

  The Iambic Bar is a new “space” at the Courtyard Theatre in Hackney, consisting of a basement bar and an adjacent performance space. When the doors open there are, at first, just a handful of punters – a fact that is disguised somewhat when the smoke machine is turned on well in advance of … Continue reading “Juanita Stein, Iambic Bar, London, 23rd November 2018”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the new Americana UK gig guide. You can search by artist name, town or venue – if you want gigs just in Liverpool for instance, just start typing ‘Liver’ in the search box below. If you’re a promoter/artist and want your UK gig listed, please click here to find out how. Americana UK … Continue reading “UK Americana Gig Guide”

The Mutineers “Threshold” EP (Mutiny Studios, 2018)

The Mutineers are a rock’n’roll duo from Portland comprising guitarist/singer Brian Mathusek and drummer/singer Merry Young. Their influences range from Springsteen, late 60s Elvis Presley and Loretta Lynn. They have played over 120 shows across America and their new 5 Track EP ‘The Threshold‘ is a follow up to their ‘Live at B-Side‘ album. If … Continue reading “The Mutineers “Threshold” EP (Mutiny Studios, 2018)”

Tyler Childers: “Americana ain’t no part of nothing”

Yeah all right mate! Have a good weekend dear readers, leaving you today with news from the AMA awards on Wednesday night where several artists were outspoken on topics ranging from gun control to country music feeling like “purgatory”.  If you’ve ever listened to Luke Bryan’s last album, you’ll know exactly what they mean. RS … Continue reading “Tyler Childers: “Americana ain’t no part of nothing””

Jon Langford “Four Lost Souls” (Bloodshot Records 2017)

Jon Langford has an interesting and genre-hopping career as founding member of punk icons, the Mekons (celebrating their 40th anniversary this year), as well as alt-country pioneers, the Waco Brothers. Music aside, he’s also a celebrated artist, his paintings and prints of many illustrious music heroes having been exhibited all over the world, including the Country … Continue reading “Jon Langford “Four Lost Souls” (Bloodshot Records 2017)”

Interview: Christopher Rees

A delayed train meant I had a moment to use the ‘library’ on the platform provided by WH Smiths, and a rapid peruse of Uncut Magazine, in which I stumbled across a review of ‘The Nashville Songs’, cool title, by Christopher Rees, cool hat in the picture on the sleeve.  A brief exchange of emails … Continue reading “Interview: Christopher Rees”

Jason Isbell previews new country music exhibit

If you ever get a chance to go to Nashville (a kind of Mecca for americana fans) then the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is still an essential.  RS Country reports: “If the thought of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum conjures images of black-and-white photos or relics of a bygone … Continue reading “Jason Isbell previews new country music exhibit”

Second UK Americana Awards – here’s the list of winners

We’ve just returned from the second UK Americana Awards which took place at London’s St John at Hackney last night, rounding off two days of activities at this year’s Americana Music Association UK conference, with performances from Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Richard Thompson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. There were performances too from UK artists Yola Carter, … Continue reading “Second UK Americana Awards – here’s the list of winners”