Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 1st December 2017

It doesn’t pay to be late to a Tom Russell gig, you might miss the opening act who takes the stage to do a little “guess that tune” as he plays snippets of road songs. A little bit of Pancho and Lefty, a little snippet of Guy Clark, it could be anything, even Leonard Cohen.  … Continue reading “Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 1st December 2017”

Tom Russell “Folk Hotel” (Proper Records, 2017)

In the 1990’s Tom Russell was, along with Dave Alvin, hailed as the architect of what came to be known as Americana music. Folk Hotel is album number 36 for Russell and, in 2017, he has surely delivered one of the Americana albums of the year. This is a storytellers’ album with every song a … Continue reading “Tom Russell “Folk Hotel” (Proper Records, 2017)”

Tom Russell has a new album coming soon

Having put out one album already this year – Play One More: The Songs of Ian and Sylvia, Tom Russell isn’t letting the grass grow under him. He’ll be releasing another brand-new studio album Folk Hotel on Proper Records. Folk Hotel will be out on September 8th, in advance of his UK tour. The physical version … Continue reading “Tom Russell has a new album coming soon”

Tonight we ride! Tom Russell has UK dates

Yes, god damn it, Tom Russell will be returning to these fair shores so late in the Fall that we may as well just go ahead and call it a Winter tour.  As usual he’ll be playing dates in all the major cities of the realm, and Farncombe.  Anyone know what the hell it is … Continue reading “Tonight we ride! Tom Russell has UK dates”

Russell And the Wolf Choir “Every Spark Is An Indication” (Independent, 2017)

A mini-LP with something of a Californian West Coast vibe, yet delivered from the wilds of Essex. On vinyl too! Russell and The Wolf Choir actually nail a power pop/indie sound pretty well in the first part of this record. Big fuzzy choruses abound, with hints of Pixies guitars, Teenage Fanclub harmonies, Tom Petty arrangements (God rest … Continue reading “Russell And the Wolf Choir “Every Spark Is An Indication” (Independent, 2017)”

Southern Fried Festival, Perth, Scotland, 26-29th July 2018

Eleven years old this year Southern Fried continues to occupy its position as the best Americana and roots music festival in Scotland and perhaps the best of its kind in the UK (although there are three contenders who might challenge that assumption). The festival doesn’t rest on its laurels however and this year saw its … Continue reading “Southern Fried Festival, Perth, Scotland, 26-29th July 2018”

Win tickets to Soundscreen film showings with AUK

The Soundscreen Festival of music and film begins in London from tomorrow until Thursday (29th) next week which features films and live performances across London including venues such as Koko and the 100 Club, and there’s a healthy dose of americana in there through two films, “All the Labor: The Story of the Gourds” which … Continue reading “Win tickets to Soundscreen film showings with AUK”

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”

Texas Troubadours: Chuck Hawthorne, Libby Koch & Rachel Laven, MacSorleys, Glasgow, 1st August 2017

These three Texan singer/songwriters played their third show of a lengthy UK and Ireland trip throughout August in a handsome Victorian bar in Glasgow. It was a freewheeling night with all three on stage for a song each before each went on to do a solo set with the night culminating in all three performing … Continue reading “Texas Troubadours: Chuck Hawthorne, Libby Koch & Rachel Laven, MacSorleys, Glasgow, 1st August 2017”