Tom Paxton and The DonJuans, Cadogan Hall, London, 23rd April 2019

The London stop on Tom Paxton’s regular UK tours has for some time been the elegant Cadogan Hall, with the double benefit of offering quite sumptuous seating – this is no spit and sawdust venue – and as befits the home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, an excellent acoustic. Tom Paxton attracts a more mature … Continue reading “Tom Paxton and The DonJuans, Cadogan Hall, London, 23rd April 2019”

AmericanA to Z – Lone Justice

Back in 1985 ‘The Elite’ to me was anyone with access to MTV or a video cassette recorder, or both. Exploring new music was not easy, you could read about new bands in the weekly inkies, but getting to hear them was another matter. So thank heavens for Whistle Test. By ’85 it had dropped … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Lone Justice”

Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 29th March 2019

To say that Tom Russell was in a buoyant mood on-stage at the legendary 100 Club would be an understatement of huge proportions. There was a definite party atmosphere – Tom’s UK label Proper Records were out in force to support him and with good reason, the new album ‘October in the Railroad Earth‘ had … Continue reading “Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 29th March 2019”

Here comes another great UK americana festival, Stomp and Twang

As if we didn’t have enough good americana hitting our shores this year, news arrives today of another festival which will be landing in Cornwall from May 31st- June 2nd. ‘Stomp and Twang’ has a great line-up already, with a varied programme of americana music and culture which so far includes UK americana luminaries such … Continue reading “Here comes another great UK americana festival, Stomp and Twang”

Tom Russell “October in the Railroad Earth” (Proper, 2019)

It takes some sand to put out an album that shoots for “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield”. Tom Russell’s extensive resume and impeccable pedigree notwithstanding, it’s a high bar to set. The songs on his new album ‘October in the Railroad Earth’ easily sail over that bar. The album’s title track is borrowed from a lyrical … Continue reading “Tom Russell “October in the Railroad Earth” (Proper, 2019)”

Ryan Farmer “Just Another Night” (Independent, 2019)

‘Just Another Night’, the debut record from Nottingham-based singer-songwriter Ryan Farmer wastes little time in giving the listener a precise idea of what to expect for the next forty minutes. Within the first sixty seconds of the excellently-titled ‘She Can Do Everything (But Fall In Love With Me)’, he ticks all the old-time country cliché … Continue reading “Ryan Farmer “Just Another Night” (Independent, 2019)”

Dan Stuart + Tom Heyman, The Fallen Angels Club @ The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, Sunday 25th November 2018

It was gratifying to see a good-sized crowd gather tonight in the Stygian gloom of The Hug & Pint, a place our headliner liked to an SF dive joint from the seventies, “Probably called something like The Manhole,” he quipped as he peered from the stage trying to see the audience at the start of … Continue reading “Dan Stuart + Tom Heyman, The Fallen Angels Club @ The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, Sunday 25th November 2018”

Tom Petty “An American Treasure – 4CD Deluxe” (Reprise Records, 2018)

So what am I supposed to tell you about Tom Petty that you’re not already aware of? And what is the point of this compilation to an Americana music fan who already has all the albums? It’s not going to be enough, I’m sure, to mention that’s it a sumptuous 4CD set, presented as a … Continue reading “Tom Petty “An American Treasure – 4CD Deluxe” (Reprise Records, 2018)”

Tom Baxter “The Other Side of Blue” (Independent, 2018)

It’s a precariously thin line that the singer-songwriter has to tread. The stripped away, intimate, acoustic guitar (or piano) and voice combination is so omnipresent in folk cum Americana; there are precious few new tricks at their disposal. Much of what they’ve got to offer hangs on whether they’re sincere or not – do we … Continue reading “Tom Baxter “The Other Side of Blue” (Independent, 2018)”