Mike Gale “Beachhead Galaxy” (Farm Music, 2018)

‘Beachhead Galaxy’ is the latest solo album from Mike Gale (Co-Pilgrim).  It’s a dreamy, ethereal sounding piece which is fitting for the subject matter. Set in space, in the year 2412 where harmony across all lifeforms reigns and war is forbidden, the album’s focus is on how this all might change. A traveller from the … Continue reading “Mike Gale “Beachhead Galaxy” (Farm Music, 2018)”

Sean McConnell “Secondhand Smoke” (Big Picnic Records, 2019)

It is probably too early in the year to think about what your album of the year is, but it would be safe to say that Sean McConnell’s new album ‘Secondhand Smoke’ will probably end up at the top of the list. The thirteen track album is pretty basic in terms of its production, everything recorded … Continue reading “Sean McConnell “Secondhand Smoke” (Big Picnic Records, 2019)”

Bob Sumner “Wasted Love Songs” (Independent, 2019)

Bob Sumner is used to rocking out with his brother as one half of the Sumner Brothers, but this debut solo release finds him in a more reflective mood. The folk-based Americana of ‘Wasted Love Songs’ covers the classic themes of love, loss, loneliness and being worn down by the world. Although that sounds a … Continue reading “Bob Sumner “Wasted Love Songs” (Independent, 2019)”

AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part five

The AMAUK conference is now into its fourth year and one of the highlights is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At five venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the price of one … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part five”

Jarrod Dickenson announces new EP and UK tour dates

Honey-voiced crooner, Jarrod Dickenson, will bring his own brand of Americana to the UK and Ireland later this month. Dickenson has toured assiduously throughout Europe and the UK in recent years, including festival appearances at Glastonbury, Black Deer and Larmer Tree.

David Graff “Supposed to Fly” (Independent, 2018)

After some early success, David Graff turned his back on the music industry in the late 1990s and began a career as an artist. However, the urge to create new music never left him. ‘Supposed to Fly’ is Graff’s first album this century. Although he started his musical career as a drummer, Graff soon took … Continue reading “David Graff “Supposed to Fly” (Independent, 2018)”

Art Theefe “Dig Deep” (Stolen Heart Records, 2018)

Art Theefe is an Oxford-based 3 piece band formed and led by singer/guitarist Matt Sage with Josh Rigal on bass and Joel Bassuk completing the line-up on drums.  Aided by a successful Kickstarter campaign they have crafted their debut album ‘Dig Deep’ and it doesn’t disappoint. ‘Dig Deep’ is an atmospheric piece of work that … Continue reading “Art Theefe “Dig Deep” (Stolen Heart Records, 2018)”

Nate Smith “Some Kind of Dancing” (Independent, 2018)

LA’s Nate Smith last graced our speakers back in 2016 with concept album ‘Around and Around’; the concept being his personal journey through love, fatherhood, and divorce. Can this new release match such depth of personal engagement or is there some new ground to cover for the Utah-born storyteller?

B.R. Lively “Into the Blue” (Independent, 2018)

This debut album from B.R. Lively is deep-rooted in folk, but has a unique style all its own, with a lot of outside inspirations, which show in its use of Motown beats and string arrangements. Lively is a great storyteller and using folk music to tell these stories works in his favour.  ‘Into The Blue’ is … Continue reading “B.R. Lively “Into the Blue” (Independent, 2018)”