Rich Layton & Tough Town “Salvation Road” (Never Lucky Records, 2019)

On the original road to salvation, St. Paul suggests that the wages of sin are death. Rich Layton has avoided that outcome in a lifetime in the rock’n’roll trenches, but has taken a few knocks along the way, and now brings us his ‘Salvation Road’. The title track is a gospel-infused shot at rock’n’roll redemption, … Continue reading “Rich Layton & Tough Town “Salvation Road” (Never Lucky Records, 2019)”

Rich Layton & Tough Town “Live To Rock” – Listen

With a title like ‘Live to Rock’ what else could the second single from Rich Layton & Tough Town’s new album ‘Salvation Road‘ be other than anthemic? Amongst soaring vocals and pounding drums take the time to note the presence of Chris Mercer the legendary British saxophonist who began his career with John Mayall & The … Continue reading “Rich Layton & Tough Town “Live To Rock” – Listen”

Rich Layton & Tough Town “Salvation Road” – Listen

The swampiest of rock is embodied on this title track single taken from Rich Layton’s latest album release (due May 31st).  Houston-raised Gulf Coast musicians Rich Layton and co-producer Terry Wilson grew up steeped in multiple genres – garage rock, blue-eyed soul, country, blues, Louisiana swamp pop, and Zydeco. When he began playing harmonica with … Continue reading “Rich Layton & Tough Town “Salvation Road” – Listen”

Video: Kacy & Clayton “That Sweet Orchestra Sound”

Two minutes in, shortly before it finishes, the pace changes suddenly and draws you into this new single from Kacy & Clayton; it’s a good example of the quality of their song writing.  ‘That Sweet Orchestra Sound’ is the final song from recent album ‘Carrying On’, which was produced by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco).  The Canadian … Continue reading “Video: Kacy & Clayton “That Sweet Orchestra Sound””

Americana UK introduces our new Obituaries section The Song Remains

The roots of Americana music run deep and wide and many of the early originators and influencers are now approaching or are in old age. To recognise and celebrate recently lost artists AUK will start publishing obituaries in 2020 in our The Song Remains section reflecting the fact that while an artist may have died … Continue reading “Americana UK introduces our new Obituaries section The Song Remains”

Book review: Iain Matthews “Thro’ My Eyes” (Route Publishing, 2018)

If there was an award for the role of Godfather of Americana in the UK, serious consideration would have to go to Iain Matthews as a deserving nominee. An early member of Fairport Convention, recruited for his fine voice and ability to front a band, he was an early advocate of American singer songwriters like … Continue reading “Book review: Iain Matthews “Thro’ My Eyes” (Route Publishing, 2018)”