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”

Hearts Of Oak “Moves” (Deer Lodge, 2018)

When asked what the highlight of this record was, the band replied “It’s OK to take drugs and play music”. That might have been a thing a few decades ago, but the modern Americana listener surely prefers a bit more focus and less self-indulgence? There is a psychedelic feel throughout this backwoods atmosphere, but it … Continue reading “Hearts Of Oak “Moves” (Deer Lodge, 2018)”

David Crosby and friends, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 16th September 2018

With the current turmoil in Crosby’s biggest post-Byrds band it was pretty clear which “friends” would not be performing at this gig, and as the continuing to thin Crosby appeared on stage promptly at eight o’ clock it was revealed that there would be no support and the friends are actually the band that David … Continue reading “David Crosby and friends, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 16th September 2018”

Israel Nash “Lifted” (Loose, 2018)

This is Big Music. It’s all about the production, which seems to have everything, with bells on – figuratively on ‘Northwest Stars (Out of Tacoma)’. Kitchen sink isn’t actually listed as an instrument, but if it had been used it would have fitted as well as anything else on this glorious album. Orchestra, choir, endless … Continue reading “Israel Nash “Lifted” (Loose, 2018)”

Black Deer is looking for a community and social media manager

And it could be you.  The lovely people over at Black Deer, the UK’s newest americana and country festival, have been in touch with us to see if any of our readership might be the right person for their new Community and Social Media Manager post.  They ask: “Are you a confirmed Americana music and lifestyle … Continue reading “Black Deer is looking for a community and social media manager”

Licking the Moose “The Death of Henry Miller and Many Others” (Independent, 2018)

‘The Death of Henry Miller and Many Others’ is the latest album from Norwegian Americana band Licking the Moose. Their first since 2009, it is a collection of confidently written and performed songs that could be held up as a primer for fledgling musicians. Their style is varied and polished. Think of a type of … Continue reading “Licking the Moose “The Death of Henry Miller and Many Others” (Independent, 2018)”

Ben Kunder “Better Human” (Independent, 2018)

Canadian singer/songwriter Ben Kunder is not one to be boxed in. While discussing ‘Better Human’, his second independent release, he ventured, “I realise it’s hard to know where to put me. I just write songs and hope people relate to them…. I really just want to connect to as many people as I can in any … Continue reading “Ben Kunder “Better Human” (Independent, 2018)”

Zero Love! Teenage Fanclub says adios to founding member

Some sad news this morning from the lovely Teenage Fanclub who’ve announced that the band will part ways with their bassist Gerard Love at the end of this year after 30 years – to put that into context, Mrs Thatcher was still prime minister, Maureen Lipman was doing BT adverts instead of shouting at Jeremy … Continue reading “Zero Love! Teenage Fanclub says adios to founding member”

Silver Lining “Heart and Mind Alike” (Independent, 2018)

Norwegian Americana? Reviewed in the UK? Why not, Americana is a broad and growing church, and all are welcome. Silver Lining are from Oslo, and have a very gentle approach, producing beautiful music with space and sparsity. With all members contributing songs and voice, harmonies are very much to the front, the acoustic and electric … Continue reading “Silver Lining “Heart and Mind Alike” (Independent, 2018)”

Pick of the Political Pops: Wilbert Harrison “Let’s Stick Together”

This week we have noted with a strange combination of amusement and disbelief that the UK’s negotiating strategy regarding Brexit (yep – that again) continues to consist mainly of our glorious leaders throwing their toys out of the pram and stamping their petulant little feet (supposing that it is possible to stamp one’s feet in … Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Wilbert Harrison “Let’s Stick Together””