Video Premiere: Turn Turn Turn “Cold Hard Truth”

Gorgeous harmonies and beautiful finger-picking are features of this video premiere from Turn Turn Turn.  The band consists of Adam Levy from alt-rock band The Honeydogs, singer-songwriter Savannah Smith, and Barb Brynstad on bass and singing.  Each voice is distinctive and different, which makes for an engaging combination.  All three members are accomplished musicians, bringing … Continue reading “Video Premiere: Turn Turn Turn “Cold Hard Truth””

Loudon Wainwright III returns with “I’d Rather Lead A Band”

Loudon Wainwright III has unveiled his new album ‘I’d Rather Lead A Band’ which will be released on October 9th in the UK via Thirty Tigers.  A collaboration with Vince Giordano and his band The Nighthawks, and producer and music supervisor Randall Poster, the 14-song collection is described as “a loose, fresh, and “anti-nostalgic” take … Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III returns with “I’d Rather Lead A Band””

Frank Turner “Live In Newcastle” (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, 2020)

Frank Turner operates in that most ambiguous of roles, the singer-songwriter, with his output being classified variously from punk to folk. This live-work reveals that this is not entirely accurate, he is foremost an entertainer – the genre is irrelevant. This digital release is the complete live show number 2429 including the chat between songs … Continue reading “Frank Turner “Live In Newcastle” (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, 2020)”

The Jayhawks return with new album, new song – Listen

The Jayhawks have shared ‘This Forgotten Town’, the opening song on the band’s new album ‘XOXO’ which comes out on July 10th via Sham/Thirty Tigers. Written jointly by Marc Perlman and Gary Louris, the new song finds Louris trading off lead vocals with Tim O’Reagan as Karen Grotberg joins in on harmonies, setting the stage … Continue reading “The Jayhawks return with new album, new song – Listen”

Blitzen Trapper return with new album “Holy Smokes Future Jokes”

We’re fans here at AUK of Portland, OR-based “competent” Blitzen Trapper (that’s what it says on their Twitter feed) and they’ve announced they will be making their Yep Roc Records debut with the release of new album ‘Holy Smokes Future Jokes’ on September 11. You can hear the first track from it, ‘Magical Thinking’ below. … Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper return with new album “Holy Smokes Future Jokes””

New Frank Turner live album lands on Friday

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls have announced the release of a new digital album ‘Live In Newcastle’ – Due out on April 24 via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor, the album was recorded during Turner & The Sleeping Souls’ set in late 2019 at O2 City Hall Newcastle, during a headline tour in support of his UK … Continue reading “New Frank Turner live album lands on Friday”

Clubhouse Records turns 10 – listen to their Spotify playlist

One of the UK’s best Americana labels Clubhouse Records, a constant friend here at AUK, turns 10 years old this year and the team there have each picked 10 of our favourite tracks from the Clubhouse catalogue over the last decade and put together a playlist to share far and wide.  Head of label Tristan … Continue reading “Clubhouse Records turns 10 – listen to their Spotify playlist”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Frank Turner

In troubled times, we all need something to lift us.  We all need a little light in the gloom.  This is when music becomes even more important because it binds us together and connects people, even when there are no mass gatherings.  We may not be physically in a concert hall with you dancing, listening, … Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Frank Turner”

The Secret Sisters “Saturn Return” (New West, 2020)

Thankfully for us, it’s only been 3 years since Laura and Lydia Rogers released their last album and not the 29 ½ years it takes Saturn to orbit the sun.  Just like the astrological event it’s named after, ‘Saturn Return’ focuses on the fear you have to overcome and the subsequent strength and wisdom you … Continue reading “The Secret Sisters “Saturn Return” (New West, 2020)”