Mavis Staples “Live In London” (Anti-, 2019)

At the age of 79 it would be perfectly understandable if Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Americana Grammy Award Winner and overall musical legend Mavis Staples were to make a move towards taking it easy, it’d be perfectly understandable – but not the case. Over the last few years she has released critically praised … Continue reading “Mavis Staples “Live In London” (Anti-, 2019)”

Mavis Staples “No Time For Cryin’ ” – Listen

Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples wrote this song, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples really nailed it live at The Union Chapel last year.  It features on her new live album – ‘Live in London‘ – which is on ANTI, and hits the streets on the 8th … Continue reading “Mavis Staples “No Time For Cryin’ ” – Listen”

Mavis Staples has a new live album out soon

Not only a new live album, but a new live album recorded at The Union Chapel in London.  Recorded earlier this year across two nights – one of which Americana-UK attended and was suitably impressed with (read the review here) – it captures Mavis Staples and her band in truly fine form in a venue … Continue reading “Mavis Staples has a new live album out soon”

Mavis Staples, Union Chapel, London, 10th July 2018

Mavis Staples is a living legend – recent Americana Grammy winner, Jeff Tweedy collaborator, mainstay of STAX Records, civil rights activist, the list goes on. And thankfully a legend that has not been diminished by time.   Mere seconds into ‘If you’re ready (come go with me)’ and the pleasure levels in The Union Chapel had already … Continue reading “Mavis Staples, Union Chapel, London, 10th July 2018”

Mavis Staples has UK dates in June & July

Following on from her latest Jeff Tweedy produced album If All I Was Was Black and then touring with Bob Dylan the legendary Mavis Staples has announced a handful of European dates for 2018, including two nights back-to-back at London’s vaunted Union Chapel.  The album was released in the Autumn of 2017 to much critical acclaim and late … Continue reading “Mavis Staples has UK dates in June & July”

Mavis Staples feat. Jeff Tweedy “Ain’t No Doubt About It” – Listen

Mavis Staples has debuted her new single Ain’t No Doubt About It which is taken from her new album ‘If All I Was Was Black’ which landed last week. The track is described as “a lilting and warmly poignant country soul track” and features vocals by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, who also serves as the album’s producer and songwriter. … Continue reading “Mavis Staples feat. Jeff Tweedy “Ain’t No Doubt About It” – Listen”

2019 Americana Honor and Awards Nominees are announced

So this happened last night although they didn’t send us a press release so we’re reporting this via Rolling Stone. We do by the way love the Milk Carton Kids – don’t forget to catch them in the UK in a couple of weeks’ time: “Nominees for the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards were announced Tuesday … Continue reading “2019 Americana Honor and Awards Nominees are announced”

SXSW 2019, Austin, Texas, 8th-16th March 2019

One piece of received wisdom regarding SXSW,  the sprawling music showcase held annually in Austin, is that it has become over-corporate and is no longer worth attending for an Americana fan. This I would refute strongly. It’s true that it was heading that way a few years ago, but the organisers have pulled back and … Continue reading “SXSW 2019, Austin, Texas, 8th-16th March 2019”

Dolly Parton “Dumplin’ (Soundtrack)” (RCA Nashville, 2018)

Dolly Parton’s latest album ‘Dumplin’’ is the soundtrack to the film of the same name, in which the daughter of a former beauty queen follows in mother’s footsteps by entering a pageant, but this time not to pose but to protest. Jennifer Aniston plays the mother and Danielle Macdonald the daughter. The protesting teenager is something … Continue reading “Dolly Parton “Dumplin’ (Soundtrack)” (RCA Nashville, 2018)”

A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”