Josh Ritter plays NPR Tiny Desk Concert with Amanda Shires And Jason Isbell: Watch

Apologies for completely missing this last week – Josh Ritter played one of NPR’s magical little Tiny Desk concerts last week, as they described it “with the enthusiasm of a young child and the wisdom of an old soul”. Accompanying him was Amanda Shires on fiddle and Jason Isbell on acoustic guitar, both of who … Continue reading “Josh Ritter plays NPR Tiny Desk Concert with Amanda Shires And Jason Isbell: Watch”

Strands of Oaks perform with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires – Watch

We have a veritable smorgasbord of videos for you today but this one is worth a watch – evolving indie rock outfit Strand of Oaks performed live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with a cast of musicians, including Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. They performed their new single ‘Ruby’ which comes from the … Continue reading “Strands of Oaks perform with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires – Watch”

RS Country interview Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

RS Country are running a nice little (not so little actually) interview today with Americana royalty (in a Republican way) (that’s Republican in the UK sense) (why did I start this?) Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires who talk to them about their new albums, how they both met and speaking out in the era of Trump.

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires cover John Prine – Watch

Well this from RS will cheer up your dreary Tuesday morning: “The sight of Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires sharing the mic together became a familiar one throughout 2017, as the husband-and-wife Americana power couple solidified their musical bond while touring behind Isbell and the 400 Unit’s chart-topping The Nashville Sound. This weekend’s episode of Austin City … Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires cover John Prine – Watch”

Jason Isbell Collaborates with Amanda Shires

And you can have a listen. Rolling Stone Country reports: “One year after popping up in the end credits of British documentary The Fear of 13, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires’ “The Color of a Cloudy Day” is receiving a proper release. The song joins Amazon’s ever-growing “Amazon Acoustics” playlist this morning, appearing alongside stripped-down … Continue reading “Jason Isbell Collaborates with Amanda Shires”

The Highwomen “The Highwomen” (Elektra, 2019)

The Highwomen are Country music’s latest “supergroup”. Comprising Brandi Carlile, Natalie Henby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires the group came out of an idea from Shires to form an all-women group as a homage to the legendary Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson) but also as a means to promote female … Continue reading “The Highwomen “The Highwomen” (Elektra, 2019)”

Review: Black Deer Festival 2019, Eridge Park, Sussex

Update: Apologies for getting the county wrong originally. That’s Northerners writing reviews on Southern events for you. It’s difficult to be interested in americana in 2019 and not feel in some way political – even with a small p. Black Deer, an americana and country festival held in the stunning setting of Eridge Park in … Continue reading “Review: Black Deer Festival 2019, Eridge Park, Sussex”

Interview: Gill Tee, co-founder of the Black Deer Festival

Gill Tee is one of the co-founders of the Black Deer Festival which takes place at Eridge Park in Kent between the 21st and 23rd of June. This year’s line up includes Band of Horses, The Shires, John Butler Trio and Kris Kristofferson.

Lethbridge Owen, Under The Bridge, London, 26th April 2019

Tonight’s venue, Under the Bridge, is quirkily bolted into the lower level of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC’s football ground. Featuring regular music nights it has previously hosted tonight’s entertainment, Lethbridge Owen, several times. It might seem odd to go see a band underneath a football pitch but for anyone who was around in the mid … Continue reading “Lethbridge Owen, Under The Bridge, London, 26th April 2019”

Americana Music Fest 29th January, Hackney, London

Organised by the Americana Music Association UK (AMAUK), the showcase runs at five Hackney Central venues over two nights, culminating in the awards ceremony at hackney Empire on the third evening. It’s a fairly massive undertaking, with almost 60 bands or artists performing half hour sets over the two showcase nights. It links in with … Continue reading “Americana Music Fest 29th January, Hackney, London”