Flicking through a back catalogue of reviews of Peter Bruntnell albums – and ‘King of Madrid’ is his tenth – a hefty proportion are seemingly dedicated to dreaming up new ways of insisting that the Devon-based singer-songwriter is British Americana’s best-kept secret, the sub-text of the argument presumably being that only the inexplicably fickle tastes … Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell “King of Madrid” (Domestico, 2019)”
Deciding whether to catch the support artist or not can be a bit of a lottery. Stay in the bar and you risk missing out on something special, roll up and you can end up shuffling around and feigning interest as some plucky trier tests the limits of your attention span. Tonight’s winners were certainly … Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell + Sophia Marshall, Gullivers, Manchester, 30th May 2019”
Regular visitors to this site wont need me to tell you the level of regard we here at Americana-UK hold for Peter Bruntnell. One of the UK’s finest troubadours, Bruntnell has been writing some of the greatest songs the genre has heard over the last twenty years. Since causing a stir on the US college … Continue reading “Van Life – Peter Bruntnell”
Since his 1995 solo debut ‘Cannibal‘ Peter Bruntnell has slowly built a canon of songs that would stand up next to the best of best within the Americana genre and way, way beyond. Sensible folk scratch their heads with incredulity at his lack of mainstream commercial success and marvel at the thrill of witnessing such … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Peter Bruntnell”
After a couple of weeks break for video premieres the retro slot is back. We’re only going back eight years this week and the footage is by no means perfect but this is a great performance of a great song by one of the UK’s best singer-songwriters and one of its best guitarists. Have a … Continue reading “Video: Peter Bruntnell with James Walbourne “You Won’t Find Me””
This week’s retro slot is taken by one of the UK’s greats, Peter Bruntnell, with a suitably surreal video for this wonderful track from his 1995 debut album Cannibal.
Seattle based americana quartet Massy Ferguson have announced a series of UK dates including festival appearances at Maverick and Summer Tyne. For more than a dozen years, the band have planted their boots on both sides of the country-rock divide, carving out their own brand of amplified Americana along the way.
Stuart Warburton and Jamie Fildes previously worked together in the 1980s as members of the excellent Rhythmaires. When that band broke up, each went their separate ways; Fildes enjoying some minor success with the band Buchanan (who had an 8/10 album review by AUK back in 2010) and Warburton performing as a solo artist. Now … Continue reading “Grain Electric, The Peer Hat, Manchester, 16th March 2019”
Following the success of the first Long Road festival last year, the 3-day “music and lifestyle” event will return to Stanford Hall in Leicestershire this summer. Running from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September, the festival has announced the first wave of acts confirmed to perform at this year’s event including its two headliners, country … Continue reading “The Long Road Festival announces its 2019 line-up”
In the next instalment of our series which details how our writers and staff members found their way into the Americana genre we hear from the veteran reviewer Keith Hargreaves.