Hollie Rogers has a stunning voice and it’s used to full effect on her latest single, ‘City of Colour’. It’s powerful and emotional. Having performed at various festivals, including Glastonbury, Black Deer and Isle of White, she’s building a great reputation founded on those soaring vocals. Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) has described her as: “Reminiscent of Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Amazing voice.” Continue reading “Video: Hollie Rogers “City of Colour””
When times are tough, we need to find ways to come together and celebrate. Many of us find joy in live music… now that’s in short supply at the moment, so we’re sharing ‘mini-gigs’ from great artists to compensate. Jeremy Pinnell has a wonderfully characterful voice, used to full effect on Gary Stewart’s ‘Blue Ribbon Blues’ and ‘Big Bright World’ from his debut solo album, ‘OH / KY’. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Jeremy Pinnell”
A new release from Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real is always cause for celebration. Nelson writes such open, romantic lyrics so effectively. When he sings: “You’re the best one for the part to play the one I give my heart,” it’s authentic, believable and easy to relate to. He constructs beautiful melodies and then delivers them with a distinctive, engaging voice and this song is another good example. Continue reading “Video: Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real “Movie in My Mind””
‘Fear the Fear’ by Siv Jakobsen is gently, eerily beautiful. The video has her finding her way in the dark and complements the emotionally intense song well. The Norwegian singer-songwriter continues to explore these themes of fear and anxiety on her forthcoming album, ‘A Temporary Soothing’, due for release on 24th April. The combination of the spare, folk sound and Jakobsen’s haunting vocal is mesmerising. Have a good week, everybody!
What a fantastic way to close out a week of exclusive AUK mini-gigs! Every day this week, we have brought you a different artist, showcasing their talent and performing just for you. It’s a small gesture to make up for all those cancelled gigs and it’s a little light in the darkness. Today, that shining light is Jerry Leger. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Jerry Leger”
Whitacre call their blend of musical influences ‘mountain rock’, which feels just right when you absorb their sound. The Denver-based group are set to release their debut full-length album on 17th April and ‘Seasons’ promises to be an engaging listen. They have consciously set out to create something different. Paul Whitacre (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) says of the album: “It displays some quirky ideas, includes longer songs and more honest lyrics. We intentionally made sure that not every song on this album would fit the radio format. We stopped caring so much about that and focused on writing and recording what we bleed for.” As the group gear up for the album’s release, Americana UK caught up with them to explore the story behind the final single before the launch. Continue reading “Studio Life – Whitacre”
Maya Rae’s clear and powerful voice shines on ‘Moon Girl’. Rae’s emotive vocal is buoyed by excellent performances from all the players, particularly the gorgeous pedal steel, and it’s a joy to see them at work on this live recording from the studio. The song is taken from upcoming album ‘Can You See Me?’, which was produced by the Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Steve Dawson, now based in Nashville. Check out the album when it drops on 24th April.
This is lush, layered, timeless music from Jennah Barry. The Nova Scotia-based singer releases her second album, ‘Holiday’, today. The album title is a humorous reference to the long career break Barry was forced to take due to vocal surgery. The album’s themes reflect that pause in her life and her recovery. The video for the album’s lead single sees Barry getting ready to take to the stage and then performing alone. She says: “I worked with three really great women on the music video and had a very life-affirming experience. We went overboard with a haze machine and created a storyline for a woman who plays big for no one.”
Here’s another exclusive house-gig from Americana UK. We’re bringing these to you to help keep the nation smiling! This is a great opportunity for us to see some fabulous songs performed in new ways. It’s also a platform for artists who are stuck at home to show us what they can do. Today we are delighted to share this exclusive recording from Samantha Aneson and Morgan Hollingsworth of New York band Satin Nickel. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Satin Nickel”
This is a visually beautiful, creative video from Ben Kunder, which was directed by Christopher Mills. There’s a dreamy quality to it. Kunder explains: “We wanted to create a world that felt more like you were in an abstract graphic novel lost in time. These are my memories of Berlin; the spots I played, where I walked to get a coffee, met locals, cried in the streets, visited museums.” The song is taken from ‘Searching for the Stranger’, due for release on 29th May. One to watch out for.