Pick of the Political Pops: Josh Rouse “Slaveship”

This month marks five hundred years (1518) since the first direct shipments of slaves from the continent of Africa to the Americas began. Emperor Charles V of Spain sanctioned the move because the native American populations who had previously been ‘pressed’ into service had been decimated and needed to be replaced. Previously African slaves had … Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Josh Rouse “Slaveship””

Josh Rouse “Love In The Modern Age” (Yep Roc Records, 2018)

Everything changes, everything stays the same – so Josh Rouse is still writing songs that look at the world from a slightly oblique angle but the soundtrack has changed a little. Strong opener ‘Salton Sea’ throws some funky uptempo synthesizer and chipping guitar into the mix – to create a sound not unlike something from … Continue reading “Josh Rouse “Love In The Modern Age” (Yep Roc Records, 2018)”

Josh Rouse “Love In The Modern Age” – Listen

The title track of the new album from Josh Rouse sees him heading off in a somewhat different direction to hitherto.  Somewhat gone are the mumbled vocals and in comes hints of The Blue Nile, The Style Council, Prefab Sprout and later Roxy Music.  The acclaimed Nebraskan folk/roots pop singer’s new album is out on April … Continue reading “Josh Rouse “Love In The Modern Age” – Listen”

New Josh Rouse out next month, new track out today

Josh Rouse today releases ‘Salton Sea’ online (listen below dear reader), the third track off Rouse’s new album ‘Love in the Modern Age’, which comes out April 13th on the Yep Roc label. Calling the album “a sterling collection that is joyous, upbeat and, most importantly, feels completely authentic,” Forbes website said: “There is no … Continue reading “New Josh Rouse out next month, new track out today”

John Moreland + John Calvin Abney, Jazz Cafe London, 31st July 2018

Weighty is a good word for John Moreland and that’s no sly childish quip on a guy carrying more than quite a few pounds. Such is his vocal delivery, gritty song writing and overall demeanour that everything on tonight’s Jazz Cafe stage came with a sorrowful and hefty gravitas. Perhaps the only piece of comedy … Continue reading “John Moreland + John Calvin Abney, Jazz Cafe London, 31st July 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”

Black Deer announce final line-up for next month – looks awesome

Black Deer is like that kid showing off at school who always has the best stuff and today they’ve got one more (well a few more) thing(s) to brag about since they’ve announced the final names to their already fairly exciting line-up including Catherine McGrath,  Wallis Bird, Colin Macleod, Josh Okeefe, Jeannine Barry, Keywest, Marc O’Reilly, … Continue reading “Black Deer announce final line-up for next month – looks awesome”

Dirty Dozen: Aaron Lee Tasjan

Like a modern day Cosmic Cowboy, Tasjan creates a heady blend of country-flecked rock-n-roll, veering from acoustic blues to garage-pop psych to smooth Nashville sounds to lush Laurel Canyon fare… filled with Tasjan’s remarkable story-telling, imbued with wry wit, a sharp tongue and a lot of heart – bringing to mind the showmanship and humour … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Aaron Lee Tasjan”