Guitar maestro Robert Cray to tour the UK

There are few guitarists more masterful than Robert Cray, and it’s a mastery that he has been displaying for over forty years. Bursting onto the mainstream – and bringing his music to the mainstream was quite a feat at the time – in the eighties he has moved easily between pop-rock, soulful ballads and, of … Continue reading “Guitar maestro Robert Cray to tour the UK”

Robert Cray, Cadogan Hall, London, 3rd May 2017

It was a dismal, cold night with an ever present threat of rain that brought Robert Cray to London’s plush Cadogan Hall – it’s a converted church, and tonight it was a Temple to the Blues. Cray returned to London with a three piece backing band – the dread-locked and barefoot super-cool bass player Richard … Continue reading “Robert Cray, Cadogan Hall, London, 3rd May 2017”

Stellar line up for BluesFest this week at the O2

An array of great americana talent features over 4 nights at the O2 Bluesfest in Greenwich, South East London starting on Thursday of this week. The man of whom David Hepworth once said deserved to be carried on a sedan chair for the rest of his life on the basis of the songs he wrote … Continue reading “Stellar line up for BluesFest this week at the O2”

AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part five

The AMAUK conference is now into its fifth year, and one of the highlights of the conference is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony on 28th/29th January featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. The showcases take place at six venues across Hackney, … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part five”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the 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”

Do you like Good Music ? A year in review

There’s an inevitability that December brings some reflection on what has gone before, there’s this midwinter pause that offers an opportunity for this stocktaking. And this is a personal reflection – there’s some “best ofs”” down below, which in their own way are as inevitable as socks as Christmas presents, but they are in no-way … Continue reading “Do you like Good Music ? A year in review”

Sturgill and Prine triumph at americana awards

Obviously this pales into insignifance compared to TV Choice Awards in which Emmerdale won 4 this year, but still, if you can drag yourself through the article, Rolling Stone reports: “Thank you to the Americana fans, because, without you, there might be no other place for me,” said Amanda Shires, collecting her award for Emerging … Continue reading “Sturgill and Prine triumph at americana awards”

Chris Stapleton “From A Room (Vol. 1)” (Mercury Records, 2017)

So here’s the big dilemma for the average, long time Americana fan, Chris Stapleton.  Americana has become hip, it’s the cool genre for the older music fan, those of us that started in alt-country have seen the ‘beards’ move in and dare to say it – it’s got trendy.  The relationship between what is and … Continue reading “Chris Stapleton “From A Room (Vol. 1)” (Mercury Records, 2017)”