William Matheny “Strange Constellations” (Misra Records, 2017)

It’s rare to hear a debut album as accomplished as Strange Constellations – but then William Matheny isn’t exactly a completely fresh face on the music scene as he’s had a number of years in the Athens (Ohio) based Indy-folk band Southeast Engine. On his debut solo release William Matheny unarguably demonstrates that he’s honed … Continue reading “William Matheny “Strange Constellations” (Misra Records, 2017)”

Those Lavender Whales “My Bones are Singing” (Fork & Spoon Records, 2017)

There is a backstory to My Bones Are Singing, and although it’s not explicitly spelt out at any point on the album it’s so relevant that it can’t really be ignored. Before recording My Bones are Singing, Aaron Graves, who is Those Lavender Whales, had been diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumour. Knowing this … Continue reading “Those Lavender Whales “My Bones are Singing” (Fork & Spoon Records, 2017)”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the new 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”

Paul Simon “In The Blue Light” (Sony Music, 2018)

Almost two years following 2016’s magnificent ‘Stranger to Stranger,’ Paul Simon announced he was retiring from the road before embarking on the appropriately named “Homeward Bound – the Farewell Tour.”  Simon’s thoughts may have been on the past when he stepped in the studio to work on what would become his 14th studio album, ‘In the … Continue reading “Paul Simon “In The Blue Light” (Sony Music, 2018)”

Anna Tivel & Jefferey Martin, The Green Note, London, 4th July 2018

Either one of these artists would be worth turning out for, even worth dragging into a heat soaked and sticky London evening, and wandering down the dust-blown streets of Camden Town. Yeah, even worth fighting with the recalcitrant and sauna like Northern Line. The first on stage, Anna Tivel, has been steadily building a reputation … Continue reading “Anna Tivel & Jefferey Martin, The Green Note, London, 4th July 2018”

Steve Tilston “Distant Days” (Riverboat Records, 2018)

It’s not uncommon these days for more, ahem, ‘mature’, artists to cherry-pick and rework their own back catalogue in a bare-bones style. There can be any number of reasons for them doing so, including, but certainly not limited to, reclaiming those songs from record company shenanigans. Whatever the precise reasoning behind this particular solo acoustic … Continue reading “Steve Tilston “Distant Days” (Riverboat Records, 2018)”

Van Life: The High Divers

Now, some would say it’s a tad ironic to be doing a Van Life feature with a band whose very existence was threatened by their own van flipping over and causing somewhat of an unscheduled hiatus in terms of performing and recording. Thankfully, Charleston’s High Divers are beyond that roadblock and are set to release … Continue reading “Van Life: The High Divers”

Here they are! AUK writers’ best albums of 2017

Here at AUK towers we used to quite often fall out over our end of year list, and even the stronger among us walked away in a sea of blood, sweat and tears (the things). It was the block vote what done it. And so, like Ed Miliband before us we moved to a one … Continue reading “Here they are! AUK writers’ best albums of 2017”

Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Dingwall’s, London, 5th December 2017

A random conversation with a total stranger at this summer’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, who insisted I head directly to the Blues tent to see an amazing guitar slinger from Nashville, is what brought me to this pass on a Tuesday evening in Camden. That afternoon’s set in Maidstone back in July had other complete strangers … Continue reading “Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Dingwall’s, London, 5th December 2017”

The Slow Show “Dream Darling” (Haldern Pop Recordings, 2016)

Quirky and eclectic the music and vocals of Rob Goodwin are undeniable. In many ways The Slow Show breathe fresh air into the scene as the five-man unit take the listener away from the predictable and sometimes mundane work of all too many bands. The band’s debut album of last year, White Water was a more … Continue reading “The Slow Show “Dream Darling” (Haldern Pop Recordings, 2016)”