Jenny Reynolds “Any Kind of Angel” (PrettyOkay, 2020)

Jenny Reynolds relocated from New England to Texas in 2003. This is her fourth release and it affirms her status as an integral part of the Austin music scene. Her latest work sits effortlessly within the Americana genre combining strong storytelling lyrics with fingerpicking folk guitar and sublime vocals. The supporting cast of musicians includes … Continue reading “Jenny Reynolds “Any Kind of Angel” (PrettyOkay, 2020)”

Track Premiere: Gypsy Outfit “Pyromaniac”

Gypsy Outfit made use of a pile of vintage equipment to record their new album which carries the suitably retro title of ‘1969‘.   Gypsy Outfit are guitarist/vocalist and primary songwriter, Brandon Maddox and vocalist/violinist Kate Lovely.  They worked with producer/engineer and owner of West End Sound, Tom Tapley, to record ‘1969‘ – working away in … Continue reading “Track Premiere: Gypsy Outfit “Pyromaniac””

John Prine Family announce live streaming tribute

The family of the late John Prine have announced a celebration of the singer-songwriter’s legacy with a live-streamed “Picture Show” tribute. The June 11th show will be produced by the Prine family and his label Oh Boy Records and feature “musicians, actors, and friends remembering our beloved JP.” The list of people participating in the … Continue reading “John Prine Family announce live streaming tribute”

C.M. Talkington “Not Exactly Nashville” (Independent, 2020)

Where does Rock meet Americana? And where does Americana become just Country? Do any of these lines exist? Are they simply in the ear of the beholder (behearer?) This writer can’t really offer any answers to these big questions, but he can state his own opinion – that C. M. Talkington offers us up a … Continue reading “C.M. Talkington “Not Exactly Nashville” (Independent, 2020)”

Ian Noe, Omeara, London, 3rd February 2020

There must be something in the water in Kentucky given the proliferation of independent americana music performers from there in recent years. As proof, there’s not just well established acts such as Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Angaleena Presley and Tyler Childers, but also up and coming artists such as Kelsey Waldon, Eric Bolander, Korey Rose, Jeremy … Continue reading “Ian Noe, Omeara, London, 3rd February 2020”

Elaine Lennon “Elaine Lennon” (Independent, 2019)

A highly-anticipated debut album is a phrase that is all too common these days. But to say this album is anything but that is truly an understatement. Nashville Songwriters’ Association International 2019 ‘One To Watch’, Elaine Lennon’s debut self-titled album is one she hopes will be strong and impactful and help her music career keep … Continue reading “Elaine Lennon “Elaine Lennon” (Independent, 2019)”

Interview: Cam Penner – “We want to make a real joyful noise”

Glasgow’s international celebration of roots music, Celtic Connections, kicks off this week and for this writer, one of the highlights will be the return of Cam Penner’s unique music. Accompanied as usual by his musical partner Jon Wood, a sonic wizard and master musician, their stage show has been described as, “Mystery and menace, love … Continue reading “Interview: Cam Penner – “We want to make a real joyful noise””

Steep Canyon Rangers “North Carolina Songbook” (Yep Roc Records, 2019)

Live albums can often feel a pointless affair: a selection of songs you already know usually played to a lesser standard than the studio version, a crowd you weren’t part of, cheering in the background, and no way to witness the performance visually. With major label acts, the live album is often put out there … Continue reading “Steep Canyon Rangers “North Carolina Songbook” (Yep Roc Records, 2019)”

The Delines + Those Pretty Wrongs, The Stables, Wavendon, 5th November 2019

The Delines played the second night of their second UK tour of the year at The Stables, which offered quite a contrast to the venues they packed back in February. Back then it would be somewhere like Cambridge’s rammed full Portland Arms that they were gracing for an all standing gig. The Stables is much … Continue reading “The Delines + Those Pretty Wrongs, The Stables, Wavendon, 5th November 2019”

Hiss Golden Messenger announces UK dates

The eclectic Durham, North Carolina outfit Hiss Golden Messenger aka MC Taylor have announced details of a six-date UK tour in December. The announcement comes hot on the heels of the new song ‘Happy Birthday, Baby’ a month before the upcoming release of their seventh studio album, ‘Terms of Surrender’. You can hear the track … Continue reading “Hiss Golden Messenger announces UK dates”