Sam Lewis “Solo” (Loversity Records, 2020)

Three albums into a solo recording career Sam Lewis has released a stripped down, lay it all bare fourth called ‘Solo’.  The new release is a presentation of songs from his first three well-received albums, plus a small handful of new material. The album’s simple title emphasises that this is a man alone –  just … Continue reading “Sam Lewis “Solo” (Loversity Records, 2020)”

Nashville’s Sam Lewis heads to the UK next February

Nashville-based country blues and soul singer, Sam Lewis, begins a lengthy tour of the UK in February next year. Renowned for his rich soulful vocals, well-crafted songs, roots country sound and blue-eyed soul, Sam Lewis has collaborated with such musical luminaries as John Prine and Kacey Musgraves, while Chris Stapleton described him as “a modern Townes … Continue reading “Nashville’s Sam Lewis heads to the UK next February”

Video: Al Lewis “Symud ‘mlaen (Moving On)”

The new album from Al Lewis, ‘Te Yn Y Grug’ (‘Tea in the Heather’), is a beautiful piece of work.  60 years ago, Welsh author Dr Kate Roberts released a book of short stories with the same title. Roberts herself was inspired by the sweeping landscapes and village-life of her native North Wales.  Roberts’ stories … Continue reading “Video: Al Lewis “Symud ‘mlaen (Moving On)””

The best gigs of 2019: a personal reflection

“I think that live music is something that the internet can never kill”  – Jim James (My Morning Jacket).  In an age when we can access our favourite music in so many ways and so many forms, for me the best way remains – live. I’m not talking massive stadium or arena gigs, but small … Continue reading “The best gigs of 2019: a personal reflection”

Sunny Ozell, The Islington, London, 4th September 2019

After various forays to the UK, Ms. Ozell is currently undertaking a short tour, this time as the headliner, with a full band in tow, ahead of the launch of her new album, ‘Overnight Lows’, due for release this winter. She is a real extrovert; feisty and outspoken, and has a varied life passage to … Continue reading “Sunny Ozell, The Islington, London, 4th September 2019”

The Long Road Festival announces its 2019 line-up

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”

Americana Music Fest 30th January, Hackney, London

Previous showcases at the AMAUK conference had run for just a single night – expanding to two nights had more than doubled the excitement. And if the previous evening had offered some hard choices then this second night of the AMAUK showcase upped the ante by bringing in Moth Club as a venue, which meant … Continue reading “Americana Music Fest 30th January, Hackney, London”

AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part one

The AMAUK conference is now into its fourth year and one of the highlights is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At five venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the price of one … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part one”

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”

Greta Gaines “Tumbleweed EP” (Big Air Records, 2017)

Don’t Bogart That Joint will probably be one of her favourite tunes when Greta Gaines is asked to appear on Desert Island Discs; and a vaporiser most likely her luxury object. A lifetime campaigner for the legalisation of marijuana and former advocate for the National Organisation For The Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), all profits … Continue reading “Greta Gaines “Tumbleweed EP” (Big Air Records, 2017)”