Luke Tuchscherer “Carousel” (Clubhouse Records, 2019)

It’s a well-worn path.  Artist runs out of ideas and decides to re-hash some old material and produces an album that is at best mediocre and at worst downright boring.  Not in this case though, it’s truly excellent! Luke Tuchscherer has certainly dug deep into his back catalogue, with most of the songs dating back … Continue reading “Luke Tuchscherer “Carousel” (Clubhouse Records, 2019)”

Swimming Bell “Wild Sight” (Adventure Club Records, 2019)

Swimming Bell is the solo project of Brooklyn based Katie Schottland, ‘Wild Sight’ the debut album following her ‘The Golden Heart’ EP in 2017. That this gentle music carries nothing of the metropolis is perhaps explained by much of its creation being in the UK with collaborator and producer Oli Deacon (Lowpines), including a spell … Continue reading “Swimming Bell “Wild Sight” (Adventure Club Records, 2019)”

Blue Rose Code + Roseanne Reid, The Fallen Angels Club, St. Lukes, Glasgow, 7th March 2019

The always mercurial Ross Wilson brought his latest incarnation of Blue Rose Code to Glasgow for a sold out show which was both a pleasure and a delight to be present at. One thing you can be guaranteed at a Blue Rose Code show is that familiar songs will be prodded, poked and bent into … Continue reading “Blue Rose Code + Roseanne Reid, The Fallen Angels Club, St. Lukes, Glasgow, 7th March 2019”

Broken Witt Rebels, Nell’s Jazz and Blues Club, London, 1st December 2018

Westwards, to Nell’s Jazz and Blues Club in West Kensington, which keeps the relatively underserved West side of Central London on the gigging venue roster. It’s a low-key sort of street entrance but inside the venue opens out to around 250 capacity and is encouragingly full and bustling as Broken Witt Rebels take to the … Continue reading “Broken Witt Rebels, Nell’s Jazz and Blues Club, London, 1st December 2018”

Book Club “Dust of Morning” (Independent, 2018)

Apparently inspired by founding frontman, guitarist, singer and songwriter Robbie Horlick’s travels in Europe, Book Club’s third album, ‘Dust of Morning’ shows the Atlanta-based ensemble demonstrating a growing maturity that has them deserving of a wider audience. That isn’t to say these songs appear inspired by a particular place or places as such – the … Continue reading “Book Club “Dust of Morning” (Independent, 2018)”

Dale Watson, The 100 Club, London, 16th March 2018

Shortly after 8.30pm, a passing punter in the 100 Club said to another fellow gig goer, “I thought that was Billy Idol for a moment.” It’s actually a reference to the gravity defying pompadour sitting atop Dale Watson’s head. On conclusion of his set about two hours later the participants of this exchange might have … Continue reading “Dale Watson, The 100 Club, London, 16th March 2018”

Van Life: Ana Egge

North Dakota’s Ana Egge has long been regarded as one of the brightest talents on the Americana scene. Her distinct brand of evocative, folk-infused songs have really made an impact – emotionally and artistically – on her growing fan base this side of the pond. With her new album, ‘Is It The Kiss’ – featuring amongst … Continue reading “Van Life: Ana Egge”

8 gigs in 8 days for Erin Rae

Erin Rae heads to the UK for 8 dates in 8 days, beginning in London on the 4th of November. Rae has a deserved reputation as a compelling live performer, which has earned her the respect of her Nashville peers and contemporaries, including Grammy Award winner John Paul White, who was impressed enough to sign … Continue reading “8 gigs in 8 days for Erin Rae”

Glasgow Americana Festival, 2nd – 6th October 2019

In Glasgow, as a damp and dreich winter beckons, October has at least one beacon lighting up the dark nights, the annual Glasgow Americana Festival which has been warming the hearts of music lovers for 13 years now. Spanning five days and six venues, this year’s festival offered 19 performers, an elegant balance of local … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival, 2nd – 6th October 2019”

Interview: Daniel Meade – “I’m kind of touching base, going back to stuff I used to play in pubs.”

Glasgow musician and songwriter, Daniel Meade, first came to attention with The Ronelles, who had 15 minutes of fame in 2015, touring the States and Japan. Next up were The Meatmen who played a much rootsier blend of country blues before Meade kicked off his solo career. With and without his latest band, The Flying … Continue reading “Interview: Daniel Meade – “I’m kind of touching base, going back to stuff I used to play in pubs.””