Ruston Kelly covers Carter Family classic – Listen

We leave you this weekend dear reader with a little treat in the form of a new cover of the Carter Family’s ‘Weeping Willow’ by Ruston Kelly, whose ‘Dying Star’ album was one of our highlights of 2018. He told Stereogum: “To say I’ve been influenced by the Carter Family is an understatement. When I … Continue reading “Ruston Kelly covers Carter Family classic – Listen”

Ruston Kelly “Dying Star” (Rounder Records, 2018)

Ruston Kelly may not yet be a household name but with the release of ‘Dying Star’ that may all be about to change.  Kelly spent his teenage years moving with his family across various US states before ending up for a while in Belgium before returning to the US and heading to Nashville.  He initially … Continue reading “Ruston Kelly “Dying Star” (Rounder Records, 2018)”

2019 Americana Honor and Awards Nominees are announced

So this happened last night although they didn’t send us a press release so we’re reporting this via Rolling Stone. We do by the way love the Milk Carton Kids – don’t forget to catch them in the UK in a couple of weeks’ time: “Nominees for the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards were announced Tuesday … Continue reading “2019 Americana Honor and Awards Nominees are announced”

Americana UK writers pick their albums of 2018

Once upon a time we used to do a “Top 10” list of our favourite stuff from the last year, but we used to all fall out, on several occasions it came to blows and three ex-AUK staff are doing life sentences for killing other writers purely for their taste. So we moved to a … Continue reading “Americana UK writers pick their albums of 2018”

Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018

It’s always weird writing about yourself in the third person, the ego of me, but then headlines without the accompanying cheery picture might leave people mystified.  Anyway, there’s my excuse. What a year it’s been for music, so many great tours and a real vibrancy to the genre – I’ll talk about that more next week … Continue reading “Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018”

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”

AmericanaFest 2018 begins today in Nashville

The 2018 Americana Music Festival and Conference kicks off in Nashville today, and Americana UK’s Mark Underwood is there covering the festival for us.  Until he gets his wi-fi sorted, RS Country have published a list of 21 artists they recommend for you to see if you’re there (moneybags), including Will Hoge, Lilly Hiatt, Erin Rae, … Continue reading “AmericanaFest 2018 begins today in Nashville”

Various Artists “Johnny Cash: Forever Words” (Sony Legacy Recordings, 2018)

Johnny Cash was one of the most iconic musicians of all time and also, one of the most hard-working, with 60+ recorded albums throughout his career, however, his legacy didn’t end with the music he recorded during his lifetime and when he passed, he left a catalogue of poems, writings and musings to his son … Continue reading “Various Artists “Johnny Cash: Forever Words” (Sony Legacy Recordings, 2018)”