John Oates and The Good Road Band “Arkansas” (PR Records, 2018)

As Hall and Oates wind down from their latest supersize tour of America’s arenas, John Oates has indulged in a novel form of relaxation – he’s formed a band and gone back into the studio! Actually, unable to fully resist the lavish excess that accompanies the day job,  it’s more of a blues supergroup. Guthrie … Continue reading “John Oates and The Good Road Band “Arkansas” (PR Records, 2018)”

John Oates “Arkansas” – Listen

‘Arkansas‘ is the title of the new album from John Oates, and to say it’s something of a change of direction from what one might expect from this artist is a reasonable statement of fact.  This is not blue-eyed soul.  There are no eighties synths.  John Oates is a big fan of Mississippi John Hurt,  … Continue reading “John Oates “Arkansas” – Listen”

John Oates announces new album “Arkansas”

John Oates, one part of the duo Hall & Oates, has teamed up with a group of rising stars in the Americana music world for his new solo album “Arkansas” which sees its worldwide release date set for February 2nd via Thirty Tigers.  The Good Road Band who feature on the record have quite an impressive lineup consisting of mandolin … Continue reading “John Oates announces new album “Arkansas””

Americana Music Fest 30th January, Hackney, London

Previous showcases at the AMAUK conference had run for just a single night – expanding to two nights had more than doubled the excitement. And if the previous evening had offered some hard choices then this second night of the AMAUK showcase upped the ante by bringing in Moth Club as a venue, which meant … Continue reading “Americana Music Fest 30th January, Hackney, London”

Here are all the winners from last night’s AMAUK 2019 awards

The fourth of the Americana Music Association UK’s award shows took place last night in Hackney Empire and it was as star-studded an event as always, with performances from Bennet Wilson Poole, Ethan Johns, Graham Nash, Rhiannon Giddens (who was also a keynote speaker at the AMA UK Conference), Jade Bird, YOLA, Seth Lakeman, Chris Hillman and Curse of Lono.  

AMAUK’s 2019 conference begins today

So it’s all kicking off, not in a bad way, in London today as delegates arrive for the AMA-UK conference which takes place in Hackney House and is packed full of panels, conversation, presentations and the chance to meet up with that industry person who you embarrassed yourself in front of at least year’s conference but … Continue reading “AMAUK’s 2019 conference begins today”

AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part five

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 five”

Josh Taerk “Beautiful Tragedy” (Misty Creek Records, 2018)

Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk, pronounced ‘Turk,’ has, in his relatively short career, garnered praise along the way from some high-profile names such as John Oates (Hall & Oates) and Max Weinberg (E Street Band), along with some eye-popping headlines from esteemed publications such as The Bournemouth Daily Echo – “Rising star hailed as the new boss”.

Songs in the South: David Starr + Martha L Healy + Al Shields, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 30th May 2018

Glasgow’s very hip Glad Cafe hosted this night of singer/songwriters playing “in the round” as popularised by The Bluebird Cafe (in Nashville, although the Edinburgh eatery and venue of the same name hosted this self same trio several days earlier). An opportunity for these three talented performers to swap some of the tales behind their … Continue reading “Songs in the South: David Starr + Martha L Healy + Al Shields, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 30th May 2018”

Jim Lauderdale talks about Liverpool (yay) and his new album

The more astute AUK reader may know what we’re a Liverpool based website, a city which doesn’t come up too often in americana circles so it’s nice when it does.  RS Country report this morning: “Jim Lauderdale may have started playing country music and bluegrass when he was 15, but he first became an instant and … Continue reading “Jim Lauderdale talks about Liverpool (yay) and his new album”