Tenci “My Heart Is An Open Field” (Keeled Scales, 2020)

Tenci is really bedroom folk artist Jess Shoman backed by more famous musicians from the Chicago music scene and their debut album is released on Austin label Keeled Scales. Jess Shoman spent nearly ten years writing her songs before deciding to start playing them live in the clubs of Chicago. It was when she started … Continue reading “Tenci “My Heart Is An Open Field” (Keeled Scales, 2020)”

Brian Fallon “Local Honey” (Thirty Tigers, 2020)

On his third solo outing, Brian Fallon, by now well away from the New Jersey garage band sound of Gaslight Anthem, moves further into the realm of introspective singer song writing. ‘Local Honey’ is a short (just over 30 minutes) collection of songs, some personal from a man entering middle age, others drawing on the … Continue reading “Brian Fallon “Local Honey” (Thirty Tigers, 2020)”

Andy Brasher “Myna Bird” (Independent, 2020)

Andy Brasher brings country-soaked solo-album ‘Myna Bird’ to us from Kentucky via Nashville. It was produced by Harry Lee Smith (Restless Heart, Angeleena Presley, Martina McBride) and multi-Grammy award winner Ross Hogarth (Keb’ Mo’, Shawn Colvin, REM, John Mellencamp) at Nashville’s renowned Blackbird Studios.

VanWyck “Molten Rock” (Maiden Name Records, 2019)

Following on from the success of her debut album ‘An Average Woman’ in 2018, Amsterdam singer-songwriter VanWyck brings us ‘Molten Rock’, an album dealing with the complexities, paradoxes and even the duplicities that make us all human. She says that “if ‘An Average Woman’ was the album I had to make, then ‘Molten Rock’ is … Continue reading “VanWyck “Molten Rock” (Maiden Name Records, 2019)”

Maverick announces first names for 2020 line-up

The UK’s original Americana festival (that’s if you don’t count our epic Americana One – honestly if you’d seen the erratic state of the organisation of the day we were lucky to get 3 stars) has announced the first names for its thirteenth (lucky for some..) outing.

Pick of the Political Pops: Tim McGraw “My Best Friend”

As we pointed out last week (our regular reader will remember) The Editor – ever a man to reflect the zeitgeist – has determined that now is the time for the Americana-UK decennial election. For the uninitiated we are a democratic organisation and hold regular elections for those in high office.

Track Premiere – Fly My Pretties “Quiet Girl”

Fly My Pretties are about to release their first studio album, ‘The Studio Recordings Part One‘, on October 25th.  Not the first album by the New Zealand Super Group – who count members of members of The Black Seeds, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Phoenix Foundation, Hollie Smith, Bailey Wiley, Trinity Roots, and more amongst the … Continue reading “Track Premiere – Fly My Pretties “Quiet Girl””

Amy Speace “Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne” (Proper Records, 2019)

It isn’t until Amy Speace delivers the lines “Men and Women on all sides / trying hard to change your mind / there’s no way around the crowd / got to walk right through that line / don’t listen while they shout and pray / ‘cos they don’t know you anyway” that it becomes clear … Continue reading “Amy Speace “Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne” (Proper Records, 2019)”

Gillian Nicola “Dried Flowers” (Independent, 2019)

Gillian Nicola is a fledgling recording artist though apparently performing since she was 13. ‘Dried Flowers’ is her first full-length album though there have been two previous E.Ps, ‘No Place to Call’ from 2016 and ‘Chasing Winds’ from 2013. In fact, the final track of the former, ‘Stay’, could well be a standout in her career … Continue reading “Gillian Nicola “Dried Flowers” (Independent, 2019)”