The Steel Woods “Old News” (Thirty Tigers, 2019)

When listening to The Steel Woods’ new album, ‘Old News’, the influences are clear from the opening line of the first track, ‘All of These Years’.  If you mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers somewhere in the middle you would arrive at this record. Lyrically it may sound familiar to fans of Chris Stapleton … Continue reading “The Steel Woods “Old News” (Thirty Tigers, 2019)”

The Steel Woods “Old News” – Listen

“I hate to think that you think I hate you / and I hate the thought of you hating me too” sings Wes Bayliss on the title track of The Steel Woods’ new album ‘Old News‘, to be released on January 18th.  It’s a song addressing the divides in America, and proffers the hopeful thought … Continue reading “The Steel Woods “Old News” – Listen”

Lyman Ellerman “I Wish I Was A Train” (Woodshed Resistance, 2018)

Lyman Ellerman is based in Bon Aqua, Tennessee and has written all the songs and, with Jason Morgan, produced this remarkable record. Listening and being drawn into the eleven tracks, one can’t fail to draw up a picture of the humanity of Lyman that makes him so remarkable. His voice, his guitar work, and the … Continue reading “Lyman Ellerman “I Wish I Was A Train” (Woodshed Resistance, 2018)”

The Deep Dark Woods “Yarrow” Six Shooter Records, 2017

These are the same deep dark woods that the Handsome Family walk through combing for tales of mealy bugs or familial murder. On Fallen Leaves, Ryan Boldt does a passable impersonation of Brett with his sonorous voice intoning a tale told in images that seem cut and pasted from the Handsome’s songbook, natural imagery and unnatural … Continue reading “The Deep Dark Woods “Yarrow” Six Shooter Records, 2017”

Matt Woods “How to Survive” (Lonely Ones Records 2017)

Matt Woods hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where this CD was recorded in Shed 55. Here is an album to linger with and learn from. Matt accepts the reality of modern life. In Love in a Nuclear Age he sings, “No one’s been smart enough /To write a book on how to survive.” Maybe not, but … Continue reading “Matt Woods “How to Survive” (Lonely Ones Records 2017)”

Campbell Woods “Oxford Street” (Independent, 2017)

Oxford Street, in this case, is not the glitzy miles long street of vast temples of consumerism, awash with gee-gaws and superficially attractive but ultimately empty and worthless baubles. No, this is an Oxford Street of attractive clapboard houses – maybe in Halifax or Victoria, but definitely anchored down in a small Canadian city, with … Continue reading “Campbell Woods “Oxford Street” (Independent, 2017)”

Hearts Of Oak “Moves” (Deer Lodge, 2018)

When asked what the highlight of this record was, the band replied “It’s OK to take drugs and play music”. That might have been a thing a few decades ago, but the modern Americana listener surely prefers a bit more focus and less self-indulgence? There is a psychedelic feel throughout this backwoods atmosphere, but it … Continue reading “Hearts Of Oak “Moves” (Deer Lodge, 2018)”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the new 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”

JP Harris “When I Quit Drinking” – Listen

As mainstream country continues to becomes hollow and glitzy pop music about trucks and beers and dogs and girls (or boys) then this lead single from JP Harris’ new album ‘Sometimes dogs bark at nothing‘ is definitely alt-country.  With a quavering vocal, strummed guitar and weep-weep-weeping pedal steel this is a classy track with lyrics … Continue reading “JP Harris “When I Quit Drinking” – Listen”

The Sheepdogs, The Lexington, London, 11th April 2018

A place of which it was once said: “Saskatoon’s got nothing but hookers and hockey players,” the northern Canadian outpost of only around 300,000 denizens is now  shaking off any past negative association with a seemingly unstoppable array of creative musical talent emerging from the city recently,  whether that be The Deep Dark Woods, Colter … Continue reading “The Sheepdogs, The Lexington, London, 11th April 2018”