Wayne Hancock “Man of the Road: The Early Bloodshot Years” (Bloodshot Records, 2019)

“Got to make it day to night in El Paso / I’m going there as fast as I can go / I’ll take the road anyday / ‘Cause that’s the kind of life I’ve made / I’m drivin’ my young life away,” sings Wayne Hancock on the opening lines of this newly curated collection of … Continue reading “Wayne Hancock “Man of the Road: The Early Bloodshot Years” (Bloodshot Records, 2019)”

Book Review – Tim Newby “Leftover Salmon: 30 Years of Festival!” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019)

There are few better mediums than a book for opening our eyes to new information, for helping us to become a little more knowledgeable about the world around us. I have to put my hand up and say I had never heard of Leftover Salmon before reading this book and I only had sketchy knowledge … Continue reading “Book Review – Tim Newby “Leftover Salmon: 30 Years of Festival!” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019)”

Calexico + Iron and Wine announce New Album ‘Years to Burn’ and Tour

A double header that will be of great interest to readers of Americana UK is a tour later this year when Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico hook up with Sam Bean of Iron and Wine. The trio first made an artistic connection with the release of the 2005 EP,‘In the Reins’. While their … Continue reading “Calexico + Iron and Wine announce New Album ‘Years to Burn’ and Tour”

The Church announce a trio of shows celebrating 30 years of their album, Starfish

On the thirtieth anniversary of what was their break out album, ‘Starfish’, the Australian band who surfed the waves of neo-psychedelia and dream like pop anthems return to UK shores to perform the album in its entirety. ‘Starfish’ was their entry into the US charts and for a while the band seemed poised for huge … Continue reading “The Church announce a trio of shows celebrating 30 years of their album, Starfish”

Loudon Wainwright III “Years in the Making” (StorySound Records, 2018)

After 45 years in the industry, Loudon Wainwright needs little introduction as an artist. Over 26 albums, he has created a diverse tapestry of music and has dabbled with a wealth of genres. ‘Years in the making’ effectively serves as an ‘audio-biography’ – it is a two disc compendium of rare and unissued tracks drawn … Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III “Years in the Making” (StorySound Records, 2018)”

Graham Nash “Over the Years” (Rhino, 2018)

Didn’t we just have a 3 disc Graham Nash retrospective? Well, no – sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but the ‘Reflections‘ Box Set was nine years ago. True, this release adds only one new finished track to what’s available on ‘Reflections‘ – ‘Myself at Last‘ from the recent solo album ‘This Path … Continue reading “Graham Nash “Over the Years” (Rhino, 2018)”

Milk Carton Kids “Younger Years” – Listen

What more superlatives can we pluck from our mighty chest of superlatives to apply to The Milk Carton Kids?  And what more can we say about the new album ‘All the things that I did and all the things that I didn’t do‘ other than it’s going to be making a lot of Best Of … Continue reading “Milk Carton Kids “Younger Years” – Listen”

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers “Years” (Bloodshot Records, 2018)

Following on from their great success and widely-acclaimed debut ‘Sidelong’ released in 2015 which led to the band being signed to Chicago-based Bloodshot Records, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers have returned with their own sophomore effort ‘Years’. The record wastes no time in getting started with opening track ‘Good As Gold’ which is an upbeat number … Continue reading “Sarah Shook & The Disarmers “Years” (Bloodshot Records, 2018)”

NME ceases weekly print publication after 66 years

Sad news today from The Guardian about a British musical institution who did have at least a passing interest in americana from time time. The entrance of the local library will look a little more bare next week. They report: “The NME is to cease publication in print after 66 years, the weekly music title … Continue reading “NME ceases weekly print publication after 66 years”

Loose Records to celebrate 20 years at the AMAUK conference

Way back in 2001 when I first started Americana UK on a shoestring budget (not even a shoestring to be fair, it was zero) one of the first labels to kindly start sending us through stuff for review was Loose.  The albums were not only by some of the best names in americana but always beautifully … Continue reading “Loose Records to celebrate 20 years at the AMAUK conference”