The Delines “The Imperial” (Decor, 2018)

The Imperial’ is an album which has been highly anticipated amongst fans of the The Delines, made up of songwriter and novelist Willy Vlautin (formerly of Americana legends Richmond Fontaine) and vocalist Amy Boone with their band, Jenny Conlee, Sean Oldham and Tucker Jackson, since the release of their 2014 debut ‘Colfax’ which received universal acclaim amongst critics and the public alike and has been a long time coming after an accident which broke both of Boone’s legs and led to two years of surgery before finally being able to finish ‘The Imperial’ – a wait which has been more than worth it. Continue reading “The Delines “The Imperial” (Decor, 2018)”

Beans On Toast “A Bird In The Hand” (Independent, 2018)

Beans on Toast or Jay McAllister has been honing his craft for many years and ‘A Bird In The Hand’, his 10th release in as many years, followed tradition was released on his birthday just like he had done with the nine studio albums before it. It seems as though the years have served him well as although he isn’t breaking the mould he made for himself, this might just be his most accomplished release yet. Continue reading “Beans On Toast “A Bird In The Hand” (Independent, 2018)”

Will Hoge, The Haunt, Brighton, 8th December 2018

The crowds in Brighton are always a mixed bag. Students, die-hard fans of the acts on any particular evening, casual live music goers or just the curious can normally be found in the various venues around the city on any given night and tonight is no exception however, the audience is split almost 50/50 between fans of the more traditional sounds of Will Hoge and fans of the slightly more rough around the edges headline act, Lucero. On arrival the room was two-thirds full which would please any support act and the bassist from Lucero, acting as a compere of sorts, arrives on stage declaring the night a ‘Tennessee Takeover’ and introduces the ‘man with a golden voice’, Will Hoge. Continue reading “Will Hoge, The Haunt, Brighton, 8th December 2018”

Annie Oakley “Words We Mean” (Horton Records, 2018)

Annie Oakley are a three-piece acoustic trio from Oklahoma City and ‘Words We Mean’ is the group’s first full length album and the culmination of many years of writing and playing together – the chemistry between them evident throughout. The story of the formation of the group is bittersweet as twin sisters, Sophia and Grace Babb, began writing songs at aged 14 following the death of their father and soon after they were joined by a friend named Nia on violin who was also dealing with the loss of her own father. Consequently, the trio went about writing songs as a form of catharsis, and this exploration of their feelings led to Annie Oakley being born.   Continue reading “Annie Oakley “Words We Mean” (Horton Records, 2018)”

Yonder Lights “Yonder Lights” (Independent, 2018)

Yonder Lights are a four-piece group based in California and their self-titled debut album is a love letter, of sorts, to the state that bore them. Drawing lyrical inspiration from their immediate environment and musically inspired by a range of artists from Dwight Yoakam to The Eagles to a more traditional Nashville-based country sound, the band take these influences and wear them on their sleeve without ever compromising both their identity as a band and their Californian heritage. Continue reading “Yonder Lights “Yonder Lights” (Independent, 2018)”

Michot’s Melody Makers “Blood Moon” (Sinking City Records, 2018)

Michot’s Melody Maker’s are something of a supergroup. Led by Lost Bayou Ramblers frontman and fiddle player extraordinaire, Louis Michot and backed with a selected cast of talented musicians and a slew of special guests, the Grammy-award winning artist, has continued his modern homage to his Louisiana roots and the traditional music of the region with ‘Blood Moon’ and the result is an intriguing, eclectic collection of songs drawing inspiration from not only the Cajun genre he has been linked to throughout his career but there are hints of other influence throughout too such as country, rock and roll and rockabilly. All of these factors contribute to the unique sound of the record which can at times be alienating but more often than not, the result is outstanding. Continue reading “Michot’s Melody Makers “Blood Moon” (Sinking City Records, 2018)”

Strong Water “Bearfoot” (Independent, 2018)

Strong Water are a folk/americana group coming out of Harrisonburg, VA and their second full length ‘Bearfoot’ is a self funded, released and recorded effort put together after a fantastic reception to their previous release, the self-titled ‘Strong Water’ released in 2016. Since then, the group have performed together a lot more and which has seemingly allowed them to hone their skills at both playing and songwriting to allow them to really flourish as a band. Continue reading “Strong Water “Bearfoot” (Independent, 2018)”

The Pine Hearts “Carousel” (Independent, 2018)

The Pine Hearts are the brainchild of Joey Cappocia, who set about pulling together a group of the most talented local musicians he could find from around his home in the Pacific Northwest. The result of this endeavour was the recruitment of mandolinist Derek McSwain and Dean Shakked on upright bass and the subsequent formation of The Pine Hearts, named after the area of natural beauty in Olympia, WA where Cappocia was raised. Continue reading “The Pine Hearts “Carousel” (Independent, 2018)”

David Olney “This Side or The Other” (Black Hen Music, 2018)

The name David Olney won’t be unfamiliar to long-term readers of AUK or fans of the Americana genre itself as the man himself has been somewhat of a staple on the scene for just over 30 years, steadily and frequently releasing quality under his own name or with certain collaborators and his name has become synonymous with a high standard of songwriting in terms of both musicianship and lyricism. His newest release, ‘This Side or The Other’ is certainly no exception to that rule and it’s evident that Olney has plenty to write about. Continue reading “David Olney “This Side or The Other” (Black Hen Music, 2018)”

D.T. Buffkin “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” (Independent, 2018)

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’ is the title of, San Antonio native, D.T Buffkin’s newest record and the follow up to 2013’s ‘Tattooed Rose’. Building upon the sonic foundations laid on the debut and, as the title would suggest, drawing from the classic-country inspiration of drinking and heartbreak, Buffkin’s record is 11 tracks of whisky soaked honky-tonk and it is done very well. Continue reading “D.T. Buffkin “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” (Independent, 2018)”