Neilson Hubbard “Cumberland Island” (Proper Records, 2018)

Chances are, if you look up the term “world weary,” the name Neilson Hubbard would feature somewhere in the definition. There are times, on his latest album ‘Cumberland Island,’ that he makes someone like Leonard Cohen sound positively exuberant! On ‘Don’t Make Me Walk Through This World Alone’ he simply exudes lugubriousness – “Make me a … Continue reading “Neilson Hubbard “Cumberland Island” (Proper Records, 2018)”

AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details

British Americana fans – that includes us dear reader – will be flocking to Hackney, East London for 3 days of their annual conference in January as AmericanaFest UK returns for its 4th year. The event consists of two days of conferences and showcases which are then topped off by a third day of events and … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details”

UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash

And we’ve got details of other awards here too. The fourth annual  UK  Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 31st January  2019  at  HackneyEmpire, and the AMA-UK has chosen Graham Nash to receive its highest honour, the  2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the  Americana genre over the span of his … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash”

Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up

Glasgow’s annual winterfest of roots music has unveiled the line up for 2019 and as usual, amidst the myriad of acts with more than 300 events taking place over the festival’s 18 days, there’s plenty of Americana acts to enjoy. As Donald Shaw, Creative Producer for Celtic Connections, says, “Every year we strive to programme … Continue reading “Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up”

Video premiere: The Orphan Brigade “Pile of Bones”

‘Pile of Bones’ is the new single from The Orphan Brigade and they’re sharing the new video to it exclusively with AUK this morning. It’s directed by band members Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard, who have created recent videos for John Prine and Amanda Shires and was shot in Osimo, Italy. The band told us: … Continue reading “Video premiere: The Orphan Brigade “Pile of Bones””

2018 Americana Music Association Awards nominees revealed

News in from the AMA overnight (the US version) of their list of nominees for their honours and awards for 2018, and there’s good news for Mr Isbell, Margo Price and Brandi Carlile among others – in fact the lists are dominated by the 3 artists, although they are also joined by Mary Gauthier for her … Continue reading “2018 Americana Music Association Awards nominees revealed”

Rod Picott “Out Past The Wires” (Welding Rod Records, 2018)

Rod Picott’s pedigree is prodigious and it shows in his music. In this album, produced by Neilson Hubbard in Nashville, he is framed by standout musicians: Will Kimborough, Lex Price, Evan Hutchings and Kris Donegan. His recent tour of the UK will have re-emphasised his stature. He says of ‘Out Past The Wires’ that it … Continue reading “Rod Picott “Out Past The Wires” (Welding Rod Records, 2018)”

Rod Picott’s Circus of Misery and Heartbreak is coming back to the UK

Americana UK described Rod Picott, some years back, as, “the best of the current crop of Americana singer-songwriters.” Over the course of eight albums the one time sheet rock hanger (that’s plasterboard on this side of the water) has consistently proved us right while his live appearances are always eagerly anticipated. Good news then that … Continue reading “Rod Picott’s Circus of Misery and Heartbreak is coming back to the UK”

Interview: Dean Owens

Scotland’s Dean Owens has been producing great albums and making his mark on the Americana scene – both here and in the US – for a number of years now. Following on from the critically acclaimed Into The Sea, released n 2015 on Drumfire Records, Owens is set to return with a new album, Southern Wind, a … Continue reading “Interview: Dean Owens”

The Orphan Brigade “The Heart of the Cave” (At the Helm Records, 2017)

The Orphan Brigade’s ‘The Heart of the Cave’ is about as aptly titled a record as it’s possible to get seeing as it was recorded it in 2,500 year caves below the streets of Osimo, Italy. The Brigade’s previous outing, the award winning ‘Soundtrack to a Ghost Story,’ was the brainchild of producer Neilson Hubbard … Continue reading “The Orphan Brigade “The Heart of the Cave” (At the Helm Records, 2017)”