Mandolin Orange “Tides of a Teardrop” (Yep Roc, 2019)

Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, better known of course as Mandolin Orange, have come a long way since their formation in 2009 and their latest album ‘Tides of a Teardrop’ continues in the same intimate vein that has served them so well over the last 10 years. Marlin lost his mother when he was just … Continue reading “Mandolin Orange “Tides of a Teardrop” (Yep Roc, 2019)”

Mandolin Orange announce UK dates

North Carolina folky americanay duo Mandolin Orange, named after the respective instruments they both play, are the sort of band you could take home to meet your mum and have announced some UK dates for January (and one in February) including an appearance at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival which is the most fun you can … Continue reading “Mandolin Orange announce UK dates”

Mandolin Orange “Blindfaller” (Yep Roc, 2016)

The fifth album from this American duo is, and there is no other word for it, lovely.  They’ve added a band this time out but it’s their playing and singing that dominates, as it should.  There are some lovely fragile harmonies, some lovely mandolin work and the whole album is awash with fine melodies.  A … Continue reading “Mandolin Orange “Blindfaller” (Yep Roc, 2016)”

Nickel & Rose “Americana” (Independent, 2018)

‘Americana’ is the latest release from Milwaukee duo Nickel & Rose, following on from last year’s acclaimed ‘Oh Sweet Love’ EP. The new record sees the duo follow a more introspective path, which garners some interesting results. The title track sees co-vocalist Carl Nichols questioning where he belongs within the parameters of Americana – being … Continue reading “Nickel & Rose “Americana” (Independent, 2018)”

Track premiere: Eugene Tyler Band “Training”

Eugene Tyler Band’s new album “Young Randy” is out today on Cold Folks Home Records, and they’ve shared their new single “Training” from it with us which has some nice intense guitar interplay that recalls the Milk Carton Kids or Mandolin Orange. Eugene told AUK: “With ‘Training’, we wanted to explore this idea that bodies are adaptable, … Continue reading “Track premiere: Eugene Tyler Band “Training””

MerleFest 2017 – RS lists the 11 best things they saw

We’re too lazy to reproduce all the photos they took although you can overcome our laziness by reading the original article here. Or you could just scroll here, you’re the boss. Rolling Stone Country reports: “This weekend’s celebration of the 30th MerleFest stirred up a North Carolina homecoming like no other. Native Tarheels and adopted … Continue reading “MerleFest 2017 – RS lists the 11 best things they saw”