Mike Ross “The Clovis Limit (Pt.1)” (Independent, 2019)

Mike Ross sure can coax dazzling overdriven riffs out of a guitar, and the tracks from his first two solo albums are here to prove it. Indeed, these records are laden with rocking numbers that would sound great in a smoky bar on a Friday night, à la Dr Feelgood, early Rod Stewart or The … Continue reading “Mike Ross “The Clovis Limit (Pt.1)” (Independent, 2019)”

Simone Felice, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church, Glasgow, 13th May 2018

When Simone Felice and his brothers went to high school they would hop on a bus in their hamlet of Palenville and ride thirty minutes or so to the county town of Catskill, passing a mural of its most celebrated resident: Iron Mike – The Dynamite Kid. After Tyson fell from grace the mural became … Continue reading “Simone Felice, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church, Glasgow, 13th May 2018”

Mike Gale “Beachhead Galaxy” (Farm Music, 2018)

‘Beachhead Galaxy’ is the latest solo album from Mike Gale (Co-Pilgrim).  It’s a dreamy, ethereal sounding piece which is fitting for the subject matter. Set in space, in the year 2412 where harmony across all lifeforms reigns and war is forbidden, the album’s focus is on how this all might change. A traveller from the … Continue reading “Mike Gale “Beachhead Galaxy” (Farm Music, 2018)”

Mike Felten “Diamonds And Televisions” (2017, Independent)

It’s refreshing to come across an Americana album that’s essentially a fun listen, so kudos to Mike Felten for that feat alone. A Chicago native, he’s been a record store owner, open miker and gigging troubadour for the best part of half a century. Daresay that he’s pretty much seen it all…

Ryan Adams on ‘Summer of 69’: “as fine a bridge as I have ever crossed”

Ryan Adams has written an op-ed for the New York Times recounting the “heckler” incident which happened back in 2002 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium when he was in the middle of performing Bartering Lines with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. “Sometime between the fifth and sixth songs, a warbly, cruel male voice yelled out a song request. … Continue reading “Ryan Adams on ‘Summer of 69’: “as fine a bridge as I have ever crossed””

Interview: Mike Cooley – Drive By Truckers

Drive By Truckers released their new album, American Band, on September 30th and it is already causing quite a stir, both within their fan base and beyond. The band, fronted by founder members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, are celebrating twenty years together this year and release the album on the cusp of the US … Continue reading “Interview: Mike Cooley – Drive By Truckers”

Interview with Jim Walker, At The Helm Records and Brighthelmstone Promotions

Jim Walker is managing director of At the Helm records and Brighthelmstone Promotions. Last year, he put together a festival in his hometown of Hassocks, West Sussex featuring two of our greatest loves – americana music and good beer. The Mid-Sussex americana beer festival is running again for a second year at the Hassocks hotel … Continue reading “Interview with Jim Walker, At The Helm Records and Brighthelmstone Promotions”