The Dead South “Sugar & Joy” (Six Shooter Records, 2019)

It’s fair to say that The Dead South are making noises with a burgeoning reputation as a kick ass, high-energy bluegrass band. The Canadian four-piece can’t help but enhance that reputation with the release of their new album ‘Sugar & Joy’. Sometimes, when scratching around for the right words with which to articulate the feel … Continue reading “The Dead South “Sugar & Joy” (Six Shooter Records, 2019)”

The Dead South “Illusion & Doubt” (DevilDuck, 2018)

Canada is a major home of Americana, but not perhaps where you would look to find bluegrass. The Dead South are firmly established as a self described folk-bluegrass outfit, and are finally bringing their second album to the UK. Their basic cello/acoustic/mandolin/banjo set up is enhanced on record by layering and strings, with tempos and … Continue reading “The Dead South “Illusion & Doubt” (DevilDuck, 2018)”

Book Review – Oliver Gray “Banjo On My Knee: Music Travels In The American South” (Sarsen Press, 2019)

Aside from being a music promoter and author, Oliver Gray is Americana UK’s very own version of Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent with his annual missives from Austin’s South By Southwest Festival. Surprisingly, for a man whose CV as a promoter is a veritable smorgasbord of vital Americana acts, Gray had never visited Nashville … Continue reading “Book Review – Oliver Gray “Banjo On My Knee: Music Travels In The American South” (Sarsen Press, 2019)”

Buddy and Julie Miller are back with “Breakdown on 20th Ave. South” – Listen

It has been an absolute age since americana legends Buddy Miller and Julie Miller (they’re related you know) have released an album together, and they’ve both been involved in a fair bit of stuff since the last including Buddy’s involvement with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s Raising Sand tour and the ‘Nashville’ TV series. Anyway, … Continue reading “Buddy and Julie Miller are back with “Breakdown on 20th Ave. South” – Listen”

South By Southwest Festival 2018, Austin, Texas

The annual jamboree that is Austin’s South by Southwest Festival plows on with over two thousand artists descending on the town for a week long binge and that’s just the music. With film, gaming and politics all well served alongside a bewildering variety of showcases from well known acts to those just starting out on … Continue reading “South By Southwest Festival 2018, Austin, Texas”

Dirty Dozen: The Death South

They wear white shirts and black suspenders, black pants and travellers’ hats. They sing about murderous, estranged spouses and runaway lover cousins in a boot-stomping acoustic configuration that includes banjo, mandolin, cello and guitar, some whistles, hoots and hollerin’, and finger snappin’. Sometimes their fans dress up like them too and dance and sing the … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Death South”

The Hooten Hallers + The Dee Vees + Jim Adama, Gulliver’s, Manchester, 12th November 2019

On the first night of their European tour the Hooten Hallers were in good spirits, mixing and chatting with their fans both before and after the gig. It was noticeable that a few the audience were wearing The Dead South t-shirts, the Hallers having supported the Canadian band on a previous tour and having clearly … Continue reading “The Hooten Hallers + The Dee Vees + Jim Adama, Gulliver’s, Manchester, 12th November 2019”

Americana Music Association UK announce award nominees

What a night, and what a list.  In the upstairs music room at the surprisingly hard to find  Old Queens Head (“It’s just down from the Angel Tube, man, what do you mean you’re lost?“) and one day shy of bonfire night, the Americana Music Association UK (AMAUK) launched the glorious rockets that are the … Continue reading “Americana Music Association UK announce award nominees”

Black Deer 2020 announces Wilco as headliner

Black Deer Festival have announced their first names for next year’s festival and the line-up is already something of a mic drop moment, including as it does The Waterboys, Canadian folk and bluegrass ensemble The Dead South, Grammy-nominated folk duo The Milk Carton Kids, Arizona’s Courtney Marie Andrews, New York natives The Felice Brothers and … Continue reading “Black Deer 2020 announces Wilco as headliner”