The Marcus King Band “Where I’m Headed” – Listen

This fine tune by the Marcus King Band  is taken from their third studio album Carolina Confessions, which was released back in October.  It’s a multi-layered rocking track tinged with soulful horns and a throat-ripping vocal.  Marcus King explains that it is about “a very special lady. It’s to do with always being on the road and … Continue reading “The Marcus King Band “Where I’m Headed” – Listen”

Marcus King Band, Electric Ballroom, Camden, 25th February 2020

It’s been two years since The Marcus King Band last played London and this time they’re promoting King’s solo release ‘El Dorado’. Produced by Dan Auerbach, it represents a change in direction from earlier releases, being predominantly psychedelic soul with only an occasional nod to the blues/Americana that he’s best known for. Tonight the crowd … Continue reading “Marcus King Band, Electric Ballroom, Camden, 25th February 2020”

Classic Americana Albums: The Band “The Band” (Capitol, 1969)

There are a number of albums that can claim to have kicked off Americana, Flying Burrito Brothers, Dylan, or CSN, but the one that really embodied the American spirit and turned it into a new sort of music was The Band’s self-titled second album. The context for this record was 1969 and the key albums … Continue reading “Classic Americana Albums: The Band “The Band” (Capitol, 1969)”

Marcus King “El Dorado” (Fantasy Records, 2020)

Marcus King is a genius. Bonafide. A child prodigy on blues guitar, he experienced tragedy, suffering and struggle as a teen that came through so clearly in his first three albums, that Clapton sought him out. That trio of releases were done with his own band, but this is his first stand-alone material, and it … Continue reading “Marcus King “El Dorado” (Fantasy Records, 2020)”

Marcus King goes in search of his ‘El Dorado’ before UK tour

Singer-songwriter and guitar supremo, Marcus King, has announced the release of his debut solo record, ‘El Dorado’ on the 17th of January next year, following which he heads to the UK for a six date tour ahead of further dates throughout the rest of Europe.

AmericanaFest, Nashville, September 10th-15th, 2019

For Americana UK, this year’s Nashville experience ended where it pretty much started – at Robert’s Western World on Lower Broadway. Hotfoot from arriving in the city around 7pm our assembled scribes headed straight downtown to see Joshua Hedley and the Hedliners. These showcases at Robert’s are something of a Nashville institution for both discerning … Continue reading “AmericanaFest, Nashville, September 10th-15th, 2019”

Neal Casal Foundation and tribute album announced

A tribute album featuring Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Beachwood Sparks among others was announced yesterday along with details of a new Neal Casal Music Foundation (NCMF) which has been created “to honour the memory of the late great, multi-dimensional artist through an ongoing series of charitable endeavors.” The initial focus of the foundation is … Continue reading “Neal Casal Foundation and tribute album announced”

Track Premiere: Margaret Chavez “I Virgo”

Crunching guitars usher in ‘I Virgo‘ before it is set free and launched into a stratospheric piercing blend of folk and rock and reverb heavy Cosmic American Music – Phosphorescent is in there, Mercury Rev and Midlake too but it’s a blissful sound that is really all its own.  ‘I Virgo‘ is  taken from Margaret … Continue reading “Track Premiere: Margaret Chavez “I Virgo””

The Haden Triplets “The Family Songbook” (Trimeter Records/Thirty Tigers, 2020)

That ‘Family Songbook’ sounds so routinely Haden Triplets; just like we might expect it to if we’d heard (and enjoyed) their first album on Third Man Records, is perhaps something of a wonder. Despite the heft of the history, influences and associations that the sisters lug around with them their character still manages to shine … Continue reading “The Haden Triplets “The Family Songbook” (Trimeter Records/Thirty Tigers, 2020)”