Glenn Yoder & The Western States “Inherited Darkness” (Independent 2017)

Glenn Yoder’s been churning out top-class Americana for a dozen years or so, and is now managing to both move with the times while remaining true to his roots. Since 2013, he’s been working with The Western States, a band of no-nonsense harbingers of swing who know they bring out the best of each other in an environment … Continue reading “Glenn Yoder & The Western States “Inherited Darkness” (Independent 2017)”

Purple Mountains “Purple Mountains” (Drag City, 2019)

After ten years on the sidelines, David Berman has decided to chime in with a new album under a new name. If we take him at his word, ten years ago his biggest fear was that he might accidentally write the answer song to ‘Shiny Happy People’. Depending on what you think that answer is, … Continue reading “Purple Mountains “Purple Mountains” (Drag City, 2019)”

Tyler Ramsey, St Pancras Old Church, London, 20th May 2019

As they had an hour earlier for support Alex Carson, the sounds of cans cracking open greeted Tyler Ramsey as he made his way on stage at this wonderfully intimate London venue. Tyler Ramsey is tall and rangy, with a beard almost as long as his hair but when he strapped on his acoustic guitar … Continue reading “Tyler Ramsey, St Pancras Old Church, London, 20th May 2019”

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London, 24th May 2019

A gig with bongo, flute, trumpet, trombone and saxophone solos, delivered in the context of a street party atmosphere, is offering something truly different. A busy and buoyant crowd packed into the O2 Forum to experience Little Steven’s ‘Summer of Sorcery’ tour and was transported away from a grey evening in London to a bustling … Continue reading “Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London, 24th May 2019”

Michael McDermott, Aces and Eights, London, 5th May 2019

Following a successful sold out launch of his latest album, ‘Orphans’, at the Green Note the previous evening, Michael McDermott returned to north London and the dimly lit, intimate basement of Finsbury Park’s Aces and Eights on Tuesday to run through a series of audience song requests. ‘Orphans’ is so named because none of its … Continue reading “Michael McDermott, Aces and Eights, London, 5th May 2019”

Anna Tivel “The Question” (Fluff and Gravy Records, 2019)

Of all the wonderful things rightfully said about Portland’s Anna Tivel, there is one that resonates perhaps more than many others, about how “you lean in to listen how she has put the words together.” It’s quite astonishing how her voice draws you in to really listen to the story she is telling. She creates … Continue reading “Anna Tivel “The Question” (Fluff and Gravy Records, 2019)”

Americana A-Z – Lindi Ortega

The Americana A-Z is sometimes a means to celebrate a legend of the genre or it is often a way of reminding readers of a forgotten gem. This week, for the letter ‘O’, we’re shining the light on a contemporary act who deserves an audience. Lindi Ortega has been releasing music for almost twenty years … Continue reading “Americana A-Z – Lindi Ortega”

Fabrizio Cammarata “Lights” (800A Records, 2019)

Fabrizio Cammarata, from Palermo, Sicily is not a well-known name on the UK circuit. It’s an outdated inequity that our continental neighbours are not given the attention here that our American cousins enjoy when it comes to the genre. Having said that, it’s a debate for another day (and one that I know is close … Continue reading “Fabrizio Cammarata “Lights” (800A Records, 2019)”

Feathered Mason “Limbo Boy”(Jungle Strut Music, 2018)

If you were a fan of Feathered Mason’s 2017 release ‘Mary’s Kitchen Sessions,’ you will find something to like in his most recent offering. Whether you like it more or less will speak to your preference in production values more than the songwriting or performances on ‘Limbo Boy’. For the uninitiated, a brief overview seems to … Continue reading “Feathered Mason “Limbo Boy”(Jungle Strut Music, 2018)”

Jeremy & The Harlequins, Water Rats, London, 9th March 2019

At the end of their first UK tour New York City’s Jeremy & The Harlequins made the first of their two back-to-back London stops at the Water Rats, with an appearance planned for the BBC’s Andrew Marr show thrown in as an extra. This series of firsts left them undaunted as it was a supremely … Continue reading “Jeremy & The Harlequins, Water Rats, London, 9th March 2019”