Dean Owens & The Southerners hit the road

Dean Owens is set to tour the UK throughout March, after which he’ll follow up with festival appearances, including the Orkney Folk Festival in May and the Maverick Festival in July. He’ll be performing songs from his latest compilation album, ‘The Man From Leith (The Best of Dean Owens)’ a collection of songs from his … Continue reading “Dean Owens & The Southerners hit the road”

Dean Owens & The Southerners, Sounds In The Suburbs @ The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 15th December 2019

The irony of this cross border trio appearing in Glasgow in the wake of an election which saw England and Scotland diametrically opposed was not lost on Dean Owens tonight. The prankster in him surreptitiously arranged for the sold out crowd to chant the terrace anthem of ‘Cheerio, Cheerio’ as the actual southerners, Jim Maving … Continue reading “Dean Owens & The Southerners, Sounds In The Suburbs @ The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 15th December 2019”

Interview: Dean Owens – On the road with The Southerners

Kicking off this week is a short tour allowing folk to experience three top-notch musicians who have all been recognised by our buddies at the Americana Music Association-UK at their annual AmericanaFest. The Southerners consist of Dean Owens, winner of the AMAUK’s UK Song of the Year back in January, Tom Collison, instrumentalist of the … Continue reading “Interview: Dean Owens – On the road with The Southerners”

AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part two

The AMAUK conference is now into its fifth year, and one of the highlights of the conference is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony on 28th/29th January featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At six venues across Hackney, all within walking distance … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part two”

AmericanaFest 2020 – over 75 artist head to London next month!

We’ve already covered 2020’s AmericanaFest which returns to the UK at the end of January next year, and now details are emerging of the array of artists who’ll be playing the festival which is, er, extensive to say the least. You might need a calculator to count them all.

Dean Owens is back from the States for UK Dates

Back following a 2 month, 12 state tour of the United States, Dean Owens returns for dates in the UK next month. Touring as Dean Owens & The Southerners, Dean will be joined by fellow band members Tom Collison (Instrumentalist of the Year, American Music Association UK, 2018) and Jim Maving, whose distinguished career includes … Continue reading “Dean Owens is back from the States for UK Dates”

Track premiere: Lindi Ortega “You Ain’t Foolin’ Me”

‘Liberty’ is the new album from Lindi Ortega – due out in May, it was recorded in East Nashville and produced by Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Rayland Baxter), and she’s shared the track ‘You Ain’t Foolin’ Me’ exclusively with AUK this morning. With a dark undercurrent and some great production, she told us: “Some southerners … Continue reading “Track premiere: Lindi Ortega “You Ain’t Foolin’ Me””

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires “Youth Detention” (Don Giovanni Records 2017)

This is the album that, despite the title, sees the combative and essential Alabama rock outfit who are more ‘punk’ than many of the modern bands who claim to be, hit full maturity. It is also an album that goes beyond any “protest” label and instead paints a picture of a fractured society from within, … Continue reading “Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires “Youth Detention” (Don Giovanni Records 2017)”

Our First 100 Days project ends with Phosphorescent playing Woody Guthrie – Listen

Possibly the most worthwhile music project of the century so far, ambitious in scale and a delight from start to finish, Paste report: “Saturday marked the 100th day of the new regime, and that number feels even more trivial and arbitrary now that we’re on the other side of it—especially when it means that Our … Continue reading “Our First 100 Days project ends with Phosphorescent playing Woody Guthrie – Listen”

Drive by Truckers release new video for ‘Surrender Under Protest’

Which couldn’t be more apt on today of all dark days. God help us all. Rolling Stone reports: “The Drive-By Truckers have released their powerful new music video to “Surrender Under Protest,” a track from their recent album American Band. The song, sung by co-frontman Mike Cooley, uses an old Confederate slogan to address ongoing racial … Continue reading “Drive by Truckers release new video for ‘Surrender Under Protest’”