Back when I used to promote americana you came across some lovely people and the ones who were let’s just say “higher maintenance”, but few were as nice as North Wales’ country-blues trio the Goat Ropers whose new album ‘Tall Grass’ we raved about recently and deserve all the success in the world – this … Continue reading “Video: The Goat Roper Rodeo Band “Unwrap My Bones””
When Hannah Aldridge played at the Lexington in London last year it was to perform a show that was in the style of the Grand Ole Opry, with a selection of her favourite musical friends encouraged to perform along with her. The Lexington was also chosen as the venue to record a live album on … Continue reading “Hannah Aldridge + The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, The Half Moon, Putney, London, 23rd April 2019”
From their new album Tall Grass, out on March 18th on Bull Pup Records and produced by Romeo Stoddart of The Magic Numbers, this is the rather good Goat Roper Rodeo band. They’re on tour from today too and well worth catching if they’re in your neck of the woods.
Hailing from Rhuddlan in North Wales, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band release their 3rd album, ‘Tall Grass’. Taking influence from artists such as The Band, Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch, their own brand of country music, which they brand as “Cosmic Country Blues” really refreshes the listener and makes for a mind opening experience.
This North Wales trio show just what you can achieve with a couple of acoustic guitars, a stand-up bass and the voice of a pinch-faced Kentucky miner’s son. Turns out you can do an awful lot – they sound as though they’ve been pickled in moonshine for generations. The harmonies flow easily, the songs sound … Continue reading “The Goat Roper Rodeo Band “Cosmic Country Blue” (Aveline Records, 2016)”
New video by three of the nicest boys in music, hailing from North Wales, this is taken from their forthcoming album Cosmic Country Blue out on Aveline Records next week.
Black Deer Festival’s line up for 2020 is already looking good, having as they do Wilco, The Waterboys, The Dead South, Courtney Marie Andrews and The Felice Brothers all playing over the course of the weekend, and they’ve just announced some additions including Shooter Jennings, Imelda May, Wildwood Kin, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the … Continue reading “Black Deer add Robert Plant’s band to their line up”
Almost two decades ago, Mark Whitfield set up the Americana UK website and blog as a university project. And just never stopped. Essentially a bedroom operation, the site has evolved and survived changes in technology, social media and the music industry, becoming one of the UK’s longest-running music websites in the process.
2019 – what a f-king year (and that word is being censored for you daily digest readers). Sometimes music was the only respite there was from the sheer abject misery and terror of the outside world. Sometimes nestling down with a mug of cocoa and some good americana was the only thing that blotted it … Continue reading “AUK’s editor chooses his favourite 10 tracks from 2019”
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.