Chatham County Line “Station To Station” – Listen

No, this isn’t a cover of the Bowie song – we’d quite like to hear that, but it won’t be this time.  But things are being all shaken up in the Chatham County Line camp.  Firstly founder-member and banjo player Chandler Holt is leaving the band.  Secondly the band sound for their latest album, ‘Strange Fascination‘, includes drums across all the tracks.  Continue reading “Chatham County Line “Station To Station” – Listen”

Judy Collins – Union Chapel, London, 20th January 2020

Before Judy Collins took the stage there was a detailed announcement that this was to be a gig where the use of cameras, phone cameras, Ipad cameras, and all other recording devices were requested to not be used – for the greater enjoyment of the music – not only by the rest of the audience but also those who would otherwise be concentrating on using these various devices rather than focusing on the music. This was not only applauded but, amazingly, pretty much adhered to through two sets. Continue reading “Judy Collins – Union Chapel, London, 20th January 2020”

Nathan Kalish “Songs For Nobody” – Listen

Things are not going right for Nathan Kalish as he freely admits, singing “My career is like an accident” on this rocking cut from his new album also called ‘Songs for Nobody‘, which will be out on April 10th.  It’s worse than that – he’s even unlucky in love: “Maybe if I wasn’t dead inside I would stay with you the rest of my life / But I’m just passing by playing songs for nobody“.  It’s sad, but it sounds like a mini-riot at the same time . Continue reading “Nathan Kalish “Songs For Nobody” – Listen”

Dustbowl Revival “Runaway” – Listen

How to describe Dustbowl Revival?  As good a place to start is probably right at their beginning when Chicago native Z. Lupetin moved to LA to be a playwright and screenwriter, grew disillusioned with his job in advertising and placed an ad on Craigslist seeking musicians  who shared his love of Louis Armstrong, Bob Wills, Old Crow Medicine Show, Paul Simon, Aretha  Franklin and the brass bands of New Orleans, but also wanted to write songs in the vein of  Americana  pioneers such as Wilco, Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen. Continue reading “Dustbowl Revival “Runaway” – Listen”

The Frampton Sisters “Let Me Hold Your Hand” – Listen

Already veterans of the Cambridge Folk Festival, Orkney’s The Frampton Sisters  have recently released their latest single which features just finger-picked guitar and the harmonising vocals of sisters Freddie and Charlie.  Continue reading “The Frampton Sisters “Let Me Hold Your Hand” – Listen”

Alicia Toner “Forget About It” – Listen

One of the amazing things about AmericanaFest – yeah, sorry, we’re still going on about that, we should probably get out more – is discovering bands and singers that you’ve not really come across before.  One such was Alicia Toner who wowed the Moth Club with her guitar and fiddle, her amazing voice and excellent songs. Continue reading “Alicia Toner “Forget About It” – Listen”

Mark Erelli “A Little Kindness” – Listen

On his new album ‘Blindsided‘, which will be released on 27th March on Soundly Music, Mark Erelli has taken a new direction, delving deeper into his rockier side.  A roots-rockier side that has room for a few strings and a pile of melody.  The kind of thing we might call Petty-esque were we lazy, but hold onto that thought for a minute. Continue reading “Mark Erelli “A Little Kindness” – Listen”

Bonny Light Horseman “Bright Morning Stars” – Listen

Bonny Light Horseman may have come together as a “folk supergroup” almost by accident but the combined talents of Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson and Josh Kaufman’s, here augmented by Justin Vernon do not produce haunting new takes on traditional songs by chance. Continue reading “Bonny Light Horseman “Bright Morning Stars” – Listen”

AMAUK Awards Night- the Winners Revealed

Capping off what had been a spectacular couple of days of the Americana Fest Showcase nights came the Americana Music Association UK’s annual awards evening, this year held at the spectacular Troxy.  An all-star event,  with the musicians who’d been playing over the last couple of days preparing their acceptance speeches or just having a wind-down.  It’s the kind of evening where you can find yourself jostling at the bar with Dylan Earl, or be sitting just behind Amy LaVere.  There was music, there were, not surprisingly, awards.  There was the infamous after-party – but we don’t dare reveal too much about that.  We’ll have a proper account soon but for now just the headlines.  Who won what, in other words. Continue reading “AMAUK Awards Night- the Winners Revealed”

Simone Felice + Diana DeMuth, The Slaughtered Lamb, London, 15th January 2020

The Slaughtered Lamb is a tiny space for a headliner as big as Simone Felice – it’s a basement room below a pub with maybe a capacity of a hundred, or a hundred and fifty at a push, set up with tables, stools, side benches and a standing area behind all of these. No surprise then that it was already near full for support Diane DeMuth, whose new album ‘Rose of Nantucket‘ was produced by Simone Felice. DeMuth is a leather jacketed troubadour with a powerful voice. Her set found its ground with what were – more or less – love songs, but really hit its stride with the songs that had that Felice influence. Continue reading “Simone Felice + Diana DeMuth, The Slaughtered Lamb, London, 15th January 2020”