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”

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”

Trampled By Turtles + Ferris & Sylvester, London Electric Ballroom, Friday 16th November

Minnesota-based six piece Trampled By Turtles may be best known in the US, but their quirky take on bluegrass is spreading further afield, and spreading fast. At least, they’ve filled the not inconsiderable space of the Electric Ballroom for this show as part of the London Roots Festival with apparent ease. Appearing on stage at … Continue reading “Trampled By Turtles + Ferris & Sylvester, London Electric Ballroom, Friday 16th November”

Joshua Hedley hits the UK for September dates

In the midst of an unbearable amount of critical praise for his classic country-influenced debut album ‘Mr Jukebox’ (including a 9 out of 10 from AUK) – out now on Jack White’s Third Man Records, Nashville singer-songwriter Joshua Hedley has confirmed a run of UK & European headline dates in September 2018, including an appearance at The Long … Continue reading “Joshua Hedley hits the UK for September dates”

Maverick Festival, Easton Park Farm Suffolk, 6th – 8th July 2018

This year’s Maverick Festival was held under glorious sunshine at Easton Park Farm in the deepest part of rural Suffolk. As usual, Director Paul Spencer  had pulled together a tremendous range of polished multinational talent which all just about falls within what we consider Americana. The timing of the event, smack dab in the middle … Continue reading “Maverick Festival, Easton Park Farm Suffolk, 6th – 8th July 2018”

The Long Road announces additions to line-up

The new country, Americana and roots festival The Long Road has announced a second wave of artists today for its inaugural event which takes place in Leicestershire from 7th-9th September. Joining the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg, Angaleena Presley, The Shires, Catherine McGrath, The Wandering Hearts, Una Healy and Danielle Bradbery will be a string of US country acts including Joshua Hedley (whose … Continue reading “The Long Road announces additions to line-up”

The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more

We’re doing well for americana tinged festivals this year and today there’s the announcement of another one which says it’s bringing the “sounds of the country music scene to the UK” but actually has a broader line up than that makes it sound, but in a nice way. Taking place within the grounds of Stanford … Continue reading “The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more”

Carousel “Carousel EP” (Independent, 2017)

A youthful four-piece band from Southend On Sea, Carousel dive into the increasingly crowded pool of UK bands playing Americana on this, their debut recording. They hover around the radio friendly sounds of bands such as The Shires and The Lone Bellow although at times there is a tougher edge on show.