Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker “I Heard Them Singing” – Listen

“SpiderBeetleBee” is the great new title of the new album by Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker which radiates forth with equal parts austerity and whimsy, as evidenced in the lead single I Heard Them Singing. Generating a nimble tempo with the aid of MacKay’s requinto (a kind of 5-string Mexican guitar), Walker’s rolling chords and the percolating … Continue reading “Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker “I Heard Them Singing” – Listen”

One Eleven Heavy “Desire Path” (Beyond Beyond is Beyond, 2019)

They seem like a particularly American thing, these ever-changing congregations of individuals; coalescing around an idea to make music together while at the same time performing in/with/for numerous other bands. Do these in fact represent ‘real’ bands or are they some kind of short-lived vanity project? One Eleven Heavy are one such congregation who are … Continue reading “One Eleven Heavy “Desire Path” (Beyond Beyond is Beyond, 2019)”

Steve Gunn “The Unseen in Between” (Matador Records, 2019)

Maybe the best example of an “underground” artist coming to the fore that we’ve come across in recent years, Steve Gunn is perhaps best known as having been Kurt Vile’s guitarist. However, he has a healthy back catalogue of solo and collaborative recordings and with ‘The Unseen In Between’ gathering a great deal of media … Continue reading “Steve Gunn “The Unseen in Between” (Matador Records, 2019)”

The “Godfather of Cosmic Americana” Michael Chapman is back!

Leaving you this weekend dear dear readers with news that the Leeds born so-called “Godfather of Cosmic Americana” is back with a new album ‘True North’ recorded with close ally Steve Gunn and which features pals Bridget St John and BJ Cole. Chapman has been championed by (or collaborated with) the likes of Hiss Golden … Continue reading “The “Godfather of Cosmic Americana” Michael Chapman is back!”

The Sadies “Northern Passages” (Yep Roc Records, 2017)

The Sadies are enjoying a fantastic run of form. Their last two records have both been brilliant autumnal works and this one begins in pretty much the same vein – the opening chords of Riverview Fog are a quite specific swirl of acoustic country psychedelia; it’s like they’ve captured the sound of light dappling the … Continue reading “The Sadies “Northern Passages” (Yep Roc Records, 2017)”

Lucinda Williams to play End of the Road 2017

The line-up has just been announced for this year’s End of the Road festival has been announced and it looks pretty spectacular, certainly better than last year’s wash out in more ways than one (Teenage Fanclub notwithstanding dear americana fans).  Father John Misty and Mac DeMarco have been confirmed as headliners but also on the … Continue reading “Lucinda Williams to play End of the Road 2017”

The Gentle Good “Ruins/Adfeilion” (Bubblewrap Collective, 2016)

The presidential ‘debates’ show what happens when you match ugliness with ugliness – it spirals into something toxic and is birthing the idiocracy that we seem to deserve. Gareth Bonello meets the ugliness of the contemporary world with songs full of elegant beauty. ‘Rivers of Gold’ is a refutation of the trickle-down theory of economics … Continue reading “The Gentle Good “Ruins/Adfeilion” (Bubblewrap Collective, 2016)”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the Americana UK gig guide. You can search by artist name, town or venue – if you want gigs just in Liverpool for instance, just start typing ‘Liver’ in the search box below. For more information on an artist, just click on their name. If you’re a promoter/artist and want your UK gig listed, … Continue reading “UK Americana Gig Guide”